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Companions of the Peace

Companions of the Peace: Diaries and Letters of Monica Storrs, 1931-1939

Edited by Vera K. Fast
Vera K. Fast
Mary Kinnear
Copyright Date: 1999
Pages: 248
  • Book Info
    Companions of the Peace
    Book Description:

    Monica Storrs arrived in the barely settled Peace River wilderness of northern British Columbia as an Anglican missionary. As the journals progress, Storrs' imperialistic attitude softens as her work draws her into the lives around her.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7316-8
    Subjects: History

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
    (pp. vii-2)
    Vera K. Fast
    (pp. 3-28)

    Monica Storrs, a cultured English gentlewoman, came to the North Peace River for one year to assuage a sense of duty, and stayed to fulfil an evergrowing love and sense of purpose for the next two decades. She lived and worked in the Fort Stjohn area, serving the Anglican church, together with her community of women – the Companions of the Peace – who lived communally in a log house known as the Abbey. In her journals Storrs’s keen eye and sensitive spirit caught the essence of what life in this wilderness of northern British Columbia demanded from its women...

  5. Diaries and Letters, 1931–1939
    (pp. 29-198)

    On October 23rd (after Adeline’s departure) we [Muriel, Cecilia and I]¹ came back in fine style as you remember ... [It] seemed partly exciting and partly melancholy coming home to our empty little house. The boys² had both gone home for the week-end, and kind Mrs K[elly]³ had watered and fed the horses ... The two W.A. [Women’s Auxiliary] branches are struggling along. They do little but talk so far, but Baldonnel is arranging a grand Chicken Supper and Concert for Church Funds (Horrible Thought), and Fort St John is planning a Tea for the opening of the little Mission...

  6. Illustrations
    (pp. None)
    (pp. 199-202)
    Vera K. Fast

    When Monica Storrs returned to England in 1938 it is doubtful whether she realized just how much the next few months were to alter her life. Even in the isolation of Fort St John she kept abreast as much as possible with world events, and had been deeply touched by the appeals of Bishop George Bell of Chichester¹ on behalf of German Jews. When the Church of England Committee for Non-Aryan Christians² was organized to rescue children of European Jewish Christians, Storrs offered to be a guarantor and foster parent for two of the refugees. She requested two boys, about...

  8. NOTES
    (pp. 203-236)
    (pp. 237-238)
  10. Index
    (pp. 239-246)