Free Press Archives

Vintage No. 3716 engine pulls 13 passenger train cars into 100 Mile House

From the Free Press archives

32 YEARS AGO (1988): While it was delayed by five hours, the vintage No. 3716 engine pulled 13 passenger train cars from Prince George to 100 Mile House. About 350 people rode the train to 100 Mile House, arriving at 10:30 a.m. at Exeter Station. Hotels and motels in town were filled to capacity as passengers from the train slept in 100 Mile House overnight and dined at the community hall before leaving the following morning at 7:20 a.m. Around 150 onlookers gathered at Lone Butte to watch the engine pass the historic water tower, belching black smoke.

16 YEARS AGO (2004): The South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce and the 100 Mile Free Press partnered together to present the workshop Jobs, Walmart and Survival to the community. Those who attended the workshop and the following meeting were told that 100 Mile House, especially its local business community, needed to take charge of its economic future if it wanted to avoid the issues that often arise when a big box store comes to town. An emphasis on providing quality customer service was pushed as a way for small businesses to survive and thrive.

8 YEARS AGO (2012): The Youth Excellence Society (YES) ran a pilot program at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School called Change It Up. The purpose of the program was to create a more caring and respectful environment in B.C. secondary schools. After attending a presentation on how to form connections, students were invited to write things on two large canvasses they don’t want to see in their school and ideas on how to make it happen. Both YES and PSO teachers said they were confident the program was effective in making the school better.

4 YEARS AGO (2016): The memorial service for Fire Chief Bob Felker was well attended. The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Firefighters Foundation agreed to recognize his death, caused by a battle with cancer, as a Line of Duty Death. The longtime Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department chief’s name was to be engraved on the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa in September 2017. Dozens of search and rescue vehicles paid Felker tribute in a solemn memorial convoy along the Canim-Hendrix Lake Road, which residents watched in silence.


newsroom@100milefreepress.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

100 Mile House

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 uses walking sticks while walking up a hill, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Interior Health reports 83 more COVID-19 infections overnight

46 cases are now associated with a COVID-19 community cluster in Revelstoke

Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson (right) with his partner Shelley Wiese participated in an BC Liberals Caucus virtual oath ceremony Friday, Nov. 27. Doerkson was appointed opposition critic of rural development by interim leader Shirley Bond. (Photo submitted)
Cariboo Chilcotin MLA appointed rural development opposition critic

Newly-elected Lorne Doerkson said it will be an honour to work for all rural consituents

Yunesit’in Chief Lennon Solomon signs a memorandum of understanding with COS Insp. Len Butler. The five-year agreement was signed outside the Tsilhqot’in National Government in downtown Williams Lake on Nov. 30. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Yunesit’in Government, Conservation Officer Service team up to address illegal moose hunting

Protection of moose a key focus of recently signed memorandum of understanding

A man wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 walks past a mural in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
212 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health over the weekend

A total of 490 cases remain active; 15 in hospital

Clinton fire hall, date unknown. Photo credit: Submitted
Clinton Volunteer Fire Department seeks funding for gear, equipment

More equipment needed after successful recruitment drive.

A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection count climbs back up to 656

20 more people in hospital, active cases still rising

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Interior Health said its new toll-free line will help people connect to health-care services. (File)
Interior Health expands toll-free line to improve access to community care

By calling1-800-707-8550, people can be connected to several health-care services

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C. researchers launch study to test kids, young adults for COVID-19 antibodies

Kids and youth can often be asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus

A sign is seen this past summer outside the Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
B.C. First Nation leaders await privacy commissioner decision on COVID-19 information

Release of life-saving data cannot wait, says coalition of First Nations

MLA Jennifer Whiteside is B.C.’s new minister of education. She is speaking out against Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld and asking him to resign. (Black Press)
New education minister calls on Chilliwack trustee to resign

Whiteside echoes former minister’s promise to look at options to remove Barry Neufeld

Peter Beckett. ~ File photo
Supreme Court of Canada to decide if it will hear appeal in 2010 wife murder trial

Peter Beckett has stood trial twice for murder in connection with the death of his wife, Laura Letts-Beckett

Most Read