LETTER: Pump is part of Summerland’s story

Old gas pump was important in previous years

Dear Editor:

The Jan. 18 edition of the Summerland Review included two views, one an article and one an editorial, about the controversial vintage gas pump.

The article states that the pump is a part of Summerland’s past while the editorial questions its historical importance.

Who determines what is a significant part of Summerland’s history and what is just a neat old piece of junk?

In my opinion, the pump represents a milestone in Summerland history.

To the orchardists it meant fuel for the new-fangled trucks that could get fruit to the packing houses faster and more efficiently than horses and wagons.

Children no longer had to walk through blizzards (uphill both ways) to get to school; they could ride on benches enclosed in the back of a truck.

As automobiles became more common, a trip to Penticton no longer took an entire day or more and locals could fuel up here, reducing the risk of running out of gas before reaching their destination.

Looking 100 (or less) years into the future, I can picture an electric car charging station (another Summerland milestone) displayed beside the gas pump; two artefacts exhibiting the modern technology of their eras.

Our great grandchildren will be able to see and touch the actual relics and marvel at how their ancestors survived with such limited technology.

Technically, as of today, yesterday is Summerland’s past. Right now, the onus is on us to preserve our history. It’s important that we choose wisely.

Ruth ten Veen

Summerland

Just Posted

Summerland Chamber letter raises concerns about proportional representation referendum

Similar concerns about upcoming referendum have been addressed by B.C. Chamber of Commerce

Warm Up for Winter drive expands to cover the South Okanagan

Penticton clothing drive for those in need expands to the whole South Okanagan

LETTER: Marijuana is not for everyone

THC was slowing and scattering my thoughts and generally dulling my sharpness and attention span

LETTER: Taunts and smear campaigns in Summerland’s election

Many electors were quick to believe accusations about various candidates

Summerland has supported One Person Project

Medical and school supplies have been shipped to Tanzania

‘She’s charging. Oh God’: Mama grizzly runs at B.C. man armed with shotgun

People online were quick to question – and defend – a man’s decision to shoot a grizzly bear charging him on a Bella Coola front yard

VOTE: Nature in Focus reader’s choice photo contest

The Penticton Western News Reader’s Choice photo contest

Who is running in Summerland’s election?

Introducing you to the candidates asking for your vote on Oct. 20

B.C. veteran combats PTSD in the ring and on the farm

Cam Tetrault is a valuable contributor at Quesnel’s Two Rivers Boxing Club

B.C. vegan butcher to appear on Dragons’ Den

Victoria’s Very Good Butchers will star in Nov. 29 episode

Shuswap offers one-stop wellness for seniors

Salmon Arm centre for seniors with chronic conditions offers collaborate approach to health

Fast ferries from B.C. spotted in Egypt

Controversial aluminum BC Ferries vessels ’big white elephants covered in dust,’ eyewitness says

Canadian troops, families take shelter in hotel after Florida hurricane

Most of the Canadians were evacuated from the military base before Hurricane Michael

B.C. jury trial hears police-sting audio of man accused of killing girl, 12

Garry Handlen has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Monica Jack on May 6, 1978.

Most Read