Arthur Adair Brooke (1874-1959) was born in Rome, Italy. He was raised and educated in both Switzerland and England. At 16 years of age, he moved to Canada and took up residence in Carmen, Manitoba, where he began to farm in 1894. He later moved to Didsbury, Alberta, where he homesteaded.
Mr. A.A. Brooke moved to Salmon Arm in 1907 and acquired property in the Salmon River Valley region. He farmed this area until his retirement in 1944.
An active member of the community, Mr. Brooke lead the development of the Salmon Arm Creamery and he was president of the Dairymen's Co-operative Organization for 12 years. Arthur Brooke served as a member of the municipal council when the Ward System was still in effect. As well, he had a healthy involvement in church matters and was a member of the Baptist congregation.
Mr. Brooke had a strong interest in cows; in particular, in Holstein cattle. He was a long-standing member of the Holstein-Friesian Association of Canada. Mr. Brooke was also an accomplished artist; his work in water colours depicting farm and homesteading scenes became well known across Eastern Canada and United States.
Mr. Brooke was married to Annie Florence Brooke (Ruth). Together, they had three sons: Harold Arthur, Ralph Edward, and Ernest Cuthbert, and one daughter: Ruth Adair. At the time of his death, he was survived by all of his children, 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, five brothers: Charles, Hugh, Stephen, Robin, and Percy, and one sister.