55 years ago (1959):
As a child, Mrs. Rauch had a remarkable love of horses. She began to ride when she was six and her father brought home a little roan pony and said, “If you can ride her, she is yours.” The little girl clamoured onto a fence to mount it, and the pony was hers. From then on, horses were a passion. “I could talk to them,” she said.
50 years ago (1964):
Provision was made in the 1964 – 1965 federal budget for the construction of new RCMP barracks in Invermere with tenders expected to be called in April. The site was to be adjacent in the Legion Club room north of Invermere, opposite David Thompson Secondary School.
45 years ago (1969):
Among well wishers at Jim White’s 100th birthday party were youngsters Joe Erkman of Edgewater, 95, and Mrs. William Weir of Invermere, 92. The party was held March 17th, 1969 at the Invermere Hotel, where friends gathered to wish him continued good health. Telegrams were received from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
40 years ago (1974):
Terry Miller, 12, of Edgewater, a student of Mrs. Eugene Seel, placed highest in 13 junior piano classes at a musical festival in Cranbrook. She won a trophy and $25.
30 years ago (1984):
Valley residents were shocked to hear of the sudden death of well-known artist and sculptor, Bud Amy, at the age of 52 years. Bud Amy, a resident of Radium Hot Springs, had been recuperating at Calgary Holy Cross Hospital when a blood clot claimed his life in the early morning of December 23rd.
20 years ago (1994):
After an introductory four-weekend run of street patrolling the previous fall, the Lake Windermere Citizens’ Patrol was given new life with a load of radios, bought by local businesses, to enable them to keep in constant contact with police.
15 years ago (1999):
Eight valley students were selected for a trip to Japan so they could represent the Windermere Valley. Based on the essays they wrote on why they wanted to go, the students were authorized for the trip by Radium Hot Springs council at its regular meeting on March 10th, 1999. The students were Lainey Frederickson, Kristin Smith and Marc Wenger of Radium Hot Springs, Tina Clarke, Jenna Semple, and Natalya Redid of Invermere, Brooke Tegart of Brisco and Lin Steedman of Windermere.
10 years ago (2004):
Three young skiers from the Windermere Valley Ski Club (James Rose, Dane Petersen and MacKenzie Brush) headed to compete in the BC Winter Games.