Revelstoke Hockey Team, 1902. Back row: J. Jamieson, Roy Douglas, Ed Allum. Front: Ed Edwards, A. Hillier, Walter Bews. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 285)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 24

Cathy English

Revelstoke Museum & Archives

125 Years Ago: Kootenay Star, January 27, 1894

Mr. H. Gerth, from Beverley, near Perth, Western Australia, was a visitor in town on Wednesday and Thursday. He is enthusiastic over our snow-clad mountain scenery and says they have nothing like it in Australia.

120 Years Ago: Revelstoke Herald, January 25, 1899

The Revelstoke hockey team left this morning for Rossland to take part in the hockey tournament to be held there this week.

110 Years Ago: Mail-Herald, January 23, 1909

Revelstoke citizens were raising funds for relief efforts after the December 28, 1908 earthquake in Italy. The magnitude 7.1 earthquake had a death toll of between 75,000 and 200,000 people in the cities of Messina and Reggio Calabria. Local residents had raised over $160.

90 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 23, 1929

Mayor Hector McKinnon was elected to fill his fifth successive term, and tenth term in all, when he defeated Dr. A. L. Jones at the polls. The mayor received 228 votes, and his opponent 184. Sadly, this was McKinnon’s last term, as he died in a fire on his farm on July 31, 1929.

80 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 27, 1939

CP Rail was taking bookings for their special “ski-trains” to Revelstoke for the Western Canada ski tournament from February 9 to 12 and the trains were filling up rapidly, with 175 reservations already booked.

70 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 27, 1949

U.S. President Harry S. Truman approved a proposal that the Grand Coulee power plant on the Columbia River in Washington use water from a British Columbia reservoir. The proposal called for the construction of a dam below the Arrow Lakes to impound 5,000,000 to 7,000,000 acre feet of water to be used in low water seasons to increase the power output of Grand Coulee dam.

60 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 22, 1959

The National Film Board had a crew in Revelstoke filming “The Railroaders,” a 17 minute film the combined the grandeur of the Selkirks and Rockies in winter with the very human story of the people who keep the trains running.

50 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 23, 1969

The recent slalom derby sponsored by the International Ski Federation on the slopes of Mount Revelstoke drew more than 100 competitors from around the world. Winner of the combined event for men was Christian Gunie of France, and for women, it was Mary Finch of Kimberley, B.C. The course had a 600 foot vertical drop with 59 gates for the men, and 49 gates for the women.

40 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 24, 1979

The headline in this issue read, “Heli-Skiing Comes to Revelstoke.” Canadian Mountain Holidays began offering heli-skiing near the Jordan River, west of town, and at Crawford Creek, to the south. Bob Geber, guide in charge of the tour, was enthusiastic about snow conditions and the cooperation received all around in Revelstoke.

30 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 25, 1989

Equinox Resources of Vancouver has been undertaking an extensive metallurgical evaluation program on the J & L mine, 32 kilometres north of Revelstoke. The 18,250 acre property was worked from 1983 to 1988 by BP-Selco, Noranda, and Pan American. Recent findings showed reserves of 11,438 tons of 0.20 oz. gold, 2.01 oz. silver, 2.56% lead and 4.48% zinc.

20 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 22, 1999

A 250 metre-long slide closed the Trans-Canada Highway in Glacier National Park at 5:30 pm on January 24. The slide covered the highway with two to three metres of snow and buried the bridge at Illecillewaet Three Crossing. The highway was reopened to traffic by the next day at 11:00 am.

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