This Week in History

Events from the week of Feb. 25 through the decades.

  • Feb. 24, 2016 5:00 p.m.

February 26, 1926 Nakusp’s Fifth Annual Ski Tournament is now a matter of history. When it was decided to make the event apurely local event, the boys and girls dug right in and worked their hardest in order to give the public the full value of theadmission price. Weather conditions were against the event and for a time it looked as though it would have to be called off, butthe executive of the Ski Club decided on account of all the hard work done it would not be fair, so the event went as planned.Local patronage was far from what was expected, but those who turned out were treated to quite a spectacle of daring and skill.Mr. Strand acted as judge and gave several exhibition jumps. He was assisted by A.B. Giraud, E. Levesque and R. Jordan. Themorning events were run off Edith Avenue in the centre of town, being the only street with sufficient snow for the races.


On Monday evening the curtain rose on one of the largest crowds ever taxing the capabilities of the Opera house to reveal aroom in country house of Lord Crackenthorpe. The Ski Club presenting “All of a Sudden Peggy” drew great roars of laughter and applause and will present the play in New Denver later in the week.


The second annual Father and Son service and banquet was held Sunday and Monday, with 120 sitting down to eat. C.S. Leary,MLA, proposed the toast to the King and in doing so explained Boys’ Parliament.


The musical afternoon and tea at the Edgewood Hotel on Valentines’ Day in aid of St. Agnes Church was a great success. Thiswas followed by a dance with music supplied by Mrs. F. Watson, Miss Winnie Jordan and Wilfred Jowett. The afternoon programconsisted of a violin duet, piano recital, monologue, mandolin duet, comic songs and orchestral selections.


February 27, 1936 The Columbia River was reported at a lowest level in 24 years at Trail, February 19. If present cold weathercontinues the river is expected to fall at a rate of about an inch a day for some time. At Coulee Dam in Washington, the river wasalso reported to be the lowest on record. The reading is 18 inches lower than the lowest reading last year.


The first 1936 visitors arrived at Nakusp Hot Spring February 15. Caretaker Louis Gensick reported winter snowfall to date at126 inches with about 6-7 feet of settled snow.


It is reported Ralph Leckett, general merchant of Needles, has sold out to Herman Kendrick of Fauquier.


After an hour of the regular band practice the New Denver band held its annual meeting February 11. H. Thomlinson was electedpresident, N.Tattrie vice-president, A. Ruzika band master, R.T. Hamilton secretary-treasurer and J. Huntley band Sgt.


February 28, 1946 Almost 200 guests sat down to the “Welcome Home” banquet given in honour of our army and navy and airforce personnel Friday evening in Egloff’s Hall, Edgewood. The room was decorated in red, white and blue bunting andstreamers. Two strings of small flags formed a “V” across the hall and a large Union Jack was hung at each end of the hall. Thetables were set in a “U” shape and centred with daffodils in silver baskets. J.N. McLeod said a few words in honour of AllanPrough, Killed in Action, October, 1944.


Some 80 people attended the meeting called by the Nakusp Legion and Auxiliary for the discussion of a Living Memorial for thefallen of this war.


February 23, 1956 Early Wednesday morning John H. Wong died at the Arrow Lakes Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 25.He moved to Burton with his family in 1947.


Paulus Roland Van Cauter was sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of operating a fraudulent employmentservice and making illegal use of the postal system. The immigration department will begin deportation proceedings against VanCauter, who operated his fraud from Nakusp and Vernon.


February 24, 1966 Diane Grutschnig, a Needles Secondary School Grade 12 student, won the oratory trophy at the schoolcontest Friday. Georgina Nesbitt was second and Sylvia Fuller third.


February 25, 1976 After investigating, Nakusp Village Council decided Monday not to proceed with renovations at the HotSprings to make room for a cross-country ski shop this year.


February 26, 1986 New Denver Bosun Hall was the sight of the Baden Powell Memorial Supper February 22. The cubs, scoutsand Venturers were accompanied by a parent and guests, including Daisy Larrimore and Ray Lahner. Club leaders presentedbadges to several of the clubs. Clinton Casley presented winter scouting and sports badges to the Scouts.


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