A look back on the History of Rossland through the pages of the Rossland Miner, compiled by the Rossland Historical Museum.
100 Years Ago
Dividends paid by some of the mines of this province:
Cons. M & S. Co of
Le Roi $425,000
Le Roi Two $1,524,420
Watson Hotel turned into an isolation hospital.
For the past few days the turning of the Watson Hotel into an isolation hospital has been in progress. The hospital is now ready for patients and several are to be admitted without delay. An effort will be made to put all of the future scarlet fever patients in the hospital, to the end that the reigning epidemic may be stamped out. The only way that this can be accomplished is by complete isolation. The disease has spread largely through failure to report cases to the medical health officer.
A wonderful exhibition
The city will soon have a modern wireless telegraph station in full operation. Contracts have been closed to have complete apparatus, transmitting and receiving stations, batteries, etc. brought here and put in working order, and entertainingly demonstrated by an expert. (At the Miner’s Hall) he will send and receive wireless messages in full view of the audience, ring bells at a distance, start motors, manipulate signals and electric lights and give a comprehensive demonstration of the present uses of this much talked of discovery.
City is Using a Snow Plow
A snow plow is being used in clearing the sidewalks of snow in the suburbs of the city. It clears a path five and a half feet wide, and does away with the narrow tracks made in the snow by pedestrians. One man leads the horse and another guides the plow and good paths for pedestrians are made in this way. By this method paths can be made in all of the outside streets in a day. It will also be utilized on some of the down town streets, but it cannot be used on elevated sidewalks for fear that the horse may break through the planks and thus be seriously injured.
75 Years Ago
S.G. Blaylock Guest Speaker at Legion Dinner
– Smelter Head Surveys European situation in Armistice Dinner Address
”We are gathered here tonight on Armistice Day 19 years after the cessation of hostilities with many divergent emotions but many thoughts in common.
“First and foremost we meet to honor the memory of those friends who did not return from the battlefields of Europe, and we… congratulate you boys who saw, conquered, inscribed the name of Canada high on the honor rolls of nations and returned to us.
“It is your day, all honor to you. For the first time since you have returned war drums and war rumours rock the world.”
Mayor Gordon Censures Alt Cunningham
Mayor Gordon raked one of his councilmen, Alderman Cunningham, over the proverbial “coals” when he read a severe denunciation of the Finance chairman’s press attacks on the council. The censure was re-echoed around the table as Alderman Cunningham rose to justify his statements. He said that he was not prepared to withdraw anything he had said and added that “nobody here’ll muzzle me.”
Mara Suggests City Streets Be Identified
Proposal of Alderman Mara to place street identification signs on all the main streets of Rossland was favorably received. Alderman Mara felt that it was about time Rossland caught up to the times and gave names to its thoroughfares. “You can’t give a stranger an intelligent answer to his enquiry about finding a certain place, because we haven’t any streets,” he said.