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10000-9000 BC First people arrive in the area.
1400’s European settlement of North America begins.
1700’s Horse comes to Okanagan.
1811 First European people in the Osoyoos area, David Stuart with Pacific Fur Company.
1846 Agreement of the 49th parallel as the western between Canada and U.S.A.
1851 John Carmichael Haynes was appointed by Colonial government as Custom Collector and Gold Commissioner in “Sooyoos”.
1859 Gold discovered at Rock Creek.
1864 First bridge built to span the narrows on Osoyoos Lake (5 feet wide).
1865 First Custom’s house built at “Sooyoos”.

General Sherman passed through “Sooyoos” with a large company of horse soldiers.

Small-pox epidemic kills one in every three Aboriginal people.

1886 Indian Reserves were formed.
1887 Stemwinder Claim staked – Fairview.

Cariboo Mine (Camp McKinney) – first lodge mining camp in the province to pay a dividend.

Judge Haynes dies.

1897 First school in Fairview.
1899 Typhoid fever epidemic.
1914-18 WWI
1918 Puttullo Dam completed (below McIntyre Bluff).

Initial sale of lots for farming in Oliver and District.

Oliver Town site established.


Oliver’s first school.

First train arrives in Oliver (May 24)

1924 Concrete canals, flumes and wood stave syphons completed to the Canada/US border.
1925 First packing house – Oliver Co-operative Growers.
1929 Oliver school (on present Elementary site).
1930 Oliver Sawmills Ltd. is established (started in 1923 by Harry Fairweather).
1937 Oliver Airport opens (Labour Day).
1939-45 WWII.
1942 St. Martin’s Hospital opens.
1947 South Okanagan Secondary School completed (officially opened in 1949).
1948 BC Aboriginal people receive the right to vote in Provincial election.
1960 Aboriginal people receive the right to vote in Federal election.
1967 Oliver Sawmill closes.
1973 South Okanagan General Hospital Opens (St. Martin’s closes).
1976 Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary opened.


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