J's Cafe and Husky Truck Stop Final Reunion

J's Flood-Hope Husky



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Final Reunion of a BC Highway Legendary Truck Stop and Restaurant - Photos by Hank Suderman

Word went out a while ago that the Husky Truck Stop and J's Restaurant was going to close its doors at the end of August. I heard recently that the closing might be postponed a bit. So now they will close on September 30, 2014. But a reunion/last hurrah was planned for August 16, 2014 and as many of the old timers and people with trucks were invited to attend. Many people showed up. A couple from Chase brought their B Model Mack, one Hayes HD from Lytton, BC, another Hayes HD from Rosedale, a Mercury tractor from Aldergrove, 1965 Kenworth from Maple Ridge, an A Model Kenworth from Maple Ridge, Freightliner COE from Coquitlam, and Kenworth W900 from Chilliwack.

Flood started as a store, lunch counter and post office in 1942 or 43. Over the years there was also scales put in at Flood, but scales were moved further west in the 1970's. Back in the 1960's the fuel/gas station was a owned by British American over the years it changed and at present it is a Husky station and card lock. The restaurant is still on the property but will all close at the end of September.

It was a great time renewing friendships at the gather and to see the J's Restaurant for possibly the last time for many who came out to the reunion.

Flood Truck Stop Story
By Bruce Harger

Previous to 1965, there were three truck stops in the Hope area. In 1958 Hall's Cafe and Chevron Service was opened at Laidlaw, Hunter Creek B-A Service at Hunter Creek was taken over in 1947 and rebuilt by 1960. These two stops were affected by the Trans Canada Highway relocation and were closed by 1972. The original cafe at Flood started as a store, pump, post office and cafe about 1942. It was rebuilt by 1973 and will close September 30, 2014. During the 1970's, Dogwood Valley opened and is now operated by Gail. So please patronize her and her staff at Dogwood Valley. Gail thanks her customers at Flood for their past business.

1969 Hayes HD owned by Huntly Smith  
1963 Kenworth
owned by Bruce & Rob Shantz
Freightliner owned by Paul Disanjh
2001 Kenworth W900
Daryl Wear Heavy Haul
Owned by Daryl Wear
1963 Kenworth
owned by Bruce & Rob Shantz
and
Freightliner owned by Paul Disanjh
1970 Hayes HD
Owned by Bernd Dessau
  Lineup of vintage trucks at the Flood Cafe & Truck Stop Reunion
1969 Hayes HD owned by Huntly Smith 2001 Kenworth W900
Daryl Wear Heavy Haul
Owned by Daryl Wear
Truck lineup at the Flood Cafe Reunion
Freightliner owned by Paul Disanjh 1963 Mack B61
owned by Mike Duddy
1976 Kenworth W900
owned by Dean Griffin
1956 Mercury M800
owned by Richard Stevenson
(L->R)
1969 Hayes HD
1970 Hayes HD
1963 Kenworth
1963 Kenworth
owned by Bruce & Rob Shantz
     
     
     
     
Ranger Transport Kenworth T800
westbound on the Hope-Flood Road
Peterbilt 389
westbound on the Hope-Flood Road
Arrow Transport Cascadia
parked at the Flood Cafe & Truck Stop



Here are many of the working trucks that were coming and going along the Flood-Hope Highway
Scamp Transport Kenworth T800
westbound on the Hope-Flood Road
Aggressive Transport Volvo
westbound on the Hope-Flood Road
Some trucks that were parked
at the Flood Cafe and Truck Stop
Arrow Transport Cascadia
parked at the Flood Cafe & Truck Stop
Westbound parked trucks
parked along the Hope-Flood Road
Frito-Lay Volvo
parked at the Flood Cafe & Truck Stop



Final Reunion of a BC Highway Legendary Truck Stop and Restaurant
Photos by Tom Cuthbertson and Bruce Harger

(L->R) Gord Hunt-Quin Walz-Tom Cuthbertson- Gord Puffalt (L->R) Les Christie-Erick Hillstrom-Shirley & Louise Shirley- Louise & Fran
Louise making pies Gene & Gail Kevin-Brian-Fran-Shirley
Gail-Shirley-Lynn Gail-Shirley-Lynn-Bruce Harger Gordon Hay-Darrell Derban-Ingy-Mike Duddy
Les-Jim & Mal Fentie Paul MacPhee-Les-Jim & Leo Langis Les & Jim
Frank-Mas-Shirley Ingy Fodor-Gordon Hay-Paul MacPhee Mike & Lin Duddy
Gordon Heibein-Paul Disanjh 1976 Kenworth W900
owned by Dean Griffin
1963 Mack B61
owned by Mike Duddy
1963 Kenworth
owned by Bruce & Rob Shantz
The Flood cafe has been torn down and this is what the site looked like when the photo was taken. Kevin Duddy Collection.



Agnes Louise Marlatt

Agnes Louise Marlatt, born November 27, 1924 joined the Lord's choir November 16, 2016 surrounded by her family after suffering a massive stroke. Louise is survived by her nine children; daughters, Carol Willock - Mission, BC, Shirley Cummings - Surrey, BC, Mary Lou Pennell - Alberta, Gail Marlatt - Hope BC, Kim Marlatt - Alberta, Shelley Marlatt - Hope BC and sons, Ken - Alberta, David - Hope BC, and Douglas - Fort St John, BC and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Not to be forgotten, her many friends.

She was very active with the Canyon Golden Agers, Cribbage Club, Hope Crime Prevention where she thoroughly enjoyed her times at the Othello tunnels and attending the Grace Baptist Church. 'Mom" will be greatly missed by all.

A Memorial Service was held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 26th at Grace Baptist Church, 949 3rd Ave, in Hope BC. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund: www.worldwildlife.org) would be appreciated.

From Hope Standard

Lorraine 'Sarge' Stoner (rear),
Louise Marlatt
Hunter Creek 1964
(L->R) Les Christie-Erick Hillstrom-Shirley & Louise, taken on August 16, 2014
Shirley- Louise & Fran
Taken on August 16, 2014
Louise making pies
Brochure hand-out given out at Louise's Celebration of Life


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