Lansdowne Cemetery, Spallumcheen:  1882 – 1999, courtesy of Carmen Kirkland

Armstrong-Enderby Branch Directors: 

Carmen Kirkland, president                        250-545-8397  (

Jessie Ann Gamble, vice president            250-546-9416

Linda Samland, secretary                            250-546-0073

Craig McKechnie, treasurer                        250-546-3295

Don Moor, past president                          250-546-0506


Directors at Large:

Bob Cowan, Joan Cowan, Rob Dale, Peter Vander Sar and Greg Wiebe.


Branch Editors:

Jessie Ann Gamble: Armstrong                  250-546-9416     (

Bob Cowan: Enderby                                   250-838-9641     (




Branch Meeting:     Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Location:            Armstrong Museum, 3415 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong

Topic:            Armstrong’s Irish sister city and Catherine O’Hare Schubert.

A contingent, including Armstrong’s Mayor, had travelled to Armstrong’s Sister City of Rathfriland, Northern Ireland, in September of 2016 and our guest speakers for November spoke about their experiences.

Rathfriland is of local significance because it is the birthplace of Catherine O’Hare Shubert who was the only woman in the party of 150 Overlanders who left Fort Garry in June of 1862 en-route to the Cariboo in search of gold. While coming through the Rockies the travellers apparently relied partially upon rosehips for sustenance. Catherine was four months pregnant when she left Fort Garry and went into labour when rafting down the Thompson River. The family came ashore and Catherine was taken care of by First Nations women at a local village near present day Kamloops. She gave birth to a daughter whom they named ‘Rose’. The Schubert family eventually settled in Spallumcheen in 1884 and Catherine and her husband, Augustus, are buried in the Lansdowne Pioneer Cemetery.

Mayor Pieper spoke about the Sister City protocol, agreements and philosophy. Jessie Ann and Len Gamble showed slides and spoke about the various events held to honour the visiting group in Ireland and also the reciprocal visit made to Armstrong over Canada Day week of 2017. Janet Irving was inspired to research the possibility of having a rose officially named for Catherine O’Hare Schubert by the American Rose Breeders. Janet explained the process and that the fee for this was $5000. Great interest was shown in this project and the branch directors who were still in attendance during the tea and coffee phase of the meeting agreed, in principle, to give $500 for the project.

An article in the Dec 29, 2017 issue of The Morning Star newspaper indicated that the full $5000 had been raised to purchase the naming rights for a pink shrub rose, chosen because it would emulate a wild rose reminiscent of the rose hips that the Schubert family survived on and for which their daughter was named. The plant will be cultivated by Langley-based rose breeders ‘Select Roses’ and Blue Mountain Nursery, in Armstrong, plan to stock the rose for sale, however, both Armstrong and Spallumcheen will have priority on the first available roses from the grower.



Annual General Meeting:     Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Location:            Enderby Museum, 901 George Street, Enderby

Topic:            An Update on plans for the local abandoned CPR Rail Train and the challenges and successes of the Vernon to Kelowna Rail Train.   Speakers include Bob Cowan, Brad Case, and Brad Clement.


OHS Book Sales:

Copies of the 81th Report of the OHS (2017) are available from the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery (250-546-8318) and the Enderby and District Museum and Archives (250-838-7170).