(Revelstoke Museum & Archives Photo No.638) Sturgeon caught near Arrowhead in August 1918.

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Aug. 24

125 Years Ago: Kootenay Star, September 2, 1893

Sam Needham shot a monster hawk on Monday morning which is said to be the largest ever seen in this district. It measured 41 inches from tip to tip. It was perched on a stump overlooking Mr. Needham’s chicken ranch, and was doubtless selecting a good fat hen for breakfast.

110 Years Ago: Mail-Herald, August 29, 1908

A fracas occurred at the CPR depot when G. Lilley, a machinist, went to see off a friend. The mechanical staff of the CPR were in a strike at the time. A CPR special constable, “in a manner brutal and insolent, arrested the machinist for trespassing on the company’s property and locked him up in the CPR gaol.” The local superintendent ordered his release. The paper concluded, “The constables right to play fast and loose with our citizens has been questioned, and public indignation is very strong.”

100 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, August 29, 1918

An eight-foot-long sturgeon was caught near Arrowhead on August 22 by Warren Andrews, a returned soldier working at the local sawmill. The sturgeon weighed 230 pounds and measured 8 feet 3 inches, and 3 feet 6 inches in circumference. Andrews was not able to reel the sturgeon in that day, and returned the next day with a rifle and three men. They pulled the sturgeon to the surface and shot it, and then distributed sturgeon steaks to residents of Arrowhead.

90 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, August 29, 1928

Mrs. Jane Henderson is making a success of the lemon growing business. Last year she grew one from a potted plant which weighed 8 ounces. This year, the plant has produced a lemon 9 ounces in weight, and 10 and ½ inches in length.

80 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, September 2, 1938

Members of the Vernon Band merged with the Revelstoke Band and gave guests and visitors to Mount Revelstoke National Park a never-to-be-forgotten thrill with a massed band concert on the summit. The cathedral silences of the mountain peaks resounded to Karoly’s “Oracle”, J. Ord Hume’s “Hymn Panel”, well-known overtures, selections and martial airs, as the combined bands were led by three bandmasters: J. Werner of Vernon, and David Orr and R.H. Sawyer of Revelstoke.

70 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, September 2, 1948

Craig Rutherford and his partner Charles Rutherford were chatting in the office of Rutherford Motors when the fire bell rang. Being a member of the volunteer fire brigade, Craig made a dash for the fire hall. In answer to the inquiry, “Where’s the fire?” he received the reply, “Rutherford Motors.” The big delivery truck of the Enterprise Brewery caught on fire when the frame was being welded in the garage at Rutherford Motors.. The fire was quickly extinguished.

60 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, August 28, 1958

One of the most difficult sections of highway west of Revelstoke has been completed except for paving. The Summit Lake to Victor Lake section has been under construction for the past two years. The stretch is no longer the scene of winding and tortuous pieces of road. A big rock bluff at Victor Lake was removed and the road now follows a straight stretch approaching the former bluff. At Summit Lake, a gigantic fill was made.

50 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, August 29, 1968

A 20 year old woman from Ontario was killed when a six-ton boulder crashed into the day coach in which she was riding, on the CPR’s Canadian on August 26. The huge boulder came from 500 feet above the railway which passes between the big bluff and Victor Lake. The 320 passengers on the train were brought into Revelstoke by bus and fed at the Legion, Civic Centre, and McGregors Restaurant.

30 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, August 31, 1988

Miss Revelstoke 1988, 17-year-old Beatrice Jones, was chosen Miss PNE 1988 over a field of 44 contestants from throughout the province. Jones won $2,000, a $750 wardrobe, a silver Oscar, a modelling course, and a one-week stay for two in Palm Springs.

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