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Kelowna History: Police chief kills two in Mayfair Hotel murders of 1932

Kelowna History: Police chief kills two in Mayfair Hotel murders of 1932

A look back at one of the most shocking events in Kelowna’s history

Kelowna History: Police chief kills two in Mayfair Hotel murders of 1932
Summerland has faced disease outbreak in the past

Summerland has faced disease outbreak in the past

Spanish influenza, from 1918 to 1920, took a toll on the world

Summerland has faced disease outbreak in the past
Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)

BCHF conference once again slated for Cloverdale

Surrey Historical Society to host 2021 history conference

Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)
Sir Thomas Shaughnessy played role in founding of Summerland

Sir Thomas Shaughnessy played role in founding of Summerland

George Barclay’s Trout Creek Ranch was purchased in early 1900s

Sir Thomas Shaughnessy played role in founding of Summerland
The library was housed in the current Revelstoke City Hall. It moved into the Community Centre in 1979. Photo from Stocks Studio. (Submitted by Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

Revelstoke library celebrates 100 years

When it first opened it had roughly 600 books

The library was housed in the current Revelstoke City Hall. It moved into the Community Centre in 1979. Photo from Stocks Studio. (Submitted by Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
THE KAT RANCH                                The KAT Rancha, in the North Beach area, operated from 1941 until 1958. The partners were Larry Kelly, Ted Atkinson and Eileen Tomlin, hence the name KAT. (Summerland Museum photo)

KAT Ranch operated in North Beach area between Summerland and Peachland

Partners grew peaches, tomatoes and zucca melons on property

THE KAT RANCH                                The KAT Rancha, in the North Beach area, operated from 1941 until 1958. The partners were Larry Kelly, Ted Atkinson and Eileen Tomlin, hence the name KAT. (Summerland Museum photo)
Mastodon Mine, 17 miles north of Revelstoke, in the 1950s. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 2744)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for April 16

Cathy English Curator, Revelstoke Museum & Archives 120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald,…

Mastodon Mine, 17 miles north of Revelstoke, in the 1950s. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 2744)
The St. Stephen Anglican Church building in Summerland was constructed in 1909. The stone church has become a landmark in the community. (Summerland Museum photo)

Summerland has long tradition of faith

First church in the community was set up in the late 1800s

The St. Stephen Anglican Church building in Summerland was constructed in 1909. The stone church has become a landmark in the community. (Summerland Museum photo)
Golden Spike Days Parade on Mackenzie Avenue, circa 1945. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives Photo 4938)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for April 2

New lamposts, CPR fire and book tax

  • Apr 7, 2020
Golden Spike Days Parade on Mackenzie Avenue, circa 1945. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives Photo 4938)
A can of dehydrated vegetable mix packaged at the historic Bulmans Cannery in Vernon, possibly before the Second World War, has become a YouTube hit. (New England Wildlife and More screen photo)

Okanagan soup canned nearly 90 years ago gets taste test

YouTube shows man taking contents from old Bulmans Cannery vegetable mix and making, eating soup

A can of dehydrated vegetable mix packaged at the historic Bulmans Cannery in Vernon, possibly before the Second World War, has become a YouTube hit. (New England Wildlife and More screen photo)
(Summerland Museum map)

Land once belonged to Grand Chief Nicola

Summerland was once known as Nicola Prairie

  • Apr 5, 2020
(Summerland Museum map)
THE DALE FAMILY This photograph shows the Dale family their first home, a tent house, close to where the intersection of Victoria Road South and Prairie Valley Road is located today. From left are Margaret Dale, George, Ruth on her horse Pearl and Thomas Dale. (Summerland Museum photo)

Colouring book will feature images of Summerland

Project is a joint initiative of Summerland Museum and Summerland Community Arts Council

