GAS PUMP The original brand of gasoline pumped by an old pump in Summerland is not known. For this reason, a generic “Gasoline” logo is used, rather than a logo depicting a specific brand of gasoline. (John Arendt/Summerland Review)

Old gas pump on display at Summerland Museum

Pump had been used at packing house, but full historical details are not known

An old gas pump, once used in Lowertown, has been restored and is now on display at the Summerland Museum.

The pump is a Bowser C111, manufactured in Toronto in 1925. Bowser was an American company, but the pump was manufactured in Canada and measures gasoline in Imperial gallons rather than U.S. gallons.

It was initially used at a gas station in Summerland’s Lowertown, but the specific gas station is not known.

There were at least five gas station in Lowertown in the 1920s: Home, Shell, Union, Imperial and 76.

Glass cylinder pumps of this design were used in the community until the early 1950s.

READ ALSO: Old gas pump will be restored

READ ALSO: LETTER: Pump is rare and valuable

“Although we cannot prove that this pump came from one of these stations, we can prove that it does have a history in Summerland,” said Ken Dunsdon, one of the people who promoted the restoration work.

The pump was later used at the cannery and packing house in Lowertown from 1948 to 1961.

It was housed in a small block building which was constructed in 1948 and shared by the Cornwall Cannery and the Co-op Packing House until 1957, when the Co-op burned down.

The pump was still used by the Cornwall Cannery until 1961.

At the time, it was used to fuel forklifts sued at the site.

The pump was found in Lowertown by George Downton and was taken to the museum in 1993, on behalf of the municipality.

Dunsdon said the restoration work involved individuals and businesses from Summerland and beyond.

Alder Street Auto Body, Northern Fireplace, G and E Inglis Enterprises and BASF/RM Paint Supplies by White and Peters donated services and supplies.

READ ALSO: LETTER: Museum board chose to deaccession pump

READ ALSO: LETTER: Statements provide guidance to museum

Jim Forgie of New Westminster, Kevin Zeoli of Thorold, Ont. and Jack Sim of St. Louis, Mo. provided information and guidance about the project.

Because the original location of the pump was not known, the globe on top has a generic “Gasoline” logo rather than the logo for any specific gasoline company.

The old pump and the restoration work had earlier been the source of controversy in Summerland.

In the fall of 2016, the Summerland Museum chose to deaccession the pump.

READ ALSO: EDITORIAL: The historic value of a gas pump

Among the reasons given were that storing the pump at the museum exceeded its historical value and that that the amount of restoration work was more than the museum could provide.

However, a group of museum members disagreed with the decision and as a result, efforts were made to restore the pump, without any cost to the museum.

Julien Butler, curator and archivist at the Summerland Museum, said the museum has a policy governing collections and acquisitions.

“We are looking for things that are relevant to Summerland’s history or to people who lived in Summerland,” she said.

Not all old objects meet this mandate.In the case of the gas pump, she said the response from the community was a factor in the decision to have the restored pump displayed.

The pump will remain on display inside the museum.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Kelowna Secondary football star, water skier, signs with University of Calgary

Isaac Athans, and his family, have a long history of success across various sports in the Okanagan, nationally

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

Pilot project aims to boost entrepreneurial women in the Okanagan

W Venture, a collaborative project, is open for applications until the end of July

Cyclist struck by vehicle in West Kelowna

The cyclist was transported to hospital by ambulance

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

Summerland campground to provide COVID-safe accommodations for temporary farm-workers

The managed seasonal worker campsite will be located within a separated area of Peach Orchard Municipal Campground

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

No abandoned Seadoo found on Coldstream lake

Vernon Search and Rescue crews and RCMP unable to find reported abandoned Seadoo on Kal Lake

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Shuswap resident spots waterspout near Salmon Arm

The rare weather event was spotted early in the morning on July 4.

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

Most Read