LAIDLAW, pop 148, is a FRASER VALLEY farm settlement (see AGRICULTURE) and former steamship landing on the south side of the FRASER R, 14 km southwest of HOPE. W.F. Laidlaw, an early storekeeper, demanded that the CANADIAN NORTHERN RWY name its station after him in return for crossing his property. Residents of the tiny community, previously known as St Elmo after Laidlaw's St Elmo Hotel (and a novel by Augusta J. Evans), were outraged.
by Andrew Scott

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