January 2020 Watershed Moments

Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image and quote from the museum’s award-winning book Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District.

Photo credit: Bill Ardley’s Garage, 1932, was located on Anderton Avenue near Central Builders Supply Ltd. and backed onto the Courtenay River. Charles Sillence photograph. Photo: CDM Sillence Collection. Page 152.

Photo caption: “British Columbians adjusted to driving on the right-hand side of the road when it became the law on January 1, 1922. And due to the economic boom in the mid- to late 1920s automobile sales increased, which meant there were more drivers on the road. Businesses developed to service four-wheeled travellers and holiday makers.” Page 151.

Merville – 100 Years and Counting Part 12

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To celebrate the end of Merville’s anniversary year, we present this charming image painted by one of the community’s early settlers, Malcolm MacKinnon. The watercolour graces the front of a Christmas card with the inside inscription “Compliments of the Season, From Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm MacKinnon, Merville, B.C., 1936.”

It’s All There in Black and White: Courtenay Cold Storage Locker Opens 1946

The Comox Valley was really coming into its own with the opening of a cold storage locker plant at the corner of Fitzgerald Avenue and 5th Street in downtown Courtenay. Over 2,000 people attended the grand opening day that was advertised in the Comox District Free Press from December 12, 1946.

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With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.

Holiday Cooking

Two delicious recipes for homemade candy treats to share!

The first is for Turkish Delights and comes to you from the 1945 edition of the Purity Cook Book.

The second is from the family of former Courtenay Mayor M.S. Stephens. These chocolate snowballs are made with the rather unlikely ingredient of mashed potatoes. If you decide to make this recipe take note: the centers must be completely cooled in the refrigerator (overnight would be best) before they are dipped in the chocolate coating.

Periodical Wisdom: November 2019

Looking for ways to “Avoid Wars at Mealtime”? This article from the Farm & Home magazine of October 15, 1930 contains some thoughts on how to keep the peace with finicky eaters. As the author says “Every modern mother must … combine her knowledge of dietetics with some of the tact of a seasoned diplomat.”

All kinds of helpful hints, advertisements and practical “how-to” advice can all be found in periodicals from our archival collection.

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It’s All There in Black and White: Comox District Blackouts During WWII

Blackouts to avoid air attacks during WW II were not limited to Europe. The Comox Valley was also under threat and observed its first blackout in 1941.

This article from the December 11 edition of the Comox District Free Press tells of some successes, a car accident and local first aid stations.

With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.

November 2019 Watershed Moments

Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image from the museum’s award-winning book Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District.

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Photo credit: Local members of the British Columbia Women’s Service Corps display plums picked for the “Jam for Britain” campaign, ca. 1941. Left to right: Pam Harvey, Mrs. Lucy Muir, Mrs. Clive, Mary Bell. Lynn Henderson photograph. Photo: 982.24.76. Page 182.

Photo caption: “In 1941, the Red Cross, the Women’s Institute (WI) and the Comox Valley Co-operative Producers joined forces with the people of the valley to send jam to Britain. They borrowed a jam kettle from the Creamery and asked the public to take surplus fruit and sugar to the old cannery, where Mrs. McPhee, Mrs. Harmston and the ladies of the WI made plum and blackberry jam. Children raised money to purchase sugar and went on blackberry-picking expeditions by the busload. The Courtenay Rotary Club arranged the buses and helped with packing. That year, they shipped three tons of jam. In the following two years, when the harvest was leaner, two tons.” Page 182.