Runaway wagon on the streets of Rossland in 1913

Malcolm McKinnon’s express wagon team indulged in rather a wild runaway which ended in its colliding with a CPR train.

Compiled by the Rossland Historical Museum from the pages of the Rossland Miner.

100 Years Ago

February 1913

Golden City’s Sixteenth Annual Winter Carnival Opens Auspiciously

Winter Carnival opened with a grand masquerade skating carnival at the big rink. There were over 170 on the ice in costume, and a total of nearly 700 in attendance. The rink was handsomely decorated with flags and streamers, the city band was in attendance, playing popular airs, and when the maskers in the early portion of the evening were in full motion, and who were largely augmented after nine o’clock by numerous skaters not en-masque, the rink presented a pleasing, vivid and picturesque scene, full of life and colour.


A Wild Runaway on Saturday Afternoon

Malcolm McKinnon’s express wagon team indulged in rather a wild runaway which ended in its colliding with a CPR train. The team was left standing momentarily near the Sister’s hospital, and then the two animals started. Away they went along Columbia Ave. to Butte St. and up Butte St. to First Ave. Then they went helter-skelter down grade to Washington, on to Spokane and turned into Columbia Ave at a good clip. Then they hurried along Columbia Ave., past the hospital and seemed determined to cross the CPR track. The venerable Shay engine with a train of cars got in the way, however, and then things happened. The horses ran straight into one of the cars, as though determined to push the entire train off the track. After considerable effort the horses were taken out of danger and the train proceeded on its way.

Vocal Music in a Rossland Mine

The Elks’ Quartette of Spokane visited the Le Roi workings while here on Saturday. They went down to the 1,650 foot level, and while there they rendered “Auld Lang Syne.” The good old ballad was finely given and its notes reverberated throughout the mine. When they next visit Rossland they will sing on the 2,300 foot level of the Centre Star.

75 Years Ago

February 1938

Interest in Triplets is Wide-Spread, Progress Good, Sister’s Hospital

Three little babies in Mater Misericordia hospital, sons of Mr. And Mrs. Hans Knutsgaard, are causing more concern and interest in the golden city and over the entire province than some chronic international situations. And all because they made their entry into the world at one time – Rossland’s first triplets. Day by day their progress is being watched with anxious eyes by the entire community, and metropolitan papers in all the big surrounding centres have wired for stories on their progress.

A medical report informed this office that all three are thriving “and doing as well as can be expected.” Mrs. Knutsgaard is also gaining strength each day.


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