Nelson’s 1968-69 bantam rep champs are seen in a Nelson Daily News photo of March 15, 1969.

Nelson in March, 1969: Bantam hockey champs, new sewage treatment system, new United Church

Greg Scott brings us highlights from the Nelson Daily news fifty years ago

Dateline: March 10, 1969

“This is a great afternoon for the congregation of St. Paul’s-Trinity United Church. It seems many times in the last two years it would never come,” said Rev. David Cline. He was speaking Sunday at the dedication services for the rebuilt church building at the corner of Josephine and Silica Streets.

The original building, constructed in 1908, was almost destroyed by fire in April 1967. A service to dedicate the new pipe organ was also held that evening. Since the fire, the congregation has been holding services in St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral. The church has been rebuilt at the same location with the same general layout. Reconstruction cost was $260,000, with furnishings added at cost of about $25,000.

The new organ and a set of chimes together are valued at $45,000. The original organ was completely destroyed in the fire with only a brass memorial plaque remaining. A 40-foot spire to be placed on the corner of the church nearest the street should arrive in the next week from Fort Worth, Texas. It will be erected by helicopter. “It’s an attractive, bright, and comfortable building,” said Rev. Cline. ($260,000 in 2018 dollars is approximately $1,810,000)

Dateline: March 14, 1969

Birthday kisses, handshakes, congratulations, songs and music were all there … the only thing missing was tears. Nelson Reps, B.C. bantam hockey champions for 1968-69, arrived home Thursday night following a week of work, success, travel, fun and excitement … and despite it all they agreed, “it was good to be home.”

The Reps won the provincial championship and the Doug Grimston Trophy Wednesday night with a 6-1 victory in the final game of the series over North Shore Winter Club of Vancouver. Danny Gare scored twice for Nelson with singles coming from Wayne Naka, George Karasz, Charley Hingwing and Marc Severyn.

Over 400 people (more fans than attended the championship game) were on hand to welcome the boys home following their successful venture westward. “Giant Killers” they were called by Mayor Louis Maglio, but to most everyone they were a great group of youngsters who worked hard all winter under the guidance of coach Marsh Severyn and manager Mas Fujibayashi to bring Nelson its first ever bantam hockey championship.

Dateline: March 19, 1969

The resignation of the president of Notre Dame University, Rev. Aquinas Thomas, was accepted at a special meeting of the NDU board of governors. The resignation will become effective June 30, when Father Aquinas will have completed 10 years as president of NDU. He cited changes in the nature of the university as his main reason for stepping down.

He said universities everywhere are entering a phase of changing structure, curriculum development, and new forms of administration. He said he is not opposed to the changes but felt they require “fresh blood” for their implementation. Recent faculty and student votes of non-confidence in him had “not directly” affected his decision to let the resignation stand. He said the votes were “part of the whole picture.”

In the 10 years since his appointment he had seen the university grow from a “mud hut” school with an enrollment of about 150 students to a multi-million dollar degree-granting institution for over 500 students.


Dateline: March 28, 1969


Nelson has a moral obligation to its neighbors to stop polluting Kootenay Lake by making a start toward construction of a sewage treatment system, says E.T. Bodard, regional district administrator. The need for a sewage plan can no longer be underestimated; pollution in the lake is steadily worsening.

Mr. Bodard, who was mayor of Nelson when the first sewage treatment system referendum was defeated by 60 per cent in 1964, outlined the plan put to the people at that time. He blamed defeat of the referendum on the public’s lack of information about the lagoon proposal. The plan, now being studied by city council, calls for construction of a sewage treatment plant at Grohman Narrows discharging into the Kootenay River.

The plant is designed to serve Nelson’s demands for 25 years. To reach the plant, a system of intercepting sewers, force mains and pumping stations would have to be constructed. These are designed to serve the city for 50 years. The plan will cost $946,000 for construction of the first stage. Annual operating and maintenance costs are estimated at $57,000. Allowing for full participation in provincial and federal government assistance plans for municipalities, total cost to Nelson for implementation of the plan would be $97,000. ($946,000 in 2018 dollars is approximately $6,583,500)

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