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In 1906 Harry Barsley Thomson married Nina Smith, the daughter of Vernon lumberman, S.C. Smith. They initially lived in Manitoba, then resided briefly in the Okanagan before returning to Manitoba, where he was employed selling agricultural equipment.

In 1919 the family returned to the Okanagan and bought land on Middle Bench Road in Oyama. Harry farmed for a few years before leaving his family in Oyama and returning to the Prairies to again sell tractors and other agricultural equipment. The family lived on Middle Bench Road until 1929 when they purchased a lot on Kalamalka Lake and built their home. Harry continued to work in Alberta.

All of the children attended Oyama School through matriculation. They eventually left home and started their own families: Ira remained in Oyama, Frank moved to Chilliwack, Roma (Hunter) to Calgary, Harold to Calgary before returning to Oyama after WWII, and Orma (Gibbons) to Ellison. Charlie died in his twenties.

These photographs are gathered from family members by Duane Thomson. These and numerous others and are available for viewing at the Lake Country Museum and Archives.

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To view a sampling of each Album above click on a photograph. One can then use the arrows ( > and < ) on the right and left of the photos to move through the six selections in each sample album.

The Photo Albums that are displayed on the website contain only a few of the photographs that are contained in the Photo Album files at the Lake Country Museum. Copies of the photographs (in high resolution) may be purchased through the Museum for personal use. The aerial photographs are available in digital format. Please contact the Museum for ordering information.