This is the first of monthly articles about Rossland compiled by the Rossland Historical Museum from the pages of the Rossland Miner.
100 Years Ago
Congestion in the Lower Grades of Rossland Schools
J.D. McDonald and E.S.H. Winn appeared before (City Council) for the purpose of having the school estimates enlarged so that an extra teacher can be secured for a period of six months at a salary of $65 per month to relieve the pressure on the lower grades.
J.S. Deschamps will Build a Railway Spur
J.S. Deschamps, the lumberman, (petitioned City Council): “I would like to obtain a permit to cross Third avenue with a spur track from the transfer track on that avenue, between Washington and Spokane streets. I have my arrangements already made with the railway companies, and …my intention is to build a lumber shed covering all of the lots once occupied by the Cunliffe machine shops. I intend to put in a planer or two to prepare some American lumber for the prairie market. Although we will only employ one or two men at the start, it might, in time, become quite an industry.”
Important Strike: Four Feet of Gold-Copper Ore Found in the Crosscut
It begins to look as though the South Belt is coming into its own. On Monday night, in a crosscut, which is being driven across the ledge on the 30 foot level in the Richmond group, broke into a shoot of splendid looking ore that had been penetrated for a distance of four feet.
The ore is of gold-copper, and similar to that found on Red Mountain, in the Le Roi, …and evidently carries good values. Samples from the find are being assayed and the values will be known as soon as they are completed.
The ledge at the point is strongly mineralized and is about 27 feet wide, and the uncovering of a shoot four feet wide so near the surface indicates that larger bodies will be found at greater depth.
We have a seven roomed House, with Bath and Toilet, which we have been holding at $750.00 CASH. …we have been authorized to cut this to $600.00 Easy Terms. This is a most unusual opportunity. Come in Now!
S. Goodeve, Real Estate.
75 Years Ago
Rossland Ski Club Will Link Up With (Canadian Amateur) Ski Assn.
This means all competitive ski meets will be held under the jurisdiction of the National body and will probably attract crack jumpers and racers from all parts of the Kootenay as well as from outside points. With such a prospect the jumping hill on the local field will likely be enlarged to enable jumpers to make leaps of 160 to 180 feet.
Kootenay Ave to Be Extended to Schofield Highway
A long-sought-for outlet for residents of the South Belt onto Schofield Highway …has been finally approved. …this road can be constructed by means of a fill at a nominal cost of three hundred dollars.
New Serial Starts at Capitol Theatre – Matinee Sat. 2 p.m.
Undersea Kingdom – Battling Unknown Terrors in a Land of Peril under the Ocean’s Floor!
Special Board and Room $35 per month (all extra meals 35c).
Maureen Peter is director of the Rossland Historical Museum.