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Shuswap history in pictures: Solsqua store

Photograph taken in 1949.

  • May 14, 2021

 

Trader Bill’s in Sicamous, 1969. Bill and Muriel Arnold pose in front of their store, located in the original community hall in Sicamous. The archivist wonders what items were sold as miscellaneous. Do you know? Image from the Sally Scales Collection and courtesy the Archives R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Trader Bill’s

Bill and Muriel Arnold pose in front of their store.

  • May 7, 2021

 

George Ryga, considered by many as Canada’s most important English playwright lived in Summerland from 1963 until his death in 1987. He is the inspiration for the annual Ryga Arts Festival. (Contributed)

Summerland archive established for George Ryga

Renowned author wrote novels, poetry, stage plays and screen plays from Summerland home

 

Grandmother’s Day at Mt. Ida Hall. Who made the hats to honour the grannies? The archivist would like to know! Models are: Mrs. Mason, Mrs. J. Dolan, Elsie Paterson, Mrs. Stoner, Hetty Jackson, Ella Garbutt and Mrs. T. Hobbs. Date: June 6, 1945. When the day was marked again in 1949, there were special honours reported in the Observer. Mrs. H. Donnelly was the oldest grandmother, Mrs. Frank Maki the youngest and Mrs. Anthony had the most grandchildren! Image courtesy the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Grandmother’s Day

Photograph taken in June 1945.

  • May 3, 2021
Grandmother’s Day at Mt. Ida Hall. Who made the hats to honour the grannies? The archivist would like to know! Models are: Mrs. Mason, Mrs. J. Dolan, Elsie Paterson, Mrs. Stoner, Hetty Jackson, Ella Garbutt and Mrs. T. Hobbs. Date: June 6, 1945. When the day was marked again in 1949, there were special honours reported in the Observer. Mrs. H. Donnelly was the oldest grandmother, Mrs. Frank Maki the youngest and Mrs. Anthony had the most grandchildren! Image courtesy the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
Robert Henry Agur (1856-1912) was Summerland’s reeve (mayor) from 1907 to 1910. During Agur’s term as mayor, Summerland’s Fall Fair was established. In the last year of his term, Summerland purchased the electrical, water and road systems from Sir Thomas Shaughnessy’s Summerland Development Company. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Agur served as reeve of Summerland

Pioneer family arrived from Manitoba in 1904

Robert Henry Agur (1856-1912) was Summerland’s reeve (mayor) from 1907 to 1910. During Agur’s term as mayor, Summerland’s Fall Fair was established. In the last year of his term, Summerland purchased the electrical, water and road systems from Sir Thomas Shaughnessy’s Summerland Development Company. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The Phoebe Ann at dock, May 1976. Passengers board for a free lake cruise. The Shuswap Lake Ferry Service was offering regular lake excursions every Thursday. Were you on this trip? Is that Jim Scales in the trench coat? Image from the Denis Marshall collection and courtesy the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

History in pictures: Boarding party

Passengers board the Phoebe Ann for a free lake cruise.

  • Apr 30, 2021
The Phoebe Ann at dock, May 1976. Passengers board for a free lake cruise. The Shuswap Lake Ferry Service was offering regular lake excursions every Thursday. Were you on this trip? Is that Jim Scales in the trench coat? Image from the Denis Marshall collection and courtesy the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
The remnants of Black’s Point can still be seen at the foreshore of Summerland Beach RV and Campground in Summerland. 
(Summerland Museum photo)

Remnants of wharf can be seen in Summerland

Black’s Landing was constructed as a transportation point

The remnants of Black’s Point can still be seen at the foreshore of Summerland Beach RV and Campground in Summerland. 
(Summerland Museum photo)
The back of this photo from the Sicamous Floods photograph series reads: High waters in 1948 in Sicamous Finlayson's Garage. From the Sicamous and District Museum and Historical Society Photograph Collection.
The back of this photo from the Sicamous Floods photograph series reads: High waters in 1948 in Sicamous Finlayson's Garage. From the Sicamous and District Museum and Historical Society Photograph Collection.
This lovely image is from the Robinson collection but the people, photographer, date of the image and the occasion are unknown. Any help identifying this group would be appreciated. Contact the archives@salmonarmmuseum.org. Image from the Denis Marshall/Robinson collection and courtesy the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: picnic

Who are these people, what was the occasion?

