December Watershed Moments

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

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Photo credit: Jimmy Walker and his orchestra at the Native Sons Hall, 1939. CDM Sillence Collection, Page 141.

Photo caption: “Over the years, the [Native Sons] hall served as a community centre for the arts, sports, conventions and car shows, and it played a central role until the early 1970s as gymnasium, dance hall, temporary post office, roller-skating rink and all things combined.” Page 140.

November Watershed Moments

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

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Photo credit: CDM 980.65.16 Page 168.

Photo caption: “From the 1930s until the early 1950s, Courtenay residents enjoyed the luxury of having fresh bread delivered to their door three times a week. Venables Bakery’s route covered the entire city from 1st Street to 21st Street.”

October Watershed Moments

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

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Photo credit: CDM 990.24.265 Page 94.

Photo caption: “By 1900, when larger companies turned their attention to the Island’s interior timberlands, enough infrastructure was in place in the valley to improve people’s livelihoods and the future success of resource companies.” Page 93

September Watershed Moments

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

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Photo credit: CDM 979.3.2 Page 45.

Photo caption: “In 1874, the government provided a grant to construct a wharf at Comox Landing on James Robb’s land. The cost of the 12-foot-wide, 1,035-foot-long wharf was $3,337. The wharf head was fifty by sixty feet across, which made it possible for larger ships, like those operated by Canadian Pacific Navigation and Union Steamships, to deliver and offload passengers, cargo and mail.” Page 44.

August Watershed Moments

Here now is 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: CDM 986.15.17

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Amidst the wreckage of the 1920 railway explosion. Page 101.

“On August 18, 1920, however, after pulling a train of fifteen loaded cars up a steady slope, #4 Engine stalled. The crew of #3 Engine came to the rescue and pulled the loaded train to a level spot. As soon as #3 uncoupled and pulled away, #4’s boiler exploded, sending large pieces of boilerplate into the air before landing 120 feet from the wheels. (A later investigation revealed that low water in the boiler caused the explosion.)” Page 101.

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July Watershed Moments

Here now is 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: CDM 990.24.107

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Dairy farmer Frank Childs with his family. Left to right: Frank, Mary Jane, Edith and Jane, ca. 1905. Walter Gage photograph. Page 89.

“Jane loved horses, and as a young girl would often be seen riding throughout the valley. She especially loved riding along with her father as they shot deer and quail for the family dinner. She was a “crack shot,” as was her son Robert. Robert was so proficient that the organizers of the local turkey shoots barred him from entering the popular competitions. In the parlour of the Childs’ home were rugs made from the skins of a cougar and a bear, as well as three mounted owls that had attempted to enter the chicken coop.” Page 88.

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June Watershed Moments

Here now is 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: CDM 2009.11.1

Photo caption: Out for a ride, ca. 1890. On horseback left to right: Ernest Halliday, Lilly Kirby, David Jones, Elizabeth Grieve, Berkeley Grieve, Jane Finley, H. Kirby, M. Halliday, William Halliday, Caroline Kirby. Page 121.

“Living It Up…Even while people faced major world events, such as the Great War (1914-1918), life in the Comox Valley required living it up. Dance, theatre, music, the arts and, most important, humour, were and continue to be, mainstays of valley life.” Page 121.

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Watershed Moments: May Day Parade

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

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Photo credit: CDM 2004.49.20
Photo caption: The lavish Comox Co-operative Creamery float passes by in the 1923 Courtenay May Day parade, while dairy producer Alex Urquhart watches from the sidelines. Page 90.

“In 1901, a group of Comox Valley dairy farmers, who lacked the equipment they needed for processing, set up the Comox Co-operative Creamery Association to provide a central processing co-op for their milk. “The Creamery,” as folks came to know it, became one of the most successful enterprises in the Comox Valley and met farmers’ needs for processing milk into premium butter, cheese and, eventually, ice cream, for the next sixty-seven years.” Page 86.

Psst! Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the book at the museum gift shop, too.

Watershed Moments: In the Running for BCHF Lieutenant Governor’s Medal

The museum has just received news from the British Columbia Historical Federation that Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District is one of seven books to be short-listed for the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing. Winners will be announced at the British Columbia Historical Federation Conference Book Awards Reception on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

To celebrate, we’re adding another feature to the e-news by presenting images and quotes from the book on a monthly basis. We hope you enjoy it.

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Photo credit: Stubbs Collection at CDM

Photo caption: Central Builders’ Wharf, ca. 1910-1920.

“Over time, the success of Joseph McPhee’s wharf set an example for his contemporaries, and wharves sprang up on both sides of the [Courtenay] river. Brackman-Ker Milling (B & K) had one on the east bank, while Central Builders and Vancouver Milling and Feed Store had theirs on the west bank.”