Bourne Bros. General Store building at their original location on the road to the CPR station in the 1890s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 83)
Bourne Bros. General Store building at their original location on the road to the CPR station, circa 1890s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 83)

Bourne Bros. General Store building at their original location on the road to the CPR station in the 1890s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 83) Bourne Bros. General Store building at their original location on the road to the CPR station, circa 1890s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 83)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for April 15

Local history as recorded by the newspaper of the day

130 years ago: Kootenay Star, April 18, 1891

The steamer SS Lytton was put into shape for the new season, and was painted inside and out. The cabins were finished in white, gold, pale blue, and pink. The ship was preparing for its first trip down the river on April 18, and every berth was engaged for the trip.

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, April 17, 1901

Bourne Bros. General Store were removing their store buildings from the street near the CPR station to the corner of Mackenzie Avenue and First Street. The home occupied by. H.J. Bourne was moved in between Fifth and Sixth Street on Mackenzie Avenue to make way for the business buildings.

100 years ago: Revelstoke Review, April 14, 1921

By-Law No. 294, providing for shop regulation was passed by City Council. The by-law required merchants to close their places of business at 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, which was a weekly half-holiday.

90 years ago: Revelstoke Review, April 17, 1931

A huge rock slide came down at Redgrave, 67 miles east of Revelstoke, blocking the main line of the CPR for four days. The work of clearing the slide involved the use of steam shovels, ditchers, and large quantities of powder. Robert Richards died during the clearing operation, when a ditcher toppled over, striking and killing him.

80 years ago: Revelstoke Review, April 17, 1941

Students at Revelstoke High School had bought almost $500 worth of War Savings Certificates. A large painting by Principal M.W. Abbott, hung in the auditorium to inspire the students. The painting showed German planes flying over the strait of Dover, with anti-aircraft guns directed at the planes. Each gun represented a class in the school, and when War Savings Stamps equal in number to the class enrollment was purchased, it was considered equivalent to one German plane being shot down. Grade 9A had bought $160 worth of certificates, accounting for 24 planes.

70 years ago: Revelstoke Review, April 12, 1951

Close to one half million dollars was allocated for highway upgrades in the Revelstoke district, including reconstruction of bridges on the West road. There was discussion about the future of the Big Bend Highway, as the possibility of a dam being built at Mica Creek was already under consideration. A new route through Rogers Pass was being considered.

60 years ago: Revelstoke Review, April 13, 1961

Charlene Norberg of Revelstoke was chosen Miss Sweetheart of 1961 at the B.C. Teen Town convention in Richmond, B.C. Ten members of Revelstoke’s Teen Town club attended the convention.

50 years ago: Revelstoke Review, April 15, 1971

Several Highland dancers from Revelstoke, all pupils of Peggy Norberg, took part in the Yale Cariboo Musical Festival held in Kamloops. Linda Konas was awarded the trophy for the highest mark obtained in four classes of dancing. The competition included 164 entrants from throughout the region, including 18 dancers from Revelstoke, several of whom placed in the top five.

40 years ago: Revelstoke Review, April 15, 1981

The Rocky Mountain Rangers cadets in Revelstoke had been looking for a new home since the Armoury was closed in July of 1980. The armoury, or drill hall, had been built in 1902 for the Rocky Mountain Rangers, which was then an adult militia. It was used for recruiting and training during World War I. The building was up for sale. It is the current home of Trans-Canada Fitness.

20 years ago: Revelstoke Review, April 11, 2001

Ruby Nobbs, Revelstoke’s local historian, passed away on April 4, 1991 at the age of 94. Ruby was a charter member of the Revelstoke Museum and Archives Association, and was instrumental in the formation of the museum. She also served for years on the Revelstoke Heritage Commission, and was a director of the BC Heritage Society. She wrote two books on Revelstoke history, both published she was 91. She was also the proprietor of Alpine Lanes Bowling Alley for many years.


