“Little Slugger Cole Noble, one-year-old, winds up for a pitch. His dad was in the Appollo Hockey team’s 14th Annual Slow Pitch Tournament on the weekend. The tournament brought out 80 teams.” (Lake News, Sept. 6, 1995)

“Little Slugger Cole Noble, one-year-old, winds up for a pitch. His dad was in the Appollo Hockey team’s 14th Annual Slow Pitch Tournament on the weekend. The tournament brought out 80 teams.” (Lake News, Sept. 6, 1995)

Flashback: Bad news all around for history’s early Septembers

Do you remember these stories from Cowichan Lake?

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Sarah Simpson has been combing through old newspapers with the assistance of the Kaatza Station Museum and Archives so we can jog your memory, give you that nostalgic feeling, or just a chuckle, as we take a look at what was making headlines this week around Cowichan Lake in years gone by.

This week around the Cowichan Lake area…

10 years ago

Thank goodness there were only minor injuries this time a decade ago when there were 10 people involved in a two-vehicle collision, according to the Sept. 1, 2010 Lake Cowichan Gazette.

It happened at the Youbou Road and Highway 18 intersection.

“The collision involved two vehicles, with one violation ticket handed out to the driver of an SUV, who reportedly stopped at the stop sign, and then started up again when it was unsafe to do so,” explained the story. “The SUV, with two occupants, then slammed into a van, traveling down Highway 18 towards Lake Cowichan. The van, containing a day care group, had one driver, and seven youth aged 11 and younger.”

The kids were all sent with their parents, the story said.

Also 10 years ago this week, the Gazette reported on the Cowichan Rocks Summer Bonspiel.

“Local teams dominated this year’s annual Cowichan Rocks Summer Bonspiel, held Thursday, Aug. 26, to Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. Although there were only three local teams, they managed to dominate both the A and B events. Winning all five games, and the grand prize, was the local Sutton rink, with Dennis Sutton as skip, Tricia Mayea as third, Mike Waller as second, and Belinda Waller as lead.

“After losing their first game, the local Elzinga rink managed four subsequent wins, getting top prize in the B event. The Elzinga rink, with skip John Elzinga, Thor Repstock, Diane Myrden, and Maria Elzinga, have become a staple of the bonspiel, having participated in it since 2000.

“Lake Cowichan’s third local team, the Simpson rink, were well into their first game, when team member Morreen Coulter slipped and broke her foot. Coulter’s teammates were skip Bob Simpson, George Nitskie, and Candy Nitskie. Players from Mill Bay helped fill Coulter’s spot for the remainder of the bonspiel.”

25 years ago

The front page of the Sept. 6, 1995 Lake News featured a cute photo of little Cole Noble, the one-year-old son of an Appollo Hockey player, who’d found a softball during the team’s 14th annual Slow Pitch Tournament that weekend. That’s where the smiles ended.

“A Duncan Paving asphalt truck blew up on Grossklegs Way last Wednesday. Miraculously no one was hurt. Truck driver Ray Tucker, of Duncan, admitted ‘I’m lucky to be alive.’ With black smoke that blanketed the area and fire so hot it burned the tires, it was the most spectacular blaze since Romeo Krakowec’s service station burned.”

The Lake Cowichan fire department rushed to the scene and had the fire out in minutes, but the Sept. 6 Lake News’s front page of misery continued on.

“Lake Cowichan’s Countrywide Realty office received about $4,000 damage when a vehicle collided with it Thursday, reports Sgt. Ron Merchant, RCMP. The 1978 Chev van driven by Ruby Black, 29, received about $1,000 in damage.”

Black had been stopped earlier in Duncan and faced multiple Motor Vehicle Act charges.

And finally, and worst, “A deadfall thrown from a tree crushed Gerald E. Janson, of Port Alberni, to death last week. A preliminary investigation by Lake Cowichan RCMP and the Workers’ Compensation Board, indicated that Janson was falling a big tree…the tree ‘threw two deadfalls into the air as it came down….one of the logs flew almost 20 feet into the air and landed on the victim.’

“An employee of MacMillan Bloedel, Janson was working out of Franklin River Camp where a number of men from Lake Cowichan also work. The accident occurred just north of Nitinaht Lake and not far from the Pacific Rim Park.”

40 years ago

It seems like the first week of September hasn’t been particularly kind to any of the dates we’ve chosen to remember, and this time 40 years ago is no different.

“Vandalism probed: Main smashed, half village without water” read the headline of the Sept. 3, 1980 Lake News.

“A costly teenage prank left half of Lake Cowichan without water last Thursday. Pranksters dropped one large rock off the footbridge and it landed right on the water main, breaking it.”

Uh-oh.

“According to village works superintendent Ron Dryborough, ‘one rock could do it, if it hits right.’”

Easy to break, hard to fix. “Two divers were called in to repair the damage, which has been estimated at $1,500. The divers used the fire truck hose to clean the mud off their underwater work area, Dryborough said.”

They could only work in daylight, which left “‘quite a bunch’” of houses without water service overnight. The incident also closed a restaurant due to lack of water. Flow was cut around 3 p.m. Friday and wasn’t restored until 10 a.m. Friday.



sarah.simpson@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

historyLake Cowichan

Just Posted

Sierra Acton, regional district director for Shawnigan Lake. (file photo)
New parkland in Shawnigan creating connections

Used to created parking for the popular Masons Beach Park

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

Chris Wilkinson
Chris Wilkinson column: This could be the worst thing done to you during the pandemic

As a result, all of us will contend with more ‘scarcity’ thinking and mindset.

The Crofton trailer park home where the bodies of two people were found. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mom still waiting for answers after daughter and her fiance found dead in Crofton

Pair discovered dead in their Crofton home in May identified as Rachel Gardner and Paul Jenkins

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

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

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

Emergency vehicles are parked outside of the Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue. (SUSAN QUINN / Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni RCMP investigate stabbing on Fourth Avenue

Two men were found with ‘significant’ injuries near Wintergreen Apartments

Most Read