Fonds - Isobel Simard fonds

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Isobel Simard fonds

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  • 1906-1996 (Creation)
    Simard, Isobel

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44 cm of textual records;124 photographs

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Isobel Moore was born in Spallumcheen May 27, 1906. Her parents J.F. and Isobel Moore homesteaded in the Stepney area in 1905 where they farmed for many years. Every summer they would travel two days to camp at Mabel Lake. Isobel earned her teaching certificate at Normal School; her first teaching position was at Kingfisher School where she taught from 1927 to 1930. Isobel married Wilfred Simard in 1930; they had one son David who was born in 1931. Isobel was actively engaged in Wilfred's logging business and often cooked at the Noisy Creek Camp at Mabel Lake. Wilfred joined the Canadian Forestry Corps and served in Scotland from 1941-1945. Isobel returned to teaching in 1936 and taught at Kingfisher, Hupel and Ashton Creek Schools off and on for over forty years. She officialy retired in 1966, but taught at Ashton Creek and Kingfisher as needed until 1971. Isobel was active in the Kingfisher community, where she helped to organize the Kingfisher Community Club in 1949, donated land for the Kingfisher Hall, and was a member of the Kingfisher Kitchen Band. In the 1960s Isobel wrote articles about Kingfisher for the Okanagan Historical Society Reports. Wilfred and Isobel collected items from the district and opened a private museum in a log building next to their home; it was especially popular with school children and visitors. Every summer they hosted the Kingfisher Strawberry Tea at their home, where guests sat in chairs at tables made by Wilfred. Their son David Simard worked in the logging industry in Lumby for many years. Wilfred Simard died March 3, 1995 and Isobel Simard died May 20, 1997.

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Most of these records were found in the second storey of the Simard's museum, where Isobel had set up a school room.

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Fonds consists of private records and school records kept by Isobel. Included are diaries of her father J.F. Moore (1895, 1905-1911), an account book and water rights application (1906), correspondence, original manuscripts, list of rural electors (1953, 1971), guest books for the museum, school programs and newsletters, school daybooks and teaching materials, and an album of school photographs.

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BCAUL control number: EDM-3729

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