Clubhouse burns down

Greg Scott's offering of Touchstones Nelson from 1962

Dateline: October 2, 1962

Two red brick chimneys stood as sentinels over the smoldering ruins of the once proud $30,000 Nelson Golf and Country Club clubhouse Sunday afternoon. Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the 40-year old building in a roaring holocaust Sunday morning as all the firefighters could do was become spectators watching the flames lap up the frame building. Lack of a major water supply at the golf course and the nearest fire hydrant three blocks away ended any thoughts of trying to extinguish the blaze. The clubhouse building had originally been the Dekinder farm house which was purchased along with a section of the Dekinder ranch shortly after the First World War. Since then the building has been enlarged and renovated several times.

 

Dateline: October 5, 1962

After seven years of building and promises, official opening ceremonies of the Kinnaird-Christina Lake highway will take place today. With completion of Paulson Bridge the last link in the cutoff highway has been completed. Highways Minister P.A. Gaglardi, in the absence of Premier W.A.C. Bennett, will cut the ribbon. Construction of the cutoff began in 1955 at the western end and 1956 for the eastern end. The new 45.23 mile highway has been termed one of the finest in North America, equal in construction standards to any in the United States. The summit is an elevation of 5,040 feet and Paulson Bridge, spanning McRae Creek, has an overall length of 845 feet and is 367 feet above the creek.

 

Dateline: October 19, 1962

President Ernie Cook of the Western International Hockey League announced in Trail that the league has ceased operations. One of the most colorful leagues in Canadian history has folded up after more than 60 years of hockey in eastern British Columbia. The decision to fold after the Rossland Warriors club withdrew because of their inability to obtain a player-coach and other difficulties. The situation left the league with only two teams, the Trail Smoke Eaters and the Kimberley Dynamiters. The Nelson Leafs dropped out of the league earlier this year.

 

Dateline: October 23, 1962

President Kennedy ordered a U.S. “quarantine” blockade of Cuba Monday night, saying the Soviet Union is sending Cuba offensive weapons, capable of raining nuclear destruction on all the Americas. Kennedy spoke in a grim nation-wide radio-television address in which he disclosed that, despite Soviet assurances to the contrary, offensive atomic missiles site are being built in Cuba and Soviet jet bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons have arrived there. Speedy developments amid an atmosphere of deep crisis followed the President’s announcement. Canada said it no longer will allow Soviet planes bound for Cuba and the Caribbean to land at Canadian air bases, such as Gander Nfld.

 

Dateline: October 30, 1962

A 41 year-old industry which pumped about $120,000 in wages annually into the economic blood stream of the city will discontinue operation November 30. W.W. Powell Lumber Co. Ltd. announced that, after a weekend directors meeting here of the parent company, Eddy Match Company Ltd., the last white pine match block company in the British Commonwealth will shut down. Suspension of the operation leaves North America with only a plant in Tacoma Washington, producing pine match blocks for the one-time essential of every kitchen, “the long household match. Replacing the round-headed household match, in which white pine was used, is the square splint household match out of poplar wood. The latter has been in production for some time by the parent company at its home base at Pembroke Ontario. The future of the equipment and the plant itself, at the foot of Stanley Street, is unknown.

 

 

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