This Week in History

Events of the week of December 22 from decades gone by...

  • Dec. 22, 2016 8:00 a.m.

December 24, 1926

Her many friends, though the sad news was not unexpected, were shocked to hear of the death of Mrs. Georgia Howell, aged 74, who died at the Arrow Lakes Hospital early Tuesday morning after an illness of but a few weeks.


The Nakusp Branch of the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service Legion regrets that its New Year’s Eve Comic Hard Time Masquerade Ball will have to be postponed, owing to the orchestra not being able to come. A new date will be advertised as soon as it is known.


The annual Christmas supper and concert was held in the K.P. Hall, Arrowhead on Saturday was much enjoyed by all members of the community as well as friends from Beaton, Hall’s Landing and Crawford Creek. The concert was called “The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe” and featured a cantata Christmas story.


Christmas festivities passed off very quietly in Nakusp. Skating started on Christmas Eve and all the excitement centred at the rink. Little interest was shown in the raffles at local stores. Fred Carlson won the sack of flour and R.F. Kirk the ham at the Nakusp Cash & Carry. Mrs. H. Jordan was the lucky winner of the silver set at F.W. Jordan & Co.


A C.P.R. freight engine got badly derailed in the Arrow Lakes Sawmill yard on Christmas day, necessitating the running of another engine from Kaslo to assist in its retailing. The engine was back on the track about 9 a.m. Sunday.


December 24, 1936

Basketball fans witnessed the most exciting game of the season Saturday night in the Legion Hall. A brand of basketball that brings every fan to his feet was witnessed between the Burton Seniors and the Hill Billies in their second entanglement of the season.


On December 25th, Mr. and Mrs. Julius E. Henke celebrated their diamond anniversary. The couple was married in Germany in 1876 and have nine children, 21 grand-children and 15 great-grand-children. They moved to the Arrow Lakes in 1909.


December 31, 1946

Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Burgess of New Denver were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Greer, the occasion being the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Burgess. The couple have been residents of New Denver for 36 years.


An altogether delightful affair was the social gathering celebrating the arrival of Santa Claus in the Town Hall at Arrow Park on December 24. After a rousing game of musical chars and others, Santa arrived to cheers and greetings. He presented each child with a gift and a well filled stocking. This was followed by balloon tie and supper with candies, oranges and ice cream.


December 24, 1956

The annual Christmas entertainment for the children took place Friday evening in the Opera House at Nakusp. This is jointly sponsored by the Board of Trade and the Dramatic Club and is much anticipated. This year the C.G.I.T. assisted with the event.


December 27, 1966

At a recent meeting of the New Denver Volunteer Fire Brigade, Al Roberts was elected chief, to succeed Glen Emory. W. Jenks was chosen first deputy, R.E. Crellin as second deputy.


December 22, 1976

Nakusp Village Council voted unanimously to take over the Nakusp Recreation Park and apply immediately for a winter works grant so development can start as soon as possible.


December 22, 1986 Voters of the Southern Attendance Zone of the Arrow Lakes School District will have to elect another school trustee following the resignation of trustee-elect Bernice Rutski in Fauquier. She had been elected to fill the post vacated by Ron Volansky by a single vote but results were contested on her ineligibility.


Six areas, two on the Kootenay Lake, two on the Arrow Lake, the Downie Slide and the creek drainage near Slocan Lake are among 29 sites being considered for status as ecological reserves in B.C.

December 23, 1996 Kootenay West M.P. Bob Brisco announced, on behalf of Benoit Bouchard, Minister of Employment and Immigration, the approval of three Job Entry and Re-entry projects to provide employment preparation for a total of 57 people in Nakusp, Nelson and Trail. Job Entry and Re-Entry are federal initiatives under the Canadian Jobs Strategy designed to assist people who are having difficulties making the transition from school or home to the work force.


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