Archives for December 16, 2017
Wayne Danbrook (Knights of Columbus) left and Jim Ouellette (Oliver Food Bank) right receive cheques from Oliver Daily News Saturday morning. Standing next to Jack Bennest is Gary Mythen, Co-Chair of the KofC Food Hamper Project.
The Christmas Hamper food distribution day is now complete.
Special thanks to the
Town of Oliver and
Terry Feeney of EZ Storage, EZ Rentals, and EZ Bins
Mary Fry Designs
and the following Christmas Card patrons:
Ellcar Ventures – Hart Buckendahl
Desert Valley Consulting – Warren Brown
Innervisions Hair Salon – Monica Nemes
K and K Construction – Kevin Tomlin
Underfoot Flooring and Alberto’s Decorating Centre – The Veintimilla Family
Gerard’s Equipment – Rob Zandee
Big Al’s Bakery and Deli – Al Brogan
Casorso and Co. – Greg Casorso
Oliver and District Heritage Society – Sue Morhun
Local Provincial MLA’s office – Linda Larson
Oliver Fire Department – Chief Bob Graham
RDOS – Terry Schafer and Rick Knodel
Town of Oliver – all of council
Photo by Schwartzenberger Studios
Sixty Years ago, as the result of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, a large number of Hungarians moved into the Oliver- Osoyoos area to join the already settled “ old timers”, who came here in the 1930-s and 1940-s.
Those days the mail boxes were along the highway and if a Hungarian drove from Oliver to the border, reading the names on the mail boxes, he might have thought he was in “ little Hungary “, Pocsik, Mozak, Kangyal, Endreny, Eisenhut, Koteles, Keller, or Barnay.
The new arrivals soon settled in and in a few years formed The South Okanagan Hungarian Club. For about three decades, 3-4 times a year, 3-400 residents of the South Okanagan enjoyed good parties and great tasting Hungarian foods like cabbage rolls, rice sausage, chicken paprikas, kolbas, etc.
As time flew by, it took its toll on the club members. The parties got less and less in number and smaller and smaller in attendance. Nevertheless, the club is still in existence and at this years Harvest Ball at the Elks Hall, an overflow crowd of a 100 people paid their respect to the still living “ originals “. Hungarian music, Hungarian chicken soup, cabbage rolls,hurka (rice sausage), kolbas, roast and all the trimmings were thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd.
Thank you to everybody, especially to club president JOE BENCZE and his family, Monica Nemes for her hard work and organizing ability, Zsuzsa and Karoly for their hard work. Merry Christmas to everybody.
Photo and story: John Kiss