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Angelo Golik and the Fort Sheppard Hotel

ABOVE: John Jovanovic (centre) and Angelo Golik (right) at the Fort Sheppard Hotel, probably in the 1930s. The name of the man on the left is unknown. Jovanovic and Golik are also seen in the photo at bottom. - Fred Fransen photo, courtesy Thor Fransen
ABOVE: John Jovanovic (centre) and Angelo Golik (right) at the Fort Sheppard Hotel, probably in the 1930s. The name of the man on the left is unknown. Jovanovic and Golik are also seen in the photo at bottom.
— image credit: Fred Fransen photo, courtesy Thor Fransen

Sixty-second in a series on West Kootenay/Boundary place names

Photos that accompanied this column a few weeks ago showed some musicians outside the old Fort Sheppard Hotel at Waneta. They were taken by Fred Fransen probably in the 1930s and provided by his son Thor. Although most people were unidentified, the man holding a guitar was labelled “A. Golik.”

John Golik of South Slocan phoned to say that was his uncle Angelo who, along with John’s parents, came to Canada from Croatia in the 1920s. John’s father found work on the reconstruction of the Kootenay River dams and Angelo stayed with them for a while.

“He had his guitar with him and would strum it,” John recalls. “I was just a toddler then. He left it in our closet and I would pick away at the strings.”

He isn’t sure what Angelo was doing at the Fort Sheppard Hotel, although he apparently lived in Trail at one point.

In 1937, Angelo married Helen Bourgeois of Crescent Valley. The following year he was laid off by West Kootenay Power, so the couple decided to move to Wells, where Angelo had previously worked at the Caribou Gold Quartz mine.

“We purchased a Model A Ford and drove to Wells with all our belongings,” Helen recalled in an autobiography. “It took us 2½ days, 22 flat tires, and a leaky radiator before we landed.”

After a few years they moved to the coast and had a variety of occupations, ranging from farming to owning a pharmacy to running the Sasquatch Inn at Harrison Mills.

However, in 1958, Angelo suffered a collapsed lung and needed surgery to remove three-quarters of it. He discovered he had contracted silicosis as a miner years earlier. He later tried farming again (they raised rabbits until he discovered he was allergic to them) but was in and out of hospital until his death in Vancouver in 1963 at age 58.

Helen went to work at the Langley post office and then Cloverdale Paint and a hardware store before retiring. She died in 1999 at age 85. They had no children.

John recalls Angelo “was quite a kidder, quite a character. He had a great sense of humor, as did Helen.”

John also identified another person in the photo, his uncle’s friend John Jovanovic, whom he recalls taking the bus to visit in Rossland. Jovanovic worked at the Trail smelter and had a wife, son, and daughter.

Alan Woodhouse graduated from school in Rossland with Jovanovic’s son Bill in 1955 and went into dentistry in Edmonton. When they met again at a class reunion in 1980, he was in real estate in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Previous installments in this series

Introduction

Ainsworth

Alamo

Anaconda

Annable, Apex, and Arrow Park

Annable, revisited

Appledale

Applegrove, Appleby, and Appledale revisited

Argenta and Arrowhead

Aylwin

Bakers, Birds, and Bosun Landing

Balfour

Bannock City, Basin City, and Bear Lake City

Beasley

Beaton

Bealby Point

Bealby Point (aka Florence Park) revisited

Belford and Blewett

Beaverdell and Billings

Birchbank and Birchdale

Blueberry and Bonnington

Boswell, Bosworth, Boulder Mill, and Broadwater

Brandon

Brilliant

Brooklyn, Brouse, and Burnt Flat

Burton

Camborne, Cariboo City, and Carrolls Landing

Carmi, Cedar Point, Circle City, and Clark’s Camp

Carson, Carstens, and Cascade City

Casino and Champion Creek

Castlegar, Part 1

Castlegar, Part 2

Castlegar, Part 3

Christina Lake

Christina City and Christian Valley

Clubb Landing and Coltern

Cody and Champion Creek revisited

Champion Creek revisited, again

Columbia

Columbia City, Columbia Gardens, and Columbia Park

Comaplix

Cooper Creek and Corra Linn

Crawford Bay and Comaplix revisited

Crescent Valley and Craigtown

Davenport

Dawson, Deadwood, and Deanshaven

Deer Park

East Arrow Park and Edgewood

Eholt

English Cove and English Point

Enterprise

Erie

Evans Creek and Evansport

Falls City

Farron

Fauquier

Ferguson

Ferguson, revisited

Fife

Fort Shepherd vs. Fort Sheppard, Part 1

Fort Shepherd vs. Fort Sheppard, Part 2

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