Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for August 25
Revelstoke Museum and Archives
130 years ago: The Kootenay Star, August 27, 1892
A Canadian Pacific Railway train engine killed eight Hull Bros. sheep. on a trestle bridge in Galena Bay. Three others were in such poor condition that they had to be euthanized. The Star has requested the installation of a fence along CP tracks in the area.
120 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, August 22, 1902
The school board selected Smith Bros from six contractors to build the new brick school in Revelstoke. The construction company in Grand Forks, British Columbia, offered trustees the cheapest price at $13,987 (about $480,000 today). Other prices offered ranged from $15,499 to $19,545 (about $530,000 to $670,000 today). The building opened as a central school in 1903.
110 years ago: The Mail-Herald, 24 August 1912
Most businesses closed on August 21st as 2,000 citizens gathered at Revelstoke Queen Victoria Hospital. As the crowd watched, the British Columbia Minister of Public Works laid the first cornerstone of the new hospital wing. Many predicted that the addition would raise the hospital’s rank in the province. A second celebration took place in Columbia Park that afternoon when a pole was planted to mark the start of the automobile road leading to the summit of Mount Revelstoke.
100 years ago: Revelstoke Review, August 23, 1922
After Mrs. C. Smith’s house was blown up the previous week, Alice Langford and Dong Wing were given fall trial dates and taken to Oakalla Jail in Burnaby. The review reported that a large amount of evidence had been gathered and it was certain that both defendants would be convicted of attempted murder. Langford applied for bail but was fired. His charges of possession of illegal liquor were brought before a judge; however, it took longer before any conclusions could be drawn.
90 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, August 26, 1932
Revelstoke resident Howard MacDonald transported American author Zane Gray and company to Campbell River. Gray wrote infamous Western novels such as Purple Sage Riders, The Lone Star Rangerand To the last man.
80 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, August 27, 1942
At a town meeting, Councilor PC Lindsay brought up one of Revelstoke’s hottest topics at the time. He complained that the town felt restless as two dogs howled late into the night and urged others nearby to follow suit. The board accepted Lindsay’s statement; however, they could not find a solution.
70 years ago: Revelstoke Review, August 28, 1952
After visiting Three Valley Lake, Charles Holten proved that the area actually had good fishing by catching a 17-pound greyfish. It would weigh about the same as a bowling ball.
60 years ago: Revelstoke Review, August 23, 1962
After spending twenty-two years monitoring motorists on the Big Bend Freeway, the “Old Woodenhead” was moved to the entrance to the town of Revelstoke. The sculpture was created by Peter Fuoco, who noticed that a huge tree stump appeared to have a face. Over time, he reduced it and created a realistic head. At the request of a supervising engineer at the time, “Old Woodenhead” was moved to the Big Bend Highway for its opening in 1940. After Rogers Pass opened and the road became the preferred travel route, the city council decided to move it to Revelstoke.
50 years ago: Revelstoke Review, August 24, 1972
Corporal J William Bishop, who previously lived in Revelstoke, received the Workers’ Compensation Board Bronze Medal for Bravery Award and a reward of $750 (about $5,000 today).
He was the first on the scene to rescue Brian Campbell, who was in a 12ft sewer trench in Kamloops when a wall collapsed. Corporal Bishop discovered the man’s head and organized the rescue mission.
40 years ago: Revelstoke Review, August 25, 1982
City Council has expressed support for the Chamber of Commerce’s concerns about rising gas prices in Revelstoke. Prices ranged from about $0.43 to $0.46 (about $1.32 to $1.41 today) per litre. Alderman John Opra found the gas prices very frustrating as they worked to make the town a tourist destination. Revelstoke and Rogers Pass had the highest prices along the Trans-Canada Highway from Salmon Arm to Golden.
30 years ago: Revelstoke Times, August 25, 1992
Four bogus drug dealers have been arrested after their victim called the police. A local man was approached by two young women, asking about his interest in buying medicine. He agreed and followed them to meet their boyfriends. Together, the group picked a prize of $500 (about $1,000 today) and got in the car with the boyfriends to close the deal. However, instead of closing the deal, the man was driven a few miles out of town and left on the side of the road. He called the police and the Golden RCMP located the suspects and arrested them. The man’s money was returned and no charges were brought against him for attempting to buy drugs.
20 years ago: Revelstoke Times Review, August 28, 2002
The Second Street Reconstruction Project team discovered an inscription bearing the name A. Pradolini on the sidewalk outside the Pradolini Apartments at 302 Second Street East. Anselmo Pradolini built many heritage buildings in Revelstoke, including the courthouse. He served as mayor of Revelstoke in the 1930s. City crews planned to save the concrete section and replace it when the new sidewalk was to be poured.
Compiled by Isobel Bray and Lauren Masson, museum assistants at the Revelstoke Museum and Archives.
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