Century-old Rossland carnival medal nets $150

As Rossland gets set to host its annual winter carnival, an artifact from the carnival of 99 years ago sold last week for $150 US.

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Part of an ongoing look at items of local interest being auctioned on eBay.

As Rossland gets set to host its annual winter carnival, an artifact from the carnival of 99 years ago sold last week for $150 US.

It’s a sterling silver medal awarded to members of the 1913 Rossland intermediate hockey team, which secured the championship that year.

Prior to World War I, winners of the various hockey competitions at the carnival — senior men’s and women’s, junior and intermediate — were considered provincial champions.

At least one matching medal has survived, and is in the personal collection of Spokane hockey historian Paul Delaney. It belonged to his grandfather, William Ehlers, who was on the team.

Prior to World War I, winners of the various hockey competitions at the carnival — senior men’s and women’s, junior and intermediate — were considered provincial champions.

The seller was in Vancouver, the lone bidder from Nelson.

• A postcard showing buildings at Christina Lake with the pencilled-in caption “Beach’s store and cottage” sold recently for $28 US.

According to Lincoln Sandner in Christina Lake: An Illustrated History, Bill Beach, an old bachelor, ran a store and office on LaValley Point, as well as a dance hall. During U.S. prohibition in the 1920s, he was also a thriving bootlegger.

“If I remember correctly, he was caught three times,” Sandner writes. “I think the fines were $150 the first offense, $300 for the second, and $500 for the third offense. As Bill didn’t have $500, that time he went to jail. I think the sentence was for one year.”

Not long after his imprisonment, Beach’s health began to fail, so he was moved to an old folks home, where he died a few years later.

A nice ca. 1910s real photo postcard showing a sternwheeler arriving at Arrowhead sold this month for $44 US. The caption erroneously reads “Arrowhead Lake, B.C.” instead of Upper Arrow Lake.

Another copy of this postcard sold on eBay in 2005 for $45 US.

In the foreground is the terminus of the railway that connected Arrowhead with Revelstoke. By the late 1950s, sternwheelers no longer plied the lake, and a decade later, Arrowhead itself was drowned out by the construction of the High Arrow Dam.

The postcard’s seller was in Winnipeg, the buyer in Nelson.

• Another Arrowhead item sold this month as well: a wooden coat hanger advertising the firm of McGaghran & Johnston, which went for $31 US.

The Vernon dealer also sold a coat hanger from Nelson merchant tailor J. Smallwood for $15 US.

This story will appear in the West Kootenay Advertiser of January 26.

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