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In 1919, Bill and Mettie Hill were heading back from Tacoma Washington from visiting family to Galahad, Alberta and decided to come through the Osoyoos Customs and on up through “The Soldier’s Settlement” which is what Oliver was known as. They stopped to say hello to the Skelton’s and were so taken with the area that they went back to Galahad and sold the farm and came back to Oliver. By this time four of their daughters were married; Bessie, Nora, Grace and Mary. They brought the rest of the family with them: Gert, Dode, Ruth, Bill Jr., Jesse (known as Ole) and Lawrence (known as Half-Pint).
Bill bought a lot next to the Norton family up past the United Church and he bought land south of town across from the Silviculture now there. He built a house on both lots and farmed the land south of town. The family lived in the house by the Norton’s and Bill rented out the farmhouse to his caretaker. He was also a brick mason and laid the foundation for the United Church. Eventually he built a new home for Mettie behind and below the restaurant.
Bill hired a man to build a restaurant on Main Street (the site of the Interior Credit Union today). They called it Mrs. Hill’s Café. It wasn’t long before it was up and running and Mettie was kept very busy with the men working on the Ditch. Mettie was known for her incredible Meat Pie. She served fish fresh from the river and rabbit as well as many other fine dishes. She was also known for her beautiful pies of all kinds.
In a room off the restaurant Mettie had a small confectionary with beautiful chocolates in little fluted cups and all kinds of candy. Her grandchildren loved going to see her because she would always take them into that little room and let them pick out their treats.
Mettie set a very fine table with crisp white linen tablecloths and shining silver cutlery complete with fresh white cloth napkins. She always wore a black dress and a clean white apron. Her restaurant was immaculate at all times.
Mettie could never turn anyone away who came looking for a meal and many a time she fed a roomful of workers without getting a nickel from them. However, most of them would cut wood and wash dishes to help out and when they had money they would come and pay her. Some of the men even worked for Bill after their shift was over on the Ditch. One of her first patrons was Frank Venables. Frank and Vera lived south of town and Frank said he had enough money on him for a bowl of soup as the crew was working late…Mettie would not hear of it and fed him her best meat pie! Frank washed the dishes that night and the two became good friends.
The family ate most of their meals at the restaurant as well, what with Mettie and the girls there all the time. Eventually Bill Jr. went back to Galahad, met a girl and got married. Jesse and Lawrence chopped wood and raised rabbits for the restaurant until they were old enough to find paying jobs.
Mettie ran the restaurant until 1946 and then finally sold out because she was getting tired. Bill had passed away in 1933 and all her girls were married as well as the boys. She happily retired to her new house down below. Lorne White bought the place from Mettie and had meat lockers.
At the time that Mettie had her restaurant, there was a butcher shop on Main Street, run by Billy Raincock and a grocery store that had moved from the east side of the river at the camp, the S. O. Supply Company, run by Sandy MacPherson. It was beside the Bank of Commerce. There was R.W. Smith’s drug store, and Vic Fairweather’s second hand store. After a few years, Fairweather began to expand into more and more new items, until it became the hardware store everyone was so familiar with.
J.K. Anderson had a grocery store on the side street across from the Hill’s restaurant. Collen’s had a clothing store. The Oliver hotel was brought in to Oliver in pieces. My Uncle Lawrence remembers Harry Fairweather renting rooms in his hotel when there was no roof on the building yet.
I have no memory of Mettie’s restaurant but I do remember visiting her in her home. Sandy and I would go with Mom and Dad to visit and Mettie always wanted us to dance for her, which we did. She had a huge cookie jar filled with chocolate chip cookies and glasses of ice cold milk for us. My Dad always cut her hair for her so we would do our dancing, and while she got a haircut, we had our cookies and milk…then we would stay for a while so Mom and Dad could visit with her.
Mettie was my great grandmother, born Feb. 22 1870 in Eagle Point Wisconsin. My great grandfather Bill was born Oct 28, 1861 in Hillsboro, Wisconsin….named for his family. They were married May 18 1885 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and moved to Detroit Lakes and Barnesville, Minnesota soon after where they lived until coming across the border to Galahad, Alberta in 1906 and on to Oliver in 1919. Bill passed away November 13, 1933 in Penticton and is buried there and Mettie passed away in Oliver May 2 1952 and is buried with most of her family in the Oliver Cemetery.
I am proud of my heritage and the fact that our family were pioneers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alberta and our beautiful little town of Oliver. I know so many of you are also of pioneer stock and know the pride you feel!
If you hold me to account that means you will check to verify that I did what I said I would. Sort of like you hold me to a count, where you count the result I promised. I am accountable for what I promised to do. An account is a place where whatever I am counting is kept and a tally is visible so I can keep track of how much I’ve got in there. Like a bank account. Accounts receivable are what I am to receive.
Accounts payable are what I owe, what I am to pay. Sometimes a person can expect to receive something from me and I don’t even know that I have an account payable with them. I knew one lady who would want a thank card if she sent a birthday card. Who knew? A statement of accounts would show all the receivables and payables. Different items could be accounted in separate accounts
I can generate an account deficit with my money by taking a loan. I can do so with our relationship by saying or doing something that tears us apart, makes you angry. Both kinds of deficit can be generated from less than a conscious state. I can use my credit card a little to loosely and bingo, deficit in my money account. I can miss some cue or say something careless and boom, relationship account is negative
Being accountable for myself means that I do my best to only promise what I will deliver on. And when, for some reason, I don’t quite do it, I then take steps to set the account right again. This kind of account is the one we share, it is between you and me. An unfortunate use of the word as it makes us both responsible and maybe I don’t want to be responsible for so much as you do. Oh oh
To take account is to take stock, to assess where an account stands at that moment. Like I go to the storage room and count the bags of potatoes, and more, I might also count how many potatoes are in each bag. Stern stuff. With relationships, because we are dealing with humans who interpret in their own ways, to account for, to take stock of, the relationship is best done with a generous, accepting heart
Do you eat foods that taste good & make you feel good afterward? Do you eat foods that taste good & make you feel not so good afterward? If you enjoy every bite & then feel energized that’s a food worth eating. If you continue to eat when you aren’t really enjoying it & later feeling yucky & guilty, that’s a food not worth eating. We need to remind ourselves how a food makes us feel before we even buy it.
Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed!
Move more to feel better.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way & I can find a way that works well for you :)
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Humour is one of the necessities of keeping ones sanity. Without humour our lives would be dull indeed. Laughter, like tears, seems to be a necessary emotion, enabling us to relieve tension which, in turn, probably lets us live a longer life.
The ability to laugh at ourselves and others sometimes gets us into trouble when we laugh at inappropriate times. Why do we laugh at another’s misfortune, we don’t really think it is funny when someone slips on a banana peel or walks into a wall but, for some reason, we collapse into hysterics.
I was once with a group of friends at The Grist Mill, in Keremeos, we were listening to a man talk about the history of the mill, mostly about the man who had started the whole thing. The speaker was obsessed with his subject and had a huge file of information and photographs. I found the lecture exceedingly dull but, for some reason, I got the giggles.
One of my friends could see my distress and gave me a nudge, which didn’t help the situation. I exploded into a loud laugh which I tried to cover by turning it into a cough. This caused the woman beside me, who was dozing, to wake up and offer me a cough sweet. This added to my sense of the absurd and caused me to go into full hysterics. I had to excuse myself and go to the washroom where I spent a good five minutes weeping with loud laughter.
If anyone had walked in on me at that time they would have assumed I was out of my mind, doubled up in front of the stalls and laughing insanely. By the time I calmed down, I was exhausted and could hardly stand.
Another time I was attending the funeral of an acquaintance, it was held in a Catholic church and the service was very long. A cell phone went off and everyone was rather startled, the owner of the phone was rapidly searching her purse to find the offending noisemaker.
One would have thought that everyone else would have checked their own phones, to make sure it didn’t happen again, but no and a few minutes later, another one rang. More searching of a purse and now some dirty looks heading in the offenders direction.
A few moments later the priest started to swing the incense and as he did so, another phone went off and the eerie tones of the music from the film track of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ flooded the church. That was my undoing it was just too much to take. Up came the bubbling of laughter that threatened to choke me as I tried to hold it in. I quickly left the main floor of the church and made it to the porch before exploding into gales of laughter. I only hope that the other attendees thought that I had been overcome with grief, not laughter.
I hope that my own farewell service will be light hearted. I fully believe I will be going to a better place, so no long faces required. If some poor soul gets a fit of the giggles, it would be very appropriate. I have lived my life with humour and, being British, lots of sarcasm and I try to see the best of things. Life is too short to be solemn and this world has so much to laugh at, so don’t worry if your funny bone has a mind of its own and betrays you at inappropriate times, laughter is good for you.
There was no rigging of anything really, honestly it is shocking this didn’t happen years ago. Here are some reasons, thoughts, and what some thoughts on the subject from my point of view:
1.) Province wide, school districts have been facing a decline in student enrollment over the last 10 years.
2.) Canadian economic growth has not been what was predicted or hoped for. Less taxable items and people means less government spending all around.
3.) Taxes being kept low also limit government spending … costs get larger and revenue remains the same or is lessened by lowering taxes … do the math.
4.) The 350,000 offer by the town to help offset the costs incurred by the school per year was only about 1/3 of the totally short fall budget wise they were looking at just for the 17/18 year. So while the offer came from a good place, it was just not enough make the offer viable to the school board long term. They would have just been in the same place with a slightly less larger hole to fill, but still a very large one remaining to be filled.
5.) A privately funded school is not a realistic option for Osoyoos in the long-term. While on paper and as an idea is sounds and looks great short term. Over the long term with out full government assistance it is very much a model that can not be sustained for long. You have the purchase or lease of a building or land for a school, staff salary, equipment, facilities & upkeep, repairs and improvement, maintenance, contracts and agreements for staffing, code and building compliment, zoning, Funding for education programs and activities, bussing or equivalent there of. These are just a few of the costs a school has on a regular basis. These cost do not get smaller, they grow from year to year. How is the average person and family going to afford to fund this school? Unless someone is setting on 100,000,000 plus to keep this school funded and have some extra or outside expenses, it is just unrealistic to pursue the idea in the real world.
6.) What happens if the enrollment in the private school falls? That means that the cash supporting it falls and well and is more adversely affected by that change then a public school. A family that is a large donor to the school moves or away the school is no longer a priority for them? It would gravely affect a school that would already be stretching each penny to make it work.
7.) Going to SOSS makes the most sense, its the largest school, newest school, most up to date school, the school with the most room to grow and expand with the new students.
8.) Not being able to drop off your kids on your way to work, is a inconvenience not the end of the world. Your child having to ride the bus for 30 extra minutes is again an inconvenience not a life shattering tragedy. Having a high school is a service not a right. There are many other communities that have to bus or drive their kids to other schools, why are you the exception?
9.) Threatening to put your house up for sale like I have seen, is just down right silly and I hope they felt very embarrassed afterwards. Let say you pursue that as option. Where are you going to move to? Does that town or city have enrollment room close enough? Do you have a job waiting for one or both parents? Is the pay the same? How soon can you sell your home? Can you find an affordable place to buy or rent in the new area?
Thanks you for reading,