Monthly Archives: February 2013

Rolf Bruhn, Shuswap’s famous pioneer politician

Rolf Walgren Bruhn in 1937 after reconstructive surgery from burns suffered in a boat accident. Photo courtesy of the Sicamous and District Museum.

George Abbott was not the first Shuswap politician that rose to prominence in Victoria. Sicamous pioneer and renowned lumberman, Rolf Wallgren Bruhn was first elected to the legislature in 1924 and during his long political career he served as a cabinet minister and became well known for his honesty, independence and sincerity. Interestingly, Abbott wrote the only biography of Bruhn that is also available online.

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Silver Creek – Shuswap’s close-knit farming community

Photo of the Social and Dramatic Club entry into the Fall Fair parade.
Pre-1917, Photographer unknown, photo courtesy of Salmon Arm Museum at RJ Haney Heritage Village, Early Silver Creek settlers arrived in covered wagons like this one

As was explained in a recent column, the city of Salmon Arm originated as the Salmon River Valley farming centre and Silver Creek was then and still is the heart of this valley. Silver Creek began as a close-knit community and it remains so now, as the locals continue to join together for events throughout the year at their community hall, that was built sometime in 1927, and at their local community park.

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