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Lee Brandt, A Langley-based crane operator who grew up in Milner will make his television show debut with History TV Canada’s new series, Lost Car Rescue. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Crane, planes and automobiles star in History Network’s Lost Car Rescue

Rescuing classic cars requires more than a love for the classics and…

 

This is the James R. Doherty ice house, originally located at the west end of Denike Street in Prairie Valley. Prior to the invention of the refrigerator, ice houses were used to store ice. Ice was protected by the insulating properties of straw and sawdust. The District of Summerland leased out ice on the Trout Creek Reservoir at a rate of 20 cents per ton. The district also determined the selling price: $1.15 per ton to Summerland customers. The ice had to be at least 12 inches thick before harvesting. For most years, Robert Mitchell (1861-1949) was awarded the contract. To the right of the ice house is Doherty’s fruit sprayer. (Photo courtesy of the Doherty family)

Ice was once harvested in Summerland

Before refrigeration, ice was collected and sold to customers

  • Jan 19, 2022

 

The Shuswap Recycling society, led by president Jake Jacobson (left), christen the new Newspaper Recycling Depot in this photo from Dec. 20, 1989. Image from the Salmon Arm Observer collection, the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: All tied up

The Shuswap Recycling society, led by president Jake Jacobson (left), christen the…

  • Jan 18, 2022

 

In 1908, Summerland’s first curling rink was located on the community’s drinking water reservoir. The man with the bowler hat was Frank Osler. The Osler family is one of Canada’s most famous families. One of Frank Osler’s brothers was Sir William Osler, one of the world’s most esteemed medical doctors. Another brother, and Summerland land owner, was Sir Edmund Osler, national president of the Dominion Bank (later TD bank). Another brother was Britton Osler, a famous lawyer (Louis Riel trial). Another brother was Judge Fetherston Osler. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Curling in Summerland was once held outdoors

Drinking water reservoir was once used for curling

In 1908, Summerland’s first curling rink was located on the community’s drinking water reservoir. The man with the bowler hat was Frank Osler. The Osler family is one of Canada’s most famous families. One of Frank Osler’s brothers was Sir William Osler, one of the world’s most esteemed medical doctors. Another brother, and Summerland land owner, was Sir Edmund Osler, national president of the Dominion Bank (later TD bank). Another brother was Britton Osler, a famous lawyer (Louis Riel trial). Another brother was Judge Fetherston Osler. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

B.C.’s oldest wooden tugboat being scrapped at shipyard in Nanaimo

MV Sea Lion, built in 1905, had a part in 1914 SS Komagata Maru incident

MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Chains on the tires are required when one takes the shortcut to Naramata on frozen Okanagan Lake. In the early 20th century, the lake would sometimes freeze over in the winter. However, it has been many decades since the lake last froze over. At times there has been ice near the shore, allowing for some skating on the frozen surface. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Boats and cars have been seen on Okanagan Lake

Lake used to freeze over during the winter

Chains on the tires are required when one takes the shortcut to Naramata on frozen Okanagan Lake. In the early 20th century, the lake would sometimes freeze over in the winter. However, it has been many decades since the lake last froze over. At times there has been ice near the shore, allowing for some skating on the frozen surface. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
This exhibit should have had a lot of visitors! Lowney’s chocolates were featured at the S.A.F.E. Exhibit in 1915. R.C. Andrews, Miss Munroe and Mr. Hall stand behind the counter. Did they give away samples? Why were Lowneys chocolates featured? This photograph survived more than a hundred years of handling and is now safely scanned and stored in a climate controlled environment. Image courtesy the Irene Nelson collection in the archives @ R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Chocolates on display

This exhibit should have had a lot of visitors! Lowney’s chocolates were…

  • Dec 7, 2021
This exhibit should have had a lot of visitors! Lowney’s chocolates were featured at the S.A.F.E. Exhibit in 1915. R.C. Andrews, Miss Munroe and Mr. Hall stand behind the counter. Did they give away samples? Why were Lowneys chocolates featured? This photograph survived more than a hundred years of handling and is now safely scanned and stored in a climate controlled environment. Image courtesy the Irene Nelson collection in the archives @ R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
District of Salmon Arm staff set up a Christmas tree in front of Shuswap Park Mall, Dec. 11, 1985. Image from the Observer collection, Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.

