Book honours City of Armstrong’s 100th

The City of Armstrong is being celebrated in a new book.

The City of Armstrong is being celebrated in a new book.

After completing thousands of hours of careful research, scanning old newspaper files, government records and older books about the area, Armstrong’s 100th anniversary of incorporation will be unveiled with Celebrating the City of Armstrong, 1913 – 2013.

On Tuesday, the 220-page book will be available at a special book signing at the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Museum from 2 and 4 p.m.

Co-authors Jessie Ann Gamble and Jack Jamieson, both long-time residents, completed the writing of the book earlier this year, after compiling information assembled by volunteers at the museum and within the community.

Earlier research had been done by a summer student at the museum, Emily Rice.

“Each of the 100 years since incorporation are put together with each year devoted to two pages of a brief history in text, highlights of the year and photographs of the day,” said Jamieson.

“The mayors throughout the years are identified on each page. They were the drivers of the city’s development.”

Also included are comprehensive lists of the mayors, magistrates, board of trade/chamber of commerce presidents, freemen of the city and local legion presidents.

A current map showing all the streets in the city, as well as the city’s population and significant temperatures each year, are included.

Jamieson said Gamble should be congratulated for her tremendous dedication in gathering facts, documenting them and seeing that the entire process in writing the book went smoothly.

“Without question, she is the driving force behind this project and deserves credit for it,” he said. “She was our task master, all the way through.”

The book Celebrating the City of Armstrong, 1913 – 2013 sells for $20.