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Remember When? (December 17th, 2014)

A look back through The Valley Echo's archives
over the last 55 years

50 years ago (1964):

Wilder Bros. Lumber Co. Ltd. was purchased by operations in Revelstoke and Calgary. The Wilder Bros. began in the valley in 1944 with a sawmill on the K2 Ranch, and by 1964 had 75 men on payroll and another 30 working for sub-contractors. Ray and Curtis Wilder were both to keep their respective positions, and Lloyd Wilder was to remain as manager.


45 years ago (1969):

It was a big weekend for Panorama Mountain as new facilities were ready to be presented to the public. The A-frame Day Lodge had an extended balcony and two new cabins to accommodate a Ski Shop and Ski School Shop. The Toby Creek Road to the ski hill had been graded and widened and was considered to be in good condition for the winter traffic. The new Austrian Dopplemayr T-bar ski lift was also ready to be viewed by the public. It turned out to be a huge success.


40 years ago (1974):

The annual Christmas Party of the Invermere Hospital Ladies Auxiliary was held and Anita Thormesot of Invermere was capped as a candy striper. She, along with seven other girls, qualified after putting in 25 hours of work at the hospital, usually in the paediatrics ward.


30 years ago (1984):

The Kinsmen Club was donating $200 to the Action Gymnasts Club due to being “favourably impressed” with the program that was being held. The program was available for children aged four to 12 in gymnastics and the money was to help the group purchase a new spring board for the members.


20 years ago (1994):

B.C. was taking a step towards reducing waste by 50 per cent “before residents drown in garbage.” The Waste Reduction Commission was aiming to reduce the amount of garbage in landfills by the year 2000, taking more of a step towards recycling, and eventually the RDEK looked at establishing recycling program in the Columbia Valley. The bottle depot was helping the situation, but with the Windermere landfill getting close to full, there was a need for a landfill search as it was expected to reach capacity in five to 10 years.


15 years ago (1999):

New resident Meagan Jones was glad for her life after plummeting nearly 50 feet down an embankment on Toby Creek Road early in the morning. After dropping off a friend at the hill and making the mistake of hitting her brakes on her way down. She fishtailed her car a couple of times before going over the edge. After crawling up the embankment and being met with rescue, she said that she would be driving a lot more carefully for a while.

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