Graveside view of Salmon Arm history

Deborah Chapman stands by the grave of Phillip Weinard, relaying tales from his adventurous life experiences that led him from Prussia, to the U.S., High River, Alta. and, eventually, Salmon Arm, during the Mount Ida Cemetery Tour on Sunday, Oct. 14. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)Deborah Chapman stands by the grave of Phillip Weinard, relaying tales from his adventurous life experiences that led him from Prussia, to the U.S., High River, Alta. and, eventually, Salmon Arm, during the Mount Ida Cemetery Tour on Sunday, Oct. 14. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)
Graveside view of Salmon Arm history
Deborah Chapman and her Mount Ida Cemetery tour guests turn their attention to the Scales family plot. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)Deborah Chapman and her Mount Ida Cemetery tour guests turn their attention to the Scales family plot. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)
Former Salmon Arm mayor Cyril Thomson (played by actor Randy Brogden) talks about his life in the community and why he’s buried with his fellow Masons during the Mount Ida Cemetery Tour. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)Former Salmon Arm mayor Cyril Thomson (played by actor Randy Brogden) talks about his life in the community and why he’s buried with his fellow Masons during the Mount Ida Cemetery Tour. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)
Deborah Chapman leads her Mount Ida Cemetery tour group to a lower portion of the cemetery. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)Deborah Chapman leads her Mount Ida Cemetery tour group to a lower portion of the cemetery. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)
The Mount Ida Cemetery Tour turns to the lives of Albert Laitinen and Vera Halpenny, the first school teacher at Broadview School. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)The Mount Ida Cemetery Tour turns to the lives of Albert Laitinen and Vera Halpenny, the first school teacher at Broadview School. (Lachlan Labere/Salmon Arm Observer)

A large crowd gathered at Mount Ida Cemetery on Sunday for the exhumation of stories of notable Salmon Arm residents interred there.

R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum curator Deborah Chapman hosted the annual Mount Ida Cemetery Tour, providing detailed backgrounds and amusing anecdotes related to some of the colourful characters from Salmon Arm’s history.

Photos and video by Lachlan Labere

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