Long time Lumby resident Stan Cox was the driving force behind the establishment of Lumby’s Old Age Pensioners (OAP) Branch 117 and the OAP hall. Stan applied for a grant of $5,000.00 to get started. It was 1974 and Crown Zellerbach was closing the mill in Lumby. It wasn’t long before Stan convinced Crown’s Manager Sid Haggkvist to donate the office building to the OAP for $1.00.
Wally and Ed Chaput donated their time and machinery to dig the basement and Otto Hinz donated his time to set the basement blocks in place. The blocks were hauled by Ralph Cox, Chris Kennett and Roger Gatzke.
Weyerhaeuser, Riverside and Rouck Brothers donated the lumber and Pete Newcombe, Andrew Pattie, Morris Miles, Rod McDonald and John Engler completed the inside renovations – under Stan’s watchful eye. The entire project was completed by volunteers by the end of summer 1974. Stan became a life member of the OAP and died in 1999 at the age of 94