As a boy of 18, Edward C. Mallandaine was present at the driving of the Last Spike of the CPR in Craigellachie, B.C., on 7 November 1885. He appears in the iconic photo of the event. Edward had worked as a dispatch rider carrying mail and parcels between Farwell (now Revelstoke) and Eagle Landing (now Sicamous) on Lake Shuswap, prior to the link-up of the two construction crews at Craigellachie. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Last Spike.
Edward went on to a distinguished life as a B.C. and railway pioneer. A co-founder of the town of Creston, B.C., he worked for the CPR as land agent for southeastern B.C. and led overseas missionhs to recruit settlers to railway lands in the Kootenay valley. A veteran of the First World War, he attained the rank of Colonel in the Canadian Militia and served in a variety of municipal capacities in Creston, including manigstrate and mayor.
He is the subject of a Young Adult biography, The Boy in the Picture, by Ray Argyle, to be published by Dundurn Press in July 2010.