 

@RevelstokeRevue
editor@revelstoketimesreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Local History

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

People watch burning funeral pyres of their relatives who died of COVID-19 in a ground that has been converted into a crematorium in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Infections in India hit another grim daily record that day as demand for medical oxygen jumped seven-fold and the government denied reports that it was slow in distributing life-saving supplies from abroad. (AP Photo/Ishant Chauhan)
Liam’s Lowdown: Tell us more how COVID-19 is impacting B.C.

Compared to other provinces, B.C. releases less data on COVID-19 infections and vaccinations

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
65 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Overall, B.C. is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

The five graduating members of the Vernon-based Thompson Okanagan Lakers U18AAA girls hockey team – Jessica Engelbrecht (from left), Makenna Howe, Cheree Peters, Jayden Perpelitz, and Alexis Bishop – have all committed to collegiate hockey programs in Canada and the U.S. (Photo submitted)
Vernon-based hockey squad sends 5 to college ranks

Thompson Okanagan U18AAA Lakers players heading to Canadian and U.S. programs

Richard Green writes poetry under the nom de plume Rick the Poet Warrior. Homeless, Green sometimes spends his summers in Revelstoke but winters in Victoria, travelling to Ontario to visit his sister whenever he can. (Jocelyn Doll - Revelstoke Review)
Revelstoke nomad pens poetry, offers insight into homelessness

Rick the Poet Warrior’s books can be found online as well as at the Revelstoke library

(Pixabay photo)
NHL bracket challenge supporting Indigenous awards at Okanagan College

One or more Indigenous students experiencing financial barriers will be able to receive an award

Sisters Audrey Cunningham and Donna Erdman, join the Vernon Kalamalka Chorus singing in their cars, tuned into the radio, under the direction of Debbie Parmenter. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
VIDEO: Okanagan choir steers around COVID with ‘carbershop’ twist

Singers find a unique way to practice during pandemic restrictions

A property crime map for the month of March shows the hot spot for crimes is centered around the area where the Victory Church homeless shelter is located. (City Submitted)
B.C. Premier asked to intervene in Penticton homeless shelter dispute

Mayor sends letter urging premier to reconsider Eby’s use of paramountcy powers

Colleen Price, Vancouver Island University’s bachelor of science in nursing program chairperson, says she is impressed with how students have persevered through the COVID-19 pandemic. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Next generation of B.C. nurses already showing resilience

University program head says learning had to be adjusted amidst pandemic

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The Vernon Community Arts Centre is seeking member artist submissions for a summer exhibit called Enchanted: A World of Fantasy. Submissions are open until June 30, 2021. (VCAC photo)
Vernon artists’ fantasy worlds wanted for summer exhibit

Vernon Community Arts Centre is seeking submissions for Enchanted: A World of Fantasy

A woman is hoping that her dog Ginger ran away from the fire that erupted in her Osoyoos home Saturday night. The home caught fire twice in two days and is totally destroyed. (Contributed)
Dog missing after saving woman from huge house fire in Osoyoos

The woman escaped the burning home, but she hopes her dog Ginger ran away to safety

Logging is proposed for a portion of Mount Ida, with the industrial park to the right. The purple portions are the proposed cut blocks, the yellowy-green are city-owned properties and the red and black dotted lines are the proposed logging roads. (City of Salmon Arm image)
Salmon Arm council’s concerns eased over Mount Ida logging

Fire chief explains proposed cut complements wildfire risk reduction efforts

The temporary skatepark will be placed between the Capital News Centre (in the parking area) and H20, pictured here (Kelowna Skateboard Association/Contributed).
Kelowna skateboarders hope to get Lower Mission park

The Kelowna Skateboard Association is helping a group of kids get a skatepark for the summer

Two-year-old Kashius Weme rides at the Steve Smith Memorial Bike Park in Nanaimo on Tuesday, May 11. The youngster’s precocious bike-riding ability is already attracting cycle sponsors. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
2-year-old B.C. bike rider already attracting cycle sponsors

Nanaimo’s Kashius Weme has a knack for extreme cycle sports

Most Read