Back in Time

40 YEARS AGO: Father Quigley put stain on Little Fort church roof, as he had done 27 years earlier


The Clearwater branch of Jeunesses Musicales of Canada announced the first of four concerts to be held in the CSS auditorium — the Vancouver Symphony Chamber Players. Branch chair was L. Gamble.


The water rights branch in Victoria gave permission for the diversion of McDougall Creek to allow an extension of Clearwater’s water system to the Brookfield Creek area.

Principal Brian Downey spearheaded a work-bee to install an adventure playground next to Vavenby Elementary. Components included logs donated by CTP, plus old tires and chains.

Little Fort pioneer Ernie Woodward passed away. In 1943 he started building Thuya Lakes Fishing Camp. He sold the lodge in 1949.


A photo showed Father James Quigley putting stain on the roof of the church in Little Fort, a job he had last done when he first arrived in the community 27 years earlier. He had served in 12 parishes from Heffley Creek to Red Pass. At the time he had four parishes: Chu Chua, Barriere, Squam Bay and Little Fort.


Janine Scott was president, Tina Scott was secretary and Kyn Jim was treasurer of a newly formed Junior Recreation Committee in Little Fort.


The facilities at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital were severely strained, board chair Joanne McLellan reported to the hospital society. Occupancy rates were at times over 100 per cent, partly due to intermediate and long term care patients, as well as increasing trauma cases from the highway.

Clearwater Forest District operations manager Ian Brown chaired the first meeting of the district’s public advisory committee, with 26 people attending. Some expressed a desire for more attention to visual resources for tourism.


A CN train crew and bystanders rescued two men from the North Thompson River after the men’s canoe filled with water. The incident occurred near the McMurphy rest area.

Clearwater Minor Hockey president Kerry Staples and vice president Don Brimacombe received an award from Okanagan-Mainline Amateur Hockey Association for recording the largest registration increase in the province — 150 per cent.


A search and rescue call resulted in Clearwater RCMP destroying about 600 marijuana plants worth about $1 million from Crown land and private property near Avola. “They didn’t really want to be found when they saw someone in uniform looking for them,” noted Sgt. Bryon Hodgkin.

Clearwater’s United Church congregation was worshipping at Evergreen Acres after moving out of their former home on the Flats. The hall was settling and had rot in its walls. Built in the 1940s, it had first been a mill office building, then a school and, since 1958, a church.


The Church of Latter Day Saints in Clearwater hosted a Family History Display and Open House to demonstrate their strengths in researching genealogy. The family history centre was open every Thursday at Star Lake School to assist people interested in researching their family tree.

A public meeting was held in Clearwater as the TNRD probed how to handle funding for maintaining Forest Service Recreation Sites. A committee had been established the previous spring when the Ministry of Forests indicated cutbacks may be pending. In Clearwater, a group of mentally handicapped individuals called The Challengers had commenced a successful program to maintain sites in Wells Gray Country the previous June.


Quick action on the parts of the community, the local health authority and the doctors in Clearwater pulled together a comprehensive package promoting the area to three doctors interested in locating in the area. The community was seeking to fill three positions to round out a full complement of five general practitioners.

Wayne Vollrath, interim administrator for the District Municipality of Clearwater held an information meeting for anyone considering the role of mayor or council. “All potential candidates are welcome,” said Vollrath. The meeting provided an overview of the incorporation process as well as define key roles and responsibilities of council members and the mayor.

Fay McCracken organized the first annual Dessert Extravaganza fundraiser for Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Yellowhead Community Services (YCS) received $6,000 from the United Way. The donation was to support ongoing youth programming in the Clearwater area including Jax’s Café, a place for youth to take part in positive and healthy social activities.

Clearwater and District Hospice Society was looking for volunteers to help with the clerical operation of the society. The organization is dedicated to providing support for the terminally ill and their families at death and during bereavement.


Premier Christy Clark pledged her support for getting additional electrical power to the North Thompson Valley. She made the commitment during a speech to the UBCM convention.

Police were seeking links connecting Gale Weys, a young woman from Kamloops who was murdered near Clearwater in 1973, and Bobby Jack Fowler, a serial killer who died in a U.S. prison in 2006.


Wells Gray Community Forest was planning for the longterm, according to manager George Brcko. It was the first community forest in B.C. to have sophisticated mapping using terrestrial ecosystem (TEM) and vegetative resource inventory (RIM), he told a public tour held as part of National Forest Week.

“Fast Eddy” Dostaler ran through Clearwater on the return leg of his “There and Back Again” journey on foot across Canada and back. The support he received in Clearwater was the best of anywhere along his run, the former local resident said.