On the trail of Nelson’s W.H. Jones

Part of an ongoing series about local collectibles.

Bottle was found by a scuba diver at Four Mile on Kootenay Lake

Greg Nesteroff

West Kootenay Advertiser

 

A reader wrote this month to ask about a pop bottle labelled “Property of W.H. Jones, Nelson, BC.”

Sandra Seminoff said her husband Mike found it years ago while scuba diving below their home at Four Mile on Kootenay Lake.

Coincidentally, an identical bottle sold on eBay this month for $20 US. It’s the second to be auctioned online — in July 2009, another sold for $32.50 US.

What can we say about them? Just that they came from the Columbia Bottling Works, which was founded in Rossland in 1898, but moved to Nelson around 1934 and operated at 607-609 Ward Street. Proprietor William H. Jones lived on High Street and later at 611 Ward Street with wife Edith.

What’s more intriguing is whether this W.H. Jones was the same one who came to Nelson from Rossland around 1902 to work as telegraph editor on The Miner and later had a commercial printing business that became Leno-Whimster.

His wife, Dr. Annie Verth Jones, was a pioneer physician and the first woman elected to public office in Nelson when she took a seat on the school board in 1911. But she immediately butted heads with longtime secretary Dr. E.C. Arthur, and eventually forced his resignation when she was re-elected along with a like-minded ticket. She was then nominated to chair the board, but declined.

In the mid-1920s, with Annie’s health failing, the couple moved to Ontario, where they were originally from. Annie died in early 1933 in Cayuga.

Might William have returned to BC, found a job at the bottling works, and remarried? Perhaps, but it’s hard to say. This W.H. Jones showed up in Rossland in 1931 as manager of the Columbia Bottling Works, and held that position until the firm moved to Nelson three years later.

In 1946, E.W. White was listed as the new proprietor of the Columbia Bottling Works, and Jones was no longer in Nelson.

 

Other noteworthy auctions of the last few weeks:

• An amethyst bottle from Rossland’s Lion Brewery sold last week for $219.50 US. This company’s story was told in this column last October after a clear example of the bottle sold for $147 US.

• A Medalta flour cup from the Company Store in Trail advertising Ogilvie’s Royal Household Flour sold for $182.50 US. A handful have appeared before, fetching between $150 and $640 US.

• A couple of scarce Rossland trade tokens went for very reasonable sums: one from the Windsor Hotel for $24 US and another from the Clifton House for $33 US.

Find pictures of all of the above at nelsonstar.com.

Just Posted

Craft cannabis development planned for Castlegar

Plans are underway for one of the first craft cannabis industrial parks in the province.

Andrew Bellerby out as RDCK’s regional fire chief

Bellerby held the job since January 2016

Castlegar already well on path to energy-wise future, says community activist

Eco-Society executive director asks council to take 100-per-cent-renewable-energy pledge

Annual Columbia Basin Culture tour coming up Aug 10 and 11

There are locations across the region participating

Rossland council passes plastic bag ban despite legal questions

Appeal court ruling threw bylaw in limbo, but council voted to move forward

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government’s Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Highway 1 closed to due fatal accident east of Revelstoke

A dump truck lost control and the driver was ejected

Former home of accused Penticton shooter vandalized

Ex-wife of man who is accused of murdering four people had her house vandalized

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

Most Read