55 years ago (1959):
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Marples of Invermere received the congratulations of some 80 friends on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. They received a telegram that read “The Queen sends you warm congratulations and good wishes on your Diamond Wedding Day.”
50 years ago (1964):
The Invermere Boy Scout patrol placed sixth out of 41 patrols and third for East Kootenay at the Cal-Brook Camporee held near Banff on May 16th to 18th. The patrols were given points for pioneering, projects, obstacle courses, Scouting knowledge, games, cooking, maintenance of camp sites and general appearance.
45 years ago (1969):
Robert L. Campsall won the Summer Session Association prize of $100 for proficiency in the graduating year at the University of British Columbia. At the time, Mr. Campsall was the principal of the Windermere Elementary School for the second consecutive year and, before that, for five years at DTSS.
40 years ago (1974):
Daryl Joseph Fuller, 21, was one of two valley graduates from the University of British Columbia. Born and educated in Invermere, Mr. Fuller had graduated from DTSS four years earlier (1970). He had been attending the Faculty of Science at UBC.
30 years ago (1984):
Gary Gallagher of Invermere demonstrated his teaching and ambulance skills during a training program at Emergency Health Services Academy. Mr. Gallagher was one of thirty selected from around British Columbia by the Emergency Health Services Commission to represent them as Community Instructor of the Emergency Medical Assistant Level 1 Program.
20 years ago (1994):
At the Carral Classic meet in Calgary from May 20th to 22nd, Radium Silver Fins swim club member Karen Fahrni received two silver medals and three bronze. Kyler Mather picked up two silver and one bronze and Matt Quick won two silver and one bronze.
15 years ago (1999):
Columbia Valley RCMP reported a busy, but largely uneventful May long weekend.
10 years ago (2004):
The village of Radium Hot Springs voted to support the Jumbo Glacier Resort project, in responses to an Environmental Assessment Office invitation for comment. Invermere had earlier voted against the project.
5 years ago (2009):
Canfor announced the Radium sawmill would be closing. The company blamed a strong Canadian dollar and low demand.
*Oops — In last week’s 2004 Remember When?, Jo Anne Willox was mistakenly called Anne Wilcox. Apologies.