November 2017 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: Seeing the boys off. Valley residents turn up en masse to say farewell to the 102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, 1916. Walter Gage photograph. CDM 972.55.20. Page 130-131.

Photo caption: “The Battalion participated in a number of prominent campaigns in France and Flanders in the following years: the Somme and Ancre Heights in 1916; Arras, Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Passchendaele in 1917. It played a major role in deciding the battles at Amiens, Scarpe, Drocourt-Queant, Canal de Nord, “The Hindenburg Line” and Valenciennes. More than a quarter of its members died. The unit disbanded on September 15, 1920.” Page 132.

It’s All There in Black and White: Canada’s First Female Governor General

Pop quiz. What trailblazing woman became Canada’s first female governor general? Two hints: 1) she served from 1984 to 1990, 2) she visited the Comox Valley 30 years ago this month. Not sure? Check out the coverage of her visit that appeared in the October 14th edition of the Comox District Free Press.

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

October 2017 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: The Comox District Women’s Institute making Red Cross Jam, 1941. Third from left is Mrs. Margaret McPhee, fourth from left is G.W. (Bill) Stubbs and third from right is Theed Pearse. Charles Sillence photograph. CDM Stubbs Collection. Page 183.

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.

September 2017 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.

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Photo credit: Courtenay Elementary School class brandishing sports equipment, ca.1906. Walter Gage photograph. CDM 983.55.1

Photo caption: Photo caption: “T.J. Barron, a graduate of McGill University, taught at the Courtenay school from 1905 to 1915. Previous teachers had mostly been young, with little experience, but Mr. Barron was a seasoned and accomplished educator who had high expectations for decorum, academic results and physical activity. Club swinging and wand drills were popular forms of athletic training in the early 1900s.” Page 115.

August 2017 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: Courtenay’s 5th Street lined with cars. CDM 989.69.34 Page 151

Photo caption: “…due to an 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. By the late 1940s, Courtenay directories listed five auto courts (or auto camps), which clustered around the main routes. In Courtenay, that meant along Cliffe Avenue and near the 5th Street Bridge.” Page 151.

July 2017 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: Cast of “Nothing But the Truth,” directed by G.W. (Bill) Stubbs, 1932. Left to right: Roy Harrison, Dorothy Sutherland, Henry Rankin, Warwick Revie, Russell Rickson, Isabelle Moncrieff, Sid Williams, unknown, Ella Harrison, Jack Bowbrick, Lillian Anderson, Agnes Sutherland, Peggy Watt. Charles Sillence photograph. Page 123.

Photo caption: “Movies played at the Gaiety once or twice a week, often with piano accompaniment, but the zeal for amateur theatre, music and other live productions was a hallmark of the place. In April 1932, for example, G.W. (Bill) Stubbs, a local educator and theatre enthusiast, directed Nothing But the Truth. His star was Sid Williams, a popular and respected community leader and actor who later played the part of “Century Sam” during BC’s colonial centennial in 1958, Canada’s centennial in 1967, and BC’s provincial centennial in 1971. In 1984, Williams was named a Member of the Order of Canada.” Page 123.

It’s All There in Black and White: The Giant Yellow “Banana”

The giant yellow “banana” that graced the Fifth Street and Cliffe Avenue intersection made its’ appearance forty years ago to mixed reviews. But what a fun opportunity for newspaper headline wordplay! Check out what all the fuss was about in this article from the July 20, 1977 Comox District Free Press.

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