This Week in History

Events of the week of Dec. 1 from decades gone by...

  • Dec. 3, 2016 9:00 a.m.

December 3, 1926

A big rock slide, coming down on the railway track of the Nakusp-Kaslo line, a mile west of the Rambler ore mill, struck the mixed train on its return trip to Kaslo, November 30 at 7 p.m., but did no great damage to it. A work train was summoned from Rosebery and after a night spent blasting and digging,the train arrived at Kaslo at 6 a.m.


Some four years ago, Oscar Salstrom, while picking berries on Nakusp creek, found a few pieces of rock which carried showing of minerals, and up until this fall has been doing the necessary assessment work to keep the claim alive, and to find the lead. With the completion of the assessment work this fall he found that the little lead he had been following had developed into a lead two and half feet wide with a good showing of silver, lead and zinc. Samples gave an assay of 313.6 oz. silver with 55.6% lead, giving a total valuation of $239.26 per ton. The claim is only a mile from Nakusp and has a good road to within a couple of hundred feet of the tunnel so that the cost of transportation of supplies and hauling out of ore will be minimal. It is hoped that this will develop into a good mining property.


The Silverton Sunbeams of the C.G.I.T. entertained the Tuxis Boys Friday night. There was a debate that “Fat people had a better time out of life than thin people”. The negative side was won by Marin Crowe and Hazel Marshall. The worthy opponents were P. Patriquie and M. McNaughton.


A hardwood floor is being laid in the Memorial Hall at Silverton. There is six feet already in place. It will be in before Christmas. The work is being done by Murdock McLean of New Denver and H. Lancaster of Silverton.


December 3, 1936

The annual Hospital Dance at Nakusp was held in the Legion Hall Friday night with a large crowd in attendance. The hall was beautifully decorated with red streamers hung from the ceiling in the form of a cross. The orchestra stand was surrounded with evergreens, and above the orchestra was suspended moon and stars. At the rear of the hall a vary-coloured wheel was revolved to give a rainbow effect during the dance.


December 5, 1946

The recent blizzard totalled 58 inches of snow at Galena Bay. This brought the total to 61” for November. There had been recorded only 21” by the same time a year ago.


George Gudiet passed away at his home in Needles on Nov. 22 in his 68th year. He had been a resident in the area for almost 40 years.


The Roadside Dairy has given notice to most of its customers that as of Dec.10 it will be unable to deliver milk. This leaves Nakusp without a proper dairy. We hope that someone will start up soon.


December 6, 1956

Three stores were broken into on Friday night in Nakusp, Jupp’s Mm’s Wear, Nakusp Hardware and the Grill Cafe. Access was gained through a rear window of Jupp’s. Several sweaters and some small cash was taken there. The thief then entered the Hardware through a connecting door which had been closed with a bolt. Here the thief cut a hole in the door and drew the bolt. It appears only some cash was taken from the Hardware store. A small amount of cash and some cigarettes was all that was taken from the Grill.


December 1, 1966

After weeks of discussion and controversy, the Nakusp Centennial Committee has reached a decision. The project for 1967 will be a 9-hole golf course for Nakusp. It proved most feasible of the choices and was second in general popularity in a recent survey.


In dramatic 11th hour fashion, a third nomination was filed for two council seats to force an election on December 10 in Nakusp. R. Henry Aalten and Alfred O. Dunn, sitting councillors, both filed papers to contest the two vacancies on council and Norman A. (Archie) Herridge also joined the contest.

The only other post for school trustee for a two year period on the Arrow Lakes School District, was filled by acclamation when nobody opposed incumbent, Mrs. Alma B. Jordan.

At the same time at the alderman vote, rate payers will also be asked to express an opinion on fluoridation. Kenneth Gordon Marshall of Glenbank won the Area K of the Regional District of Central Kootenay by acclamation.

Elsewhere in the area, New Denver has an election to fill one seat on the school board with a battle between Mrs. Mabel McCrory and incumbent Walter Thring. Commissioners Fred Angrignon and Senya Mori were returned by acclamation.

In Silverton, Randolph Harding won the chairman seat by acclamation and two commissioner seats were won by acclamation by K. Nelson and A.T. Avison.


December 1, 1976

Local real estate agent Lee Donison has been named director for Electoral Area “K” of the regional District following and election day tie with incumbent Ray Eaton. The tie was broken with the disallowing of a questionable ballot, giving Mr. Donison the win by one vote.


December 3, 1986

Former Nakusp student Tina Moore is a rising star int he Kamloops World of Light Opera. Last week she played the leading role of Josephine in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore”.


November 27, 1996

According to population estimates for the Central Kootenay Region, Nakusp has seen an above-average increase in its population between 1991-1996. The estimates from the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Relations show the village population increasing from 1,414 to 1,813, or 28 per cent, during that time period.

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