Echoes from the past: February 25, 1966

A look back at local stories from 50 years ago in the Agassiz-Harrison community

Submitted by the Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society

 

Hard digging for sewer crew

At press time Wednesday, Quinlan Construction Co. was close to winning a long battle to sink a de-watering well near the site of the main pumping station at the south end of Vimy Road.

Heavy hardpan was causing difficulty with the last foot or two of the hole, but it was thought this would prove a blessing when it came to keeping the pump house excavation dry, as now water could com up from underneath.

Pumps for de-watering were not yet on hand.

Meanwhile laying of the gravity sewer line itself had been started on Parkwood Drive.

 

 

Department Approves Plans For New School Board Room

The school board has received verbal approval from departmental officials in Victoria to go ahead immediately with construction of the new board room provided for in the last referendum.

Written permission is expected shortly and if it is received the work will go ahead at the beginning of March.

The new room will be 16 feet by 25 feet, twice as big as the present one, and will be on a higher level.

Underneath will be an office for the district superintendent of schools, plus a furnace room and storage room.

The existing building will be remodelled, with the main entrance to be in its southeast corner.

The new board room will be on the east of the entrance and the district offices on the west.

Construction of the addition had been delayed partly because of suggestions that the district might be consolidated with Chilliwack.

In recent months this possibility has apparently receded.

Victoria has not only approved enlarging of the board’s offices, it is contributing directly to the cost of building and furnishing the office for the superintendent.

 

Skookumchuck Pt. Douglas Deserted by Residents

The Indian villages of Skookumchuck and Port Douglas have been completely  abandoned by the their inhabitants.

Dennie Perrault, engineer on the Tarquin, reports the Skookumchuck has been empty since before Christmas, and the last three residents of Port Douglas came out on February 16.

The people have not gone anywhere in a body, he says but are living in various towns in the Fraser Valley.

Last year the people at Skookumchuck, which normally has about 60 inhabitants, were cut off from outside contact for weeks by heavy snow, and ran short of supplies.

A teacher from the Indian Affairs Department was also trapped with them.

This year everyone came out before Christmas, including the teacher, the last few leaving after snows had already started in the fall.

No one has been able to go back since, until Trethewey Logging bulldozed the road from Port Douglas last week.

There is a modern school at Skookumchuck, reported to have cost over $60,000 a few years ago. It now stands closed.

Only about two feet of snow is on the ground at the present time.

Skookumchuck is about 20 miles inland from Harrison Lake, but Port Douglas is a regular port of call for the Tarquin three times a week.

There is a store and people at the logging camp, as well as at the village. Snow is only a foot deep. Normally about 40 people live in the village.

The men have no work until logging opens up but this has been true almost every winter, and there has never been such a mass exodus before.

It is expected that everyone will go back in the spring.

 

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