The attached photo was taken in Palliser at one of the lumber camps.

The attached photo was taken in Palliser at one of the lumber camps.

Celebrating a one of a kind New Year’s Eve in Golden

Twenty years ago the people of Golden and its surrounding area, celebrated a rather unique New Year’s Eve.

Twenty years ago the people of Golden and its surrounding area, celebrated a rather unique New Year’s Eve.

That was the year the lights went out. For many people it was an experience never before associated with a good time, but if you listen to the way that people refer to that time, you’ll always find warmth in their stories.

People gathered in each other’s homes and helped each other with light and heat as it soon become apparent that we were all in the same boat.

We joined together with other family members at our home, where we cooked supper on our wood heater with a gas lamp lighting the room.

Later the kids read at the kitchen table while the adults played a card game.

We were fortunate to have been able to turn the situation into a memorable one, not all New Years Eve’s in Golden’s past have been as happy and warm.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 1906, a trainman coming into Palliser found a woman walking down the tracks with two small children.

Mrs. White was carrying an eleven month old child in her arms and was leading a small boy by the hand.

On this day that came to be known as the coldest recorded that year, none of them were wearing coats.

Mrs. White herself was dressed only in a day dress with inside shoes.

The little boy was dressed only in pants and a shirt and had no shoes on his feet.

The baby that Mrs. White held clutched to her chest wore only a tee shirt and diaper.

When the trainman found them Mrs. White was having delusions about being chased by the devil, whom she thought was trying to steal her children.

The trainman led Mrs. White and the children back to the small settlement of Palliser where her husband was called in from the lumber camp and the Sheriff was notified.

It seems that this wasn’t the first time that Mrs. White had suffered from this delusion but never before had it placed her family in jeopardy.

Mrs. White and the children were taken to Golden where they were examined by the doctor. The baby, although scarcely dressed, suffered the least from the cold and was released to the care of a family in Golden.

The small boy was not as fortunate. He spent the next 23 days in the Golden Hospital suffering from frost-bite to both of his feet.

Mr. White, at the advice of the Doctor and Sheriff, took his wife to New Westminster where she was admitted to a hospital for the insane.

Upon his return to Golden Mr. White, who was unable to care for the children himself, sent the boy to live with a relative at the coast The baby was believed to have been given into the care of a family in Golden called the Townsends.

Mrs. White lived out the rest of her life in the hospital; the family was never together again.

Seems kind of an unhappy story really but after so many years, Mrs. White’s great-grandson returned to Golden to try and find out information about his grandfather’s brother, and the baby that was in Mrs. White’s arms.

After a great deal of research at the Golden Museum, her great-grandson came across the  information in the old hospital records, that eventually led to the family being reunited.

It turned out that the baby Mrs. White gave birth to was a boy, not a girl as the family had always thought. Armed with this information the family set about their search once again and soon found the part of their family that had been missing all these years.

It was a thrill for me when the Tippings came back to the Museum to share the news of their reunion with us, and although the story is a sad one, the family has finally been happily reunited.

May the start of this new year give you the opportunity to grow with your family! Happy New Year.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
81 new cases of COVID-19 detected in Interior Health Friday

One additional staff member at Kelowna long-term care home tests positive, no new deaths

Jake Jeannotte, age six, holds a Whisky Jack – another name for Gray Jay, Canada Jay or Camp Robber – a common bird that can be seen on the bird count. 
(Contributed)
Bird count back for 31st year

There are some slight modifications to the bird count to accomodate for COVID-19

(File)
One death and 82 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

1,981 total cases, 609 are active and those individuals are on isolation

Paramedic Jason Manuel, dressed in PPE, inspects an ambulance at Station 341 on Nov. 30. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Second wave, twice the anxiety; Okanagan paramedics reflect on pandemic from the front line

‘I don’t know who that (next) person is going to be, I don’t want it to be me or my family’: Paramedic

Dr. Albert de Villiers, Chief Medical Health Officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)
‘People need to start listening’: IH top doc combats COVID-19 misconceptions

Dr. Albert de Villiers says light at the end of the tunnel will grow in step with people’s adherence to PHO guidance

A snow moon rises over Mt. Cheam in Chilliwack on Feb. 8, 2020. Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 is Mountain Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Dec. 6 to 12

Mountain Day, Dewey Decimal System Day and Lard Day are all coming up this week

Chinook salmon spawning in the Fraser River near Tete Jeune Cache. ((Shane Kalyn photo, property of the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance)
North-Okanagan Shuswap MP petitions government to reform salmon management

Mel Arnold tables petition to allow more angler access to non-threatened Fraser River chinook salmon

Shuswap Cider Company has applied for a licence that would accommodate a cider manufacturing facility, a tasting room and patio/lounge area at Westgate Market in Salmon Arm. (File photo)
Cider manufacturing facilty, tasting room and patio proposed for Salmon Arm

Council asked to raise a virtual glass to a licence for a cidery and amenities in Westgate Mall

It was an opening day filled with blue skies, sun and COVID-19 protocols at Vernon’s SilverStar Mountain Resort Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
VIDEO: Passholders enjoy sunny opening day at Silver Star Mountain

Resort staff say parking reservations, COVID-19 protocols went smoothly Friday, Dec. 4

Summerland’s cenotaph was originally installed in front of the high school. The old school was located close to the corner of Rosedale Avenue and Jubilee Road. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Cenotaph and parks in Summerland honour fallen soldiers

Community memorials pay tribute to those who were killed in military service

Demonstrators, organized by the Public Fishery Alliance, outside the downtown Vancouver offices of Fisheries and Oceans Canada July 6 demand the marking of all hatchery chinook to allow for a sustainable public fishery while wild stocks recover. (Public Fishery Alliance Facebook photo)
Angry B.C. anglers see petition tabled in House of Commons

Salmon fishers demand better access to the healthy stocks in the public fishery

(Hotel Zed/Flytographer)
B.C. hotel grants couple 18 years of free stays after making baby on Valentines Day

Hotel Zed has announced a Kelowna couple has received free Valentines Day stays for next 18 years

Farmers raise slogans during a protest on a highway at the Delhi-Haryana state border, India, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected the diplomatic scolding Canada’s envoy to India received on Friday for his recent comments in support of protesting Indian farmers. Tens of thousands of farmers have descended upon the borders of New Delhi to protest new farming laws that they say will open them to corporate exploitation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Manish Swarup
Trudeau brushes off India’s criticism for standing with farmers in anti-Modi protests

The High Commission of India in Ottawa had no comment when contacted Friday

Montreal Alouettes’ Michael Sam is set to make his pro football debut as he warms up before the first half of a CFL game against the Ottawa Redblacks in Ottawa on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Sam became the first publicly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. He signed with the Montreal Alouettes after being released by St. Louis, but abruptly left after playing one game. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Study finds Canada a ‘laggard’ on homophobia in sports

Among females, 44 per cent of Canadians who’ve come out to teammates reported being victimized

Most Read