Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 83 Bourne’s General Store, across the tracks near the station, 1890s. Bourne’s Hall was in the second floor of the largest building.

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 6

Cathy English

Revelstoke Museum & Archives

125 Years Ago: Kootenay Star, January 6, 1894

The dance and entertainment held in Bourne’s Hall on New Year’s night the largest of its kind ever seen in Revelstoke. About 100 people attended, and at times there were up to 32 couples on the dance floor. A first-class midnight luncheon was catered by Lewis Bros.

120 Years Ago: Revelstoke Herald, January 11, 1899

Two men, F. Newman and R.W. Duval, were committed for trial on a charge of having counterfeiting goods in their possession. They were found in the Central Hotel with a valise containing three “gold” bricks of a composition of copper and brass, as well as gold dust and various chemical solutions used in the manufacture of spurious coins.

110 Years Ago: Mail-Herald, January 9, 1909

The Revelstoke Mountaineering Club was formed on January 6, 1909, at a meeting of the Revelstoke members of the Alpine Club of Canada, which was attended by AAC president A.O. Wheeler. Wheeler was named the Honorary President, while Rev. J.R. Robertson was named president. Robertson was one of four men to make the first recorded ascent of Mount Begbie in 1907. Vice-President of the new club was Miss Eva Hobbs, after whom Eva Lake is named.

100 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 9, 1919

Frank Goldsmith purchased his Christmas turkey from Revelstoke Meat Market, and on opening the turkey’s crop, found a good-sized gold nugget. Mr. Robertson, manager of the market, stated that he procured the bird from Alix, Alberta, but didn’t know how the bird could have swallowed the nugget. Mr. Goldsmith had the nugget made up into a tie-pin at Bews’ Jewelry store.

90 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 9, 1929

The local firm of Manning-Ketcham, Limited, had a record year for sales of fence posts, shipping approximately 300,000 in 1928. The firm also shipped out more than 20,000 telephone poles. Most of the wages and contracts were paid in the Revelstoke and Malakwa districts.

80 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 6, 1939

Local skiers Bill, Don, and Alex McCrae and Jim McDonald left Revelstoke on January 5 to begin a ski trek along the 183 mile Big Bend Highway route from Revelstoke to Golden. The trip was meant to be a stamina test for the gruelling long-distance races which will be featured in the Western Canada Ski Championships to be held in Revelstoke in February. The skiers hoped to reach Golden by January 10.

50 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, January 9, 1969

Both rail and Trans-Canada Highway traffic was disrupted following a derailment near Squilax, west of Revelstoke. 24 cars of a west-bound freight train derailed on January 6, 1969. A butane tank car rolled down the slope at the point of the accident and settled on the highway. The car burst into flames and traffic was diverted. It took two days to reopen the highway and railway.

20 Years Ago: Revelstoke Times Review, January 8, 1999

The city’s snow removal program implemented night service, and began the program with a “baptism by fire” with 170 cm falling in 4.5 days the previous week. The night shift proved effective and day-time traffic was relieved of the added congestion caused by the snow removal equipment.

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