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Doug and Joyce Cox Research Collection

  • CA OSC-ARC-01
  • Collection
  • 1860-2009

Collection reflects Doug Cox’s career as and historian, author, and publisher (Skookum Publications, Penticton, BC). Cox wrote 13 books, largely on Okanagan history, and predominantly dealing with themes of industry. Doug Cox also published four ...

Ed Aldredge collection

Edgar “Eddie” Wilfrid Aldredge (1901-1992) was one of Penticton’s best known residents. After having worked stints with on the railroad with CPR and in the mining industry with Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company (Trail) in his youth, Aldredg...

Ed Aldredge

George Allen Aerial Photography Ltd. Collection

George Allen Aerial Photography was a photo studio based in Vancouver, BC. The substance of the business was aerial photography.Subseries consists primarily of 25cm x 20 cm b&w photographs with George Allen Photos Ltd. | 4609 Main Street | Van...

George Allen Aerial Photography Ltd.

Reverend A.H. Cameron collection

Reverend A.C. Cameron arrived in Keremeos in 1906 and established a Presbyterian church where he presided as its first minister for many years. He captured and a large number of pictures during his tenure, leaving a photographic record of local af...

Rev. A.H. Cameron

Lillian Estabrooks collection

CREATOR SKETCHLillian Estabrooks (née Gibson), occasionally known as Bill Gibson, (b. 1902 August 1 in Almada, SK, d. 2003 August 17 in Penticton BC) grew up in Keremeos. She and husband Richard (Dick) Estabrooks had three children: Bruce, Don, an...

Lillian Estabrooks

Joe Harris collection

CREATOR SKETCHJoseph Gleason Harris (1910 July 6 - 1994 December 26) arrived in Penticton in 1917. At age 16 he was invited by Frank Richter, Jr., to the Richter Ranch in Keremeos, from which point he visited the Cathedral Mountains for the first ...

Joe Harris

George Meeres collection

CREATOR SKETCH“George Albert Meeres (1878-1972), photographer and artist, was born in Grimsby, England in 1878, the eldest of 3 brothers. After a failed romance, he emigrated to Canada in 1906. In 1910, he and partner Arthur John Lawrence purchase...

George Albert Meeres

Archibald Murchie collection

Creator sketch:Archibald Murchie (1852-1930) immigrated to Victoria, BC as an adult. His brother, [John] Murchie would go on to found Murchie’s Tea and name his own son Archibald Francis Murchie (1892-1925, and not to be confused with his namesake...

Murchie, Archibald (1852-1930)

Penticton Herald collection

Subseries consists of an acquisition by Doug Cox of a collection of photographic negatives from the newspaper The Penticton Herald. Collection was selected by Doug Cox toward clarifying the aggregation toward documentation of the historically sign...

The Penticton Herald

Ranching collection

Subseries consists of materials collected with pertinence to the ranching industry in BC with particularly robust coverage of ranching in the Thompson-Nicola valley.Subseries also includes a suite of photographs covering rodeo events in the Similk...

R.D. Symonds collection

Subseries consists of photographic materials attributed to photographer R.D. Symonds per various identifying annotations by Doug Cox. Geographical coverage is predominantly the south Okanagan: Kaleden and Okanagan Falls, with predominant associati...

R.D. Symonds

Simpson Family fonds

  • CA OSC-ARC-02
  • Fonds
  • 1906-2009

The fonds consists of two separate streams of documentation. The first consists of documents, photographs, and artifacts pertaining to the operations of a succession of sawmills and wood manufacturing plants founded by Stanley Merriam Simpson (b. ...

1910s-1940s Early Days

File contains photographs documenting the logging activities of S.M. Simpson Ltd. taken between the 1910s and 1940s, with the majority of the photos taken in the 1920s.Includes photographs originally belonging to, or taken by:Horace Birch SimpsonS...

Early Days Album - 1920s-1950s

File contains album-mounted photographs depicting logging, mill scenes, group portraits, and candids.Contributors include:Ribelin Photo Studio

1930s - Fires/Kelowna Mill

File consists of two sub-files depicting events and business activities of S.M. Simpson Limited during the 1930s.

1930s - Fires sub-file

The first of two sub-files that comprise the OSC-ARC-02-001-003 - 1930s - Fires/Kelowna Mill file. Sub-file contains photographs depicting the occurrence and aftermath of two fires taking place during that era. In the 1930s S.M. Simpson Limited ex...

1930s - Kelowna Mills sub-file

The second of two sub-files that comprise the OSC-ARC-02-001-003 - 1930s - Fires/Kelowna Mill file. Sub-file contains photographs depicting the day-to-day business operations of the Kelowna Mill.Includes photographs originally belonging to:Arthur ...

1940s

File consists of graphic materials depicting the activities and structures of S.M. Simpson Limited, predominantly during the 1940s. Includes: photographs of the interior and exterior of sawmill buildings, including photographs of labour and indust...

1950s

File consists of graphic materials depicting the activities and structures of S.M. Simpson Limited, predominantly during the 1950s. Includes: photographs of merchandise displays and company products; photographs of S.M. Simpson office buildings; p...

1960s

File consists of graphic materials depicting the activities and structures of S.M. Simpson Limited, predominantly during the 1960s. Includes photographs of the interior and exterior of sawmill buildings, with a particular emphasis on machinery and...

