2009 — Gary

2009 — Gary

Remember When? (July 9th, 2014)

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

55 years ago (1959):

Six valley girls competed to be crowned Queen in the Invermere Junior Hospital Aid competition at the annual Fall Fair. Contestants were Karen Erickson, Susanne Kamikawaji, Elizabeth Reimer, Charlene Nable, Joan Nicholas, and Shirley Watkins.


50 years ago (1964):

Howard Burns, formerly of Victoria, joined the staff of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Invermere. He replaced accountant Al Gibb, who left for a position in Jamaica.


45 years ago (1969):

Debbie Cartwright, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Cartwright of Canal Flats, was the first Girl Guide at the Flats to receive her Gold Cord. This was the highest Guide award and Mrs. Arthur Edlund, the District Commissioner, presented the award.


40 years ago (1974):

A vehicle belonging to Robert Steedman of Windermere was destroyed in an accident one mile south of Dry Gulch Saturday at 2:30 a.m., when he lost constrol. He was hospitalized in Invermere.


30 years ago (1984):

Radium welcomed a major new water complex. The Wild Waters Water Slide Park, situated right next to the Radium Drive-In Theatre, opened for business. Construction workers made an all-out effort to meet the scheduled opening  of date of July 1st. Greg Williamson, operations manager, said that no park of this kind had ever been constructed more quickly.


20 years ago (1994):

In The Valley Echo, David C. Keffer (a man on vacation from Calgary), described in vivid detail how people were underhandedly sneaking their motorboats onto Lake Windermere, turning the motor on, and then actually driving them across the lake in a vicious attempt to ruin his vacation. They were also flying their planes over Invermere. He also complained about how the trains that go through Invermere made too much noise.


15 years ago (1999):

Summer Students Work ‘99 had created 300 student jobs in the East and West Kootenay with some help from $500,000 allocated to employers in order to create positions for youth. Student Summer Works was a Youth Options B.C. employment program from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology and the Premier’s Youth Office.


10 years ago (2004):

Bull Riding in the Rockies was held indoors at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. It was the main fundraiser for the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey team. The event would not have been possible without the support of countless local businesses and individuals.