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Okanagan Region (B.C.) Ranching--British Columbia
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Alfred E. Booth footage : CBC sample reel

The item is a video compilation of footage from eight unedited film items from the Alfred E. Booth collection.

  1. Cariboo scenes, ca. 1936: includes ranch scenes (Flying U Ranch?), river ferry, etc.
  2. B.C. interior scenes, ca. 1937-1945: includes buses, beer parlour interior, Kamloops Indian Residential School, fire trucks, steam train.
  3. Kelowna Regatta, ca. 1939: water sports, lifesaving class, "Ogopogo" replica, Okanagan scenery.
  4. Greenwood, ca. 1939: visiting baseball team on street with locals, mining scenes, old-timers, artist at work, scenery.
  5. Edgewood and Arrow Lakes area, ca. 1938: townsfolk, street scenes, etc.
  6. Cariboo scenes, ca. 1936 or 1939: guest ranch scenes (Flying U Ranch?), orchard, trail riding (or pack train?) scenes. 7. New Denver area scenes, ca. 1938-1939: ore refining [?], town scenes, fire hall, etc.
  7. Pier D fire, Vancouver, 27 July 1938: the fire (various angles), crowd of onlookers, fire crews and fireboats at work.

Alice Thompson interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-11-18 SUMMARY: TRACKS 1 & 2: Mrs. Alice Thompson talks about her grandfather and her father, Okanagan pioneers J.C. and Val Haynes, and other impressions of the south Okanagan, 1857 to 1932. She describes family details and background; her father's work on a ranch at the head of Osoyoos Lake; a discussion of J.C. Haynes; a visit by U.S. General Sherman; the Hudson's Bay store; fur trade in the area; first settlers; J.C. Haynes as a gold commissioner; the selection of Indian reserve land; a smallpox epidemic; the death of J.C. Haynes; about her father Val Haynes including his early life and work; her grandfather's wives and children; and more stories about her father.

Elaine Cameron interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-11-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Elaine Cameron, Mrs. Gilbert Duncan Cameron, talks about the Guisachan Ranch and the Kelowna area, 1903 to 1919. She describes her husband's family and how they bought the Guisachan Ranch; s;he discusses the ranch, including its history and the land and the house; Lord and Lady Aberdeen at the Guisachan; riding and society in the area; the background of the Cameron family; how she came to; Kelowna in 1911; the people there; remittance men; her arrival; impressions of Kelowna; ghost stories; an anecdote about the visit of a concert violinist; comments about types of buggies; a discussion of the orchard and ranching at Guisachan. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Emil and Gertrude Krebs interview

CALL NUMBER: T0373:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-24 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Emil Richard Krebs and his wife Gertrude Krebs recall their experiences in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. Mr. Krebs discusses his father, Fred Krebs, who settled in Vernon. Mr. Krebs describes Okanagan ranches and Vernon circa 1908. He discloses his first experiences in the Chilcotin in 1928, Chilcotin ranches, several anecdotes, how he took up land at Dog Creek, the settlement of the Dog Creek area, the Chinese population, wild horses, and the trap line at Canim Lake in 1939. TRACK 2: Mr. Krebs offers an anecdote about trappers, pioneers at Canim Lake, the story of Buckskin Joe, the Indian population, the town of Likely, Quesnel Forks, and anecdotes about mining in the Keithley Creek-Likely area.

CALL NUMBER: T0373:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-24 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Gertrude Krebs, born in McLeod Lake in 1900, recalls Cariboo life. She offers the details of her birth, a brief summary of her life to 1919, a fire in Williams Lake, Williams Lake in the 1920s, and the first Williams Lake Stampedes. [TRACK 2: blank.]

F.H. "Tommy" Wilmot interview

CALL NUMBER: T1088:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. F.H. "Tommy" Wilmot discusses his father's travels and life in the Vernon area from 1890 to 1914. He begins by describing the Middleton family; Wilmot's father; polo matches; a story of; his father crossing the prairies by cart; ranching near Pincher Creek; Victoria and the Cowichan area; more about family and how they returned to England; how his father was persuaded to come to the Okanagan; he came to Coldstream in 1905; sports; ranchers in Alberta; a story about Billy Humphries; his mother; Policeman Clarkson; polo grounds and race tracks. TRACK 2: Mr. Wilmot continues by discussing raising ponies; Pat Burns and the Calgary girl's polo team; the pony business; polo in the Okanagan; his first impressions of the valley in 1905; Coldstream compared to then as to now; Hayden; recollections of Vernon; the pace in those days; sports; social life; the cordwood and ice business; young Englishmen; the country club; banker G.A. Henderson of the Bank of Montreal; Judge Spinks; ;Shorty Mardsen.;

