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Kelowna (B.C.) Remittance men--British Columbia
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Primrose Upton interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-11-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Primrose Upton talks about settlement and life in the Okanagan Mission area, 1859 to 1910. She describes her father's arrival; early days in Keremeos around 1894; her father's background; his land at Okanagan Mission; orcharding in the area; shipping fruit; her maternal grandfather G.R. Thompson, and his background; her grandmother's family; characters; remittance men; the Indians; Father Pandosy and the other Oblates who started the Mission in 1859; other early settlers; David Douglas in 1833; more on Oblates; other people in the Kelowna/Okanagan Mission area, such as Lequime and Knox and Brent; general comments and more on Pandosy. [TRACK 2: blank.]

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.]

Charlie Shaw interview

CALL NUMBER: T1118:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-11-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Charlie Shaw talks about his experiences in the Okanagan and other recollections from 1886 to 1911. Mr. Shaw outlines several experiences: his father was the first Reeve of Burnaby; Sha;w was sent east as a boy; returned to Armstrong and became a printer; worked in Penticton; knew Robert Service in Dawson City; his father's background; childhood memories of the Vancouver area; his mother's family; details of his father's business; his move to Kamloops; returning to help his uncle print a paper in Armstrong; Armstrong and the area around 1900; stories about Cornelius O'Keefe; George Anderson; S.C. Smith and his lumber business; development in the Penticton area and Penticton social life. TRACK 2: Mr. Shaw continues with more on the development of Penticton including the business and settlers; starting the newspaper there; a lengthy discussion of printing and printing techniques; work on the newspaper; anti-Chinese agitation in Penticton and elsewhere; the "Komagata Maru"; incident in Vancouver in [1914]; more about Penticton and its growth to 1906; alcohol; Price Ellison; social life in the Vernon area; social behavior and manners.

CALL NUMBER: T1118:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-11-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Shaw discusses the anti-Chinese feeling in Armstrong; a story of an anti-Chinese prank; the moral character of Armstrong; Lord and Lady Aberdeen in Vernon and their effect on Vernon soci;ety; Kelowna in those days; J.M. Robinson and Naramata; a description of Robinson; real estate promoters "Breezy" Lee and "Windy" Young; an anecdote about Colonel Sam Hughes inspecting militia at Vern;on; and a remittance man and his wager. TRACK 2: Mr. Shaw recalls Dawson City in 1906 and 1907, including how he came to Dawson; a story about a newspaper serial; details of travel to and from Dawso;n City; gold dust as currency; the value of money; goods in Dawson City; sled dog teams; Adam Cruickshank; Smith and his gambling house; law and order; moral attitudes in Dawson; prostitutes; drinking; and Christmas.NOTE: The sound quality on this track is not up to par with the other tracks.

CALL NUMBER: T1118:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-11-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Shaw continues by describing Dawson City from 1906 to 1910, including entertainment; Robert W. Service and his verse; and the people of Dawson. He discusses Grand Forks as a mining community in 1907; more on the people of Dawson; a wager on the Johnson/Burns fight in 1907; the Liberty gold mine near Grand Forks; various people in the Grand Forks area at the time; an Englishmen in the Okanagan and his wager; and remittance men. [TRACK 2: blank.]

R.E. Gamman interview

CALL NUMBER: T0322:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-15 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Robert E. Gamman recalls life in the Okanagan; 1908 to 1914. He describes how he came to the Okanagan in 1908 via the U.S.; odd jobs in Vernon; trapping; J.M. Robinson and Naramata; land dealings; irrigation; life as a greenhorn in a cabin; the man who lent him the cabin; "real men"; a story of a man who froze to death on a trail; Nahun Landing; trapping in the Monashee area; the story of how he came to Naramata; work there and surveying. TRACK 2: Mr. Gamman describes early days in Naramata; survey work in the South Okanagan; an encounter with wild cattle; Mrs. Kruger and her boys; hospitality then as compared to today; Okanagan Falls; packing into Camp McKinney; the story of Arnott, who had owned the site of Kaleden, and his partner Bill Hines; their ranch; other characters; a visit from a game warden regarding deer; and the town of Fairview.

CALL NUMBER: T0322:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-15 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Gamman describes surveying and the construction of the Kettle Valley Railway; accidents; survey work; work in Northern BC; surveying the watershed of Deadman River; an anecdote about the; beginning of World War I; Kelowna and remittance men, including one who pretended to own a ranch; a description of Kelowna; Vernon; bad debts back then; other people such as Tommy Wilmot and Paddy Acland; early days in Penticton; Naramata; more on J.M. Robinson who was "a real pioneer"; early growth in Naramata and irrigation. TRACK 2: Mr. Gamman tells stories of people in Naramata; development ;in Naramata over World War I; land between there and Penticton; his own early life there; the Green family of Green Mountain; a story about getting locked up overnight in Kelowna; various odd jobs such as prospecting and pruning trees.