  • Apr 20, 2021
This lovely image is from the Robinson collection but the people, photographer, date of the image and the occasion are unknown. Any help identifying this group would be appreciated. Contact the archives@salmonarmmuseum.org. Image from the Denis Marshall/Robinson collection and courtesy the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
Old English design elements can be seen in the sign of the Summerland Farm and Garden Centre in 1993. The guidelines are no longer in place, but some downtown businesses still show aspects of the days when Summerland had a theme in place. This photo was taken by Summerland photographer Dan Dorotich. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland’s Old English theme has been abandoned

From the 1980s until the early 2000s, Summerland had design guidelines in its downtown

Old English design elements can be seen in the sign of the Summerland Farm and Garden Centre in 1993. The guidelines are no longer in place, but some downtown businesses still show aspects of the days when Summerland had a theme in place. This photo was taken by Summerland photographer Dan Dorotich. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Summer days at the lake. This negative came from Rollie Jamieson, well known writer of many Salmon Arm histories. We don’t know who the people are. Do you? Contact archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you can help identify these young ladies. Image courtesy the archives room at the R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Summer days at the lake

Do you know who these swimmers are?

  • Apr 13, 2021
Summer days at the lake. This negative came from Rollie Jamieson, well known writer of many Salmon Arm histories. We don’t know who the people are. Do you? Contact archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you can help identify these young ladies. Image courtesy the archives room at the R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
The Royal’s 1951 visit to Revelstoke. (Photo by Revelstoke Museum and Archives #17)

PHOTOS: Prince Philip visited Revelstoke – twice

The prince died April 9 at the age of 99

The Royal’s 1951 visit to Revelstoke. (Photo by Revelstoke Museum and Archives #17)
The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Boats and trains once provided transportation in Okanagan Valley

Sternwheelers and Kettle Valley Railway were used to move goods in the region

The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The first railway freight cars arrived at Summerland’s CPR Wharf in June 1910. The freight cars were loaded with fruit, vegetables, horses and cattle, which were then transported to Vernon and Kelowna. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Frank Ludwig in the control room. (Photo submitted)

The Day They Closed The Old Mill Down in song

Former member of Trooper captures the essence of small town struggles and triumphs

Frank Ludwig in the control room. (Photo submitted)
Look up! Do you know the fellow at the railway crossing? The year is 1977. Email the archives@salmonarmmusuem.org with your answer. Image courtesy the Observer collection, Archives Room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.

Shuswap history in pictures: Railway crossing

Do you know who this is?

  • Apr 5, 2021
Look up! Do you know the fellow at the railway crossing? The year is 1977. Email the archives@salmonarmmusuem.org with your answer. Image courtesy the Observer collection, Archives Room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.
In 1909, water was diverted from Eneas Creek in Summerland to irrigate the Jones Flat area of the community. 
(Photo courtesy Summerland Museum)

Flumes once provided irrigation water to Summerland

Historic flumes can still be seen in parts of the community today

In 1909, water was diverted from Eneas Creek in Summerland to irrigate the Jones Flat area of the community. 
(Photo courtesy Summerland Museum)
Sources close to the Salmon Arm Museum archivist identified this piece of farming equipment as a horse-drawn sickle mower. Our unidentified, locally raised  valley boy went on to say, “I don't see her water bottle, maybe she is just doing a short round!”
Who is our subject? Email archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you can solve this mystery!
This image is from the Leger collection of photographs, entrusted to the archives room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Sickle mower

Can you identify the subject in this photo?

  • Mar 29, 2021
Sources close to the Salmon Arm Museum archivist identified this piece of farming equipment as a horse-drawn sickle mower. Our unidentified, locally raised  valley boy went on to say, “I don't see her water bottle, maybe she is just doing a short round!”
Who is our subject? Email archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you can solve this mystery!
This image is from the Leger collection of photographs, entrusted to the archives room at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
The Women’s Institute Hall on Kalamalka Lake Road in Coldstream will be replaced with a new community hall and 84 new child care spaces will be constructed on the adjacent vacant lot. (Google)

Coldstream Women’s Institute continues to give

Historic group supports local charities and organizations

The Women’s Institute Hall on Kalamalka Lake Road in Coldstream will be replaced with a new community hall and 84 new child care spaces will be constructed on the adjacent vacant lot. (Google)
Campsite at Peters Lake in the early 1940s where the men used a fireplace built by a previous camper. (Photo by Erskine Burnett; provided courtesy of the Enderby and District Museum and Archives)
Campsite at Peters Lake in the early 1940s where the men used a fireplace built by a previous camper. (Photo by Erskine Burnett; provided courtesy of the Enderby and District Museum and Archives)
On Saturday June 6, 1908, a dam at Garnet Lake failed. Water raced down Garnet Valley and down Peach Orchard Road into Okanagan Lake. The road, bridges and culverts were damaged. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland damaged during flood of 1908

Flooding at Garnet Lake was not only flood in Summerland’s history

On Saturday June 6, 1908, a dam at Garnet Lake failed. Water raced down Garnet Valley and down Peach Orchard Road into Okanagan Lake. The road, bridges and culverts were damaged. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)