HISTORY: Thieves steal safe on Baker Street in 1966

Downtown was also more jolly 50 years ago, and switchboards were still a thing.

Thieves stole a safe on Baker Street in 1966.

December 2 , 1966

Christmas lights

In keeping with this, “the season to be jolly,” Nelson is starting to display colorful Christmas regalia. The city Christmas trees were placed downtown Thursday.

All evergreens over 15 feet will gain a coat of Christmas lights, courtesy of the fire department, starting next week. City hall and the fire hall bells already have been decorated and illuminated.

John Morey of the 900 block Baker Street will soon have decorations on his 100-foot evergreen, believed to be the highest illuminated Christmas tree in the country.

Its base starts 100 feet above Baker Street. Any commercial organizations or private citizens who need assistance in placing their outdoor lights or decorations are asked to notify the fire department.

Fire Chief Elwin Owens suggested that the Nelson Bridge, if illuminated with multi-colored lighting, would make a spectacular and genuinely worthwhile project, although the cost to the city would be prohibitive.

 

December 9, 1966

Notre Dame University library

Notre Dame University’s President, Rev. Aquinas Thomas knocked the last nail into the wall, put down the hammer and leaned back with satisfaction. Father Aquinas, with faculty members and students, was taking Notre Dame back to its pioneer days.

When the university started in a mud hut atmosphere in upper Fairview during the early ’50’s, students worked weekends constructing pre-fabricated buildings.

Now they are doing it again, but this time with the help of NDU’s maintenance crew, erecting four prefab former government buildings to house the university’s library. The makeshift library will be filled with 30,000 volumes, presently stored in parcels, in piles and on shelves in four class rooms and a small study-reading room.

The home made library will be able to cope with present demands, but plans for a $1 ½ million permanent structure will soon have to be prepared.

 

December 11, 1966

Municipal election and flouridation

Heads toppled and fluoridation was given the boot in Saturday’s municipal election in Nelson. Two newcomers to the political scene ousted aldermen Don Porteous and Edith Van Maarian.

Henry Stevenson, owner of an engineering works and school principal Terry Wayling won the fight for aldermanic seats with incumbent Jack Macmillan.

On the controversial fluoridation issue, there was no doubt which way most citizens felt.

There were 1139 who voted No and 796 voted Yes.

But the numbers in favor of fluoridated water has risen since fluoridation was last voted on in Nelson in 1958.

In that year, of the 1472 voting, 513 said Yes. Of the 3711 eligible voters in Nelson, 1940 cast ballots.

 

December 21, 1966

Bazaar of Values

Fine quality at unmatched prices is the promise of Nelson traders participating in the city’s first “Bazaar of Values.” Merchants, sales staff and the Nelson Daily News have all combined to promote the Bazaar which is designed to assure customers of bigger and better values in the businesses taking part.

Altogether 45 of them have joined the “Bazaar” and each will be displaying posters in their windows.

Merchandise has been specially selected to be sold at money-saving prices and all the participants have pledged quality, courtesy and low prices.

The “Bazaar” is designed to call attention to the convenient shopping facilities, accessible to a large trade area, in Nelson.

 

December 28, 1966

Break-ins

The fourth robbery in the last three months netted safe-crackers $900 at Palm Dairies Ltd. Christmas Eve, to bring total losses to $3700. First break-in, at Inland Distributors netted thieves $1500; the L.V.Rogers Senior Secondary School $1100, and the Quality Produce break-in $200.

Thieves carted the 400 pound Palm Dairies safe about 45 feet from its front window perch in plain view of Baker Street to the rear of the building and into a waiting vehicle. The safe was kept in the compressor room next to the office.

 

December 30, 1966

Long distance phone delays

A total of 4753 long distance calls were placed Christmas Day through Nelson toll switchboards, B.C. Telephone Company reported Thursday.

The delays experienced by some long distance callers was due, not to the heavy calling, as to the tie-up of toll circuits for information purposes because many people did not know the number of the party they were calling.

Any time anyone wishes to know a friend’s number in a distant city, they can call the operator by dialing “O” and the connection will be made to the distant information operation free of charge.

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