I might be able to help you with the info on Coutlee. My family lived there at one time. All info is according to the book "Merritt and the Nicola Valley" written by Nicola Valley Museum Archives Association.
Pg. 24 - Alexander Coutlie (original spelling), a native of Quebec, arrived to take land west of The Forks where he developed a commercial centre known as Coutlee.
Pg. 30 - Northwest of The Forks, where the valley narrows, is the settlement of Coutlee. In 1873, Alexander Coutlie built a house here and obtained a licence to sell liquor. In the early 1880s, he built a hotel, store and warehouse. The post office operated out of this store from 1885 to 1917. Blair and Company and Coutlee's Blacksmith Shop also served the needs of the area from this community. (a photo is also displayed on this page-c.1900)
Pg. 40 - When he died Alexander Coutlie's property was sold to a long-time employee, Harry Cleasby.
Pg. 49 - By 1906, the track was laid to Coutlee.
Pg. 70 - Among the hotels in the Nicola Valley near the turn of the century were Quilchena at Quilchena, Driard at Nicola, Pioneer at Coutlee (later named the Coutlee Hotel), and the Woodward's and Woods' hotel at Lower Nicola.
Pg. 77 - photo of Alma Coutlee
Pg. 40 and 42 - photo of Joe Coutlee
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