The ‘Our Lady Jess’ photo is from the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre collection digitized courtesy of the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History. Do you have original photos capturing Rossland’s storied history? Consider donating them to the Rossland Archives. The photos can be scanned and donors can retain the original.

The ‘Our Lady Jess’ photo is from the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre collection digitized courtesy of the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History. Do you have original photos capturing Rossland’s storied history? Consider donating them to the Rossland Archives. The photos can be scanned and donors can retain the original.

Our History in Pictures

October is Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month continues.

This 1940 photograph captures an iconic Rossland character: Alice Jess Weber, who was born in Wisconsin in approximately 1854 and found herself in Rossland in the boomtown period of the 1890s.

She held a series of jobs over the nearly 60 years she spent in Rossland, starting out in the hotel industry and subsequently cleaning houses and offices.

In her later years, she became well-known as an eccentric Rossland character, and was often referred to as “Old Lady Jess.” For more information, come check out our new sign about Alice Jess, now on display at the Museum.

Do you have memories or stories about Alice Jess? Share them at https://www.rosslandmuseum.ca/essays/old-lady-jess or email to archives@rosslandmuseum.ca.