Mount Odlum

Feature Type:Mount - Variation of Mountain: Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks. ["Mount" preceding the name usually indicates that the feature is named after a person.]
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On BC-Alberta boundary E of head of Elk River, E of Invermere, Kootenay Land District
Tags: World War I World War II
Latitude-Longitude: 50°29'11''N, 114°56'17''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82J/7

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in Place Names of Alberta, published in 1928 by the Geographic Board of Canada, in turn as labelled on BC-Alberta boundary map #8, surveyed in 1916, published in 1917.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Named by interprovincial boundary surveyors, "after Brigadier-General V.W. Odlum, CMG, Canadian Expeditionary Force."

Source: Place Names of Alberta; published for the Geographic Board by Department of Interior, Ottawa, 1928.

Major-General Victor Wentworth Odlum, CB, CMG, DSO (1880 - 1953?), Vancouver newspaper editor and insurance broker. Born Cobourg, Ontario; lived in Japan as a young child, arrived in British Columbia in 1889; served in the Boer War and was commander of the British Columbia Regiment, CEF, during World War I; Vancouver MLA, 1924-28; High Commissioner to Australia, 1940; Minister to China, 1942; Minister to Turkey, 1947. Died 5 years after his return from Turkey [1953?]. (Notation in Provincial Archives that Odlum served in WW II, but details not provided)

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office