Echoes from the past

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

From the Agassiz-Harrison Rosedale Advance, compiled by Heather Doerksen

November 25, 1965

Kent Council to Probe Chance for Local Hospital

Kent Council will ask the Agassiz-Harrison Hospital Society to re-activate itself so that councillors can discuss with it the possibility of building a hospital in the District.  Councils action came at Mondays meeting after Councillor J. Broughall  read an editorial from the Chilliwack Progress asking whether Agassi and Harrison taxpayers who have the use of Chilliwack Hospital should not help pay construction costs for expansion.

Counsellor Broughall contended that a hospital was essential if the district was to grow or if it was to continue to have a doctor practicing here.  It would also provide employment.  The Hospital Society last met more than 2 years ago, when it played a part in the campaign to purchase an ambulance.  Prior to that time it had been kept in good standing against the day when an attempt might be made to push local ratepayers into another hospital district or when changes in government policy might make a campaign for a local hospital practical.


December 2, 1965

Mountain Prison Contract

Stevenson Construction Company Limited of Vancouver has been awarded a $118,600.00 contract for the construction of additions to Mountain Prison, public works minister George J. McIlraith has announced at Ottawa. The Stevenson Construction tender was  the lower of two opened on November 3.  High bid was for $122,995.00

Mountain Prison was originally built solely for the custody of the Doukhober prisoners but now is being used to house older inmates formerly held in New Westminster Penitentiary.

Three new dormitory buildings are to be added to the prison.  They will be built of pre fabricated metal roof and wall panels on concrete slabs.  The construction also includes a workshop  and an extension to the administrator’s offices.


Members Sought For Lone Guides

How would you like to become a Lone Girl Guide? This is done by correspondence each month –you will really enjoy guiding, making new friends and going to camp.  Here are the ages: brownies from 7 years, guides from 10 years, Rangers (land and sea) from 15 to 18 years. If you are interested please write to Mrs. A.E. Postill, Provincial Commissioner.


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