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 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.

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

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 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 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.”