Lucetta Jeanette Seaver was born in Nelson, New Hampshire, U.S., in 1865. When she was 28 she arrived at the site that would be Mission City with her only child, a daughter, and her husband, H. B. French. French and his business partners planned the townsite of the future settlement and also encouraged and were very successful at creating much public enthusiasm for buying lots in Mission.

Lucetta’s husband soon became president of the Mission Board of Trade and she took up a leading position in the civic and cultural life of the community. For two decades, she was director of the Agricultural and Arts Society of Mission, winning many prizes for her yearly entries. Lucetta was also a devoted member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and earned a local reputation as an uncompromising opponent of the consumption of alcohol. For this she earned the nickname ”Carrie Nation” and was sent a handmade miniature hatchet, the better to destroy saloons and bars. She took the gesture as a compliment, and kept it as a memento of her temperance activities.

At the age of 36 she married for a second time, to Frederick W. Solloway, a farmer in Mission. She remained active in the municipality, and was a Mission school trustee for a number of years. She organized the landscaping of the local school grounds and headed an initiative of the Women’s Institute to plant maple trees on both side of Grand Avenue in Mission.

M. UNGAR

Sources:
Fraser Valley Record, January 3, 1929
http://archives.leg.bc.ca/
http://bc.canadagenweb.org/vote1898/votesm.htm