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Effie Turnor interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-07 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Effie L. Turnor describes early settlement at Wilmer: how she came from England with her family in 1911; her father was lured out by R.R. Bruce's pamphlet; her father bought ten acres just above Wilmer; grew strawberries and apples; in 1916 she moved to Invermere; there were few farms near Wilmer in the early days; it was mainly a mining town; Bruce's charming personality is described; she mentions several characters around Wilmer. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Harry Richardson interview : [Duffy, 1982]

RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1982-09-01 SUMMARY: Harry E. Richardson recalls the location shooting of the Hollywood feature film "Unseeing Eyes" in the Invermere area, 1923, including his own brief work on the picture.;

Invermere Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-3988
  • Series
  • 1989-2002

This series consists of probate or estate files from the Supreme Court of Invermere from 1989-2002. Files are arranged by file number which are assigned in the order probates are filed with the court. Original or copies of wills may be included in the files.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Invermere)

Kootenay east

The sub-series consists of oral history interviews recorded in the East Kootenay and Upper Columbia regions, mainly dealing with the history of those regions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The history of many communities in the region are discussed, with particular emphasis on Fernie, Fort Steele, Golden, Invermere, Wilmer and Windermere.

Minnie Irvin interview

CALL NUMBER: T0920:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-06-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Minnie Caldwell Irvin came to Arrowhead BC from Nova Scotia in 1911. She mentions her father Edward C. Smith. She discusses her marriage to Sam Irvin and her reasons for coming west. She offers her impressions upon arrival in Arrowhead, and some early memories of Arrowhead; boats on the Arrow Lakes; Halcyon Hot Springs; St. Leon; Revelstoke; Arrowhead and Arrowhead Hotels; a lands;lide at Whisky Point; recreation, such as skating. She discusses her husband's background, and then discusses the lumber industry; lake boats and Captain Cambourne; Rossland's red light district; Rossland in 1896; the decline of Arrowhead, and her move to Athalmer in the Columbia Valley in 1912. TRACK 2: Mrs. Irvin describes the Columbia Valley stage: Jim McKay; Sir Randolph Bruce; 'Whistling' Rufe Kempton; Mr. and 'Ma' Henderson. She discusses riverboats; Sir Randolph Bruce and the Columbia Valley orchards land scheme; the Athalmer area economy; railroad construction. She then compares Windermere; Invermere; Athalmer and Wilmer. She discusses Kootenay and Shuswap Indians and comments on Indian-White relations; recreation; more about 'Whistling' Rufe. She describes the Athalmer Hotel in 1912; the coronation of the hotel at Arrowhead; social life and recreation at Athalmer; cock fighting; Fairmont and Radium Hot Springs.

CALL NUMBER: T0920:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-06-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Irvin continues with the story of how she came to Rossland from Athalmer in 1915, and stayed until 1958, operating the Irvin Hotel. She describes the red light district of Rossland; the; trip to Rossland in 1915; facilities at the hotel and making lunches for the miners. She describes Rossland in the 1930s and stories about finding and mining minerals. She discusses transportation ;and compares Athalmer to Rossland. She then compares Rossland to other mining towns. TRACK 2: Mrs. Irvin describes the scenery near Rossland; recreation such as horseback riding, a first in the tow;n in the 1920s; Rossland's beginnings; the history of the Irvin Hotel; the explosion of 1905; hotels; and an incident with 'Calgary Red'.; CALL NUMBER: T0920:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-06-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Irvin discusses 'Old Lady Jess'; Rossland buildings as they were before the fire in the 1920s. She describes the home of Ross Thompson, who Rossland was named after; Trail; Mary's Flats; at Trail; the Italian population at Trail; Mrs. Essling; an M.P.'s travel to Trail; the Sullivan Mine at Kimberly; and miscellaneous comments about the Rossland area. [TRACK 2: blank.];