Shuswap history in pictures: Christmas tree

District of Salmon Arm staff set up a Christmas tree in front…

  • Nov 30, 2021
District of Salmon Arm staff set up a Christmas tree in front of Shuswap Park Mall, Dec. 11, 1985. Image from the Observer collection, Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.
Spectators watching Summerland’s ski jumping competition at the community’s ski hill in Meadow Valley in 1956. 
(Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland had ski hill in 1940s and 1950s

Community’s ski hill was in Meadow Valley area

Spectators watching Summerland’s ski jumping competition at the community’s ski hill in Meadow Valley in 1956. 
(Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
In the 1950s members of the Salmon Arm Kinsmen Club raised financing and personally constructed the Kin wading pool in Fletcher Park. Volunteers pushing the wheelbarrows are Dick Sladen (left) and Gene Spence (right). Image courtesy the Denis Marshall collection in the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Kin wading pool construction

In the 1950s members of the Salmon Arm Kinsmen Club raised financing…

  • Nov 23, 2021
In the 1950s members of the Salmon Arm Kinsmen Club raised financing and personally constructed the Kin wading pool in Fletcher Park. Volunteers pushing the wheelbarrows are Dick Sladen (left) and Gene Spence (right). Image courtesy the Denis Marshall collection in the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum.
Summerland’s Rotary Club was founded in 1946. From 1951 to 1956, the Rotary Club offered free swimming lessons at Powell Beach. In 1956, a portion of the shoreline of Summerland’s Lowertown was cleared. In 1957, the new Rotary Beach was officially opened. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Swimming lessons once offered at Summerland beaches

Beginning in 1950s, lessons were offered at Powell Beach and later at Rotary Beach

Summerland’s Rotary Club was founded in 1946. From 1951 to 1956, the Rotary Club offered free swimming lessons at Powell Beach. In 1956, a portion of the shoreline of Summerland’s Lowertown was cleared. In 1957, the new Rotary Beach was officially opened. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
“1949 parade scenes recall a different Salmon Arm downtown. photograph shows Vernon’s McIntosh Girls’ Pipe Band at the corner of Alexander Avenue and Front Street,” author Denis Marshall writes.<em> Image courtesy the Denis Marshall collection in the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum. </em>

Shuswap history in picture: Pipers on parade

“1949 parade scenes recall a different Salmon Arm downtown. [This] photograph shows…

  • Nov 15, 2021
“1949 parade scenes recall a different Salmon Arm downtown. photograph shows Vernon’s McIntosh Girls’ Pipe Band at the corner of Alexander Avenue and Front Street,” author Denis Marshall writes.<em> Image courtesy the Denis Marshall collection in the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum. </em>
Operation of the howitzers at Roger Pass when the program was started in 1961. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

60 years of avalanche control in Rogers Pass

The avalanche control system, run by Parks Canada alongside the Canadian Military, started in 1961

Operation of the howitzers at Roger Pass when the program was started in 1961. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
The clock tower at the corner of Main Street and Victoria Road in Summerland was installed in the 1980s. The iconic landmark was set up when Summerland had a Tudor theme in place in its downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Historic Summerland clock tower was part of community theme

Summerland once had a Tudor theme in place in its downtown

The clock tower at the corner of Main Street and Victoria Road in Summerland was installed in the 1980s. The iconic landmark was set up when Summerland had a Tudor theme in place in its downtown. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Emma Scholefield, left, and Thea Scholefield show a banner of their great, great uncle, Charles Edward Russel Hall. He is one of Summerland’s fallen soldiers from the First World War. (Contributed)

