The First Chinese Woman in Grande Prairie

Richmond Avenue, ca. 1945

When I first saw this article, I read it because I remember Mrs. Wong well.  I was very surprised that she was the first Chinese woman to come to Grande Prairie.  We shopped at the Grande Prairie Department Store, owned by Arthur Wong, and I remember her always so neatly dressed, usually wearing a sweater set, and with tightly curled hair, which I assume was a perm.  She worked on the dry goods side of the store, and as I recall, she never learned very much English.

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

The Herald-Tribune ~ January 27, 1949