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This Google Earth picture shows most of the 88 acres of land – former townsite of the gold mine community of Fairview – west of Oliver.
The Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen has acquired this land for 30 years and is prepared to sub-lease it to the Fairview Historic Townsite Society.
A lot of history – both in the use of the land and the organization wanting to preserve it.
Candice Gartner, Project Coordinator, RDOS told a meeting of the Society today that the district had received a license of occupation ….and a service agreement for 5 years was forthcoming to the FHTS.
Gartner told Society members that a ‘Work Plan’ was necessary to get grant funding for projects – but that was a separate issue and members should expect the (sub-license) service agreement shortly. Gartner brought to the meeting a “Site Management Plan” approved by the Province of BC. Much work yet to done on this project.
A meeting to discuss the ‘Work Plan’ would be held within 30 days.
An AGM of the Society would be held within 60 days – based on motions passed at a General Meeting of the Fairview Heritage Townsite Society.
Members at the meeting insisted that to refurbish existing trails would be a target for 2018, parking and then and a third – signage to direct visitors to the actual spots where stamp mills or hotels were located in the 1800’s. (1892-1899) – The site vacated by 1920.
The FHTS acknowledges the support of the Okanagan Historical Society, (SO Branch) and the Oliver & District Heritage Society for support and encouragement.
Wine Capital Art Walk returns for another great year during the spring wine festival with barrels being painted throughout the week, May 7th – 10th leading up to the main event, Thursday, May 10th from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Local artists will showcase a variety of artistic mediums in businesses along main street between Bank Avenue and Town Hall, with demonstrations and live entertainment. Artists will have works available for sale and the wine barrels are being sold by silent auction. A BBQ in support of Highway to Healing will also be available.
Presented by Oliver Community Arts Council, with Oliver Downtown Business Association, Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association and Oliver Tourism Association.
Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre
This position is ideal for the person who is looking to supplement their income, or those who are semi-retired.
The Safe Home Worker provides support to women and children leaving abusive relationships.
Responsibilities include intake and assessment, crisis intervention. Safe Home Workers collaborate with the RCMP, Victim Services, and other agencies. Qualifications: life experience, strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, to be confidential, flexible and positive.
A current criminal record check will be required.
Prospective employees must reside in the Oliver/Osoyoos area.
Closing date: Open posting
Send resumes to Marieze Tarr
Job Type: Casual
June 21, 1930 – February 18, 2018
Born June 21, 1930 in Neder Horst den Berg, Holland.
Survived by his wife of 59 years Donna Zeeman. Son Thomas (Gwen), son Richard (Samantha), daughter Lucy (Calvin). Grandchildren Jared Zeeman (Amanda), Randee Ede (Adam), Rodney Zeeman (Becky), Amanda Zeeman (Paul), Tyler Zeeman, Matt Zaste, Melissa Zaste. Great Grandchildren Sasha, Isaac and Ben Zeeman, Jaxon and Brock Ede, Tanner, Parker and Piper Zeeman. Nieces Lydia Miller and Sylvia Revell and nephew Andy Zeeman. Predeceased by son Danny Zeeman (Shirley) and brother Andrew, sister in law Betty and dear Niece Sonja. Twin sister Lise, sisters Mien and Marie and brother Pete, all who lived in Holland.
Matt immigrated to Canada with his eldest brother Andrew and family in 1954 and started his life in Canada working for Alex McGibbon. In 1958 he started to work at the Mountain Sawmill in Christian Valley alongside many other young Dutchmen who had come to this country to have a better life after the war. In the early 60s he moved back to Oliver and purchased the William Allyn Orchard which he ran as a family operation.
Matt also worked for the School District for 27 years. He really enjoyed the students. One year he and his brother Andrew went in a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Fairview School. They walked all the way to Osoyoos in their wooden shoes. Matt found many ways over the years to raise funds for the Student Council and upon his retirement he was presented with a gold watch by the students. A gift he greatly treasured.
