|The Living Room|
Yesterday we were invited by an 80-year old volunteer lady called Thelma to see inside the Bassett House, a part of the museum in Okanagan Falls. About a hundred years ago Mr. Richard Bassett had developed a successful freight and carriage company using horses, and found a wife, and needed a house. I don't know if you have catalogues where you are, but in Canada distances are so great people had to do mail-ordering of goods they needed, as the shops were often too far away. So Mr.Bassett ordered his house from the T. Eaton Company in this way, and it arrived in kit form, from somewhere like Winnipeg or Vancouver. First on a train, then on a sternwheeler on the lake, then on a horse-drawn wagon. It was put together here in Okanagan Falls in 1909, and is still livable I would say, and Hanne's daughter Elise was with us and she agreed! The Bassetts subsequently had five children and they were all brought up in this house. It was nice to go back to our grandparents' time and imagine living without electricity or cars.