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In this image, dated 1911 or 1912, the water tower, school and St. Andrews Church are visible in the middle section of the south Wilmer townsite. Water from the water tower was run through underground wooden pipes to all the houses in town. In the foreground is the Barbour home and the photo was taken by Dorothy Barbour. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A264) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Southern Wilmer, 1911 or 1912

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1912, only the identities of Mrs. Sandilands (front row, second from left), James McKay  (front row, third from left), Mrs. Arthur Taylor (front row, fourth from left), Donald McLeod (back row, third from right) and Harry Munson (far right) are known. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A262) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Group shot in Wilmer, 1912

Posted on July 24th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1900, Hope Brewer poses at a farm in Fairmont, holding a rifle and standing beside a saddled horse. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (C146) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Hope Brewer with rifle, 1900

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Harry and George, dateless

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by


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In this image, dated 1928, students from Invermere School sit with their teacher outside of the school. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (A401) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Invermere School students, 1928

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Moving time, 1945

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by


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In this image from the 1950s, a finely dressed Millie Joseph sits atop a horse. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo (C1396) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Traditional regalia

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The valley’s first motorhome, 1939

Posted on May 29th, 2015 by


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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

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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

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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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