Back in Time

Historical Perspective

55 YEARS AGO:

Students entering British Columbia’s senior secondary schools at the Grade 11 level in September were subject to both a concept of education and a curriculum that was advanced as any in North America.

While as deeply concerned as ever with the fundamentals of general education such as English, arithmetic and social studies, the program was keyed to the “highly technological and fast-changing age in which we live.”

It was based broadly on the 1960 Chant Report on Education and was dedicated to the principle that although some people would continue to go directly from public school to employment, all should receive a grounding in secondary school which will enable them to process to more advanced vocational, technical or university training if they see fit to do so.

50 YEARS AGO:

The Clearwater Lions Club annual Dutch Lake Regatta will take place on August 1 and 2.

Among the many exciting events on tap this year will be a sky-diving demonstration by the Blue Devils from Kamloops, whose landing accuracy is claimed to be quite uncanny.

A fish derby is another event guaranteed to appeal to young and old alike.

Be sure you don’t miss the many and varied swimming competitions — a valuable part of any regatta.

45 YEARS AGO:

The Clearwater drug store changed its name again. Issac Pharmacy chain which was a subsidiary of Kelly Douglas, was acquired by the Tamblyn Drug Mart chain, claimed to be the largest in Canada.

Although the Tamblyn name was new in B.C. it was definitely not new in Eastern Canada, which had 83 stores.

New distribution centre would be in Vancouver which would greatly assist stores located west of Winnipeg to obtain supplies.

According to Dave Maxwell, who was relieving at the Clearwater Store, and who established the original Clearwater Drug Store, beyond the change in name residents would see very few differences.

40 YEARS AGO:

Blackpool Fire Department held an open house.

On view to the many spectators was the new hall in which was displayed all major pieces of equipment. The project which was initiated in 1976 was completed around the middle of February with the long promised new fire truck finally arriving May 31.

All financing had been provided locally without government assistance and resulting in taxation of approximately 250 families for several years. However, on the brighter side, because of the new organization, fire insurance costs have been reduced for homeowners.

35 YEARS AGO:

In the Clearwater fire district as of Monday morning, there were ten active fires, two of which had still not been brought under control.

The fire in the vicinity of Hobson Lake in the Wells Gray Park was said to cover 1200 hectares while the Anne fire in the Mount St. Anne’s area near Blue River was 20 hectares.

Total area consumed was 1334 ha and the cost to the Clearwater fire district to date was $209,178.24. At the time 150 firefighters were on the job using 19 assorted pieces of equipment.

Spotting and suppression duties are being carried out by five helicopters and one fixed-wing aircraft.

30 YEARS AGO:

Clearwater and area residents were treated to some excellent softball the previous weekend when the Provincial Midget A Ball tournament was held at the local field.

Eight of the best teams in B.C. were on hand to compete for the championship.

Clearwater Raiders unfortunately lost all four of their games in the eight-team round-robin Friday and Saturday morning, and were eliminated early.

Rivals in the final game Sunday morning, after a four-team double knockout, were Abbotsford and Richmond.

25 YEARS AGO:

They don’t know how they did it.

Volkmar and Marjorie Salle celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on July 21, but they couldn’t come up with an explanation for their union’s success.

“I don’t know. I really don’t know,” Marjorie said, sitting beside her husband in the shade of their Chinook Cove backyard, surrounded by a throng of family.

But then again, who can truly elucidate the strange path of love?

“We always got along pretty well,” Volkmar summarized. “It’s not that complicated.”

20 YEARS AGO:

“Beautiful. It was just like a second honeymoon. I had all my kids around…I love them all.”

That was how Mary Braaten, aged 90 and matriarch of a family well-known locally for many years, described a family reunion held two weekends prior.

The event was held at the Blackpool home of Gary Braaten, Mary Braaten’s grandson.

The elder Braaten travelled from her home in Wadena, Saskatchewan to attend.

Other family members came from Edmonton and Valemount, as well as from the Clearwater area.

A total of 62 attended the family’s first-ever reunion, out of a potential of over one hundred.

15 YEARS AGO:

“With the internet, we can market like the big guys,” said Sheena van Dyk in reference to the Clearwater marketing and branding meeting at the Community Resource Center.

They based it on what they think are Clearwater’s foremost features: waterfalls, wilderness and wildlife.

The presentation, which would go under the slogan “The Spirit of Wells Gray Country — Waterfalls, Wilderness and Wildlife,” is along with a logo, part of a grassroots marketing campaign. It’s main goal — to increase the awareness of Clearwater.

She looked to increase the awareness among Canadians above all. “Not many people know there is a 95 per cent chance of seeing a bear here in May,” she said.

10 YEARS AGO:

More than 200 people, many of them youngsters, took part in a movie night held Wednesday evening on the field at Clearwater Secondary School.

With sponsorship from Interior Savings Credit Union and Clearwater Minor Hockey, a giant 45’ x 33’ inflatable screen was set up in the middle of the field by Fresh Air Cinema.

A computer animated comedy, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, entertained the crowd.

Entry was by donation and, although final figures were not available as of press time late last week, it appeared that Minor Hockey had done quite well out of the event. Raft Mountain Skating Club also had a popcorn stand that had costumers lined up for treats.

5 YEARS AGO:

More than 50 seniors participated in an outing to naturalist Trevor Goward’s home in Upper Clearwater, Edgewood Blue.

Wells Gray Country Seniors Society sponsored the outing as part of a program of events organized with support from a New Horizons grant awarded by the federal government earlier this year.

Goward welcomed the seniors by explaining some of his philosophy around living in the wilderness. He encouraged everyone to explore the property. Folks rambled around and appreciated the natural environment; some taking photos, others sketching and some just wandering as they breathed in the flowers, ponds, birds and quiet.

The warm welcome, the tranquil surroundings and the reconnection with the wilderness left all eager to return for another opportunity to be at one with the world.

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