Mrs. H. Williams interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. H. Williams describes her trials as a woman homesteader at Wilmer: she came from Scotland in 1914 and really wanted to go back as she was very homesick for a year; settled outside of Wilmer; their house was built in ten days; her husband was a carpenter; and had worked in Wilmer for three years before he brought his wife out; Sir Robert Randolph Bruce is described as not being an hon;est man; misleading advertisements about Invermere; a description of Bruce's wife and her death; loggers and miners described as real gentlemen; originally Wilmer was more prominent than Athalmer and Windermere, but then Bruce pulled out; a big flood in 1916. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Mrs. L.B. Lake interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. L.B. Lake came from Wisconsin to Wilmer in 1911. She discusses R.R. Bruce at Invermere and James L. McKay at Athalmer. Mrs. Lake's father-in-law, J.J. Lake, ran the first store in Athalmer. Mrs. Lake describes Bruce's fruit farming plans; the 'demo-cart' and the route from Cranbrook to Windermere; Athalmer as a pioneer logging town. TRACK 2: Mrs. Lake continues by describing the boats running along the Columbia River and on Lake Windermere.

Oxley Family. Windsor, England.

Letters from Margaret (Oxley) Phillips and her husband, Captain John Noel Phillips, to Mrs. Phillips' mother and sister in England, describing their experiences farming land obtained from Columbia Valley Irrigated Fruit Lands Ltd., near Wilmer; biographical notes on her parents by Elizabeth Phillips.

Presented by Elizabeth Phillips, London, England, 1966.

Rocky Mountain Forest District range management records

  • GR-4078
  • Series
  • 1939-2008

This series consists of range management records from the Rocky Mountain Forest District for the years 1940-2008. This series may also include records created by the Cranbrook, Kootenay Lake and Invermere Forest Districts, as well as the Nelson and Southern Interior Forest Regions. Note that the names and boundaries of districts and regions varied over the years.

Records relate to the administration of Grazing Licences and Grazing Permits as defined under the Range Act, and Grazing Leases as defined under the Land Act. This includes their issuance, amendment, transfer, billing, monitoring, policy, and administration. This may include records concerning additions and deletions of land and/or authorized Animal Unit Months (AUM) from grazing tenures. There are also a few range tenure appeal files.

Each grazing permit and licence file relates to a particular range tenure. Note that there may be additional individuals or companies who held the tenure over time which are not listed in the file title. Files within each box are arranged alphabetically by file title.

The series also includes individual range unit files which relate to the management of larger range units. These are areas of range land that may be shared by multiple tenure holders. This includes operational records such as range unit plans, inspections covering more than one range tenure, and general information concerning the history of the management of specific range units. This includes a files regarding the impact of the flooding on rage use resulting from the Libby Dam.

Records in this series include tenure application forms, grazing plans, range use plans, correspondence, maps, photos, surveys, reports, records determining range boundaries and use, and information on range improvements and clearing. Improvements can include infrastructure such as fixing mudholes, constructing fences, corrals, trails or gates, range seeding, and improving access to water sources for livestock.

The ministries responsible for the Forest and Range Districts, and the years that they were responsible, are:
British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Forests (1945-1962)
British Columbia. Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources (1962-1975)
British Columbia. Dept. of Forests (1975-1976)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Range (2005-2010)

This series is classified under ORCS number 15420-09, 15700-20, 15700-50, 15720-20, 15720-30 and 15740-20 of the Ministry of Forests schedule (881261).

British Columbia. Rocky Mountain Forest District

Rocky Mountain Forest District timber tenures

  • GR-4079
  • Series
  • 1946-2008

This series consists of timber tenures from the Rocky Mountain Forest District for the years 1946-2008. This series may also include records created by the Cranbrook, Invermere and Kootenay Lake Forest Districts, as well as the Nelson and Southern Interior Forest Regions. Note that the names and boundaries of districts and regions varied over the years.

Timber tenures include replaceable forest licences, licences to cut, replaceable timber sale licences, non-replaceable timber sale licences, woodlot licences, special use permits and Christmas tree permits. There are also records regarding tree farm licence (TFL) 13, TFL 14, TFL 26, TFL 36 and TFL 37.

Files contain cutting permits, legal documents, operations information, charts, applications, development plans, annual reports, management plans, an “A” number bid deposit register, correspondence, maps, reports, amendments, logging inspection reports, logging plans, licences, policy, procedures, and a variety of other documents.

The series also includes some records related to silviculture. These include silviculture openings, obligations, as well as silviculture experiment (SX) files regard trials completed under the jurisdiction of the silviculture program. Includes records detailing silviculture trials conducted, working plans, results, evaluations, reports, models, maps and data. Silviculture obligations may relate to major licensees, woodlot licences or the small business program.