CALL NUMBER: T1088:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Wilmot describes the year-round in the orchards; more on the sports played; impressions of Price Ellison; George Anderson; W.C. Ricardo; the slump on Coldstream after WWI; a story about Ricardo and Dr. Morris; Ricardo's cart; a description of Ricardo; Dr. Morris; work as an electrician; a man shot in a dispute over irrigation water; a story of the sale of Postill Ranch and cattle; Indians; general comments about Indians; and the Douglas Lake Cattle Company polo team. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Florence Wilson interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-05-24 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Florence Wilson recalls her father and mother and life in Falkland and Vancouver, 1892 to 1900. She discusses her father, Falkland Warren, and his background; how her brother came to Canada; more on her father's background; memories of arriving in Armstrong with her family; a trip by wagon to Falkland where her father had bought a ranch; her mother's reaction to pioneer life; her mother and father moved to Vancouver; more on her father's military career; school days in Vancouver; the ranch at Falkland and incidents of life there. [TRACK 2: blank.]

From the mountains to the sea : Okanagan people

SUMMARY: In "Okanagan People", number 4 in the series, we hear about the Indians, cattlemen and fruit growers of the Okanagan Valley; the lively society of the British people; the hard work of converting the dry hills into orchards. Voices heard include: Myra DeBeck, Dorothea Walker, Primrose Upton, Charlie Shaw, Bob Gammon, Len Hayman, and H.V. (Paddy) Acland.

J.R. Dennison interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], [1955?] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. J.R. Dennison gives some of his impressions of Vernon and area, 1893 to 1900. He describes the land between Sicamous and Vernon; impressions of Vernon in 1893; comments on the other Okanagan communities at that time; Coldstream Ranch and other ranches in the area; a story about a hungry Indigenous person; schools in the area; childhood then as compared to 1955; people in the area; remittance men; other people in the area such as "Old Bono" and Joe Harwood. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Kathleen Ellis interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-05-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Kathleen Ellis recalls her father; pioneer Okanagan rancher Tom Ellis. She discusses how her father came to the valley in 1865; pre-empted land at the present site of Penticton; returned to Ireland to marry; a description of Mrs. Ellis, nee Wade; Judge J.C. Haynes; Ellis' early travels; relations with native people; cattle brought from Oregon; early families; business dealings; Ell;is' treatment of newcomers; visitors; a description of the house; and how Ellis built the first church. TRACK 2: Miss Ellis describes early settlement at Penticton; Father Pandosy and his death; daily life; governesses; pastimes; chores; Ellis' cattle herd of 4,000 head; how Eileen Ellis met Pat Burns; visits with the Burns family in Calgary; cattle driven to Hope or Rossland; hard feelings when; Ellis bought Haynes Ranch in Osoyoos after J.C. Hayne's death; rivalries; and the Kruger family.

Len Hayman interview

CALL NUMBER: T0458:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], [1965?] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Leonard Hayman recalls life in the Okanagan, 1901 to 1945. He discusses how he came out to the Okanagan Valley in 1901; worked on a ranch near Vernon; worked on CPR steamboats; incident;s on the farm; crews on boats; Indians on the reservation south of Kelowna [Westbank?]; working his way up to captain on steamboats; early days in Kelowna; cows in the streets; drinking in Kelowna; Reverend Thomas Green; an anecdote about Tom Ellis and the church organ in Penticton; and a Pauline Johnson concert. TRACK 2: Mr. Hayman discusses steamboats coming into Penticton; people in Penticton; how Mr. Hayman came to run the ferry across Okanagan Lake; a story of a boat which was wrecked in a storm at night; a man lost on a canoe in the lake; the Okanagan Brigade Trail; running ferries under the government; roads on the west side of the lake; stories about "Wild Goose Bill"; Indians and ferry operations.

CALL NUMBER: T0458:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], [1965?] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: This track begins with an anecdote about Mr. Hayman stealing his own pig; stories about the police; Sam Lee of the Chinese Laundry at Okanagan Landing; a funny story about a minister at Field; pioneer supplies such as flour sacks; stories about Indians; a story about an Indian in court who wanted a receipt for his fine; and a story of a Chinese man who was shot by mistake. TRACK 2: Mr. Hayman offers more stories about a bear shot from a sternwheeler; swimming the lake to see loon eggs; a story of Joe Casorso and an Indian and a cougar skin; Reverend Solly and the burning down of the Naramata church; a new organ in the Penticton church; a story about Tom Ellis and the church organ; Price Ellison; lake ferry problems; how Mr. Hayman took the ferry over; church services; a story a;bout a funeral and poison ivy.

Mirrors to the sun : long version

The item is a composite print of a travelogue film made in 1073-1974. It uses unusual optical techniques (mainly mirror-image and "kaleidoscopic" effects) to present the scenic splendours of B.C. Includes footage of abandoned Nickel Plate mine, Fraser Canyon, whitewater rafting, Nicola Valley, cattle ranching & roundup, rodeo, Kalamalka Lake, Kelowna Regatta, Penticton Peach Festival, autumn scenes, snowmobiling and skiing.

