There doesn’t seem to be a common name for Salmo residents. Our suggestion: Salmoans. (Black Press file photo)

PLACE NAMES: West Kootenay/Boundary demonyms, part 2

Sandonistas, Phoenicians, and Ootischenian Purity Protocols

Two hundred sixty-third in a series on West Kootenay/Boundary place names

Last week we began running down demonyms of our area — names for a person from a particular community. Here’s the rest of the list, with earliest known examples where available.

Montrose: Montroser (Trail Daily Times, Dec. 10, 2002: “Montroser Dallas Cox enjoyed his pancakes …”). Montrosian is use in other places named Montrose, but apparently not ours.

Nakusp: Nakuspian (Kootenay Star, Oct. 1, 1892: “A large number of Nakuspian Hot Springs tourists have returned home looking fresh …”) or Nakuspite (Kootenay Star, May 20, 1893: “Nakuspites wish him success”) or Nakusper (Slocan Record & Leaser, July 17, 1924: “Nothing immodest about the Nakuspers”).

Nelson: Nelsonite (Hot Springs News, May 4, 1892: “Well, it is comforting to the Nelsonites to know that what attracted that capital is with them still …”) or Nelsonian (Nelson Daily News headline, Sept. 21, 1910: “Nelsonians lose to Colville”).

New Denver: New Denverite (Kootenay Star, Oct. 15, 1892: “[Jim Wardner] will be pointed out by future Nakuspians and New Denverites as the man who ‘built up’ the twin cities …”).

Ootischenia: Ootischenian (Only one reference yet discovered, in an online post about borscht at, dated May 8, 2010: “[W]e are true to the local recipe and have a representative of the community to ensure we are making it according to Ootischenian Purity Protocols”).

Phoenix: Phoenician (Phoenix Pioneer, March 3, 1900: “Wm. Hunter, of Silverton and Phoenix, has taken down a petition from the Phoenicians to the legislature, praying for incorporation”).

Revelstoke: Revelstokian (Kootenay Star, Aug. 6, 1892: “The Columbia brought up a lot of old Revelstokans …”) or Revelstoker (British Columbia Mining Record, 1902: “Revelstokers are now bending their energies towards getting a good appropriation …”).

Robson: Robsonite (Nelson Daily News headline, Feb. 19, 1952) or Robsonian (Robson Memories, 2006). Earlier mentions of Robsonites and Robsonians exist, but they refer to backers of Premier John Robson.

Rossland: Rosslander (Anaconda Standard subheadline, Jan. 20, 1896: “Heinze is having trouble with Rosslanders …”) A newspaper called the Rosslander was published in 1897-98.

Salmo: Salmoite is a mineral named in 1926 after Salmo, but the community seems the lack a demonym. In its absence, we’ll propose Salmoan.

Sandon: Sandonian (Slocan Prospector, March 9, 1895) or Sandonite (Sandon Mining Review, June 19, 1897: “The city council of Nelson have trouble in selecting a cemetery ground. They ought to do like Sandonites — never die”), or Sandonista (a more recent coinage).

Silverton: Silvertonian (Slocan Prospector, March 9, 1895). A newspaper called the Silvertonian was published there from 1898 to 1901. But there was also Silvertonite (The Prospector, June 20, 1895: “Silvertonites are making extensive preparations for the celebration to be held there on Dominion Day”).

Slocan: Slocanite (Slocan Prospector, March 9, 1895: “The Slocanites’ motto: ‘We never sleep’”) or Slocaner (in the same issue of the same newspaper).

Trail: Trailite (Nelson Miner, Feb. 15, 1896: “The song of the six shooter never warbles in the ears of the gentle Trailite”) or Trailian (Rossland Miner, Jan. 21, 1902). But apparently not Trailer.

Warfield: Warfielder (Trail Daily Times headline, Aug. 1, 2001: “Council picking on Warfielder).

Waterloo: This ghost town near Castlegar wasn’t around long enough to develop its own demonym, but residents of Waterloo, Ont. are apparently called Waterlooians or Waterluvians.

Willow Point: Willow Pointer (Nelson Daily News, July 3, 1920).

Ymir: Ymirite (Nelson Economist, Jan. 19, 1898: “Ymir is rejoining over the addition to the family of its founder, John McLean. The young Ymritite is a bouncing boy …”).

You may have noticed from the above that the Slocan Prospector of March 9, 1895 was especially fertile ground for introducing demonyms (some still in use, others never seen again). Most appeared in this paragraph: “Yea, ye Denverites and Nakuspuites, Sandonians and Kasloites, Silvertonians, Roseberryites … and Codyites, all Slocaners and Three Forkers, remember it’s Holden’s Pharmacy for all reliable and standard remedies.”

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