From the archives of the Observer

1908

The contract for the building of the new tourist and family hotel for Salmon Arm, Hotel Montebello, has been signed, the successful tenderers being the local firm of Jackson & Parker. Work upon the foundation for the building will commence next week, and it is expected that in four months time we will see the building completed. It is of interest to note that over 20 tenders for the work were received by the architects.

A junior baseball club was organized on Saturday last and officers elected. From the several names suggested, by which the team will be known, the Maple Leafs was chosen. Will Laitinen won the prize offered to the boy handing in the name chosen. The fees of the club will be 10 cents a month.

1918

It is gratifying to hear that the Prisoners of War Fund has again reached the $200 mark. The committee wishes to thank their many generous subscribers who have given so cheerfully. The list of subscriptions will, as usual, be posted in the windows of the Red Cross rooms.

1928

The old saying, There is nothing new under the sun,” is all wrong when it comes to motion pictures. The Rex Theatre has been fortunate in securing for its patrons this week a new colour film. The Vision, which is considered far in advance of any picture of its type that has yet been shown at local theatres. The subject may be truthfully termed a perfect film – in story, cast, direction and photography, it is without a peer.

1938

All Fool’s Day was the eighteenth anniversary of Mr. R. L. Tennant’s start in selling milk in Salmon Arm. It was also the seventeeth anniversary of Mr. Venn Trotman’s handling of the mail to and from the station. Although he has done this steadily and met four trains each day, he has not set foot in one of them since he came here.

Although the calendar says spring arrived on March 21, in its coming to Salmon Arm it must have been bogged down. After several days of genuine spring weather at the time the seasons were supposed to change and a balmy Easter Sunday, chill winds came from the north and during the past week fresh snow fell on the hills and on some of the lower levels as well, and hail and cold rains were also on the bill of fare. Put bluntly, the temperature was far from conducive to gardening. Residents of the Shuswap district, however, may take consolation from the fact that the backward spring is not peculiar to their area.

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