Ukrainian Choir, under the direction of Willie Cwikula, 1940. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 4949)

Ukrainian Choir, under the direction of Willie Cwikula, 1940. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 4949)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 20

Local history as recorded by the newspaper of the day

Madison Bridal


130 years ago: The Kootenay Star, January 23, 1892

The Columbia Lodge, I.O.G.T., hosted an “At Home” social. To the amusement of the lodge members, two of the men struggled in their attempts to cook slapjacks. One slapjack ended up on a woman’s face after being flipped and a couple others flew out of the pan.

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, January 18, 1902

Many signed a petition asking for the construction of a traffic bridge across the Columbia River. Access from Revelstoke to the west side would benefit the Revelstoke Lumber Co. sawmill, the mining industry, and give access to more agricultural land. They believed it could be built above the C.P.R. railway bridge, but that would be determined later if approved.

110 years ago: The Mail-Herald, January 17, 1912

Anybody dancing the “grizzly bear”, “turkey trot”, or “moonlight waltz” in local public halls would officially be arrested. City council passed an ordinance to place public dance halls under police regulation, and censors would attend and supervise all public dances.

100 years ago: Revelstoke Review, January 19, 1922

The C.P.R. agreed to distribute pamphlets made by the Revelstoke Publicity Association.

They hoped by distributing them throughout the world it would bring tourism to Revelstoke.

90 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, January 22, 1932

A second meeting was held at Smythe’s hall for the locally unemployed. Since sending their letter to the government in December, signatures were added to the petition, those unemployed from the Big Bend closure were not re-distributed, and they were upset with the lack of response.

80 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, January 22, 1942

Over 250 people attended a banquet fundraiser hosted by the Revelstoke District Ukrainian Association for aid of medical supplies for the Russian armies. Ukrainian Associations throughout Canada were raising funds for the Canadian Red Cross Society for this purpose. After the banquet, the Ukrainian choir performed, under the direction of Willie Cwikula, and several young people performed folk dances in costume.

70 years ago: Revelstoke Review, January 17, 1952

Revelstoke would send another contestant to the Queen of the Carnival contest in Banff. The previous year the Revelstoke Ski Club sent Joan McKay and she won. Due to finances, the club decided to hold a membership selling competition to determine who would be sent.

60 years ago: Revelstoke Review, January 18, 1962

Revelstoke ski jumpers, Johnny McInnes and Kaare Lien, placed first and second at the tournament in Le Brassus, Switzerland. 13 different nations participated in the competition.

50 years ago: Revelstoke Review, January 20, 1972

The British Columbia Fish and Wildlife Branch announced a study on the Selkirk Mountain Caribou herd in co-operation with the University of Idaho, U.S. Forest Service, and Game and Fish Departments of Washington and Idaho. This area contained the last population of wild caribou remaining in the contiguous U.S., fewer than 60 still thought to remain.

40 years ago: Revelstoke Review, January 20, 1982

Some board members were concerned over the rising cost of the potential renovations of Selkirk Elementary School. Although the board voted 4-3 in favour of the renovations, the issue could be put up for vote again if two-thirds of the trustees voted for reconsideration.

30 years ago: Revelstoke Review, January 22, 1992

Results from the Revelstoke Christmas Bird Count were announced: 4,973 individual birds, and a record number of 56 distinct species, were counted in Revelstoke. This included the first sighting of a Swamp Sparrow in this area.

20 years ago: Revelstoke Times Review, January 23, 2002

The provincial government announced civil service cuts. Revelstoke’s office would remain open, but predicted a third of staff would be let go. Courthouse operations here were expected to close. The Forest Service office would remain open, but recreation sites would be closed.

Madison Bridal is the collections manager intern, Revelstoke Museum and Archives.


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