(Revelstoke Museum & Archives Photo No. 1082) The Cowan Block at the corner of Third Street and Charles was built in the 1890s as an office block, and housed the telephone exchange. The Cowan Block at the corner of Third Street and Charles was built in the 1890s as an office block, and housed the telephone exchange. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives Photo No. 1082)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past-Sept. 5

Glimpses of the Past – Items from Revelstoke newspapers, as gleaned and edited by Cathy English, curator of Revelstoke Museum & Archives.

125 Years Ago: Kootenay Star, September 9, 1893

An incident occurred at one of Revelstoke’s leading hotels on Thursday night. A gentleman who worked as a chef at the hotel desired to study the stars from the rear garden of the hotel. He sat down on what he thought was a wooden bench or seat thoughtfully provided by the genial host for the comfort of visitors. But alas! That seat was a porcupine, who, objecting to being sat upon, erected his quills with disastrous effect. The patient is doing well.

120 Years Ago: Revelstoke Herald, September 3, 1898

The Anglican Bishop of New Westminster was in Revelstoke to give a lecture on the poems of Tennyson and to consecrate St. Peter’s Church, which had been built in 1896. The church was decorated with flowers, and a scroll made by Mrs. White. The Women’s Christian Temperance Union, which was against the drinking of alcohol, was formed by the Presbyterian Church.

110 Years Ago: Mail-Herald, September 5, 1908

The telephone switchboard room in the Cowan Block, at the corner of Third Street and Charles, was nearly gutted by fire. Operator Emma Allen had lit a coal oil stove to make herself some tea and then fell asleep. She woke to see a mass of flames near the window. She fled and alerted the other girls, one of whom fainted. William Cowan, owner of the telephone company, rescued the girl, and the fire department arrived to put out the fire.

100 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Sept. 5, 1918

There was a million dollar ore find at Lanark Mines, at Illecillewaet east of Revelstoke. Manager W. Dornberg announced that ore from the mine was assayed at 248 ounces of silver, 14 inches of clear lead and copper ore. $40,000 in machinery was being installed.

90 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, September 6, 1928

A broken water pipe leading from the city water tanks through Mackenzie Avenue caused a flood downtown. The water tore through the pavement on Mackenzie, coursed down the concrete sidewalk to C.B. Hume’s corner (Royal Bank location), and turned up on First Street for over a block. Blocks of concrete sidewalk were lifted out, and the pavement was completely pierced by the heaving of the water. When the water subsided large quantities of mud covered the sidewalk for a block or more.

75 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, September 9, 1943

Two houses were completely destroyed and several others damaged in a fire which broke out in the home of J.B. McGaghran at Arrowhead last Friday. Fred Kirk’s home was also consumed by the fire. Several other houses caught fire in the blaze, which was one of the worst in the history of Arrowhead, but valiant efforts on the part of fire fighters saved these homes.

70 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, September 9, 1948

Weather was perfect for the annual Labor Day Golf Tournament. The tournament begin in 1931, and the Hotel Keepers’ Trophy for low gross for 36 holes was awarded to Dr. Sam Hannah of Vernon for the third year running. The trophy was first awarded in 1933.

50 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, September 5, 1968

Council decided to rezone Moberly Park to enable the Moberly Park Manor Society to proceed with the construction of a senior citizens home.

20 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, September 9, 1998

Brianne Wolgram, a 19-year-old Revelstoke woman, was reported missing on September 5, 1998. She was last seen with friends near the 7-Eleven store on Victoria Road between 11 and 11:30 pm that night. A helicopter search discovered her car abandoned on the Akolkolex forest service road south of Revelstoke a few days later, but no trace of Brianne was ever found. In 2018, this remains an active police case, and anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP.

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