Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo P745 SS Trail, SS Rossland, and SS Minto at Arrowhead, circa 1899.

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Dec. 24

125 Years Ago: Kootenay Star, December 30, 1893

A drunken argument at Donald, B.C. over the fighting abilities of different nationalities turned dangerous when Constable H. Redgrave shot John Barr, foreman of the Columbia River Lumber Co. The bullet entered the right side of Barr’s face, breaking off two back teeth and lodging somewhere behind the right ear. Barr was taken to Golden hospital, where he was expected to fully recover. Constable Redgrave was the son of Sheriff Redgrave of Donald.

120 Years Ago: Revelstoke Herald, December 28, 1898

The steamer Rossland made her last trip for the season and was laid up at Nakusp. Her place was taken by the new steamer Minto. The traffic up and down the lakes is considerable for this time of year.

110 Years Ago: Mail-Herald, December 30, 1908

A.E. Miller, principal of Central School since it opened in 1903, was appointed as Inspector of Public Schools for the province of B.C. His vice-principal, J.T. Pollock, was appointed as the new school principal.

100 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, December 26, 1918

The “Flu Ban” was once again in effect, as a second wave of Spanish flu cases spread throughout the community. The ban meant that all schools, churches, theatres, and other public places were closed.

A total of 37 people from Revelstoke died of the flu epidemic between the end of October of 1918, and the end of January of 1919.

80 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, December 30, 1938

A fire hydrant at the corner of Fourth Street and McArthur Avenue was snapped off by a passing motorist in the early hours of December 26, causing water to flow down Fourth Street to the CPR branch line, and along the railway tracks.

75 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, December 30, 1943

More than 100 airmen from prairie training stations spent Christmas in Revelstoke, staying with local families. The men were from Australia, New Zealand, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, the British Isles, and other parts of Canada.

The visit was coordinated by the Citizen’s Hospitality Committee and the Servicemen’s Hostess Club. The guests enjoyed family Christmas dinners and skating, skiing, tobogganing and ski-joring.

70 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, December 30, 1948

The former minesweeper HMCS Revelstoke, which was launched at New Westminster in 1943, was put into temporary service as a pilot boat at St. John, New Brunswick.

The Revelstoke was sixth in a line of pilot boats that started when the department of transport took over the pilot service in 1920.

60 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, December 31, 1958

Residents were shocked to hear of the sudden death on Christmas eve of Haakon Peter Grauer, vice-principal of the high school. Grauer had been visiting the cemetery when he suffered a heart attack.

Grauer was born in Revelstoke in 1909 and served overseas with the Canadian Intelligence Corps and received the Mentioned in Dispatches Medal. He joined the Revelstoke High School staff in 1946.

50 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, December 31, 1968

The new airport was operational. The rebuilding of the airport prior to the completion of the dam at Castlegar involved hauling in more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of fill, and raising the ground elevation for the entire airport by 15 feet.

20 Years Ago: Revelstoke Times Review, December 24, 1998

50 local BC Hydro employees earned a commendation for more than 117,000 accident-free work hours. BC Hydro planned to spend $750 on a company dinner for the employees, but they requested that the money be donated to the Elks Christmas Hamper fund.

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