2.1M X 2.4M (7’ X 8’),
Painted in 1984 by Sandy Clark, Lea Goward
Once again applying her skill and insight, local artist Sandy Clark brings alive one of Chemainus’ most loved characters.
William Ishmael (Billy) Thomas was born to William and Catherine Thomas in 1874. "first male child of European ancestry born in the Chemainus Valley", and lived here for all of his 102 years.
Following his father’s death in about 1878, his mother remarried, to William Alexander Miller. The log cabin fronting the
Although he surveyed for a time, Billy mostly earned his living from his 300 acres of land. He sold wood, some to help build the
Billy could recall many things in his later years. He remembered the building of the railway, the rerouting of the first highway because the oxen got stuck in mud near the river. He had vivid memories of all the payrolls that had ever been stolen from a train or coach. He recalled the long day’s ride to
Billy Thomas is fondly remembered by many Valley residents, and they think he would have been very pleased to know his picture is part of the mural project of Chemainus. Next Mural >