Great War Veterans’ Association building on First Street West, circa 1925. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 5974)

Great War Veterans’ Association building on First Street West, circa 1925. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 5974)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Mar. 24

Local history as told by the newspaper of the day

Revelstoke Museum and Archives


130 years ago: The Kootenay Star, March 25, 1893

A rock slide occurred in Eagle Pass, about one mile west of Revelstoke, just after the Pacific Express train had passed. Several tons of rock came down on the track from a height of about 100 feet, smashing rails and ties.

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, March 26, 1903

The SS Minto made an effort with the ice breaker to get through to Beaton and Comaplix during the week, but only made it half a mile from Arrowhead, when she had to abandon the effort owing to the thickness of ice which could not be successfully broken.

110 years ago: The Mail-Herald, March 22, 1913

The Kootenay Steam Laundry made recent improvements to their plants, including a collar shaper of the latest model, and a collar starcher. The ironing was all done by electricity. The plant boasted that its five men and seven women employees were white workers, and the newspaper claimed that this should appeal to all right-thinking people. This example of racism was common in the newspapers of the time.

100 years ago: Revelstoke Review, March 21, 1923

The Great War Veterans’ Association purchased the old hospital building on First Street West for $3,000. The GWVA later became the Royal Canadian Legion. The old building burned down in 1962 and was replaced by the current Legion.

90 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, March 24, 1933

A drunk man escaped police custody and carried an axe down Mackenzie Avenue in a “menacing attitude.” The 29 year-old man had been spending the winter in the camp for single unemployed men at Three Valley, and had been brought to the local jail on a drunkenness charge. He was quickly rearrested and facing trial.

80 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, March 25, 1943

Local woman Mary Sutherland was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Mrs. Sutherland was a member of the Advisory Board to the B.C. Securities Commission, which handled Japanese affairs in the province until recently.

70 years ago: Revelstoke Review, March 26, 1953

Renowned local artist Sophie Atkinson was travelling to Great Britain for two art exhibitions. The first was to be in British Columbia House, Regent Street, London, and the second in the gallery of the School of Art in Newcastle-on-Tyne, where Miss Atkinson had the early part of her training.

60 years ago: Revelstoke Review, March 21, 1963

The recent City Council meeting was described as “a bad play and it wasn’t on television.” Citizens crowded the room to protest the rezoning of Block 43 from residential to commercial. M. Defoe wanted to build a garage on his property but nobody else agreed. A decision was not made at the meeting.

50 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, March 22, 1973

A Receiving and Remand Home was opened in Revelstoke. Previously, there was a lack of placement facilities for young people of the community who could not stay at home or who were in trouble with the Courts. Many cases ended up in adult jail. Six to eight children under 19 years old, could be cared for in the home, which was staffed and operated by the Department of Rehabilitation and Social Assistance.

40 years ago: Revelstoke Review, March 23, 1983

Local youth downhill skiers Kendra Kobelka and Danny Moar placed 11th and 12th respectively in the US. Junior National Ski competition at Whitefish, Montana.

30 years ago: Revelstoke Times Review, March 23, 1993

BC Hydro was calling for bids to remove stumps in the flats along the western shore of the Upper Arrow Reservoir south of Revelstoke between Shelter Bay and Cranberry Creek. A local stump removal advisory committee was formed, including members from local community groups representing environmental and recreation concerns. Work was scheduled for April, before the reservoir water level was too high. A project the previous year involved using an armed forces demolition team to blow up stumps, but that was not planned to be repeated.

20 years ago: Revelstoke Times Review, March 26, 2003

Pharmasave had recently moved to its new home on Victoria Road, leaving two vacant storefronts in the 201 block of Mackenzie Avenue. Deenie Ottenbreit was opening a kitchen/bed/bathroom store in one section, with High Country Cycle to move into the other space.

Compiled by Cathy English, Curator, Revelstoke Museum and Archives.

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