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This undated image shows a man tilling up a garden near Pynelogs, an old-fashioned counterpart to reporter Kevin Nimmock’s shot of the Pynelogs heritage garden taken earlier this week (see page 2). If you have any information, please contact us. Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Tilling the soil

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 by


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Historical Lens

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


The Pioneer’s Historical Lens feature on page 6 continues to generate regular feedback and historical facts from our readership. The information provided to us is recorded by the WindermereValley Museum and added to the archives, so thanks to everyone who is able to contribute to this ever-evolving community history project.

October 3rd Historical Lens
I am sending information about the photo in the October 3rd edition of the Columbia Valley Pioneer.
This is a picture of my great-grandmother Beulah Palmer (Nee: Sherman). She was born in March of 1856. She was married to Ezra …

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Although this submitted historical photo isn’t local to the Columbia Valley, it does shed some light on Columbia River history that is relevant to everyone living in the Columbia Basin region. Jim Hearn (left) and John Walbeizer (right) hold up giant Chinook salmon caught in the Salmo River in the late 1930s. Many Kootenay streams boasted spawning salmon like these prior to completion of the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State in 1941, which blocked the huge salmon from swimming further up the Columbia River into Canada. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo courtesy of the The Columbia River Round Table

When salmon swam the Salmo River

Posted on May 15th, 2015 by


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Two groups of men in cars stop for a fun photo on the Horsethief Creek Bridge. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A118) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Bridge barricade

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On a horse with no name

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Fried Chicken Cafe

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There is no information on file about this photo of the Royal Canadian Legion Windermere District Branch building with the Cenotaph nearby. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A2) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Legion log cabin

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Invermere golf course

Posted on April 3rd, 2015 by


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In this image dated 1989, a much younger-looking Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac and Corporal Grant Simpson give the thumbs up after arresting several members of the public who were apprehended for unlawfully appearing in public in their pyjamas. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
File photo courtesy of the Columbia Valley Pioneer

Pyjama pat down at the cop shop

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


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The Invermere Hotel in 1935 with the old liquor store on the right. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.	      Photo (A287) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Historic hotel

Posted on March 13th, 2015 by


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A prominent figure in Invermere’s history, Maud Hamilton (one of the characters in the locally-produced operetta The Visionary and the Ghost of Pynelogs who was featured in last week’s Pioneer story “The Man Who Knows and his angel”) had a younger sister, Dr. Mary Crawford, in Winnipeg, who was a member of Manitoba’s Political Equality League. The League formed in 1912 and successfully lobbied for women’s right to vote and run for office, making Manitoba the first province in Canada to give women full political rights in 1916. This photo depicts the presentation (in Winnipeg on December 23rd, 1915) of the League’s petition that paved the way. Dr. Mary Crawford is pictured in the front row on the left. She eventually moved to Invermere, where she lived, died and is burried. Wikipedia Photo

In honour of International Women’s Day, March 8th

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Famed mountaineer Conrad Kain tends to his cabbage patch at his Wilmer home circa 1923. Photo courtesy of the Windermere Valley Museum

CONRAD’S CABBAGES

Posted on March 13th, 2015 by


By Pat Morrow, President
Conrad Kain Centennial Society
In order to help put the finishing touches on the major renovation work that has been done by many hard-working volunteers on the Wilmer Community Hall over the past year, the Conrad Kain Centennial Society (CKCS) is in the process of preparing a pair of historic panels that will be mounted in the entrance corridor this spring.
The first panel will list a chronology of Wilmer’s evolution as a town and give a feel for who some of its original residents were. We are especially interested in receiving …

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Maud Hamilton (third from the left) is featured in the historical story “The Man Who Knows and his angel” on page 14 of this week’s Pioneer. Writer Dorothy Isted believes this group of women to be Invermere’s Knitting Brigade, which was started by Maud and Lady Elizabeth, the wife of Randolph Bruce. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (C511) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

The Knitting Brigade

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Parading south on Invermere’s main street

Posted on February 27th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1945, a group of men are moving the old Legion hall (mentioned in last week’s Historical Lens) which was originally the Columbia Valley Supply Co. Store, from Athalmer to Invermere. It was rebuilt as Dr. Tripp’s home and later the Osterloh home. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A1428) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Men on the move, 1945

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by


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“Main Street: At The Heart of the Community” is the theme of this year’s B.C. Heritage Week (from February 16th to 22nd), so this week’s Historical Lens photo is of downtown Invermere’s main street (7th Avenue) in the 1970s, on the corner of 13th Street and 7th Avenue. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A1466) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Invermere’s main street

Posted on February 19th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1937, a group of actors performed the comic opera “Trial by Jury” at the Legion Hall in Athalmer — Front Row — Left to Right: Herb Beckley, Delbert Mitchell, Evelyn Ashworth, Jim Ashworth, Audrey Cleland, Warner Newton, Ron Ede, Anna Bartman, Hans Braathen, Lillian Blake, Florence McGuiness, Ruth Saunders — Back Row: Bud Cleland, Bud Coy, Dave McGuiness, Carl Jones, Norman Collinson, Walter Elmes, Jenny Weir, Harold Saunders, Erna Trethewey, Kay Thornton, Helen Pietrosky, Marjorie Saunders, Margaret Ashworth, Frances Ashworth, Avril Dobbie, Doreen Johnston. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.     Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society.

A marvelous group of players, 1937

Posted on February 6th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1930, a bustling First Nations family enjoys an outing on their two-seat buckboard and wagon at Fairmont Hot Springs. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A1428) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Buckboard crossings, 1930

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In this image, dated 1926, a travelling family enjoys a scenic view provided by the Banff-Windermere Highway. Anna Bartman (seated on the car), Mrs. Bartman, Betty Bartman and Mr. Bartman braved the frosty winter in their classic Studebaker. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.	      Photo (C2173) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

The Snowbirds of Windermere, 1926

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated sometime in the 1950s, a bright trio of fastidious women — Mary McLeod, Shelagh Dehart and Naomi Chrona — diligently sort through a plethora of  Christmas trees, according to the colour of the tags. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.	      

Photo (A1039) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Three dames a sorting

Posted on January 2nd, 2015 by


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