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This Week in History: April 18

This Week in History features a selection of stories from the Arrow Lakes News archives.
Internment houses at Slocan City are graced with a rainbow in the days when the Japanese Canadians were re-located from the coast. It was a scene that belies the true hardship these people faced through the long years of WWII.

April 16, 1942 - Local “Goliath” bags bear with stone

We often hear stories of large fish and huge bears being caught by hunters, sometimes exaggerated, but to A.E. Bennett of Nakusp goes the honour of having bagged his bear with a stone. This is how he did it. Whilst on his way to Nelson last Sunday along with other members of the Legion to attend a Legion Convention between Silverton and Slocan one of the party spotted the bear ahead. A burst of speed was made to catch up but upon reaching the spot, Mr. Bruin had leaped over the bank to apparent safety.  However, the party was bent on seeing all the sights so all got out to get a better view. On looking over the  bank, they found the bear giving menacing glances and the only means of self-defence, in case of attack was rocks. So the boys took the “offensive” and a deluge of rocks followed but none took effect until “Bombardier” Bennet, who with precision-like aim, cooly dropped a good-sized rock on the bear’s head. It had a deadly affect for he hit the dust as though he had been struck by a cannon ball. Mr. Bennett is generally quite a modest man but he did admit (after the kill) that he had had quite a little experience in this method of hunting “in the early days” whilst prospecting in Colorado.

April 19, 1962 - Minor baseball league organizes

The minor baseball league, which last year was so successful, got off to a good start again this year with two meetings already held and another as we go to press. A new executive has been elected. The new ball diamond is ready except for the levelling of about six loads of clay. The only thing remaining to get the league underway by May 1 is the erection of the back stop.

April 19, 1972 - Wartime relic will soon vanish from New Denver

The last Japanese bathhouse, located on  a village owned lot in the area known as the Orchard in New Denver, will soon be torn down. The 14 by 28 foot building, reported to have remained unused for the past three years but still containing boilers, became a victim of last winter’s snow, which caved its roof in. At the last meeting of New Denver’s council, it was decided the building must be cleared from the lot and the property to be put up for public sale.

April 21, 1982 - Arsonist lights fire in school

Firemen were called to Nakusp Secondary School on Friday morning to exhaust smoke from the boys’ washroom after a fire threatened the whole school. Shortly after recess on Friday, April 16, Paul Guidon entered the boys’ washroom to discover flames were rising above the partition of one of the cubicles. Principal Mike Reid pulled the alarm and the school was evacuated quickly. Teachers and students didn’t realize there was a fire in the school. The fire was contained in the cubicle which saw the paper dispenser and partition wall destroyed. Firemen were called to suck smoke out of the building and to check to make sure there was no spread of the flames. Arson is suspected.