Starting out as shipyard manager

This Week in History: May 9

This Week in History features a selection of stories from the Arrow Lakes News archives

May 12, 1932 – Arrow Lakes Hospital

It is of interest to note that at the beginning of this month the number of births recorded at our hospital was in excess of the whole year of 1931. During April, over 30 patients were treated (not to speak of out patients), making a total of over 300 hospital days. This record speaks highly for the efficiency of our small but excellent staff, who have of a necessity worked a good many hours overtime. Many people at various points of the lake have shown their appreciation by sending donations of meat and vegetables, etc. and such contributions are most welcome and always needed. If anyone has an over supply of these things, send them along to the Arrow Lakes Hospital and the gifts will be very much appreciated.

May 8, 1952 – Flood tide in B.C.

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood,” wrote Shakespeare in a characteristic flash of genius. In British Columbia flood tide comes on June 12, when citizens of the Province will take affairs into their own hands and elect a new government. Whether they sail on fortune with Social Credit or to founder with the water-logged hulks of the old liners depends entirely upon themselves.  They are free to choose on June 12. They will chart their own course. That is their democratic right. Therefore, June 12 might well become their date of destiny in B.C., just as August 22 became Alberta’s day of destiny in 1935, when Albert citizens wisely decided in favour of Social Credit. To follow the simile, the old liners are on the rocks in British Columbia. But Social Credit offers a brand new ship on the stocks. It is a good ship, well found and well manned by an alert and honest crew. It awaits a commander. It awaits a charter. It awaits the pleasure of people. It is a very good craft – all fittings shipshape and Bristol fashion. If the good people if British Columbia decide to board the Social Credit Ship of State their first voyage will be essentially a job of salvage. After that, a voyage of discovery. And after that, with God’s help, profitable voyages along the commercial lanes, carrying new wealth to and from the Province of British Columbia. The ship is ready for launching. She will be christened “Honest Government.” The day of destiny dawns.

May 10, 1962 – Booster radio station soon for Nakusp

The Board of Broadcast Govenors has announced that the new low power relay transmitter of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation application was received and a licence is forthcoming. H.W. Herridge, member for the Kootenay West, said that the reason for the delay of the transmitter was a lack of a bid by the B.C. Telephone Co. The company has handed in a bid and now the licence will come. The CPR lines would not hold the extra load because the B.C. Telephone Co. uses the CPR lines into Nakusp, and they could not bid until they decided to put in their own lines into Nakusp. The B.C. Telephone Co. is now rebuilding the line from New Denver to Nakusp. They have progressed to the head of the Slocan Lake with their new line.

May 12, 1982 – Area TV show listings

Mash, Barney Miller, Trapper John MD, Mork & Mindy, Love Boat, Taxi, Fantasy Island, Three’s Company, WKRP, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Hart to Hart, All in the Family, Hill Street Blues, One Day at a Time, Dukes of Hazzard, Bizarre

May 6, 1992 – Outboard limit on Summit Lake unenforceable

The new engine power regulation for Summit Lake published in the Freshwater Fishing Regulation Synopsis can’t be enforced, according to Conservation Officer Jim Beck. The regulation was published after Fisheries biologists from the Ministry of Environment polled campers and members of the conservation association. They concluded that the large-engine boats were causing problems for smaller boats and canoes. The regulation was published before it was passed as law by the provincial government and as a result, Beck is unable to enforce this regulation. Effective May 1, the daily trout quota is limited to four, none under 30 centimetres in length. Fishermen must use a single hook only, and no live fish are to be used as bait. Beck urges people using large boats to be considerate of smaller vessels. Large boats must, by law, yield to smaller boats and are responsible for their own wake.