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Imperial Esso Dealer, a car service station with gas pumps that doubled as an information bureau, was located at the Invermere Crossroads in the early 1950s and 1960s. In this photo, Mt. Swansea is visible behind on the right. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com .Photo (A1431) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Car dealer at the Crossroads

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by


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In this image dated 1949 are the oldest children of Lewis Kelly at their home at the centre of the bay on Cemetery Street in Windermere. From left to right are Ralph, 6, Shirley, 8, and Bobby, 10 and Bruce, 1. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo courtesy of Shirley Stewart

Windermere kids, 1949

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated the mid-1920s, Lady Byng in the white hat is walking toward Robert Randolph Bruce holding the wreath. This ceremony marked the unveiling of the cenotaph donated by Mr. Bruce to commemorate lost lives in the First World War. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.Photo (A1425) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

A cenotaph to honour fallen soldiers, 1920s

Posted on October 10th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated 1930, an elderly lady beside a clapboard building leans in on a chair. Known as Mrs B, grandmother of Lloyd Palmers, the stern looking matriarch lived in Wilmer. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.     Photo (A1410) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

A woman of her times, 1930

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In this image, dated 1973, four men lounge in front of a Greyhound bus near the Invermere Hotel across the street from Kipps Pharmacy — Roy Lake (driver) and Al Miller in the back row; the men in front are unknown. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A1428) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Four men and a Greyhound bus

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by


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This image of summer swimmers relaxing on Lake Windermere (circa 1920) ran as the first Historical Lens photo in The Pioneer’s inaugural issue dated September 16th, 2004. Photo courtesy of the Ede Collection

The original Historical Lens photograph

Posted on September 12th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated 1935, five curious men sit on a bench amongst a large crowd near Athalmer — Harry Peters, Bert Rutherford, Pat McGrath, Howard Cleland and Mr. Weir. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com .	      
Photo (A1428) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Cross legged on the bench, 1935

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Imperial Esso, 1950s

Posted on August 29th, 2014 by


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In this image taken in the 1950s, Dodge De Soto was the service garage on Invermere’s Main Street, located where up until recently Lake Auto Service was situated. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (C295) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Downtown Invermere service station

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by


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In this image, dated in the early 1930s, from back row left to right; Bill Hiller, Marion Frater, Marion Tunnacliffe, Winifred Harrop, Annie Hillier, Hal, Ted and John Bavin, relax on a couple of logs in Invermere. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com . Photo (A1418) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Eight people sitting on a log, 1930s

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated 1928, two men accompany a dump truck on a remote forest road in Kootenay National Park.The international truck is labelled  “Department of Mines and Resources.” If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com Photo (A1407) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

A dump truck remembered, 1928

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A day at the beach, 1955

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In this image, dated 1941, the Canadian Women’s Training Corp. stand at attention in their classic attire, in front   of a field just south of Christ Church Anglican. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com . Photo (A1449) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Women in uniform, 1941

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated 1926, a group of school children have their class photos taken on the steps of their school in Athalmer, Invermere. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (1873) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

The school children of Athalmer, 1926

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by


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In this image dated 1959, Maud Rumsey (owner of the Skookum Inn) enjoys an old fashioned cup of tea in her kitchen at the Skookum Inn, which is currently located in Windermere. If you have any more information, please email us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Just a cup of tea at the Skookum Inn

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by


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In this image dated 1928, an Invermere soccer team poses with a trophy. In the back row (left to right) are [unknown], Oswald Young and Jack Kimm; in the centre row are William (Bill) Lee, T. N. Weir and Tom Gallagher; and in the front row are [unknown], Fred Cutts, Phil Rose, Murray (Maurice) Calcutt, Frank Jones, Bud (Ernest) Lee and Harry Archer. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (A1415) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Soccer in Invermere circa 1928

Posted on July 4th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated the early 1930s, a girl sits on horseback at the C.G.I.T. Horseback Camp where Dave Nixon was a guide, with several other horses and a building in the background. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo (A1447) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Horseback camp in the early 1930s

Posted on June 27th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated June 21st, 1933, a solitary Ford is being driven through flood waters down the main street of Athalmer. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com Photo courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Recalling the flood year of 1933

Posted on June 20th, 2014 by


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Riders gallop along at full tilt in dusty pursuit of horse racing glory during a 1950s stampede at the Invermere Crossroads. The custom-built judge’s box is visible in the background at the far end of the field. If you have any information about this photo, please email us at info@cv-pioneer.com  Photo (A1375) submitted by the Windermere District Historical Society

1950s Stampede time

Posted on June 13th, 2014 by


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CGIT Horseback Camp in the early 1930s

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