He loved to travel and took many trips back to Holland and members of his Dutch family often came to Canada to visit. He was a co-founding member of the South Okanagan Good Sam’s Club and over the years enjoyed many campouts in BC and the US. He, his brother Andrew and families went to Powell River every August to camp and salmon fish and made many wonderful memories. He and Donna also enjoyed many cruises over the years and holidays in Mexico.
Matt was a great supporter of Ducks Unlimited, he was a committee member for over 20 years, co-chaired the Greenwing Committee and enjoyed the comradery of friendships of many dear people. He was a founding member of the South Okanagan Spinners and Weavers and spent many a winter hour sitting at his spinning wheel.
In recent years Matt enjoyed his early morning visits to the A&W with all of his coffee buddies.
Matt was a man with a generous heart that dearly loved his family and enjoyed a life well lived. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the “Oliver Park Project” toward a bench in Matt’s name would be greatly appreciated.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
On February 17th, 2018 at 0740 am Oliver/Osoyoos RCMP Members attended an apartment on Main St as a witness reported a male carrying a large axe had used it to break an entrance door and go inside. The apartment was located on top of a closed business and believed to be unoccupied.
Police Dog Service (PDS) was contacted from Penticton RCMP and members set up a perimeter at the location until PDS arrived. The apartment was searched and members discovered the male had now gone into the business through an access door. PDS member and police dog entered the business. The police dog located a male hiding behind a door to one of the offices and made contact. The PDS member observed the male had an axe raised preparing to strike the police dog. The PDS member was close enough to use this moment, while the suspect was being distracted by the police dog, to grab the axe handle.
A brief struggle ensued over the axe and it was removed from the suspects grip. The male was restrained and arrested by assisting members. This male has been identified as Steve Godbout age 50 years old. Several charges were recommended and approved by Crown Counsel for appearance in court. Steve Godbout is being held in custody, his next court appearance is Feb 28th, 2018.
Sgt. Blaine GERVAIS
Oliver Detachment Area Commander
The school was built in 1927 in response to community needs. It apparently has a Fairview connection. In 1979, pioneer Oliver resident, Arthur McCuddy was reported as saying. “He thought the Golden Gate Hotel was torn down and used to build a school at Testalinda and later moved a second time to Osoyoos, where it still is as far as I know”. This sounds very probable because in the 1920’s much of the lumber from abandoned structures located around Fairview, was salvaged and utilized for building projects in the Oliver area.
The Testalinda School was an important part of that community for many years. Don Corbishley and Elsie Boone were members of the first Testalinda School Board. The teachers would often board with local residents. Six of the fourteen teachers who taught there were boarded by Harvey and Elsie Boone. Many of the teachers were young “city kids”, just out of Normal School.
Harvey Boone’s father was a millwright with expertise in building stamp mills for mines. They moved to Midway from Washington State in 1896 and in 1902 the family moved to Fairview for employment purposes. When employment in Fairview became more difficult to find, the family took up a 320 acre pre-emption of bench land near Fairview and operated a farm.
Harvey Boone was a prominent builder and an orchardist living in the Testalinda District with his wife Elsie in the 1920’s. In 1934 Harvey was responsible for adding a second room, a new entrance and a woodshed to the school.
John Boone, Harvey and Elsie’s son, prepared a document that includes the names of all of the teachers, the class size for each grade, etc., from the Provincial Archives in Victoria. He did this for a Testalinda School reunion in 1996. This information is available at the O.D.H.S. Archives.
After the school was closed, different sections of the structure were moved to Osoyoos and Cawston. I was curious as to the precise location of this school, so several years ago I asked the late Jean Evans, a very knowledgeable local historian and a former student the Testalinda School, to show me where it was situated. It was located on what is now private property, about two kilometers south of the creek, west of the highway.
The school name was definitely Testalinda but it is not so obvious with the name of the creek. The Provincial Government calls it Testalinden Creek while most locals (including me) call it Testalinda Creek.
