The Free Press recalls 100 years of December stories.

The Free Press recalls 100 years of December stories.

Free Press vault – December

The Free Press recalls December stories from 2004, 1989, 1964, 1939 and as far back as 1914.

December 2004 – 10 years ago

Hospital Auxiliary comes to an unceremonious end

“After more than a half of a century the Fernie Hospital Ladies Auxiliary is no more. With all of the changes Interior Health has done it has basically taken the life out of the girls,” Auxiliary president

Alva Hutchinson said.


Tunnel bucks for CDC

“The province is kicking in $375,000 to help construct a pedestrian tunnel under Highway 3 which would connect the proposed Gateway to B.C. Sparwood Visitor Information Centre and the Elk Valley Coal Discovery Centre.”

December 1989 – 25 years ago

Operating Engineers Stay, Line Creek retains Local 115

“Workers at Line Creek Mine have voted to retain the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 as their representatives. Of the 361 hourly paid employees 90 per cent came out to vote. Sixty-one per cent voted to continue supporting the Operating Engineers. There were 199 ballots in favour and 128 against.”

Xavier Majic to play for Team Pacific

‘Fernie’s Xavier Majic is one of only 10 B.C. players selected to play in the Esso Quebec Cup International Hockey Tournament. Majic will play with the Team Pacific squad, made up of players from Alberta and B.C.

December 1964 – 50 years ago

7-Foot Snowfall Hampers Driving, Blocks Highways

“Those who were dreaming of a white Christmas found it turned into a nightmare in the last few days. A total of 28 ½ inches of snow fell from last Friday until Wednesday afternoon, when on checking the figures at the weatherman’s office at the Crows Nest Pass Coal Company, it was still snowing gently but relentlessly. It hasn’t stopped snowing for six days.”

December 1939 – 75 years ago

Arrested for Murder

“Roy Whitehouse, adopted son of Wm Savage, of Fernie, was arrested on Thursday morning for the murder of Wm. Ingram. The young man was taken to Nelson jail after the case had been remanded for nine days. He will be brought back here for the preliminary trial. The local police are of the opinion that they have the right man.”

December 1914 – 100 years ago

Fernie Inventors

“Jack Henderson has a Siberian Go-devil. It is a cross between a motorcycle and a bobsleigh and embodies the more ras penurious features of each. It favors the motorcycle for noise and the other parent for its adherence to the law of gravity, being faster on the downgrade than on the up. It will carry a passenger if he is sufficiently prehensile. It got a decision over a horse and cutter but took the count from a brick wall. It lacks the shock absorber on the prow. Representatives of the British, Russian and Eskimo armies are now looking it over with a view to making it part of the winter equipment of the forces in the field. It ought to be great stuff for a winter army, as, judging from what has been seen of it, relays of soldiers could keep themselves warm by pushing it around.”