Over the last 86 years the Kelowna Capital News has served the Central Okanagan – and over the last 86 years it has printed a whole lot of papers. A conservative estimate puts it at around 8,000 editions.
Each Thursday we will present Cap News Throwback Thursday at kelownacapnews.com for a fun little peek into the past, and we will re-visit those editions here in print on Fridays.
Today we present the Kelowna Capital News – Wednesday June 28, 1967 edition.
It was 50 years ago and not surprisingly the front page of the Capital News was dedicated to Canada’s 100th birthday.
The top article celebrated the Centennial Parade which had just taken place in Kelowna.
“When Kelowna does anything, it really does it up brown. It certainly made a thorough job of this portion of the Centennial,” remarked one parade onlooker.
The article states that nearly every participant in the parade made an ‘honest effort’ to portray either some phase of the history in our country, or more particularly Kelowna.
“Indeed, while the history of our Dominion was not forgotten, the history of Kelowna was much more prominently depicted,” reads the article.
On the photo page, pictured below, Premier W.A.C Bennett could be seen tipping his top hat to the cheering crowd as he is driven in the parade.
This edition of the paper noted the week’s firefighting stats. According to the article, 111 fires were burning that week in the province. In contrast, so far during about the same time period, just over 30 fires are actively burning in the province.
Official census figures were released that week in 1967. From 1962 to 1967 Kelowna’s population rose from 13,188 to 17,006. In contrast, the City of Kelowna in the 2016 census showed a population of more than 127,000, an increase of about 110,000 in 49 years.
Bringing some humour to the pages, the Capital News shared a story from an 1867 edition of the Nova Scotian, surprisingly not about Confederation.
“A funny story is going the rounds in Paris: A lady in the first society was recently obliged to dismiss her nurse on account of an excess of firemen and private soldiers too often repeated,” reads the article.
“After choosing a successor to this criminal a very pretty girl, the lady explained why the first was sent away. ‘I can endure a great many things,’ said the lady, ‘but soldiers in the kitchen I won’t endure.’ After a week or eight days, the lady came one morning into the kitchen, opened a cupboard and discovered a youthful military character. ‘Oh ma’am!’ cried the girl frightened, ‘I give you my word I never saw him before, he must have been one of the old ones left over by the other girl!’
On the big screen: Alfred Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain starring Paul Newman and Julie Andrews, Walt Disney’s Monkeys Go Home starring Maurice Chevalier, Dean Jones and Yvette Mimieux and The Guns of Navarone starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn. Interestingly the British-American epic adventure war film, The Guns of Navarone, had its Royal World Premiere years earlier in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on April 27th 1961.
Fun Fact: While most of the sale items in this paper are far more expensive now, given inflation, bathing suits are not. A Kelowna store was selling woman’s bathing suits for $12.95-$32.00 in 1967. Converting that to 2017 dollars bathing suits were going for between $100 and $232.00. Not only are the majority of bathing suits less than $100 these days, you can actually buy a lot of them for under the 1967 price tag of $32.
The Capital News is now owned by Black Press Community Media. Founded in 1975, Black Press now publishes more than 170 titles in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington state, Hawaii, Ohio and California.
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