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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

Posted on March 6th, 2015 by


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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

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by


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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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In this image, dated 1915, five curious children present their Christmas treasures with the family Christmas tree in the background on the left. From left to right, Henry Hynes, Ellen Hynes, Orin Hynes, Ervin Hynes and Dave Hynes. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A1428) courtesy of the 
Windermere District Historical Society

The five children of Christmas

Posted on December 29th, 2014 by


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In this image, dated 1922, three buildings in a winter scene represent the George Geary Farm and Blacksmith Shop; it was later known as the Lakeside Hotel, owned by H.E. Richardson and his father. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com Photo (A110) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

A Winter Wonderland, 1922

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by


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Nothing is known about this image of a woman standing on a deck in the sun with a man in a hat sitting on a low folding chair off to her right. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A134) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Standing in the sun

Posted on December 12th, 2014 by


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Christ Church in the ‘50s

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by


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There is next to nothing known about this photograph of two girls and a boy posing for a photograph near the side of a road. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A1343) courtesy of the Windermere District 
Historical Society

Two girls and a boy

Posted on November 28th, 2014 by


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Dr. Justine (known as Gus) Harris stands at a table circa 1969. Dr. Harris received her Doctor of Education in 1969 and worked as a counsellor during the 1970s. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.      
Photo (A1414) courtesy of the Windermere District 
Historical Society

Doctor of education

Posted on November 27th, 2014 by


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A group of men stand in front of the Legion Clubhouse log building in the early 1920s, joined by a child and a dog (in front). It’s thought the men in the photo are Jack Buchhani, B.G. Hamilton, Bill Seaton and Mr. Thompkins. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com .	      
Photo (A1423) courtesy of the Windermere District 
Historical Society

Gathering at the legion

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by


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A group of women with the Canadian Women’s Training Corp. stand in formation wearing uniforms with ties on November 11th, 1941. This photo was taken in a field just south of Christ Church Anglican. The names of the women (in no particular order) are Phyllis Hunt, Alice Jones, Joy Johnston, Mrs. P.M. Hewitt, Jean Blake, Doreen Johnston, Mrs. Many Dufault, Clare Docker, Avril Dobbie, Audrey Cleland, Edna Robson, Mrs. Winn Weir, Dorothy Tegart and Eleanor Steel. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com .	Photo (A1449) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Women of World War II

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by


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Concentrator on Columbia

Posted on October 31st, 2014 by


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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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