Electrification of the Arrow Lakes was assured by the construction of the Whatshan Dam. A near vertical tunnel through solid rock provided the volume and pressure needed to turn the turbines.

This Week in History: September 5

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

Sept. 8, 1932

Flock to West

National registration of transients in their own Provinces was suggested as the best means of stopping the drift of idle men from place to place, confounding all local arrangements for relief. The position of British Columbia at the western end of the long trek, made attractive by its mild climate and open winters, was clearly brought out and the fact recalled that last year British Columbia absorbed between 11,000 and 12,000 men from other parts of Canada.

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The week produced several indications of a lifting off the bottom of trade depression on this continent. Copper and silver prices moved fractionally upward, followed by some of the basic staples in the commodity market. Stock prices went into a flurry concurrently with a sharp rise, and then a smaller recession from profit taking.

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Beer parlours were voted against at Capilano recently by a majority of 24.

Sept. 3, 1942

National selective service regulations – Effective: September 1,1942

1. No worker may quit his job without giving his employer seven days notice in writing.

2. No employer may lay-off or discharge any worker without seven days notice in writing.

3. No employer may interview or engage any worker unless such worker has a permit to seek employment.

4. Permits to seek employment may be obtained from National Selective Service officers in Selective Service offices, formerly the local offices of the Unemployment Insurance Commission.

5. A National Selective Service officer has the power to report any person to report for an interview at the local office. To order any person who has been unemployed seven days to take any suitable work; and to order any partially employed person to take any suitable full-time work.

6. No person awarded by a National Selective Service officer to take a job may quit such a job without permission of the officer.

7. When a worker has to travel to a distant job, the National Selective Service officer may pay the cost of transportation and certain other special allowances.

8. If a worker at the request of the National Selective Service Officer changes from less to more essential work, he may claim re-instatement in his former job when the more essential work is finished.

9. Any employer, employee or other person who violates any provision of the regulations or any order made under them is liable to a fine not exceeding $500 or a jail term of not more than 12 months or both.

Note: Agricultural workers may take seasonal or temporary employment outside agriculture with the consent of Selective Service Officers when such work will not interfere with farm production and by taking such work they will not lose their right to postponement of military service.

Sept. 4, 1952

In Columbia’s channel

After a restful night, we were awakened about 5 a.m. by the churning of paddles as the Minto slipped quietly away from her berth at Nakusp; she moved so smoothly we hardly realized she was under way again. We were soon on deck and found ourselves in the placid current of the Columbia River. Occasionally we encountered uprooted trees and other debris drifting down the swollen current. The high water, 12 feet above normal level, had considerably widened the channel; wharves partially submerged and many trees were standing with their foot in the water on the beaches creating landing hazards.

The Arrow Lakes are merely a thickening in the width of the Columbia River; they are two crescent shaped stretches of water, somewhat like string beans, with a 25-mile narrow neck connecting them. From Arrowhead to Robson West the distance is 134 miles of waterway.

Sept. 6, 1962

Lorne Marshall buys hardware store

Mr. Lorne Marshall, who on Sept. 1, purchased the Nakusp Hardware, became the second member of a pioneer Arrow Lakes family to commence business in Nakusp. Brother Ken recently opened the Hilltop Grocery.

This is Mr. Marshall’s first venture into the hardware business. For eight years in Vernon and Salmon Arm he was in the retail clothing business. Mr. Marshall, like his brother, was born here and lived on the Arrow Lakes with his parents until 11 years ago when the family left Burton and the store there to reside in Vernon where Mr. Clark Marshall (father) has since been engaged in the hardware business with Marshall-Wells and Bennetts stores.

It is very satisfying to realize two members of the same pioneer family have sufficient confidences in the future of Nakusp and district to establish themselves in the business of life of the community.

Sept. 6, 1972

Murder suspect sent to hospital for psychiatric examinations

William Bernard Lepine a 27-year-old escapee from Riverview Mental Hospital and charged with the murder of six persons, was sent back to the hospital last Thursday for psychiatric examination. Lepine was remanded 30 days on six counts of non-capital murder in a provincial court appearance in Nelson. He has entered no plea to the charges. Lepine was arrested last Tuesday at Galena Bay.  The victims were Willard Lee Potter, 16, and Charles C. Wright, 71, both of Oliver; Phyllis Clark, 61, of Penticton; Herbet Even Thomas, 57, of Rock Creek and Thomas John Pozney, 24, of Nakusp. Three other persons including Mr. Clark were wounded. Lepine had escaped from the mental hospital once and was recaptured on July 6. His second escape was made July 30 and ha had been on the run since.

Sept. 5, 2002

Byline Burpy

There appears to be a little bit of overkill on the part of the Village when they placed 30 km/h speed signs on every block with road access to either school. It may be a great idea for the main streets but the back alleys are where the matter gets hilarious. In most of the Village’s back alleys you’d have to speed up a lot to make the speed limit. They have also installed a lot of new playground signs approaching the park. Diligence is one thing, but this is pure and simple overkill. How much traffic do you think uses the back alley between 4th and 5th Avenue?