Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo P1352 The new Big Bend ski jump, opened in January 1939.

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 16

125 Years Ago: Kootenay Star, Jan. 13, 1894

Three feet of snow fell Monday night and householders have been busy nearly all the week removing “the beautiful” from roofs and sidewalks. There is now between four and five feet on the level. A thaw set in yesterday and we must expect some big snowslides.

120 Years Ago: Revelstoke Herald, Jan. 14, 1899

J.D. Sibbald, gold commisioner for this district, was forced out of his position due to partisan provincial politics. The Herald, who supported Sibbald, called his dismissal un-British, unjust, and cruel and claimed that Sibbald was forced out because the position was wanted by a friend of the government.

110 Years Ago: Mail-Herald, Jan. 16, 1909

A westbound CPR freight train ran into a snowslide at Three Valley Lake and left the rails, plunging into the lake. Engineer William Coughlin and fireman Fred Hawkins, both of Revelstoke, died in the accident.

100 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Jan. 16, 1919

Dr. Hamilton, Medical Health Officer, declared that the “flu” conditions had improved so rapidly that the ban, which had been on since December 26, will be declared off on Sunday. The churches will be able to assemble on that date, and the schools will open on Monday.

90 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Jan. 16, 1929

A vagrant was caught in the act of a theft at the home of A.E. Kincaid, Fifth Street East by Boyd Kincaid. As he entered the home, a figure brushed past him. He immediately gave chase. Constable Crowle spotted them and caught the thief. The accused was sentenced to six months in Oakalla.

80 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Jan. 20, 1939

The Big Bend ski hill, built especially for the upcoming Western Canada Ski Meet, was opened on January 15th with a crowd of about 500 people in attendance. The jump was located to the west of the Nels Nelsen jump. The crowd witnessed a display of exhibition jumping by Craig Rutherford, Hans Gunnarsen, Earl Pletsch, Fred Durrand, Arthur Johnson, Paul DePietro, and others.

70 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Jan. 20, 1949

The public was invited to visit the Ice Arena to view the additions to the rink which included an artificial ice making plant. The rink was expected to open the next week.

60 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Jan. 15, 1959

Further trials in the mortar shelling of dangerous mountain avalanches on the proposed Trans-Canada Highway will be made next month by the army at Glacier, B.C. Two officers of the 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada were in Rogers Pass doing the preliminary planning.

40 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Jan. 17, 1979

Federated Co-operatives Limited purchased Downie Street Sawmill from owners Kurt Schleith and Garth Langford.

30 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Jan. 18, 1989

Revelstoke Snowmobile Club was awarded a $42,360 BC Lottery Fund grant to purchase new trail grooming equipment to replace the 18 year old groomer. The club maintained trails on Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge.

20 Years Ago: Revelstoke Times Review, Jan. 15, 1999

The city applied for funding from the Canada Millennium Partnership Fund for enhancement of the western access gateway.

The project included the bear pillars which now stand on Victoria Road near the Trans-Canada Highway junction.

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