REPORTING · 7th August 2013
Author Larry Jacobson was at the Kitimat Museum and Archives on Friday, July 26th to talk about Early Pioneers, located in and around Salmo. The lecture was based on his book “Salmo Stories - Memories of a place in the Kootenays.”
“The theme applies to a much greater area. Early Pioneers. What it means to be a pioneer coming into a new area, with nothing there, no services, no amenities. Can you imagine women being uprooted from their homes in the east and coming out here with a whole bunch of children and having to make due. All the things they had to bring with them and if they didn’t have them with them, it was tough to get them,” said Jacobson.
He got the stories he printed from a variety of sources. Some came to him from his local museum. In 2006, there was a request for stories for a Salmo book. However, when the stories came in, no one knew what to do with the stories. Jacobson interviewed the people he could get in touch with.
This is not Jacobson’s first book. He has written two before this, both after retiring. The second was about the Emerald Mine in the Kootenays. Jacobson has a background in mining and worked on the Kemano Tunnel.