125 YEARS AGO: DEC. 4, 1897
Clinton Ball: The Clinton Annual Ball will be held at Clinton on Thursday and Friday evenings, January 6th and 7th. The annual ball held at Clinton is always of the best and is well attended.
Skating Rink: The [Ashcroft] skating rink has been in good condition for the past week and has been used nearly every afternoon and evening by the skaters. The ice promises to be good for all winter as it has a good bottom on the rink. A carnival is talked of by some of the boys and if it materializes there is no doubt but that it will be a success.
Troublesome Person: Martin Conroy was arrested [in Quesnelle] this week on a warrant issued by a man named Fraser from Kamloops charging Conroy with stealing $32. Conroy is a well known character around this part of the country, he having been several times behind the bars, and for some time last year worked in the Omenica country where he caused considerable trouble.
100 YEARS AGO: DEC. 2, 1922
Quesnel Notes: The local hospital is about the one and only place in the town where one will hear no complaints on account of lack of business. At the present time there are nine parties receiving treatment, a heavy task for the staff, and the hospital has been filled to capacity for weeks past. If a demonstration were desired of the need for a new hospital, the experiences of the past few weeks could surely furnish it. Despite the hard work, on which they are evidently thriving, the nurses send us word they are feeling “jake”.
Please Return: Will the person who borrowed the Ashcroft Journal wheelbarrow, or the barrow of the manager of the Journal, some months ago, kindly return same before we take legal proceedings.
Correction: The Ashcroft Journal was slightly astray last week when it reported that a gang of Merritt men was working on the Ashcroft bridge. The line-up seems to be as follows: two from Merritt; one who indignantly denies being a Merritt man; one from Walhachin; and one from Ashcroft. But it proves the sensitiveness of the Ashcroft people with respect to their local rights when such little matters will arouse their ire.
Provision For Women To Serve On Juries In B.C.: Another sample of legislation passed by the Oliver Government giving power to women is that providing that women may be members of a jury. Although certain members of the House thought it unwise to permit, or ask, women to serve in this way, it is the aim of the administration to treat men and women voters alike.
75 YEARS AGO: DEC. 4, 1947
Spences Bridge: The turkey shoot sponsored by the Spences Bridge Community Club last Sunday was well attended and several families solved their Xmas dinner problem.
Growing Older: As science masters disease and the average life-span lengthens, the proportion of older people in Canada’s population is growing rapidly. Accordingly, governments and leaders in public thinking are calling for more of that “old-fashioned” respect and care for the elders which once marked people of breeding, so that the twilight of life may be brightened for all. Those youngsters who get steamed up over looking after a “bunch of old fogies” are reminded that they, too, may be old, some day.
Honest Citizens: A Wisconsin clerk, going to the bank, dropped a package of bills which were scattered by the wind. Citizens helped recover them. Final count: three dollars more than was lost.
50 YEARS AGO: NOV. 30, 1972
Cache Creek To Vote On Swim Pool: The following wording is to be used on the ballot to the questions: “Are you in favour of the Village of Cache Creek granting a local service club $6,000 per year over the next ten years for the purpose of providing an Olympic-sized swimming pool?” This project is in the exploration stages only as of this date. The total cost of the swimming pool is approximately $80,000 complete with the exception of the patio and fence which Council understands is to be donated by local service clubs. In preliminary discussions it was understood that financing to be obtained by a local service club could be obtained for $60,000 at annual payments of approximately $6,000 per year in grants from the Village for a period of ten years. This would leave a balance of some $20,000 to be obtained by some other means. Council noted that another pool is required in this area, that it would be a very worthwhile asset to both the School Board and the Village of Cache Creek. In addition it would complement the hotels and motels during tourist season. The question on the ballot is not to be considered as a go ahead to purchase a swimming pool. The Village must find out the feeling of the electors of Cache Creek before such a project could be considered. It must also be understood that the Village cannot undertake financing of a swimming pool as there are no provisions for a Village to finance a pool. All the Village can do is make a yearly grant to a service club and leave the actual finance arrangements to such an organization. [Adjusted for inflation, $80,000 in 1972 equates to approximately $550,000 today, while $6,000 in 1972 equates to approximately $41,000 today.]
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