Terry Elliot, member of the Royal Australian Air Force, learned to ski while on leave in Revelstoke during Christmas vacation in 1942. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives)

Glimpses of the Past

A look back through the archives from WWII airmen spending the holidays to human-cougar encounters

By Cathy English, Revelstoke Museum & Archives

100 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Dec. 20, 1917

W.T. Wobick, a CPR brakeman living in Revelstoke was sent to the Internment Camp in Vernon after his claim for exemption from military service was rejected. Wobick was German and claimed to have seven cousins in the German army. He stated that he would rather go to jail than serve in the British army.

75 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Dec. 24, 1942

Approximately 80 airmen from Australia and New Zealand arrived in Revelstoke on the morning of Christmas Eve to spend the holidays here. The airmen had been in a training program at the No. 2 Wireless School in Calgary. Billets were arranged in local homes, and the Revelstoke Ski Club planned a big dinner and dance on Christmas night. Some of the billets gave their visitors ski lessons at the downhill runs on Mount Revelstoke.

60 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Dec. 19, 1957

At the recent City Council elections, Revelstoke voters elected the first woman to hold the office of alderman (now referred to as councillor). Lilian Waby topped the polls with 594 votes, followed by Keith McCoy, and returning alderman J.A. Abrahamson. Former aldermen A.C. Rutherford and E.L. Mortimer were unsuccessful in their race to keep their seats.

50 Years Ago: Revelstoke Review, Dec. 21, 1967

The old Tapping home, alongside the CPR main line across the tracks from Campbell Avenue, was burned down by the fire department at the request of the owner. It was built in the 1890s by Robert Tapping, owner of Tapping’s Theatre, and the Revelstoke Opera House in the 1890s. He had a large garden and several fruit trees, and named his home “the Old Plantation.”

30 Years Ago: Front Row Centre, Dec. 18, 1987

A new society was formed to pursue the establishment of a railway museum in Revelstoke. Chairman Ken Magnes said that the society was investigating different models for the proposed museum.

20 Years Ago: Revelstoke Time Review, Dec. 24, 1997

The district conservation office reported a total of 11 cougar-human encounters this year which resulted in the cougars getting shot. Most of the cases were in the Burton – Edgewood – Nakusp area and involved cougars preying on livestock. There were two cougar-human cases from Revelstoke and also one report of a cougar killed on the highway.

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