A Tribute to the Citizens of 100 Mile House, British Columbia
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N 51° 38.653 W 121° 17.714
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Quick Description: A Tribute to Ross Gordon Marks and in Memory of Shirley Case are a two section mural honoring these dedicated residents of 100 Mile House. The mural is on the front of the Community Hall.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 6/23/2019 9:30:24 AM
Waymark Code: WM10TQC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
With the dedication of the 100 Mile House Mural Society and the community this mural was unveiled July 14, 2018. 100 Mile House Mural Society is a small group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the heritage of 100 Mile House and the South Cariboo area through large-scale murals throughout 100 Mile House. These murals were a part of their efforts. The concept and creation of the murals were by artist Duane Davis.

A Tribute to the Citizens of 100 Mile House is in two large panels on the front of the 100 Mile House Community Hall. These murals honor Shirley Case and Ross Gordon Marks.

Shirley Case was truly a Canadian hero and humanitarian, she dedicated her life to helping children in third-world countries through education and improving living conditions.

The mural shows Shirley in Africa: Nigeria and Chad, Nicaragua and Afghanistan.

Shirley Case was tragically murdered while in Afghanistan along with two other aid workers: one American - and another Canadian, Jacqueline Kirk from Quebec. The aid workers' clearly marked van was ambushed and riddled with bullets on a road near Kabul. Their Afghan driver was also killed. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. Shirley was 30 years of age.

In Memory of
Shirley Case
1977 – 2008

Transcribed from sign

A Tribute to Ross Gordon Marks
1927 - 2009

In the spring of 1948, Ross made the long journey, mostly by train, from his home town of Toronto to 100 mile house at the age of 21. Ross became the manager of Bridge Creek Estate's land development division. The company built roadways, water works, sewer systems, etc., and gifted land in support of community oriented facilities like schools and parks. This made Ross the go-to person and often referred as "Mr. 100 Mile!"

Whether it was farming oat fields, climbing power poles to wire-up new homes, being the projectionist at the local makeshift theatre, caring for the generators that powered the community, setting up the local fire department, working with ambulance society members, piloting the company aircraft, or checking on pumps at the Creek-Side water utility, Ross was a man of many talents. In 1965 an interim village commission was elected to pursue incorporation for 100 Mile House. The commissioners are featured in this mural. From the left: Chuck Shaw-Maclaren, Russ Fraser, Cas Kopec, David Ainsworth and chairman, Ross Marks, seated. Incorporation was achieved and municipal elections were held in 1966. Ross was elected mayor and continued to serve in that capacity for over 20 years.

Over time, ross undertook a variety of roles stretching from local to federal levels and throughout his life Ross remained a gentleman and was willing to take on any task.
Partially transcribed from sign
Some parts were edited

City: 100 Mile House, British Columbia

Location Name: 100 Mile House Community Hall

Artist: Duane Davis

Date: July 14, 2018

Media: Paint

Relevant Web Site: Not listed

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