Joe Gallon was a pioneer, much loved and quite a character in the early days of Lumby. He was born on Dec. 31, 1892 in France and came to Lumby 1907.
At the age of 16, he pre-empted 160 acres on Mabel Lake Road. Joe cut and sold 5,000 ties hewed from his farm to build the railroad between Vernon and Lumby. Joe often said he made more money from his forest than from farming.
He married Marie Louise Chaput in 1924 and had 5 children: Cecile (Daigneault), Marcel, George, Denise (Rouck) & Leonel.
One night at the local place of entertainment, much to the rollicking laughter of all present, Joe danced a jig on the chest of Bill Schunter. Bill must have been in good condition as Joe was a big man, even if he was light on his feet.