Turning Back the Pages: A look back on New Year’s headlines throughout the past 100 years

From the Era, January 2, 1897

R.A. Kimpton’s four horse team with 7,400 pounds of freight en route to Windermere went over the bank a few miles south of Golden. Cause of the accident was the bad state of the roads.

Hewitt Bostock, M.P. arrived from Ottawa Tuesday and was interviewed by the town committee on such important matters as aid from the Dominion government for dyking; surveying the Upper Columbia valley; telegraph communication with Fort Steele and mail service with the upper country. Mr. Bostock promised early attention to the first three subjects and assured the committee that the mail service matter was practically settled and particulars of the improved service should be released within a few days.

The hospital is now open for admission of patients. Tickets are $10 a year and may be obtained from C.H. Parson, acting secretary.

Geo. B. McDermot advertised: “Know all men by these presents that I, George B. McDermot, merchant the city of Golden, in the province of British Columbia, Bargain Maker extraordinary to the people of East Kootenay, make the following declaration believing the same to be true. Every cash purchaser of $10, $25, or $40 worth of goods gets a beautiful picture absolutely free. Hundreds have already gone although the sale has been running only a few days. Customers are delighted, competitors are astounded, and a host of cash customers tickled to death.” A list of items on sale included men’s wool socks at ten cents per pair and men’s work braces at five cents.

From the Star, January 7, 1921

One of the smartest modes of the season is a duvetyn suit gaily adorned on the left side and with complete absence of trimming on the right. A silver braid girdle lends a bright touch of colour to the left side and is further enhanced by grey duvetyn appliqued on the left front. Skunk is used for the collar, elbow length left sleeve cuff and trimming on the bottom of the left side of the suit coat. A satin hat completes the costume.

From the Star, January 2, 1931

Lack of loyalty to home institutions and the lure of flashing publicity if large city establishments is astounding. Many citizens who earn wages and salaries in Golden nevertheless send a large portion of their earnings out of the community for questionable bargains and yet they fail to realize that their money is going out of circulation as far as they are concerned. A merchant in any line of business cannot keep his prices down if his volume is not great enough, Why not help yourself by helping him to give you the best possible price.

From the Star, January 3, 1936

During December the district received a total of three hours and twenty-three minutes of sunshine. The remaining time the sun was obliterated by clouds and fog.

From the Star, January 3, 1941

Skating and curling are again under way after the closure of the rink for ten days due to mild weather.

From The Star, January 4. 1951

A pretty wedding was solemnized at St. Andrew’s United Church on December 26th when Miss Barbara Eileen Pearce and Mr. Paul George Jorimann exchanged marriage vows. Rev. W.E, Sieber officiated.

From the Star, January 3, 1946

Over 50 service men and girls were honored at a “Welcome Home” party at Athalmer Friday. A number of British war brides were also present.

A new plastic material has been developed which will be suitable for draperies.

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