Banners recognize Summerland’s fallen soldiers

Two names of fallen soldiers from First World War added to community’s banners

  • Nov 2, 2021
Emma Scholefield, left, and Thea Scholefield show a banner of their great, great uncle, Charles Edward Russel Hall. He is one of Summerland’s fallen soldiers from the First World War. (Contributed)
Accessioned as a photo of local First World War veterans of Branch #62 of the Royal Canadian Legion, this image was taken in 1969. Were they on a tour? The only person named in the photograph is Harry Swanwick, a Silver Creek farmer. Harry married Annie Mary Morgan in 1923. Is she in the photograph too? The Salmon Arm Observer noted when Pete Vandenbosch purchased Harry’s property in 1945. Do our dates add up? Contact the archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you are able to confirm any of these details or identify the subjects. Image courtesy the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Tour bus

Accessioned as a photo of local First World War veterans of Branch…

  • Nov 2, 2021
Accessioned as a photo of local First World War veterans of Branch #62 of the Royal Canadian Legion, this image was taken in 1969. Were they on a tour? The only person named in the photograph is Harry Swanwick, a Silver Creek farmer. Harry married Annie Mary Morgan in 1923. Is she in the photograph too? The Salmon Arm Observer noted when Pete Vandenbosch purchased Harry’s property in 1945. Do our dates add up? Contact the archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you are able to confirm any of these details or identify the subjects. Image courtesy the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
An alien invasion did not occur in New Jersey in October, 1938. (Pixabay.com)

COLUMN: The night the Martians didn’t invade earth

Chaos and panic resulted from a radio drama

An alien invasion did not occur in New Jersey in October, 1938. (Pixabay.com)
The Major Hutton home on Reynolds Avenue is one of Summerland’s heritage homes. However, unlike other old homes in the community, this one is believed to have a ghost. (Contributed)

Ghost sightings abound at Summerland heritage home

Sightings reported of elderly man and white dog at Major Hutton home

  • Oct 27, 2021
The Major Hutton home on Reynolds Avenue is one of Summerland’s heritage homes. However, unlike other old homes in the community, this one is believed to have a ghost. (Contributed)
Eight men with six shovels.  Please help us identify these subjects. Are they growing and harvesting fir trees? The archivist would love to put names to faces. Email archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you can help. Image courtesy the archives @ R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Eight men, six shovels

Eight men with six shovels. Please help us identify these subjects. Are…

  • Oct 26, 2021
Eight men with six shovels.  Please help us identify these subjects. Are they growing and harvesting fir trees? The archivist would love to put names to faces. Email archives@salmonarmmuseum.org if you can help. Image courtesy the archives @ R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.
According to the earliest maps of the Okanagan Valley, the Summerland area was called Nicola Prairie. This name meant the land of Nicola; Grand Chief Nicola. In 1845, Chief Nicola was protected by eighty bodyguards. In 1902, when Summerland was founded, only three Indigenous families remained: the Johnny Pierre, Antoine Pierre and William Manuel families. The children of these three families attended Summerland’s first official school in 1904. This photograph shows William Manuel’s home in the lower left corner. The road, left of the home would become Rosedale Avenue. The home was surrounded by Alf Richardson’s lumber yard. Today, the Manuel house would be located close to the Summerland Animal Clinic. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland was once known as Nicola Prairie

Downtown Summerland was once Penticton Indian Reserve #3

According to the earliest maps of the Okanagan Valley, the Summerland area was called Nicola Prairie. This name meant the land of Nicola; Grand Chief Nicola. In 1845, Chief Nicola was protected by eighty bodyguards. In 1902, when Summerland was founded, only three Indigenous families remained: the Johnny Pierre, Antoine Pierre and William Manuel families. The children of these three families attended Summerland’s first official school in 1904. This photograph shows William Manuel’s home in the lower left corner. The road, left of the home would become Rosedale Avenue. The home was surrounded by Alf Richardson’s lumber yard. Today, the Manuel house would be located close to the Summerland Animal Clinic. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)