In my review of local history I have come across many different spellings and names for this creek. The first two I believe are directly from the Okanagan Sylix language. These names are Tatsnilitn, Tas-ta-hillinten, Tea River, Riviere du The (used by some early fur traders), Stash-la-valentha, Stash-ta-Valeka, Stash-ta-valenka, Stashta-Valentha, Stasthata-velentha, Stashtavalentha, Postelinden, Taslinden, Testalinden (from an 1877 map), Kaselina, Keselinda, Kaselinda, and of course Testalinda.
Thank you to John Boone for assistance in composing this historical note.
Submitted by Larry Shannon
Lacrosse Program: Katie Hadwin, Recreation Supervisor reported to Society Directors that she is developing a Lacrosse Program in April that will run for 6 weeks for all students in School District 53 and those attending OIB’s Sen Pok Chin school. 8 classes have been signed up for the Oliver Dry Floor arena program.
More details to come on grants, fees and cost of instructors.
Manager Carol Sheridan with director Marvin Louie and other OIB staff will facilitate a session on Belonging Matters to build and strength relationships between the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society + Osoyoos Indian Band. One pre-outreach training session with 12 people involved will occur March 7 to set objectives for the program.
Oliver Arena is 50 years old – upgrades needed – celebration planned. The brine lines and concrete floor need to be replaced with requests for bids necessary to firm up the total cost of the project. Manager Sheridan told Society Directors that staff continue to work through two remaining items identified in a recent WorkSafe BC inspection including a risk assessment and the development of a more comprehensive emergency plant that will supplement the ammonia control and emergency procedures already in place.
Benita Baerg has been hired as a “grant writer” for the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society.
Neon Skate on Family Day – 312 people participated in the Oliver Arena
Spring Break Camps – Tykes and Children – March 19-29
Pickle Ball Courts: Society Board has granted permission to staff to request proposals for the construction of NEW pickle ball courts to the north (above) of the Tennis Courts at the Oliver Community Park. Manager Carol Sheridan says no permission for construction is implied and no budget for this project has been agreed upon.
4 pickle ball courts are the size of one Tennis Court. A committee struck to look at this reviewed other possible sites in the park and elsewhere in the community but recommended an area that has parking, local society control, concessions, washrooms etc. (If approved)
Community Park Toddler Playground – opening April 29th – all Tots and Tykes equipment has been purchased and in storage waiting for warmer weather to install in late March – early April.
Annual General Meeting will be held April 16th
Next Board Meeting – March 19th
Food Security – Final report goes to Oliver Town Council February 26th
Roots and Fruits (Sunshine Festival) – August 18th
Wine Capital Hockey Tourney – March 8-10
Osoyoos will be the destination as riders head out from Vancouver on June 23 in the annual GearUp4CF bike ride.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada fund developer Sandra Niven told council Monday that the ride, which has been from five to nine days in the past, has been designated as three days this year.
She said the ride committee decided that Osoyoos would be “a natural stopping point for a three-day ride.”
GearUp4CF is a major fundraiser for CF research.
Niven also asked council to declare May Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
by Roy Wood
Obituary for the late Viola Irene Ritco
On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Mrs. Viola Irene Ritco of Penticton passed away peacefully at Village by the Station at the age of 90 years.
She was predeceased by her husband Dick in 2016.
Viola will be fondly remembered by her daughters Marlene Tolman (Ray) and Debbie Rosenau (Larry); son Larry; her sister Ruby Gorz (Carl); brother-in-law Pete Ritco; sister-in-law Ollie Ritco as well as many grandsons, granddaughters, nieces and nephews.
She worked briefly in the Oliver packinghouse.
Viola loved cows, horses and artwork including sketches, drawings and creating nature displays. She enjoyed the farm life, loved riding horses, milking cows and being surrounded by animal friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ruddiman and Dr. Tatham for their care and support.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.
by Roy Wood
With less than two years until possession, the serious fund raising is about to begin as the Osoyoos Museum and Archives gets ready to move to the current Home Building Centre on Main Street.
Museum board president Mat Hassen told town council Monday morning that $685,000 of the $2.5 million budget is in hand in the form of cash, committed donations and projected income.
Now begins the task of raising the remaining nearly $2 million for the building conversion and exhibit development for the new museum.
