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Shelly Road, Shelly Park – where did the name come from? Frederick Shelly, born in 1884, enlisted for the Boer War until his mother brought him home as he was underage. Undaunted, he ran away again and did serve in the army. On return from the war, he headed west from Ontario and ended up opening a bakery in Vancouver Shelly 4X. A second bakery opened in Nanaimo with their bread delivered as far away as Port Alberni.

In 1913, Fred Shelly moved to Parksville and started a chicken farm, Shellybrook Farm. Sheep came along and then fruit: loganberries, raspberries, strawberries became part of the farm. Fred Shelly raised a good part of the funds for the purchase of the Community Park through ‘strawberries and cream’ parties. Fred’s final project was making wine!

More fun facts; see p. 130 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler

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