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Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Nov. 16

Local history as told by the newspaper of the day
Cenotaph War Memorial with wreaths laid at the base, circa 1930. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

130 years ago: The Kootenay Star, November 18, 1893

Several petty robberies had taken place lately. Aprons, towels, napkins, and undergarments had been snatched off clotheslines, as well as two dozen cabbages from a garden. The cabbage owner watched over his garden with a shotgun for some time, but the thieves returned to steal the rest of his cabbages while he slept.

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, November 19, 1903

The Revelstoke and Arrow Lakes Poultry Show promised to be a record success. $600 was to be distributed in cash prizes (nearly $5000 in 2023), in addition to numerous cups and specials.

110 years ago: The Mail-Herald, November 15, 1913

Real estate was booming in Revelstoke, and investors were being attracted into town. Several property deals were being made with buyers from New York and Vancouver.

100 years ago: Revelstoke Review, November 15, 1923

On November 11, the Annual Armistice Day parade took place. This year, The Memorial Service was conducted in from of the new War Memorial (Cenotaph) at the corner of First Street and Government Road.

90 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, November 17, 1933

A stirring Remembrance Day message was given in Mackenzie Avenue Hall, reminding the gathering that most cenotaphs and memorial tablets featured the torch, not the sword or other war armament, and that if the survivors failed to pick up that torch as a symbol of peace, then the sacrifices of war had been in vain.

80 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, November 18, 1943

Ideal weather conditions enabled the largest crowd in many years to attend the Memorial Service at the Cenotaph on First Street. Attendees stood for one minute in reverent silence and then participated in a simple service and laid wreaths about the memorial in tribute to Revelstoke’s war dead.

70 years ago: Revelstoke Review, November 19, 1953

A capacity audience attended to 2nd annual Frigidaire Cooking School at the high school auditorium. Presentations featured a demonstration of the “Osterizer” blender that “could do anything”. Miss Lily Abrahamson won a new “Thrifty 30” Frigidaire Range.

60 years ago: Revelstoke Review, November 14, 1963.

Water cascaded down Mackenzie Avenue, forming a miniature lake between First Street and Victoria Road after a water main broke under the CPR railway tracks.

50 years ago: Revelstoke Review, November 15, 1973

The Revelstoke Ski Club held their first annual Ski Swap and Shop to great success. There were 135 articles for sale, but a lack of children’s equipment, which would hopefully be addressed in the following years’ swap.

40 years ago: Revelstoke Review, November 16, 1983

Strike action came to a halt after a tentative agreement was reached with 35,000 government workers, which included approximately 140 BCGEU workers and 200 unionized school district workers in Revelstoke.

30 years ago: Revelstoke Times Review, November 16, 1993

Christmas arrived early at the Revelstoke Community Centre when the Revelstoke Arts Council held its annual Christmas Craft Festival. Thousands of people were in attendance to view and shop at the 90 tables of craft displays.

20 years ago: Revelstoke Times Review, November 19, 2003

Firefighters from Revelstoke and Sicamous joined forces to battle a fire that burned through downtown Revelstoke. The Horel building at Mackenzie Avenue and Second Street was badly damaged in the blaze, impacting Phoenix Office Services, Canadian Two-for-One Pizza, and Cut and Dryed Hair Styling.

Compiled by Mandy Broberg, Collections Manager, Revelstoke Museum and Archives

Zach Delaney

About the Author: Zach Delaney

I came to the Revelstoke Review from Ottawa, Ontario, where I earned a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University.
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