Back in Time

From the archives of the Clearwater Times

55 YEARS AGO:

On Aug. 13, a party, faintly reminiscent of the late Lewis and Clark expedition, left Clearwater. Heading the party was Ray (The Director) Seredick, Mike (The Fox) Ewashina of Barriere; Ted (The Speedball) Scott of Barriere; Gerry (Highball) Craig of Clearwater and Rudy Glacier Slider of Clearwater.

The five, hunting out of Valemount, managed to take five goats comprising of two billies, two nannies and a kid. The goats were about 7500 feet up on the mountains requiring some seven hours to carry them to the vehicles.

Sore feet and stomachs (from gorging on huckleberries) were the order of the day.

In all, about 20 goats and four black bear were sighted.

50 YEARS AGO:

Road blocks set up at Kamloops and Blue River failed to reveal whereabouts of an escapee from the Clearwater Prison Farm.

Anthony Erling Whitelock from Nelson had last been seen at breakfast and apparently left the premises between 8 a.m. and 12 noon.

He was described as 6’2”, 146 lbs., with brown wavy hair and a full beard.

Whitelock was serving a one-year sentence for theft over $50.

45 YEARS AGO:

Human carelessness with cigarettes, campfires and matches caused more than half of the 107 new fires that were reported throughout the week across the province.

The Vancouver and Kamloops Forest Districts reported a high hazard, whereas the remainder of the province reported low to moderate.

One hundred fifty-six fires were burning this week in British Columbia, but all were under control with no serious problems.

By Aug. 13, 2,249 fires had occurred compared to 1,438 for the same period the year prior (1974). Estimated fire suppression costs were $5.6 million compared to just $2.7 million in 1974.

40 YEARS AGO:

Forty-nine children from the Clearwater area participated in the B.C. Summer Soccer School which ran Aug. 4-8 at Clearwater Secondary School.

Instructor Robin Kerr, who played semi-professional soccer in eastern Canada, said the purpose of the school was to give some professional soccer training and to bring young soccer players from a rural community “up to a level on par with city kids.

The instruction concentrated on basic skills like passing, drilling and heading and the week finished with six award tests to gauge the children’s level of proficiency.

35 YEARS AGO:

A large crowd of residents and visitors attended the ninth annual Little Fort Crafts Fair held in the Little Fort Community Hall and on the grounds, enjoying the large number of displays and exhibits on hand.

Although threatening at times the weather cooperated, alternating clouds and sunny periods.

Visitors were able to enjoy a wide variety of musical talents, including a return of Colin Matier, for several years a Little Fort musician. Accompanied by Rose Melinchuck, Colin had recently returned from a tour of the United States and Canada.

The Mount Olie Lions were kept busy serving refreshments to the audience and the large number of children enjoying the playground and activities.

30 YEARS AGO:

An application to re-zone a piece of land next to the Hub grocery and gas mart to allow construction of a bulk fuel sales facility was turned down by the TNRD.

The board of School District 26 and a number of local residents had voiced concern about the site.

“If anyone had fears, they now need no longer worry,” said Paul Caissie, TNRD Area A director at the time.

The local politician said that he could not comment publicly before, but now admitted that he had reservations about the proposed site.

“I thought it was inappropriate land use in that location,” he said.

25 YEARS AGO:

The Clearwater Community Skills Centre officially hit the fast-track.

A Development Team of 16 persons, determined by a call for volunteers at a public meeting, had begun the planning process to produce the needs assessment, and, ultimately, the five-year business plan required by the provincial government before more funding can be released and the Centre officially established. Others in attendance expressed interest in serving on sub-committees and undertaking certain tasks.

Up to $450,000 over five years was made available to establish the local CSC, which must be self-supporting at the end of that five-year period.

20 YEARS AGO:

Clearwater Secondary School graduate Naomi Shook will spend the next yaer in the former East Germany as a Rotary exchange student. She will spend the year near the town of Bautzen, which is located near where Germany’s borders with Poland and Czech Republic come together.

The town of Bautzen is 1,000 years old (it will celebrate its first millennium in 2002) and contains many picturesque historic buildings.

The young Clearwater resident will attend the high school there, along with 1100 other students.

15 YEARS GO:

About 100 local residents, aboriginal and non-aboriginal, from Clearwater, Barriere and other North Thompson communities, attended a First Fish ceremony hosted by Simpcw First Nation at the Raft River salmon viewing platform Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s good to educate people about our traditions,” said Fred Fortier, Simpcw band councillor and chair of the Secwepemc Fishery Commission. “I think there are huge benefits, not just us, but to non-aborginal people.”

The ceremony also served to ensure people are aware of what the band is trying to do to conserve fish stocks, she added.

Salmon, as well as potatoes and other vegetables, were layered in the pit with fir boughs, saskatoon branches, rose hips, grasses and rocks. Five hours later the contents were removed for a feast.

10 YEARS GO:

Two Clearwater sport organizations received notification last week that they are receiving a portion of the $9.2 million in community gaming grants to support youth and disabled persons sports initiatives aross B.C.

Clearwater & District Minor Hockey Association will receive $23,100 while Raft Mountain Skating Club will receive $8,400.

Sara Bromley, president of the skating club said “the funds will make it more affordable for extra curricular activities such as figure skating for people in the community.”

5 YEARS AGO:

The year 2015 marks the 100th birthday of Birch Island. The town celebrated the anniversary on Aug. 8 and 9 at the Birch Island Community Park. The park used to be the school grounds. A large number of people attended.

Historical pictures were placed on the side of the concession booth and on the fence, across from the registration table.

There was also a map of the old Birch Island. The map was divided into sections and numbers were placed throughout. On the table beside the map there was a paper with the numbers on it. The names of residents, businesses, the church, post office, hotel, etc., were placed beside them. There were blanks and people were asked to fill them in if they knew what the numbers stood for. Work on the map was done by Linda Moss.

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