THE DALE FAMILY This photograph shows the Dale family their first home, a tent house, close to where the intersection of Victoria Road South and Prairie Valley Road is located today. From left are Margaret Dale, George, Ruth on her horse Pearl and Thomas Dale. (Summerland Museum photo)
Bourne Brothers General Store, across the tracks near the CPR station, in the 1890s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 83)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for March 26

Spicy school meeting, theft at CPR and a proposal to host the 1968 Winter Olympics

  • Mar 30, 2020
Bourne Brothers General Store, across the tracks near the CPR station, in the 1890s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 83)
Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley

Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley

Transportation corridor passed through Nicola Prairie, now Summerland

Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley
Outgoing Snow Queen Anita Correnti passes the crown to 1960 Snow Queen Faith Jones. (From the Greta Speerbrecker collection, Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for March 19

Items from Revelstoke newspapers, as gleaned and edited by Cathy English, curator…

  • Mar 27, 2020
Outgoing Snow Queen Anita Correnti passes the crown to 1960 Snow Queen Faith Jones. (From the Greta Speerbrecker collection, Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Summerland’s 4.1-kilometre Fur Brigade Trail Linear Park was created 2006. The trail extends from Priest Camp Historic Park to the Brigade Lookout. Recently the trail was added to the Provincial Heritage Registry. This recognition will add additional protection to a trail that is estimated to be 6,000 years old. (Summerland Museum photo)

Fur Brigade Trail on provincial heritage registry

Trail in Okanagan Vally was used during gold rush in late 19th century

Summerland’s 4.1-kilometre Fur Brigade Trail Linear Park was created 2006. The trail extends from Priest Camp Historic Park to the Brigade Lookout. Recently the trail was added to the Provincial Heritage Registry. This recognition will add additional protection to a trail that is estimated to be 6,000 years old. (Summerland Museum photo)
Mrs. Wilkes with her kindergarten class, 1900. Back: Arthur Young, Shella Dickey, Helen Solloway, Mary Paget. Middle: unknown, unknown, Frank Solloway, unknown, unknown, Charles Field. Front: Russell Solloway, Val Tomlinson. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives, photo 91)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for March 12

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, March 14, 1900 Mrs. Wilkes opened the…

  • Mar 15, 2020
Mrs. Wilkes with her kindergarten class, 1900. Back: Arthur Young, Shella Dickey, Helen Solloway, Mary Paget. Middle: unknown, unknown, Frank Solloway, unknown, unknown, Charles Field. Front: Russell Solloway, Val Tomlinson. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives, photo 91)
IN A TENT HOUSE                                Often, our earliest settlers first used tent houses prior to their permanent homes being built. This photograph shows Walter Verity and his wife Elizabeth (nee Tait) with their tent home beside their gardens. Elizabeth’s brothers Magnus and John and sister Christine (Nixon) also lived here. (Summerland Museum photo)

Tent homes were once used in Summerland

Temporary dwellings provided shelter until permanent homes were constructed

IN A TENT HOUSE                                Often, our earliest settlers first used tent houses prior to their permanent homes being built. This photograph shows Walter Verity and his wife Elizabeth (nee Tait) with their tent home beside their gardens. Elizabeth’s brothers Magnus and John and sister Christine (Nixon) also lived here. (Summerland Museum photo)
Elsie Mackinnon, matron, on the steps of the original Queen Victoria Cottage Hospital, 1902. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1081)

Inspirational women of Revelstoke’s past

Cathy English Curator of Revelstoke Museum and Archives Writing a column on…

  • Mar 8, 2020
Elsie Mackinnon, matron, on the steps of the original Queen Victoria Cottage Hospital, 1902. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1081)
SCHOOL DAYS                                Miss Tan and her Kindergarten class at MacDonald School enjoy a day in the classroom in 1994. (Summerland Museum photo)

MacDonald School in Summerland had a long history

Downtown elementary school, named after well-loved principal, operated for almost 80 years

SCHOOL DAYS                                Miss Tan and her Kindergarten class at MacDonald School enjoy a day in the classroom in 1994. (Summerland Museum photo)