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Your Biweekly Source for Kimberley’s Past, Present & Future Monday April 1, 2013 Volume 26
Welcome to our 26th issue of Kimberley Chronicle! A year has already passed since our inaugural issue and we look forward to the many more years yet to come. There seems to be no end in sight for interesting stories from our area. We are excited to share with everyone Doug Johnson’s second installment of “Life in The Mining Camp”; he has some great memories to share. We love hearing, reading and printing these stories so please keep them coming. We can be contacted at 427-5430 or via email at email@example.com. We also have a facebook page with links to all of our past issues. Feel free to contact us and let us know what you think.
Life in The Mining Camp - Part 2
Growing up in the mining camp did not require making any life altering or other agonizing contemplative decisions. Even when you neared the end of high school you only had to consider two options – “get on with the company” or go away to university and “make something of yourself ”. Both paths were equally appealing. And in the years before that - say 5 to 15 years old and in the summer time – Mom would make your decisions for you. After breakfast you were kicked out of the house. . Really! Families of 3 – 4 kids were the norm and Mom didn’t need you underfoot and hanging around the house. Her days were too busy – even the weekly laundry required work all day with a wringer McDougall Hall, the grounds and pool in 1935. Photo coutesy of Kimberley washer and hanging the clothes on an Heritage Museum and Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History. High outside line to dry. My Mom would quality prints available at www.basinintitute.org. make me a picnic lunch and usher me out the door to McDougall Hall with the understanding that I wasn’t to darken her doorstep ‘til supper time. In the early 1950s the Baby Boom in the world was in full swing. In Canada, history shows there were now at least 2 million new kids between the ages of 1 to 8 years old; and I swear every summer they all converged on McDougall swimming pool.
We were in and out of that pool at least 10 times during the day interrupted by frantic games of towel tag, sock tag, building tents with our blankets and towels, filching comic books from the supervised playFor advertising rates, questions, comments & complaints contact us ground, and keeping an eye out for empty pop bottles. These bottles went to the canteen and for 1 coke bottle and 1 orange crush bottle you at 427-5430 could load up with penny candy that lasted all afternoon (jaw breakers, or sugar strawberries, black babies, mint leaves, etc.). firstname.lastname@example.org We had no concept of time. It seemed like those days at McDougall Hall were going to go on forever. When the hottest part of the Kimberley Heritage Museum day was upon us then we noticed some of the older kids, adults and even the life guard start to cast glances north towards what was known as Sullivan Hill. That was our first clue that “the happening” was about 105 Spokane Street - above the library to commence. Minutes later all action stopped. Games of tag, races, Monday-Friday 1-4pm swimming came to an end with silence as the barely audible wail of Phone: 250-427-7510 Email: email@example.com a siren began to fill the air. In a few seconds it was at full pitch and Entry Fee - By Donation hundreds of people and all of Town Site would be standing transfixed staring up at Sullivan Hill. It seemed like forever we stood there, the tension so thick you could cut it with a knife. And then it happened. Kootenay Cleaning Services KABOOM! Sixty years later, words don’t do those moments justice. If you were standing beside older single pane windows, they rattled. On “A Breath of Fresh Air” Residential, Recreational & a cloudy day, the sound rolled down like thunder. The explosion was immediately followed by a thick brown dust cloud that was gargantuan Commercial Cleaning and seemed to block out a good part of the sky above Sullivan Hill. In 250-427-8644 all honesty, for the first two summers of “the happening” us younger kids really didn’t know what was going on. The older kids understood this was just open pit blasting at the Sullivan Mine done at precisely the Happy Hands Tattoo same time every day. My age group leader and best buddy Robert Pratt, who seemed to know everything, told us that it was the Chinese getting closer and closer to Kimberley with their bombs. Of course at this time the Korean War was ramping up with the entry of Red China and Robert had been eavesdropping on the adults talking at the table and it was his Dad and his Uncle Bill (Pratt), the Veteran of WWII, who told his brother Jim, that the Korean War was getting bigger and he hoped they 418 - 304th St 778-481-5000 wouldn’t be sending him to that one too! At any rate we liked Robert’s explanation, we ran with that one, and it didn’t make any difference no how, because we knew the next day was going to be another beautiful, fun, exciting day at McDougall Swimming Pool and life in the mining camp was still good. And I also knew that after the huge explosion my Dad would soon be home from work and a great supper would be waiting for me at home. Next issue – Life in the Mining Camp Part 3 - The Best Play Grounds in the World! By Doug Johnosn www.basininstitute.org
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