Looking Back, Dec. 11

A look back at some of the items that made the news in year's past

  • Dec. 11, 2013 8:00 p.m.

The Mirror (formerly The Grapevine)

 

Looking back to the 1960’s and 1970’s when a newspaper cost $0.10 and a year’s subscription was $3.00.

 

April 4, 1967

Happiest Girl in Sooke

Happiest girl in Sooke last week was Mrs. Lynn Zigay when she learned that her uncle was safe. Her uncle is bush pilot Robert Gauchie, who survived 58 days under Arctic conditions when his plane was forced down in the North. Her grandfather phoned from Penticton to give her the good news. Neither he nor Lynn Zigay had ever given up hope, for they knew what a good woodsman he was.

Support promised to teachers with over-40 classes

British Columbia teachers who refuse to teach classes of more than 40 students next September will get the full financial and more support of the teachers federation.

Cribbage Winners

There were six tables at Sooke Cribbage League games last Thursday. Winners were: 1. Mrs. Vida Hughes; 2. Mrs. Warren Kennedy.

 

January 9, 1968

Home for Christmas

RCMP Constable Eric Bergman, training at Penhold, Alberta, came home for five days at Christmas.

Musician gets Sooke haircut

Bassoonist John Larsen of the Calgary Symphony Orchestra drove home to visit his parents, R. Mr. and Mrs. Alf Larsen, at Christmas. needing a haircut (at least his mother thought he did!), he came to Sooke. Who cut his hair? Art Moore, who was a neighbour of his in Esquimalt. They went to school together at Esquimalt High.

Senior guides group formed

A new group for girls from 14 to 18 has been formed in Sooke: Sooke Land Rangers, a senior Guides group — but you don’t have to be a be a Guide to join.

There will be a meeting on Wednesday, January 17, at the home of the Leader, Mrs. Rossi Eve, 6689 Goodmere Road. All girls in this age group are welcome.

He had a gift for friendship

The untimely death of Lance Whittaker, age 54, from cancer, has been a bitter blow to all who knew him.

Lance was president of Leader Publishing Ltd., which published the Oak Bay Leader, the Esquimalt Sentinel and the Saanich Dogwood Starr. For a time Leader Publishing also published the Dockyard News and the Sooke Grapevine.

He was an Oak Bay councillor at the time of his death. He devoted time to his church, particularly in the field of music. He was interested in all community affairs and still found time for his family, that included his wife Frances, his four married daughters, and his young son and daughter who are still in in school

We share his family’s sorrow in their sad loss. It is a loss for all who knew Lance. His love of others knew no bounds.

 

August 14, 1973

Provincial Court

Thomas Keith Ross was fined $25 in Sooke provincial court on August 7 for riding a motorcycle without a helmet.

 

January 20, 1970

Court

In Sooke Provincial Court on January 13, Paul Anthony Macwood was charged with wilful damage and public mischief. This was in connection with the breaking of windows at Driftwood Drive-in. He was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment for the public mischief, and $50 or 30 days for wilful damage. He decided to take the 30 days, and the sentence will run concurrently.

 

May 12, 1970

Credit union robbed

Mrs. Rose Billan opened the front door at the Sooke Branch of West Coast Savings Creidt Union last Saturday morning. From the outside everything looked the same as usual, but as soon as Mrs. Billan got to the counter she saw that the safe was no longer in its customary place and that the filing cabinet just ahead of the where the safe normally stood had been broken into. The safe was turned over on its back in a room at the rear of the office building and had been broken open. The amount taken was $3,500, and will be covered by insurance.

 

November 10, 1970

Port Renfrew church dedicated

Something new for Vancouver Island has come to Port Renfrew: a church shared by four denominations of the Christian faith. St. Mary’s Ecumenical Church, which was dedicated on Thursday night, will be used and supported by the Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and United churches.

Crib winners

There were five tables at last Thursday’s Sooke Cribbage League games. Winners were 1. Bud Shaffer; 2, Gladys Soule.

Court

On November 3, Thomas B. Worth, Port Renfrew, was fined $10 by Judge Eugene Murphy in Sooke provincial court for failing to produce proof of insurance of a motor vehicle.

 

December 8, 1970

New drive-in manager

Recent arrivals in Sooke are Bob and Heather Drinkwater. They have come here from Port Alberni, where they both grew up.

Heather, who has been in the drive-in restaurant business over the past two years, has been put in charge of J&L Drive-in (formerly Driftwood Drive-in).

Crib winners

There were five tables at Sooke Cribbage League games last Thursday, despite the miserable weather.

Winners were: 1. Ted Banner, 2. Vida Hughes.

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