The Week in History

Events from the week of May 19 from years gone by.

May 28, 1926

The Dominion Government Telegraph and Telephone Service has issued new and greatly reduced tariffs on all business from Nakusp to all points in the Kootenays, to take place June 1st. The reduction to towns beyond 20 miles ranges from 20 to 80 percent. Old Rate/New Rate: Burton 25 cents/20 cents, Edgewood 40 cents/35 cents, Renata 55 cents/50 cents, Robson 60 cents/50 cents, Nelson 75 cents/50 cents. Telegrams to Burton and Graham’s Landing have been reduced from 30 cents to 20 cents. The above telephone rates are based on the first three minutes.

May 24 has come and gone and in spite of the rain Burton held its annual picnic. Owing to the rain the full programme of sports was not held, but the big draw was the baseball match between Nakusp and Burton, which was held during the afternoon. Burton won 12 to 9 but Nakusp is showing steady improvement.


May 28, 1936

The Columbia Power and Light Co. has had several strokes of hard luck since purchasing the Nakusp Electric Light and Power Co. from G.P. Horsely about three months ago. While Mr. Horsley was still managing it, the pipeline broke and did considerable damage. Last week the plant was struck by lightning, although the company, under new management of J.E. Matheson had installed two of the very latest types of lightning arresters. Last week, during the night of Tuesday, another break in the pipe line occurred, but was quickly repaired and power was again on by 9:30 Wednesday morning.

Edgewood and Inonoaklin Valley residents enjoyed a rare treat Sunday when a musical recital was held at the Arrow Lake Hotel. The visiting artists were guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. Neiderman and had arrived from Trail the day before. They included their son and daughter in-law, Mr. and Mrs. O. Neiderman, Mr. and Mrs. C.O. Padberg and Miss D.A. Parson of Victoria and J. Ringwood of Trail. Classical gems were skillfully rendered by Mrs. Padberg and Neiderman on the violin with J. Ringwood a capable and sympathetic accompanist. Mrs. O. Neiderman assisted at the piano. The program was enriched by charming songs sung by Miss D. Parson.

Monday, May 25 turned out to be an excellent day for the celebration at Burton and people from all parts of the district decided to take in the events. The softball game between Burton and Carroll’s school boys was won by Carroll’s 14-11. This was followed by baseball between Burton and Edgewood, won by Burton 4-2. The log sawing contest was won by J. MacCormack and R. Johson with E. Munn of Nakusp and J. Allard taking second place. The ladies nail driving contest was won by Mrs. Alf Williams of Edgewood. The Men’s 100 Yard dash went to H. Norberg of Silverton and Miss Betty Jowett of Edgewood took the ladies event.

The finale to a perfect day was the monster dance with the Witt Orchestra in attendance. A special feature was the singing and playing of the Rodgers brothers of Trail during the supper hour.


May 30, 1946

One of the best May 24th Celebrations ever held at Burton took place this year in perfect weather. There was an estimated 500 to 600 people on the grounds from all along the lake. The log-sawing contest was won but the Stach Bros. from Oatscott while Geo. Guenard and Ted Walton took second money. The ladies nail driving was won by Mrs. H.F. Sundstrom with Mrs. E.J. Oxenham second, both Nakusp ladies. The main feature and attraction of the day was the steer riding contest. Billy Hawkins from Picture Butte took first money with Jackie Allard of Burton second. Jackie also won the horse race, which wound up the day’s activities. Winers in the children’s races were: under 8- Lorne marshall, Sharon Murphy; 8-10 Milton Parent, Helen Lang; 10-12 Boyce Butler, Anne James; 12-14 D.Gibson, Anne James; sack- Alan Stanley, Alice Prough; 3-legged D. deGans and B. Prough, Pat Shiells and Sadie Coates; running broad- B. Butler and Donna McQuair.


May 24, 1956

The May Queen Float decorated by the Student’s Council of Lucerne High was outstanding with May Queen Natalie Poznikoff, and her attendants Jean Yokoyama and Maureen McCrory, together with retiring Queen Frances Bohan making a lovely picture. Prizes from the parade were: floats- The Orchard; Best dressed child- Barbara Mott, Foss Greenan; Comic- Cynthia McLaws, Phillip Angrignon, Kathleen and Marjorie Angrignon; specials- Joanne and Meredith Edwards.


May 16, 1966

Miss Carol Mucha won the Arrow Lakes Teachers’ Trophy for public speaking for Nakusp High School, the first time Nakusp has won in four years.


May 26,1976

One couldn’t have asked for a better day to hold a parade and the spectators at Burton showed their appreciation with much cheering and clapping. Best float was the Burton Kindergarten Grads; best horse entry- Estelle Stredulinsky and family; best bike- Stewart Williams; comic- Laura Jensen on her pony Gypsy; most unusual- Alan Cameron. In the Baking contest, winners were: Marg Larder, Desi Kantrim, Sherry Heyzer and Gale Detta.


May 28, 1986

Closure of the Columbia River Shake and Shingle Mill in Nakusp could come at any time, or it may not come at all. Dick Jones, owner, said Monday that he will keep the mill running as long as he can. He is making attempts to cut costs to meet the tariffs imposed by a bill signed by USA President Ronald Reagan on Friday.


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