Hassen told council that the museum society will approach federal, provincial and regional governments for possible funding along with a list of seven corporations and private foundations that are likely sources.
The funds in hand include: $60,000 in the legacy fund; $125,000 in committed donations from individuals in Osoyoos and area; and a $500,000 capital reserve, which is the accumulation of past and projected rent on the Main Street property.
The town and the regional district bought the site in 2011, thanks to a $1.3-million referendum, for which residents still pay $21 a year.
Plans called for the museum to have moved from the Quonset building near Gyro Park in 2017.
Things were short-circuited, however, when plans for a new Building Centre were put off and the franchise holder threatened closure of the store in the fall of 2015. The town and regional district decided that putting about a dozen Osoyoos residents out of work was too high a price and opted to put the project off for three years.
The museum society is now scheduled to take possession of the building January 1, 2020. Hassen told council Monday he anticipates the new museum will open in the late spring or early summer.
Hassen also outlined a community wish list as the project shifts into high gear. He acknowledged that some area residents have grown sceptical after nearly 10 years of discussion about a new home for the museum.
“We need active community support to turn our vision into reality,” he said. That support includes:
In an interview, Hassen added that the board is seeking a new fundraising chair. He said he has been leading the effort since Martha Collins stepped down. “But I can’t do everything.”
Earlier, museum executive director Kara Burton outlined for council museum activities for 2017, including the One Step Forward, My Osoyoos and Great Osoyoos Day of Adventure programs along with seven open houses and partnerships with UBC Okanagan and the University of Victoria. The programs will continue and grow this year.
As an incidental indication of how desperately a new museum site is needed, Burton mentioned “a very leaky roof,” which has been contained to “one very big drippy spot.”
Burton added that because it is Heritage Week, admission to the museum is free all this week
Two advance polling days set for October vote
Osoyoos residents will have two advance polls for this year’s October 20 general election, on October 10 and 17.
Council approved the amended elections bylaw on Monday to conform to the requirement for two advance polls for jurisdictions with populations of more than 5,000.
Staff considered October 15 and 16, but a council meeting on the Monday the15th makes the council chamber unavailable that day and there wouldn’t be enough time to set up for an advance poll on the Tuesday.
Airport drag racing approved for five weekends
The squeal of spinning tires and the unmuffled roar of high-powered engines will echo across the West Bench on five weekends again this summer after council okayed drag race dates at the Osoyoos airstrip.
The Wine Country Racing Association will host two day events on April 28 and 29, June 2 and 3, June 16 and 17, September 22 and 23 and October 6 and 7.
The town will receive revenue based on one-third of ticket sales and participant fees. CAO Barry Romanko estimated the town’s take at about $10,000.
Beer garden and BBQ added to Cactus Jalopies
A Thursday night beer garden and barbeque will be added to this year’s Cactus Jalopies Car Show after council on Monday approved an application from the Sage Pub.
Burgers and beer will be available from 5 to 10 p.m. on June 1 at an enclosed site on the beach across from the Sage. One lane of Cottonwood Drive will be closed during the event as an additional venue for car owners to strut their stuff.
Council authorized staff to negotiate a one-time land-use agreement, including an appropriate fee, with the pub owner.
by Roy Wood
Just want to clear up a bit of misinformation that came up following your article about the former Testalinda school.
One of the “Comments” claims that the building was formerly a Baptist church. Another comment states that it was a Kingdom Hall (Jehovah’s Witnesses). In fact, the building was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Joy Sevy, and for a time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) held services there.
Joy (deceased 2010) told me on more than one occasion that he hoped that the Osoyoos Museum would someday accept the old building as an historical artifact. I don’t know if Sevy family members still own the building, but it’s my understanding that the Museum planned to eventually move it
Kara Burton at the Museum may be able to tell you if the proposed move for the schoolhouse is still in the works.
I was trying to compare your new photo with an old photo you ran a few years ago in a story about Rudy Guidi (written by Brenda Shaw). You can see the old clapboard siding and windows match up, but I can’t tell if it’s the same part of the school shown in both photos.
