From the Free Press Vault

A sampling of stories published during the month of March in The Free Press over the years.

10 Years Ago, March 2004

“More than 250 people packed the Community Centre Tuesday night for the coal bed methane gas production open house and forum hosted by the City of Fernie.”

“Interior Health has committed to maintaining outpatient surgical services at Fernie District Hospital.  In-patient surgery will be discontinued.”

25 Years Ago, March 1989

“Howard Dirks, Minister of State for Thompson Okanagan and Kootenay revealed on Tuesday evening in Fernie that the city was receiving an Expo Legacy Fund cheque for $83,334.  The money is to be used to upgrade recreational facilities.”

“Appropriately Friday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, saw the official grand opening of the new Fernie liquor store.”

50 Years Ago, March 1964

“The year has been pretty well a normal one as far as snowfall goes, with a total fall of 139 inches recorded up to the morning of March 10.  This compares favorably with the 50-year average of approximately 11 feet or 132 inches.  Highest seasonal snowfall was recorded in the winter of 1949-50, when 219.4 inches fell”

75 Years Ago, March 1939

“John Chester, of Coal Creek, B.C., was awarded the rarely conferred Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy medal at Quebec Wednesday in recognition of his heroic work in carrying on rescue operations following a slide of rock in the Coal Creek colliery last Sept. 20, when three fellow miners were killed.”

“It has been learned from the local game warden that by order in council No. 171, approved at Victoria recently, the bounty on timber wolves has been increased from $10 to $15.  This increase will no doubt have a salutary effect in cutting down the number of these predatory animals now at large.”

100 Years Ago, March, 1914

“The police were called upon twice on Tuesday night to deal with cases arising out of the free use of the knife by amateur surgeons.  Fred Rominick is under arrest, charged with carving two Slavs in the Queen’s hotel, and Emile Perron is also in jail on a charge of unlawful wounding with a knife, his victim having got his wrist in the way of the blade on Baker avenue the same night.”