WORLD WIDE DES
Some 15 years ago I read a short notation, written at least 80 years ago in our club history. It just said:
“Two keen clubmen, the brothers G.L and O.J Hopkins, left in 1906 for the wilds of Canada. They subsequently started a little town there and induced the Government to provide a post office and to call the place Anerley, so we are on the map in two places!”
Intrigued, I did a bit of Googling, which was the start of a long journey into the wild west. A journey which, due to the wonders of the internet and Anerley B.C’s place on the world wide web, is still continuing.
This week our club received an email from Canada, which said:
Subject: Anerley, Saskatchewan
Dear Anerley Bicycle Club,
I was wondering if you might be able to put me in touch with someone there named Des, who it seems authored your website's story "A Call From the Wild".
It seems Des has been in touch with a Jim and Karen Hopkins, of Saskatchewan, who are ancestors of Oswald James Hopkins. I'm doing research on the history of Anerley, Saskatchewan and would like to know more about O.J. Hopkins.
Thanks for your time.
So perhaps I should enlighten all you Bugle readers, on how my journey, following the wheel tracks of the two Hopkins brothers back in 1906, evolved.
But why not read it for yourselves at https://anerleybc.org/a-call-from-the-wild/