The way things were done before 911

The following excerpts appeared in the March 31, 1948 issue of the local newspaper, the Lake Cowichan Bulletin.

Life-time Cowichan Lake area resident Nels Olson was born just a few weeks after his parents arrived in Canada from Sweden.

The following excerpts appeared in the March 31, 1948 issue of the local newspaper, the Lake Cowichan Bulletin.

PUBLIC NOTICE – In case of fire go to the nearest phone and tell the operator the location of the fire.

In the event of a fire after 11 p.m., go directly to the fire hall and turn on the siren and wait at the fire hall until the first of the firemen arrive so you can tell them where to go.

Further, other than turning in an alarm, no person who is not a member of the volunteer fire brigade, shall be permitted to man any part of the equipment unless by special order of the fire chief or his deputy.

Road work on the highway

An announcement by the BC Provincial Government, placed in the Bulletin, read that the province “plans to spend $18,600 during the fiscal year on road maintenance and construction of new highways throughout the province.”

Part of the program was to include a “new Island Highway route from Duncan to Ladysmith, a distance of eighteen miles.”

(Note: This section would eventually become part of the Island Trans–Canada Highway that is still used today.)

Who Needs a Road Maintenance Crew?

Way back when, town citizens didn’t always bother to call village authorities if they had a problem… they just fixed it themselves.

Seems that several of the local folks, tired of the dusty, dirty streets (which were caused by an unseasonable dry spell), took matters into their own hands by “giving the streets a good covering of oil.”

High School Dance

The article read as follows: The LCHS Student Council, with the assistance of Mr. A. O. Palsson and Mrs. Art Lovett sponsored a dance in the Unity Hall last Thursday for High School students.

Recorded music was provided and refreshments were served.

Old Building needs moving

No need for a house moving firm to do the job, just borrow a bulldozer and push.

That’s the way it was done in 1948. An old building, described as “once being a store in Lake Cowichan” years prior, was moved from its location on Riverside Drive, adjacent to the C & N railway (a present day section of the Lake Cowichan branch of the Trans Canada Trail) to a position on King George Street, by a bulldozer.

Maintainer Busy

Mr. Pat Weaver (no, not present day Pat Weaver) and Mr. A. Greenwell put the Village maintainer to work Friday, on downtown streets.

(Readers, Anyone have any idea what a maintainer is or was?)

Party For Nels

Honouring Mr. Nels Olson, members of the Cougar Club and friends held a stag party on Thursday. Mr. Olson was presented with a practical gift.

(Do you recall what that gift was, Nels?)

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