By Christine Dickinson
In 1922, as he was laying the floor in his new house, 33 year old Geoff Capes was thinking about Christmas with his young family and a wide circle of friends - tentatively he anticipated a more secure and stable future, as he moved a load of bricks inside to dry them by the fire. He was prepared to work hard and he enjoyed the vibrant social life that this new community offered.
This was just the fourth Christmas since he had returned from the trenches in France. The intervening years had been difficult because finding work had not been easy. Finally he had been hired as a bookkeeper, and he and his wife Nell, and their two young daughters, Katherine and Phyllis, had moved to Merville. The previous July they had lost their home in a terrible bush fire, which had claimed homes and livelihoods. Geoff had re-established himself as the part owner of a building supply business in Courtenay and he was in the process of building a new home for Nell and his daughters, now aged nine and seven years, on Cumberland Road.
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As the festive season approaches, the Courtenay and District Museum board and staff would like to extend wishes to all for a wonderful and safe holiday.
Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year to you and yours!
It's All there in Black and White
St. Joseph's Hospital was headline news 47 years ago, too.
The announcement that appeared in the Comox District Free Press of December 25, 1963 must have felt like a Christmas wish come true.
Read this newspaper article from our archives
The museum will be open regular winter hours, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm except for the following holiday closures:
- December 24th closed at 12 noon
- Closed December 25th, 26th and 27th
- December 31st closed at 12 noon
- Closed January 1st, 2nd, 3rd
A Word to the Wise
Here's a unique Comox Valley way to increase your word power...learn an original Island Comox place name.
"Táwuseman 'river along the beach' - this is the Island Comox word for Little River, which runs along the beach near where the Comox-Powell River ferry now docks."
From Sliammon Life, Sliammon Lands page 169 by Dorothy Kennedy and Randy Bouchard, 1983.
We searched the archives cook book collection to provide you with a couple of recipes for the holidays.
A sweet treat from the St. Joseph's Hospital WA Cook Book compiled in 1956 gives a yummy recipe for Yule Logs.
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For those who like the more savory, here is a recipe for leftover turkey from the St. George's United Church Friendship Unit Cook Book of 1966.
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If you are still working your way through your Christmas gift list you might want to check out the museum gift shop or the I-Hos Gallery for a unique present.
Judy and Stan Hagen
Comox Valley Community Foundation
Daryl and Evelyn Wright-Francis Jeweller's Ltd.
The Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation
The Robert Hunt Family
Don and Marie Gordon
M. Jean McMullan Estate
Comox Valley Echo
The Bickle Family
John Wilson and Family
Sue and Ian Leakey
Dove and Mike Hendren
John and Joan Wilson
George E. Sprogis
Photo of the Month
Corfield Motors, Courtenay, 1920s
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The Courtenay and District Historical Society was registered as a nonprofit society in 1961 to preserve and interpret cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley. It has functioned as an independent society since that time. Funds are derived from the generous support of the City of Courtenay, British Columbia Arts Council, Comox Valley Regional District, Valley Charitable Bingo Society, and from museum generated revenues and donations.
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