A sleigh on Columbia Avenue in the 1930’s.

From the pages of the Rossland Miner

A selection of historical pieces from the turn of the last century news as reported in the Rossland Miner.

  • Dec. 8, 2013 1:00 p.m.

From the pages of the Rossland Miner.

Nov. 8, 1913 – Sleighs were out Wednesday last

The main question is: Has the snow come to stay?

The beautiful has been threatening Rossland for some weeks, but never so seriously as on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, last. About six inches lay on the ground on Wednesday morning, Nov. 5 and the first sleighs made their appearance.

They did not find the best running, however, and although more continued to fall, the warm sun of Thursday reduced the eight or nine inches accumulated to half that much so that wheels were more numerous than runners.

Nov. 15, 1913 – Special meeting on the light question

Council will look into matter of “A darker city.”

The council will take up the question of street lighting in view of the announced change from flat rate to meters by the West Kootenay Power and Light Company.

This change would evidently mean a darker city. It was suggested that an arrangement be made regarding cheaper porch lights to offset this darkness. A special meeting will be held to look into the franchise and other points. The use of tungsten lamps will be talked over.

Want two lights in white bear addition

Eleven residents of the White Bear presented a petition to council asking for two lights to be placed there. The council practically decided to do it but passed it on to the fire and light committee to look into.

Dec. 3, 1913 Interest needed in skiing

Judging by the number of young men and boys in Rossland who have already made use of the fall of snow to indulge themselves on skis, the pastime of skiing would appear to be one of the most popular in the city.

There is no reason why it should not be, with such a geographical location and contour as Rossland can boast, in addition to the fact that throughout this part of British Columbia live a great many people of those races among whom skiing is almost a national pastime.

What is needed is the formation of a local ski club. In the earlier days, when Rossland possessed a ski club, a number of mountain trips were made and quite a little progress was made in skiing by members who were novices.

A shipment of skis was obtained from Norway and supplied to the members at cost price in quantity. A revival of something like this would be of great benefit to many in need of an exhilarating active outdoor experience.

Compiled by Joyce Austin, manager Rossland Historical Museum.

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