A young man standing on horse drawn cart



It’s true! That transport truck driving along the inland highway is owned by Kingsley Trucking but go back to 1893 when Jim Kingsley was born in Victoria – that’s where the story begins.

Jim’s dad, Jack meets Mary Mills, marries, has children but Jack goes north for the excitement of the Gold Rush. Wife Mary and children move to Parksville to live with Mary’s father, William Mills on the 80 acre farm. Jim works for James Craig, goes to war, recuperates at the Qualicum Beach Convalescent Hospital (ironically, he had worked on the construction when it was a hotel before the war) where he meets his soon to be wife, Alice Golding.

Of course, more happens – p. 46 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler


Jim Kingsley with Shelly, Fred Banks, Harry Bulter, Ted Rawlings, and Waren-Banks

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