Back in Time

Back in Time

50 YEARS AGO: Two bulldozers were busy widening the run at Clearwater Ski Hill


Patients at Children’s Hospital during the previous year included one from Avola, one from Blue River, three from Clearwater, and one from Vavenby.

Two bulldozers were busy widening the run at Clearwater Ski Hill. Plans had been made to bring power in for night-skiing. The skating rink had been improved with a packed clay base.

School District 26 trustees authorized a competition to name the new secondary school in Clearwater. Prize was $15.


A Vavenby man was charged with attempted murder after another Vavenby man was shot in the shoulder. The incident apparently occurred after a disagreement.

A Clearwater-Central North Thompson Lions walkathon raised about $2,900, with 110 taking part. A Raft River Riders rideathon raised $1,800. The money was for equipment for the hospital in Clearwater.


M.P. Len Marchand released a government report that predicted that solar heating would become widespread in Canada within 25 years. There were less than 100 solar heated homes in the country at the time.

Clearwater Fire Department announced a new emergency telephone number. It was to be manned 24 hours a day by a volunteer.

There was much discussion at a meeting of Blue River Ski Club about putting in a new ski tow. Application for a new daily rate structure had been made to the Department of Transport.


Local pioneer Hazel Small and Clearwater queen Bev Simpson cut the ribbon to open a new two-lane $3 million bridge across the Clearwater River. Also on hand were bridge committee chair Reg Small, lumber businessman Frank Capostinsky, Area A director Hans Krauseneck, MLA Claude Richmond and CID chair Bob Cochlan.

A two-page feature outlined the history of previous bridges at the site. The first bridge had apparently been made 65 or 70 years earlier of broad-axed stringers by Northern Construction Co. for its logging camps at the top of Brookfield Creek (where the eco-depot is now) and close to where North Thompson Park is now.

Birch Island resident Lois Moss planned another printing of her local history book: “Home Trails, Volume I.” The first volume had originally been printed in 1980, while volume II came out in June of 1982.


Wilf Radmacher was chosen Clearwater’s Good Citizen of the Year. Other nominees were Vi Mayer, Dave Meehan, Reg Small and Frank Tonge.

No more layoffs were planned at CTP at that time, said vice-president and general manager Peter Barry. The operation had gone from two shifts to one and a half. The company had been hit by increased stumpage plus a 15 per cent tax on lumber to the U.S.

Wells Gray Tourism Consortium had as its mandate to make the North Thompson into B.C.’s outdoor experience centre, said consortium member Chris Kissinger in a letter to the editor. A proposed multi-use facility would assist tourism operators, tourist services, tourists and related businesses, he said.

At age 83, Blue River’s oldest resident, Minnie Teveldal, was moving to Evergreen Acres in Clearwater. She had arrived in Blue River 49 years earlier.


Clearwater United Church celebrated its 35th anniversary. Cutting the cake were Rev. Julie Sousa, founding member Betty Johnston and board chair Laura Soles.


Clearwater’s liquor store had sold almost $2 million worth of alcohol the previous year, drug and alcohol counsellor Suzanne Harrington told the Drug and Alcohol Task Force’s first meeting of the year. For a population of about 5,000, the per capita spending on alcohol was stunning, she felt.


Longtime North Thompson resident Cheryl Thomas was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal by M.P. Betty Hinton. The medals commemorated the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

Two girl guides from Clearwater, Gillian Cassidy and Caroline Soles, were chosen to join the flag bearing party for Girl Guides of Canada, welcoming Queen Elizabeth II to Vancouver.

An all-candidates forum for TNRD Area A pitted longtime Clearwater Improvement District chair Lawrence Giesbrecht against incumbent Bert Walker. Area B director Steve Quinn and Area O director Bill Kershaw were both acclaimed to serve, unchallenged.


Clearwater Breast Friends raised $4,950 for the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. The team from Clearwater had more than doubled, from 15 members in 2000 to 39 in 2007. “It was great having such a large contingent from Clearwater,” said the cancer survivor Leslie Groulx.

TNRD director for Area B Steve Quinn and TNRD director for Area A and vice-chair Bert Walker took part in a number of sessions at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in Vancouver.


Jean Nelson of Clearwater and Don Turtiak of Blue River received Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals during a ceremony in Kamloops.

Canfor truckers voted unanimously to oppose a proposed roundabout on Highway 5. “We don’t feel we’ve had an opportunity to express our opinions,” said truck owner Ed Crombie.

District of Clearwater and the Joint Services Committee had less than two weeks to respond to news that Greyhound wanted to cut its service through the North Thompson Valley from two buses per day to one.

The B.C. government spent $50,000 upgrading the Trophy Mountain road. B.C. Parks also was making improvements to the Clearwater River road.

Clearwater Boys soccer team did what no one had done for a long time – defeated St. Ann’s. Aaron Murray and Aiden Sim scored for CSS.

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A major era in Clearwater’s history came to an end with the demolition of the old Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. The hospital had officially opened on Sept. 23, 1972. It was replaced by the new Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital, which opened on Sept. 13, 2002.

Students from Raft River Elementary and Kay Bingham Elementary in Kamloops took part in the first annual Dan Coleman Classic cross-country run.