The Township of Spallumcheen Centennial
1892 - 1992

     Donald Graham, the first reeve of Spallumcheen and one of the most respected pioneers. First council in 1892 was reeve Donald Gaham. R.Wood, D. Matheson, J. Crozier and T.N. Hayes. Mr.Graham also served as MLA until 1898.
Spallumcheen in 1876, discovered the Okanagan divide. Spallumcheen, which means, "beautiful valley" is pronounced as
"Spall Um cheen" three syllables with the strongest emphasis on the first two. Spallumcheen was evolving as a name with a common association for the region North of the mouth of Deep Creek and Swan Lake, and West of the height of land draining to the Spalumcheen river. Areas are recognized as Hullcar, Knob Hill, Lansdowne, Stepney, Armstrong, Pleasant Valley, Larkin,Grandview Flats and Otterlake.
Frank Wolfenden, James Wright and a number of businessmen succeeded in having Armstrong being declared a        separate municpality. In 1913  the City of Armstrong, located in the heart of Spallumcheen, was incorporated.
      Council for the Township of Spallumcheen in 1992
Municipal clerk R.G. Graham, Mayor Guenter Rieger, and Ald. Nonie Anderson,  Standing in the back, Ald. John Low, Ald. Dave Jordan, Ald. Marlene Docksteader, Ald. Les Young and Ald. Rob Hay........
    Mayor Guenter Rieger and his wife Regina cutting  the Centennial cake. Hundreds of residents from Spallumcheen and Armstrong attended the offcial opening.

       Fred Hitt, 99 years of age, is only one year younger than the Township of Spallumcheen. Fred Hitt was honered for his 99th birthday by the Knobhill Ladies, and Mayor Guenter Rieger and his wife Regina were on hand to bring flowers and greetings from the Township of Spallumcheen. " At 99, you look much younger than the Knobhill hall," Mayor Rieger told Fred Hitt. The annual tea was served by the ladies in period costume, and attended by about 200 people, many of them pioneers, of Spallumcheen.

Mayor Rieger with his wife Regina at the Centennial parade.
Mayor Guenter Rieger and his wife Regina tasting  the Centennial  cake
To read  more about Spallumcheen's and Armstrong's history you can visit the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Museum in downtown Armstrong.
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