Wilton Powley interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Wilton Powley discusses how he came out to the Okanagan in 1904 from Medicine Hat; looking at the land; Oyama and its various names; his house at the 11-mile post between Vernon and Kelowna; dreams of running a tramp steamer; running a stopping place for a stage coach; Mark Howard; other families nearby; the naming of Kelowna; people in the Winfield area; Tom Wood of the Winfield Ranch; remittance men; more about stopping houses; the development of Oyama; general comments. [TRACK 2: blank.]

H.V. "Paddy" Acland interview

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Paddy Acland remembers a few anecdotes about hunting and hiking in the BC interior. He explains how he came out to British Columbia from England after serving with the British Army duri;ng the Boer War. He describes expectations of life in BC and offers comments on the background of his father, John Acland. He arrived in BC in 1908; he describes the appearance of Summerland. He discusses his first jobs in the Okanagan; building his first log cabin; an anecdote about digging a basement for "Old Johnson"; buying and pre empting land in the Okanagan. TRACK 2: Paddy Acland describes the development of his own property near Eneas Lake between Peachland and Summerland. He discusses his first impressions of the Okanagan Valley, coming into it via train and boat. He describes ;the sternwheeler "Aberdeen"; labouring for a tobacco farmer in Kelowna; working for a dairy farmer, the meanest man Mr. Acland had ever met; comments on another employer, named "Fluffy" Williston. Mr. Acland offers further comments on British immigrants who came to the Okanagan during this era.

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Paddy Acland mentions his first jobs in the Okanagan, including lumber sorting and surveying. Mr. Acland returned to England for two months, and then returned to the Okanagan. He offers an; anecdote about a man being thrown into Lake Okanagan with all of his belongings, for making a pass at a local girl, and the "rough" justice of the era. More anecdotes about promiscuity between wives; of landed settlers and hired working men. Mr. Acland discusses his marriage to a girl from Summerland, and a digression on the different types of English immigrants, including the class that settled; in Vernon during the early decades of the century, which he found snobbish and pretentious. He describes the mixture of settlers in Kelowna during this era. TRACK 2: Mr. Acland offers comments about the Edgelow family of Kelowna, particularly Mrs. Edgelow, who delighted in shocking Kelowna residents prior to World War I. He comments on the background of the Acland family and offers anecdotes ;about his mother-in-law, Mrs. Hutton of Kelowna, an ardent Catholic convert who often entertained in her large home. He tells a story about an English orchardist who planted his trees upside down, an;d describes dances and social activities in the Okanagan Valley during this era. He describes the growth and development of Summerland during its early years and reflects upon the different currents ;of immigrants and settlers which have made up the fabric of Canadian society.

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Paddy Acland discusses some early Okanagan Valley residents. He admits that he joined the Baptist church choir to meet young and single women. He discusses relations with the Indians in the reserve near Summerland; the story of Sam McGee; comments on how the capital of early settlers was used and misused; a recollection of J.M. Robinson; comments on the Manitoba farmers induced to come; to the Okanagan Valley by Robinson; comments on how young men made a living in the Okanagan during this era; a story about the fortunes of three young working men; and comments on the Dominion Experimental Farm at Summerland. TRACK 2: Mr. Acland recalls several characters at Cobble Hill, Duncan, and offers a comparison between Vancouver Island and the Okanagan Valley during the early years of t;he century. He discusses personalities and experiences at Thetis Island; then he tells a story about two young men who shot a policeman in the Okanagan Valley, and were hunted by posses throughout the valley. More comments on English settlers; the story of the Belleview Hotel; anecdotes about the antics at the Belleview Hotel, and a physical description of the hotel.;

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0004 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Paddy Acland retraces early working experiences and life in the Okanagan Valley. He describes Okanagan Falls around the time of the First World War; the town of Kaleden; a story about Tom E;llis; stories about rattlesnakes; a story about competing in the long jump against an Indian at Penticton; comments about Penticton and Naramata; a description of Peachland; comments about settlements; on the west side of Okanagan Lake; J.C. Dun-Waters and the building of Fintry; dairy farming; comments about the simple funerals of several wealthy Okanagan residents; and an anecdote about the funeral of Matt Wilson. TRACK 2: Mr. Acland recalls his service with a military regiment in the Okanagan Valley; organizational and disciplinary problems with the Okanagan military regiment; military stories and training with different military regiments in BC and eastern Canada.;

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0005 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Paddy Acland discusses military training and service overseas with a Canadian battalion during the First World War. He offers further recollections of aspects of military training in British Columbia. TRACK 2: Mr. Acland tells a story of bear hunting behind his homestead with a local Indian. He describes his service as a government weed inspector along Lake Okanagan, and tells a story; about entry into the military. He comments about training in the Okanagan and he traces his military career.

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0006 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Paddy Acland discusses further aspects of his military experience overseas during World War I. TRACK 2: Mr. Acland offers recollections about flying aircraft and training pilots during World War I; returning to the Okanagan Valley after the war; a story about losing his land after the war, and serving as a manager at the Eldorado ranch. Finally, he discusses hard times.