Our interpretation re-creates a girl's bedroom of the era. Why just one bed? It was not uncommon for children to share a room, even a bed, when the family was large and the house was small. Also, two in a bed kept each other warm! As the family grew, a toddler's crib might be moved into an older girl's bedroom while the newest baby slept in the parent's room.
The Roedde family had its share of tragedy in that their first born, Anna Henrietta, died at age four after eating poisoned berries and a later born namesake, Anna Catherine, was killed at age 28, while on duty as a nurse.
During WW1, while her husband served overseas, an elder daughter Emma Roedde Cather moved back to her parents home with her two young daughters, Gwen and Kay. A great deal of family history was provided to the Preservation Society by these granddaughters.
- Circa 1917 photo over the bed – Gwen and Kay taken at the family summer home at Horseshoe Bay (note bathing suits).
- Girls clothing – These outfits with original price tags were found in a dry goods shop in Keremeos, where they lay in boxes for nearly 80 years.
- Bisque and composition dolls and other toys of the era
- 1920's nurse's cap and nursing school diploma – similar to those owned by Anna Catherine.
- The wallpapers in the upstairs rooms: these were carefully chosen to resemble fragments of original papers found during restoration.