Mackenzie Avenue with a Christmas tree on the street, circa late 1940s. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives)

Glimpses of the Past

From the toboggan crisis of 1892 to Robot cars on the CPR

Cathy English | Revelstoke Museum & Archives

125 Years Ago: Kootenay Star, Dec. 17, 1892

Robert Tapping is making and selling sleighs and toboggans. Local merchants have not been able to bring in enough toboggans from the east to satisfy the Revelstoke buyers. There were two built toboggan runs in town at that time, one of them on CPR hill.

100 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Dec. 13, 1917

Thirteen men were rounded up by the city and provincial police this past week and landed in jail for failing to register under the Military Service Act. Nine were found fit for service and were taken under escort to Vancouver last night. Of the remaining four, one was medically unit, one under age, and two were foreigners.

75 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Dec. 17, 1942

For the first time in many years, there will be no Christmas trees on Mackenzie Avenue. In former years the evergreens were placed on both sides of the street in the business section and strung with coloured electric light globes. Blackout regulations preclude their use this year. An application was made to the Air Raid Precaution headquarters at the coast for permission to erect the trees, but it could not be granted.

60 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Dec. 12, 1957

As a recent meeting of city council a delegation attended and expressed dismay over the alleged “butchering” of boulevard trees. Mayor Walter Hardman stated that the city would consider sending a city worker to the experimental agricultural station at Summerland for instructions in the pruning of trees. The director of the station suggested instead that a competent man from their station could come to Revelstoke in the spring to provide instruction.

50 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Dec. 14, 1967

An article reprinted from the Okanagan Teletalk magazine told of the closing of the telephone exchange at Arrowhead, as the community was being eliminated due to the flooding of the valley from the Hugh Keenleyside Dam, which was to be filled in 1968. Arrowhead had its first switchboard telephone service in 1951, in the form of a 20 line magneto board, tended by Amanual Esceline, who operated the service out of his home until it was replaced by dial service in 1959.

50 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Dec. 14, 1967

The first Robot car appeared on the Revelstoke Division of the CPR after extensive testing in Montreal. It was to begin an extensive winter test program on the Glacier to Beavermouth stretch of the mountain sub-division. Charles Parker, assistant chief of motive power for the CPR, and a native of Revelstoke, described the unit as a new era in the movement of trains. He stated that placing the robots in the middle of trains would help solve the problem of slack between cars.

20 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Dec. 17, 1997

Two Selkirk Gardens condo developers from Kelowna face fraud charges resulting from a year-long investigation by the Financial Institutions Commission of B.C. The amount of money involved in the fraud charges amounts to several hundred thousands of dollars allegedly taken from several local seniors, ranging in age from 55 to 82 years of age, who purchased units in the Sixth Street condominium.

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