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Before this house was built, this was the site of the store and house of Wo Lung, who had set up his business on this site about 1889. He supplied general merchandise, including opium to residents and the builders of the railroad. This large Craftsman house was built for D.M. Hartnell, the Superintendent of the Hammond Cedar Company for thirty years. The Hartnells were actively involved in the affairs of the community, and were generous in their support of local activities. The Hartnell Residence has survived to the present day in substantially intact condition, and is a superb example of the best housing of the 1920s. It remains one of the more impressive early homes in Maple Ridge.