Mirrors to the sun : [short version]

Travelogue. Uses unusual optical techniques (mainly mirror-image and "kaleidoscopic" effects) to present the scenic splendours of B.C. Includes footage of abandoned Nickel Plate mine, Fraser Canyon, whitewater rafting, Nicola Valley, cattle ranching & roundup, rodeo, Kalamalka Lake, Kelowna Regatta, Penticton Peach Festival, autumn scenes, snowmobiling, skiing.

Myra DeBeck and Ellen Sovereign interview

CALL NUMBER: T1089:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Myra DeBeck and Mrs. Ellen Sovereign are the daughters of Price Ellison (1853-1932). Mrs. DeBeck begins the interview by discussing her father's background; how he came to the Okanagan; the story of her mother's wedding ring; how her mother, Sophie Johnson, came to the Okanagan and married Ellison; Ellison's youth in England; his apprenticeship as a Whitesmith; neighbours in Vernon; the Ellison Ranch; a description of the house; her mother's involvement in the women's council; Lord and Lady Aberdeen. TRACK 2: Mrs. Ellen Sovereign discusses her father as an Okanagan pioneer and as a politician with great vision for the valley. She describes social life in Vernon; various visits to Victoria around 1900; impressions of Victoria; Premier Richard McBride; the Aberdeens; the Barnards of BX Ranch; a trip to Simpson Ranch.

CALL NUMBER: T1089:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Myra DeBeck recalls life in Vernon and the area from 1890 to 1910. She describes Vernon as it was around 1900; the strawberry festival and social events; the story of how her mother came to; the valley; a trip to the World's Fair in 1893; Okanagan Mission; a visit to the Simpson Ranch; roads in the Valley; Coldstream Ranch; W.C. Ricardo; Lady Aberdeen and the Womens' Council, and the Cottage Hospital. TRACK 2: Mrs. DeBeck continues describing Lady Aberdeen's visit; the visit of Earl and Lady Grey; the Aberdeen family and their children; Lady Aberdeen's Irish village at the Chicago ;World's Fair; Coldstream; hop growing and Indian pickers; other ranchers and ranches in the area; the O'Keefe family; the Greenhows; BX Ranch; the Barnard family; the MacDonald family; young Englishmen; the Womens' Institute; Penticton; the Ellis family.

CALL NUMBER: T1089:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Myra DeBeck recalls a 1910 trip with her father, Provincial cabinet minister Price Ellison, into what became Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. She also describes the creation of Ellison Park on Okanagan Lake; Premier Richard McBride; electioneering with her father; and stories about an old hand on Ellison Ranch. [TRACK 2: blank.]

[Parry Films Ltd. -- miscellaneous library footage]

Stock shots. Compiled from the outs of sundry Parry productions, these rolls include footage of cannery operations, cattle ranching, farming, fishing, a foundry, logging, pipe laying, powerhouse and power line construction (Kemano), sawmilling and shipping. In addition, there are such sequences as an amphibious aircraft landing on a lake and taxiing onto land; a CPA DC-8 airliner taking off and in flight; Kelowna's Royal Anne Hotel; CPR locomotive 374 (retired) at Kitsilano Park; Mission Dam; Okanagan Valley apple blossoms; Rocky Mountain scenery and locales; Stanley Park; a fire in a Vancouver shipyard; and Vancouver's streets, skyline & waterfront. 76.3 has some particularly good mid-1950s Vancouver street scenes (with newsboys hawking papers on busy streets), as well as good footage of the waterfront and docks, various cargoes being loaded or unloaded, etc.

The Okanagan : cattle and peaches

SUMMARY: Stories from the early days of settlement in the Okanagan Valley: the missionary priest Father Pandosy; the cattle ranches; rancher and politician Price Ellison; the beginnings of Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and Peachland; real estate promoter J.M. Robinson; and the fruit orchards. The voices heard are: Myra DeBeck; Primrose Upton; Charlie Shaw; Bob Gamman; Len Hayman; and H.V. "Paddy" Acland.

Tierney O'Keefe interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-11-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Tierney O'Keefe discusses his father; Cornelius O'Keefe, and the O'Keefe Ranch, 1860 to 1905. He discusses how Cornelius came to the Okanagan and pre-empted land in 1868; how the ranch grew to a great size; ranch buildings; Indians and the Indian reserve; the relationship of whites and Indians; how the post office was established at his ranch; other settlers in the area; Captain T.D.; Short's plan to build a canal linking Shuswap and Okanagan Lakes; writers; self-sufficiency; the flour mill on the ranch; how a large part of O'Keefe ranch was sold in 1905, and how orchards sold for $1,015 per acre; recollections of Cornelius O'Keefe, and St. Anne's Church on the ranch, which was built in 1886. [TRACK 2: blank.]