Columbia Avenue

The question of space in Rossland school rooms

1914: question of temporary quarters for the surplus of Rossland’s school children gave the School Board some difficulty.

  • Jan. 19, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Excerpts from the Rossland Miner Newspaper

January, 1914

New school rooms on Columbia Avenue

Trustee board will place youngsters there and engage new teacher

The question of providing temporary quarters for the surplus of Rossland’s school children has been giving the School Board some difficulty.

The Board has decided that owing to the large number of beginners desiring to start this term, additional room must be provided and an additional teacher. They will choose quarters on Columbia Avenue to accommodate at least 45 children.

The Board will also endeavor to secure the assistance of the government in finishing up two rooms in the upper storey of the Cook Avenue School to accommodate permanently this increased number.

In that event the older pupils would be placed upstairs and the youngsters downstairs.

Rossland’s big carnival starts Monday evening

The Carnival will open on Monday night next, with the usual masquerade. Preparations are complete for the 17th annual event—the senior hockey event is the mainspring of the Carnival bringing teams from Fernie, Nelson, Trail and Rossland together with the ladies team from Nelson to meet the Rossland ladies.

The four days are jam full of life with hockey, skating, ski running and jumping, horse racing, tobogganing and log sawing and chopping. On Tuesday and Friday nights, hockey dances will be held in the Miners Opera Hall.

Wednesday and Friday afternoons have been declared civic half holidays and everybody will be taking in the Carnival sights. In addition, local promoters have arranged a boxing contest to take place at the Miners’ Union Hall.

Now that the fear of tropical weather has abated before the continued presence of frost, it is easy to anticipate desirable conditions that will enable the splendid program of winter sports to be thoroughly enjoyed by Rosslanders and their guests.

January, 1939

High school students take to skiing

Students at Rossland High School who are included in the physical training class will spend at least part of their class period each week either skiing or skating.

“Where there are facilities available to enable pupils to learn the fundamentals of such sports as hockey, skating or skiing they must make the best use of those facilities,” according to the physical training instructress.

Class took one of its first outdoor lessons where they took full advantage of the excellent run sloping down from the tree line, south of Cook Avenue School as far as Thompson Avenue.

District roads are passable

According to reports all roads in West Kootenay section surrounding Rossland are in passable condition with the exception of the Cascade.

Slight snowfall last week has packed over most of the icy surfaces on the Paterson and Schofield highways making them safer for travel. The government snowplough has cleared and widened roads through the Erie and Pend d’Orielle district.

* More than 100,000 British Columbian automobile licences will be issued during 1939. New licences will be made with black figures on a canary yellow background.

Compiled by Joyce Austin, manager Rossland Historical Museum.

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