The ministries responsible for the Forest and Range Districts, and the years that they were responsible, are:
British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Forests (1945-1962)
British Columbia. Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water (1962-1975)
British Columbia. Dept. of Forests (1975-1976)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Range (2005-2010)

Records in this series are classified under ORCS numbers 18750-20, 18765-20, 18765-25, 18765-30, 18990-20, 19440-25, 19500-20, 19500-45, 19500-60, 19540-25, 19570-25, 19600-30, 19600-45, 19620-25, 19620-45, 19680-20, 19700-25, 19700-45, 19700-60, 19710-20, 19710-30, 19720-20 and 19720-45 of the Ministry of Forests schedule (881261).

British Columbia. Rocky Mountain Forest District

Valley of a thousand peaks

Travelogue. Showcases the East Kootenay region and the Rockies. Includes footage of Cranbrook (Sam Steele Days), a rodeo, the recreated pioneer village of Fort Steele, Kimberley July Fest activities, Invermere, Yoho National Park (including Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge & Takakkaw Falls), mountain hiking, autumn scenes, fishing, winter, skiing and heli-skiing.

Valley of a thousand peaks

Travelogue. Showcases the East Kootenay region and the Rockies. Includes footage of Cranbrook (Sam Steele Days), a rodeo, the recreated pioneer village of Fort Steele, Kimberley July Fest activities, Invermere, Yoho National Park (including Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge & Takakkaw Falls), mountain hiking, autumn scenes, fishing, winter, skiing and heli-skiing.

Valley of a thousand peaks

Travelogue. Showcases the East Kootenay region and the Rockies. Includes footage of Cranbrook (Sam Steele Days), a rodeo, the recreated pioneer village of Fort Steele, Kimberley July Fest activities, Invermere, Yoho National Park (including Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge & Takakkaw Falls), mountain hiking, autumn scenes, fishing, winter, skiing and heli-skiing.

Valley of a thousand peaks

The item is a composite print of a travelogue from 1978. It showcases the East Kootenay region and the Rockies. Includes footage of Cranbrook (Sam Steele Days), a rodeo, the recreated pioneer village of Fort Steele, Kimberley July Fest activities, Invermere, Yoho National Park (including Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge & Takakkaw Falls), mountain hiking, autumn scenes, fishing, winter, skiing and heli-skiing.

Valley of a thousand peaks : French version

The item is a composite print of a travelogue from 1978. It showcases the East Kootenay region and the Rockies. Includes footage of Cranbrook (Sam Steele Days), a rodeo, the recreated pioneer village of Fort Steele, Kimberley July Fest activities, Invermere, Yoho National Park (including Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge & Takakkaw Falls), mountain hiking, autumn scenes, fishing, winter, skiing and heli-skiing.

Valley of a thousand peaks : Japanese version

The item is a composite print of a travelogue from 1978. It showcases the East Kootenay region and the Rockies. Includes footage of Cranbrook (Sam Steele Days), a rodeo, the recreated pioneer village of Fort Steele, Kimberley July Fest activities, Invermere, Yoho National Park (including Emerald Lake, Natural Bridge & Takakkaw Falls), mountain hiking, autumn scenes, fishing, winter, skiing and heli-skiing.

Vera Bennett interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-05-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Vera Bennett describes early days in Field, Cranbrook and Creston: Vera's father was from Sweden and worked for the CPR and eventually became road master at Field; her mother was English and was born in India; Vera was the first white baby born in Field, and was born in a box car; VIP's at Field; the family moved to Cranbrook in 1898; in 1899 nearly everything in Fort Steele went to; Cranbrook which was just a tent town during its construction; Vera married in 1913; the stage to Windermere was always uncomfortable; describes the route and stopping house; the smallpox epidemic in ;the spring of 1899; hundreds of workers died. TRACK 2: Bennett continues by describing a movie company and promotion of Invermere as a fruit growing area in 1909 and 1910; apples tied to poplars; reservists from England were totally unprepared for the actual conditions; she and her husband moved to Creston in 1914; there were reservists there also; Radium Hot Springs; ceremonies for the opening ;of the David Thompson memorial in 1922; she went to All Hallows School in Yale for two years; Indian and white girls were kept very separate.

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