A Pioneer of Cowichan Funeral of the First White Woman Who Went Up on the New Trail from Victoria.
Mrs. Skinner, of Farleigh, Quamichan, widow of the late T.J. Skinner, was buried from St. Peter’s church on Thursday last, many old and esteemed friends attending the funeral, and the following gentlemen acting as the pall-bearers: W.H. Lomas, A. Pimbury, W.H. Elkington, W.C. Duncan, C.G. Leather and Clermont Livingston. The deceased, who passed from life at the ripe age of eighty, was one of the earliest pioneers of British Columbia, and enjoyed the distinction of having been the first white woman to ride up to Cowichan by the then just constructed trail from Victoria. Mr. and Mrs. Skinner landed here in January 1853, aftera six months’ voyage round Cape Horn in the bark Norman Morrison. Victoria was then only a Hudson’s Bay Co. fort, and they made their first home at Constance Cove farm, Esquimalt, where they lived for twelve years, their kindness and hospitality winning and holding for them a host of friends. In 1865 they removed to the backwoods of Cowichan and again commenced a pioneer life with their children. Mrs. Skinner outlived her husband six years, and after many weeks of pain and suffering in her last illness, borne with the courage and fortitude which characterized her in the difficulties and hardships of a pioneer life, she sank to rest surrounded by those of her children at present residing in British Columbia. Two sons and five daughters survive her--- R.J. Skinner, provincial inspector of timber; E.M. Skinner,C.E., P.L.S.; Mrs. I. Bremmer, who resides in England; Mrs. A.E.B. Davie, of this city; Mrs. Joseph Mason, and two unmarried daughters.
Notes: A.E.B.Davie of Victoria, B.C. became the premier of the province 1887-1889. His brother also became premier.