1960s Management Portraits sub-file

Sub-file consists of six portraits and one group portrait of various employees of S.M. Simpson Ltd. and its inheritor companies. Employees identified in portraits are:Horace Birch SimpsonTom Leslie (Manager, S. & K. Plywood Division)Cliff Bowe...

Safety sub-file

Sub-file consists of graphic materials depicting safety-related events and activities taking place at S.M. Simpson Ltd. and its subsequent companies, with a particular focus on the Seventh Annual Safety Dinner & Program put on by the Safety Cl...

Kelowna Sawmill Retail Outlet

File consists of graphic materials relating to the Kelowna Sawmill Company, Limited (KSM) retail outlet. S.M. Simpson Ltd. purchased KSM in 1924. Images of the retail outlet structure, both interior and exterior, as well as its related activities,...

Box Factory Demolition sub-file

Sub-file consists of graphic materials documenting the demolition of the box factory at the sawmill site, including two photographs of people lining up to tour the new stud mill built on the site of the former box factory. Includes photographs ori...

Lakeboats

File consists of graphic materials documenting the tugboats that assisted with logging activities at S.M. Simpson Ltd., namely the "Manhattan" and the "Klawata," with a primary focus on the former. Photographs show the tugboats...

"M.V. Stanley" sub-file

Sub-file consists of graphic materials showcasing the M.V. (Motor Vessel) "Stanley M," one of the S.M. Simpson Ltd. tugboats. Sub-file also includes enlargements of a photograph from a postcard in the "Lakeboats" file depicting...

Aerials Master File

An album of aerial photographs and photographs taken from Knox Mountain, commissioned by S.M. Simpson Ltd from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. Depicts the S.M. Simpson Ltd. Mill on the shore of Okanagan Lake at Manhattan Point, adjacent to Kelown...

1950s Aerials sub-file

Sub-file consists of aerial photographs commissioned by S.M. Simpson Ltd. in the 1950s, depicting the downtown Kelowna area near the waterfront, showing the location of the S.M. Simpson Ltd. sawmill.

1960s Aerials sub-file

Sub-file consists of aerial photographs commissioned by S.M. Simpson Ltd. in the 1960s, depicting the S.M. Simpson Ltd. sawmill location at Manhattan Point in Kelowna.

Aero Surveys Ltd. sub-file

Sub-file consists of aerial photographs taken by Aero Surveys Ltd., commissioned by S.M. Simpson Ltd. Photographs include those taken of downtown Kelowna near the waterfront, showing the Manhattan Point location of S.M. Simpson Ltd. sawmill, as we...

City of Kelowna Aerials sub-file

Sub-file consists of aerial photographs commissioned by S.M. Simpson Ltd., depicting the downtown Kelowna area near the waterfront, showing the location of the S.M. Simpson Ltd. sawmill, and one aerial view over Osoyoos.

Trautman and Garraway Sawmill Fire June 1959

File consists of graphic materials relating to the 1959 fire at the Trautman and Garraway Sawmill in Peachland, B.C. The Trautman and Garraway Sawmill was purchased by S.M. Simpson Ltd. to supply logs to its new plywood plant, S&K Plywood Ltd.

Forestry/ Logging

File consists of graphic materials depicting the forestry- and logging-related activities of S.M. Simpson Ltd., showcasing logging sites, forestry and silviculture operations, log dumps, machinery and equipment, and forestry employees.Includes pho...

Bilquist & Hildred 1963 sub-file

Sub-file consists of photographs depicting the Bilquist and Hildred logging operation at DunWaters Creek, British Columbia, with the majority of the photographs showcasing the first rubber-tired skidder used in company logging operations.

Blue Grouse Mountain Fire 1952 sub-file

Sub-file consists of photographs depicting the August 1952 fire on Blue Grouse Mountain fire in West Kelowna, taken from various locations in Kelowna, including the waterfront at Bernard Avenue and Manhattan Point, and perhaps from Paul's Tom...

Negatives

File contains black and white negatives, primarily of photographs existing in print found elsewhere in the subseries. Unique images include several colour photographic negatives of a "mid-life crisis" celebration. Contains negatives of p...

Slides

File contains black and white and colour slide transparencies, primarily depicting the Crown Zellerbach Canada era of S.M. Simpson Ltd., including promotional presentation slides, aerial photographs of buildings and sites, and slides of photograph...

Seasonal Photographs

File contains photographs of life in the Okanagan, including depictions of seasonal activities and scenes (sailing and sunbathing in summer, snow scenes in winter). The last photograph in the file commemorates West Kootenay Power and Light's ...

Christmas Card

Fine art Christmas card depicting the retail outlet for Kelowna Sawmill.

Oversize Photographs 1

File contains oversized materials. Some of the materials are oversized overflow from other files (which have not been included in photograph count), as well as scanned and/or photocopied images printed on tabloid-sized paper. The majority of the p...

Oversize Photographs 2

File contains oversized photographs. Three photographs are aerials taken by Aero Surveys Ltd., and Hans Giesen of B.C. Ltd., commissioned by S.M. Simpson Ltd., two photographs are from the early days of the lumber industry, and one photograph is o...

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