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Kimberley Chronicle Issue #25!

Kimberley Chronicle Issue #25!

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Published by Wade Jarvis
Life in the Mining Camp
Memories of McDougall Hall
by Doug Johnson
Life in the Mining Camp
Memories of McDougall Hall
by Doug Johnson

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Kimberley Chronicle
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Volume 25 Monday March 4, 2013 kimberleychronicle@gmail.com
Your Biweekly Source for Kimberley’s Past, Present & Future 
 Welcome to the 25th Issue o Kimberley Chronicle! We are very excited to be printing our rst issue with a guest writer: Doug Johnson. Doug has so many ond memories o places like McDougall Hallthat you can look orward to reading more rom him in uture issues. While we enjoy researching localhistory, it’s way better when we can let the people that were there tell the stories. I any o our otherreaders have stories that should be told, let us know, we’d love to help you tell them.Feel ree to check out our digital archives which are readily available through our Facebook Page andGoogle. Send your questions or comments to kimberleychronicle@gmail.com or 427-5430.
 Life in Te Mining Camp
Te wonder o it! Te magic o it all.Strange words maybe or a miningcamp sponsored rec hall in a miningcamp; but it was magic damnit. And Igrew up in its shadow - right across 7thAvenue rom the urnace room o thatmagnicent building. It was a complexreally – rec hall, clay tennis courts, lawnbowling greens (still operating), tennisclub house and band stand, gasolinestation (Esso), huge parking lot ando course the recently deceased swim-ming pool. And at one time, a largewading pool or younger children andtheir parents (and the amily dog toountil the lie guard at the big pool no-ticed and put an end to the transgres-sion). And certainly we can’t orget thecommercial trac to and ro aroundthe “canteen” or convenience store inthe Hall itsel. All o this set in a roll-ing expanse o manicured lawns, mapletrees, larch trees, sidewalks, and bor-dered by natural stone walls. It wascontained in a huge area between 7thand 4th Avenues, Rossland Boulevardand Giegerich Road. It was like a city within a city. And it was a huge part o my lie.In the winter, the tennis courts wereooded, and hockey games and skatingnever ended morning until night.McDougall Hall, the grounds and pool in 1935. Photo coutesy o Kimberley Heritage Museum and Columbia Basin Institute o Regional History. Highquality prints available at www.basinintitute.org.
 
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I remember one winter when I was playing hockey with about 20 other kidswhen an avalanche o snow and ice descended rom the third roo o theHall down to the second roo and then out onto the ice.What a hullabaloo when that snow and ice came down o the roo and cov-ered ½ the rink! It’s a wonder nobody was killed. It seemed to come downrom a thousand eet up. We were in the middle o a game. Tere was aracket. Somebody yelled “look out” and next thing you know down it came.I was only 6 years old and it sure seemed like an avalanche to me!Summer time was just as exciting on those old tennis courts. I rememberwaking up one morning and looking out our living room window to see thecourts completely ull o people and activity. I asked my Dad “what’s goingon?” and he said something about “Dominion’s Day”. I was so young I didnot understand what he was saying. I remember going over there with someo my riends and what excitement! Tere were ood booths, and games justlike the midway at today’s airs. Meanwhile, on the other side o the parkinglot, the Ktunaxa were camped in the bush. Tey had come in the night be-ore with their horses and wagons. Te next day they went over to Lindsay Park with their horses and, or ten precious cents; you could ride one o their horses around the 200 meter cinder track. My buddy, Robert Pratt andI, could only come up with a dime between the two o us. No problem. TeKtunaxa let us double up on one horse! I remember the Ktunaxa, the adultsand there were even children there our age as being very kind, nice peopleand I remember they lifed us up onto the horse and they showed Roberthow to hang onto the reins and away we went. How exciting! I had neverbeen on a horse beore. We were only about 6 years old, i that. While wewere riding around the track, we could watch a sofball game in the ineldand the mining company were running a drilling competition in the cornero Lindsay Park. Tey had brought down two huge boulders on a EuclidLowboy, dumped them o, set up a compressor and teams o drillers com-peted all day! Huge noise!!! Tose boulders sat there or years ull o holesand the neighbourhood children climbed on them or hours. At the end o the day, all the children in the neighbourhood (there was lots) were exhaust-ed, ull o hot dogs, cotton candy, pop and Kool-Aid, and very appreciativeo this guy “Dominion” who hosted this birthday party!I think back now there were lots o reasons why lie was so exciting in themining camp, namely, at that time in Kimberley, there was no television.Te only television sets we knew o were in the Eaton’s and Simpson Searscatalogues. We made our own entertainment and our parents made theirsand I also think back and have discussed it later with people o my par-ent’s generation and Barb aplin told me that adults at that time had comethrough the Great Depression and then WWII and were exceedingly grate-ul to still be alive, to have work, ood on the table, a roo over their headsand to raise a amily in peace. Tat was lie in the mining camp, and it was
 
good. I’ll tell you more, in a uture issue.
 
Doug Johnson
 
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 Te Kimberley Branch o the Order o the Eastern Star is collectingpostage stamps, Campbell Soup Labels and Pop Can abs or variouscharities. Tese items can be dropped of at Curves or at 960 Rotary.
Tickets Now On Sale at Sprout!
Friday March 8th - Spoken Words at Centre 64:
 
 An intimate eve-ning with Wordsmiths and Story Ninjas. Show is from 8-10pm.
Saturday March 9th - Dirtbag Gala at McKim:
Photos, icks, per 
-formances and the usual mayhem. Doors open at 7, showtime 7:30.
www.dirtbagfestival.com
A Kootenay Freeheel FestivalMarch 16-17 at KAR
From a ramble to a scramble AKootenay Freeheel Festival is a
ne ne way to spend a day onthe mountain. Kimberley AlpineResort is the host for a full day of competitions, and a day of tele
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mark clinics and gear demos.
Saturday’s Events:
‘The Northstar Ramble’ ‘the Sushi Scramble’ 
‘Old Dogs, New Tricks
Beauty Contest’ 
Open to all disciplines(tele, AT & splitboards)
“Let’s Go” Movie Showing in theStemwinder 
Sunday’s Events:
Telelmark ClinicsFreeheel Market 
www.bctelemark.com
Puzzles & rivia
1) 2) 3)4) 5) 6)7) What year did “Dominion Day” change to “Canada Day”?8) According to 2006 Statcan Census, how does Kimberley rank in the list o the most populous communities?
 Make sure to vote online (ace-book) or your avourite entry in the Community Show afer Saturday Night’s Dirtbag Gala.One o the prizes is probably thecoolest pair o skis ever made(Tanks to DeCosse Customs).Rumour has it there there is avideo clip o two toddlers slid-ing down a pile o gravel, werecommend voting or that clip! 
wo aerials meet on a roof - fall in love - get married. Te cer-emony was rubbish - but the reception was brilliant.

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