I wonder if the present Osoyoos Town hall section was of similar construction to the clapboard section? Maybe some old-timer who worked on the Town hall might remember?
Below a recent picture (cropped) showing similar window section and clapboard
Thanks to the writer of this contribution – his wife said: “Keep your name off the screen!”
The name “Olalla” is a derivative of the Chinook word “Olallie”, the local name for Saskatoon berries. The area was a popular hunting area for Similkameen Natives and the creek helped operate the early grist mill for those growing grains. Locals were startled by the hundreds of prospectors crawling over the hillsides at the turn of the century.
There was little for those passing through and the closest civilization was Upper Keremeos and even there provisions were sparse. Before L.A. Clark was commissioned to build a road from Penticton to Nickle Plate Mine, all provisions came by wagon from across the border at Republic, Washington. The closest Government registry was at Fairview, quite an arduous trek from Olalla. Claims were commonly “jumped” by those registering before the true owner could make it to the Gold Commissioner’s office.
With several hundred miners squatting on the flats near the mouth of Olalla Creek, it wasn’t long before a few buildings went up. Mr. Pritchard, a Keremeos farmer, opened a store in 1900. Soon after he became postmaster as well. Local rancher, Emanuel Barcelo, had opened a hotel at Upper Keremeos, but it was constantly at maximum tenancy. So Prichard built a small hotel as well, to cash in on the arrival of those with money.
But as all gold rushes go, this one went and most miners left. Prichard managed to keep the post office open until 1912, then all went to Central Keremeos on the freight road and to Lower Keremeo to the railroad.
Several surveys for railways were done in the years up to 1910. The map shown here has a proposed Columbia and Western Railroad through Olalla and Keremeos. This spur to Penticton was part of the Great Northern survey of Jim Hill’s empire to haul minerals to smelters in the east.
Some of the claims on the upper creek showed good returns, particularly Sunrise, Sweetner, Shepard, Powder and Hedley Monarch. But they were never to the extent of Camp Hedley claims. It was very labour intensive to remove the metals from the hard base rock. This caused a lot of early claims to be sold to the larger companies and the miners wandered off to other gold strikes.
One of the successful corporations to continue was Gold Valley Mines Ltd. It continued to mine the Sunrise and Shepard claims acquired in 1935. It was successful in grading 18.41 grams of gold per tonne and 17.44 grams of silver per tonne from new shafts. For 1948, the company recovered 3763 grams of silver, 4261 grams of gold and 209 kilograms of copper. The mine closed that year and the company changed hands often until acquired by Goldcliff Resources Corp. who holds the mines in Olalla today.
Written by Brian Wilson – Okanagan Archives Trust Society
THE SUPERSCRIPT (small zero at the top as a symbol for degree) AFTER THE NUMBER FOR TEMPERATURE BECAME A LARGE ZERO WHEN POSTED ON ODN. THIS MADE THE AMOUNT 10 TIMES LARGER, AN IMPOSSIBLE NUMBER. I HAVE RESENT THE ARTICLE USING THE WORD degree THIS TIME. THANKS. : Henry Wiebe
What in the world is a tardigrade? It is a very tiny and very tough aquatic creature. Most of them are less than 1 mm long (1/25 inch) and have been called water bears or moss piglets.
It has been shown to live through being frozen down to -267 degrees C (-452 degrees F), as well as surviving +151 degrees C (304 degrees F). Deep sea divers have to contend with increasing pressure at increasing depths. Fatalities have occurred, yet the tardigrade has been subjected to extreme (600MPa) water pressure 6 times greater than at the bottom of the deepest ocean trench, without losing its life. X-rays 250 times more intense than those that would kill us simply cause it to curl up, shut down its metabolism, stop its respiration and then bounce back. A special protein labelled Dsup, for damage suppression, provides the protection. (More info on Wikipedia.)
So what?? This was designed, not a chance or random production. The theory of evolution calls for the natural selection of traits that would support survival but cannot account for survival tactics way beyond what it has never, or would ever, encounter. We, and everything around us, are evidences of the amazing provision of a loving Creator.
Gratefully on the sunny side,