Walter Volovsek

In this view to the east

TIME WINDOWS: Riverview: Success

One peculiarity of the 1907 subdivision plan for Robson is its omission of the original CPR townsite.

In this view to the east
Work continued on the McDiarmid house after their resettlement in 1912. Several years later

WALTER VALOVSEK: Retrospective March 30

Work continued on the McDiarmid house after their resettlement in 1912.

Work continued on the McDiarmid house after their resettlement in 1912. Several years later
A boat excursion up Lower Arrow Lake provided a lovely setting for a picnic.

Walter Valovsek: Retrospective

A boat excursion up Lower Arrow Lake provided a lovely setting for a picnic.

A boat excursion up Lower Arrow Lake provided a lovely setting for a picnic.
The partners of what would become Riverview visited their holdings in the summer of 1910

TIME WINDOWS: Riverview: Beginnings

After the completion of its Columbia River railway bridge in 1902 CPR shifted its focus to Castlegar Junction.

The partners of what would become Riverview visited their holdings in the summer of 1910
This view from across the Kootenay River.

Retrospectives: Making room for progress

This view from across the Kootenay River shows the completed aggregate screening plant directly above the boiler house.

This view from across the Kootenay River.
Portions of the upper Brilliant terraces

TIME WINDOWS: Brilliant terraces

Portions of the upper Brilliant terraces, including the remnants of Sion village and orchards.

Portions of the upper Brilliant terraces
This photograph shows yet another communal home of Sion village

TIME WINDOWS: Sion Village

This photograph shows yet another communal home of Sion village, this time above the Brilliant train station.

This photograph shows yet another communal home of Sion village
Two communal homes of Sion village are visible at upper right in this photo of the Peter Lordly Verigin funeral on November 2

TIME WINDOWS: Chasing shadows

I was also chasing tenuous glimpses of past lives — shadows, as Dickens called them, for his Spirits to project at a trembling Scrooge.

Two communal homes of Sion village are visible at upper right in this photo of the Peter Lordly Verigin funeral on November 2
In September 1999 David Keir visited the shelter named after his son. He brought his metal detector along. Sitting in front of the entrance annex to the cabin are (from left to right): Rita Keir-Bos

TIME WINDOWS: Bonanza Pass connections

I have been busy this autumn working with friends on the Gordon Keir Shelter and adjacent ski trails.

In September 1999 David Keir visited the shelter named after his son. He brought his metal detector along. Sitting in front of the entrance annex to the cabin are (from left to right): Rita Keir-Bos
Elizabeth had to spend a solitary winter at Capilano in 1932/33 when Mac decided to seek out a promising business venture in the South Seas. Elizabeth’s letters reveal that Mac went to Tahiti to secure a supply of rum which he then smuggled to the US during the prohibition.

TIME WINDOWS: Macao to Capilano: A Life Journey, Part 5

This is the story of Bryan Mahon’s grandmother, told in five installments.

Elizabeth had to spend a solitary winter at Capilano in 1932/33 when Mac decided to seek out a promising business venture in the South Seas. Elizabeth’s letters reveal that Mac went to Tahiti to secure a supply of rum which he then smuggled to the US during the prohibition.
Elizabeth appears overjoyed in this photograph

TIME WINDOWS: Macao to Capilano: A Life Journey, Part 4

This is the story of Bryan Mahon’s grandmother, told in five installments.

Elizabeth appears overjoyed in this photograph
While in France

TIME WINDOWS: Macao to Capilano: A Life Journey, Part 3

This is the story of Bryan Mahon’s grandmother, told in five installments.

While in France
The Rebbeck children in Victoria after the birth of Waller (on left). Gundrid is on the right

TIME WINDOWS: Macao to Capilano: A Life Journey, Part 2

This is the story of Bryan Mahon’s grandmother, told in five installments.

The Rebbeck children in Victoria after the birth of Waller (on left). Gundrid is on the right
This is the wedding photo of Elizabeth (Lili) d’Abbadie and James K. Rebbeck

TIME WINDOWS: Macao to Capilano: A Life Journey

In 1993, as Judy Watten was visiting her mother in Michigan, one of her daughters discovered a package in a desk in the basement.

This is the wedding photo of Elizabeth (Lili) d’Abbadie and James K. Rebbeck
Sacks of coal are being unloaded from Wilfred Gibbard’s pack train

TIME WINDOWS: The Old Glory weather observatory

In the 1940s plans were launched to construct a meteorological observatory on Old Glory Mountain.

Sacks of coal are being unloaded from Wilfred Gibbard’s pack train
The local region from Thompson’s map

TIME WINDOWS: David Thompson: Mapping our region

David Thompson is recognized as an explorer who connected closely with the natives he met, and a maker of remarkably accurate maps.

The local region from Thompson’s map
Grasshopper trestles and rock cuts were typical features of the Keefer portion of the Columbia and Kootenay Railway grade. This part is above the pioneering Lower Bonnington hydroelectric plant.

TIME WINDOWS: Echoes from Savary Island

A letter of mine about Savary Island in BC History magazine brought an interesting new connection.

Grasshopper trestles and rock cuts were typical features of the Keefer portion of the Columbia and Kootenay Railway grade. This part is above the pioneering Lower Bonnington hydroelectric plant.
A daguerreotype of James Fitzjames

TIME WINDOWS: Reappraising the Franklin Expedition

Two winters ago I connected with William Battersby, British author of a biography of James Fitzjames, who perished in the Arctic.

A daguerreotype of James Fitzjames
George McCleary sent this eerie family portrait

TIME WINDOWS: Connecting with Albert McCleary

Three weeks ago I received a phone call from George McCleary, Ontario descendant of Castlegar pioneer farmer and ferryman Albert McCleary.

George McCleary sent this eerie family portrait
Bryan Mahon

TIME WINDOWS: A story behind a photograph

I was intrigued by a set of Edward Stolterfoht photos of three children at play, all taken on the same occasion

Bryan Mahon