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Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Nov. 30

History as told by the newspaper of the day
Sophie Atkinson formed the Revelstoke Art Group in 1950. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

130 years ago: The Kootenay Star, December 2, 1893

The first Annual Ball of the Revelstoke Fire Brigade would be taking place soon.

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, December 3, 1903

Christmas ads were coming out in full force. C.B. Hume & Company was advertising a wide variety of “useful and seasonable gifts” including children’s toys, skates, sleighs, and chocolates.

110 years ago: The Mail-Herald, November 29, 1913

The Revelstoke Male Voice Choir had a successful initial effort. The audience was “greatly surprised at the high-class nature of the performance.” Professor Brownell was to be commended for the progress the choir had made over a short period of time.

100 years ago: Revelstoke Review, November 28, 1923

A new road between Revelstoke and Arrowhead opened up the land for settlers to move in and start farming. The estimated 11,000 acres of rich alluvial soil were predicted to become one of the wealthiest and most productive of any in the province.

90 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, December 1, 1933

The generosity of Mr. E.B. Dewees, manager of the Province Theater, allowed the Christmas Cheer Fund to run a theatre night that included a film followed by local musical talent. The admission fee was canned goods only.

80 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, December 2, 1943

The Revelstoke Servicemen’s Hostess Club had been informed that a large number of Australians and New Zealanders would like to spend Christmas in Revelstoke. The Hostess Club was looking for locals who would be willing to put up the visitors for the holidays.

70 years ago: Revelstoke Review, December 3, 1953

The paper advertised Christmas trees and cedar boughs for sale starting at just $1.00 (approximately $11 in 2023).

60 years ago: Revelstoke Review, November 28, 1963.

Noted artist Miss Sophie Atkinson turned 87 on this day. She was known for her contribution to the cultural life in Revelstoke. She formed the Revelstoke Art Group here in 1950. Her many friends near and far wished her many happy returns.

50 years ago: Revelstoke Review, November 29, 1973

The Revelstoke Mountaineers retained their Boys B.C. High School Volleyball title for the 6th year in a row. Under the coaching of John Campbell, they defeated the Mission Roadrunners 15-3, 15-2 in the best of three final games.

40 years ago: Revelstoke Review, November 30, 1983

BC Hydro’s district workers were out on strike, forcing the district office to close. Members on the union had been in a legal position to strike since they had been working since late March without a new contract.

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

After stores in Salmon Arm and other towns lured away residents with their annual shopping ad campaigns, local merchants decided to start their own Shop in Revelstoke campaign to encourage Shuswap area shoppers to come here instead.

20 years ago: Revelstoke Times Review, December 3, 2003

Standard 1-bedroom apartments in town were being advertised for only $300-400 per month, with 2-bedroom units going for around $500-$600, and a 3-bed/2-bath duplex for $700.

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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