This photograph, showing the Virden, Manitoba Band, was taken in 1887. Two band members moved to Summerland: Clarence Pineo, back row, first on left and David Watson, back row fourth from the left. Clarence became Summerland’s tax collector for 19 years. David Watson was employed by Shaughnessy’s Summerland Development Company with the task of convincing Manitobans to move to Summerland. Many of Summerland’s pioneers came from Manitoba. Almost all of the original land owners along Jones Flat Road were from Virden including David Watson’s brothers Cortland and Wellington. (Photo courtesy of the Virden Museum)

This photograph, showing the Virden, Manitoba Band, was taken in 1887. Two band members moved to Summerland: Clarence Pineo, back row, first on left and David Watson, back row fourth from the left. Clarence became Summerland’s tax collector for 19 years. David Watson was employed by Shaughnessy’s Summerland Development Company with the task of convincing Manitobans to move to Summerland. Many of Summerland’s pioneers came from Manitoba. Almost all of the original land owners along Jones Flat Road were from Virden including David Watson’s brothers Cortland and Wellington. (Photo courtesy of the Virden Museum)

Summerland has connection with Manitoba community

Early settlers in community came from Virden, Manitoba

From the community’s early days, Summerland has had a connection with a small community in southwestern Manitoba.

Some of the early settlers in Summerland came from Virden, Manitoba. Two of the pioneer settlers, Clarence Pineo and David Watson, were members of the community band in Virden.

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Pineo, who moved to Summerland in 1905, was a lumber yard operator and was later employed by the municipality. He was Summerland’s tax collector for 19 years.

Pineo Court in Summerland is named after Clarence Pineo.

Watson was employed by Shaughnessy’s Summerland Development Company with the task of convincing Manitobans to move to Summerland.

He was successful in this role, as many of Summerland’s pioneers came from Manitoba. Almost all of the original landowners along Jones Flat Road were from Virden including David Watson’s brothers Cortland and Wellington.

David Watson also was the director of the Summerland Agricultural Society in 1910. His brother Wellington Watson worked for R.H. English at the livery stable.

Watson Avenue is named for the Watson family.

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