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1965 | 50 YEARS OF COMMUNITY A timeless editor’s message — Feb. 18, 1965


Island Pride bakery, previously known as McGill’s bakery, at the foot of Ganges Hill, was sold to Ken Whyte and his son Lorne from Victoria in January. Pat Derkson had owned the bakery for a year and a half.

Driftwood editor James D. Ward, after attending a school board meeting, commented:

The Feb. 4, 1965 Driftwood front page carried a photo of a flooded area of Ganges, noting that the lack of a sewer system combined with the flooding caused “serious health hazards” when septic tank effluent backed up. Jim Campbell of Saturna was elected Gulf Islands School Board chair for the third time.

“Maybe the first comment could be summed up in an old newspaper ‘saw’ which says that those who, in public service, make a habit of requesting the press not to quote them, should first be sure they have something to say. For our part we cannot agree that persons in public life have a right to ask for anonymity when they make value judgments about questions on which there is unquestionably room for argument. If it is fair to make such pronouncements in such meetings, it is also fair for them to be quoted in public.”

Between February and June, the Lions Club raised the $12,000 it needed to create the Pioneer Village seniors housing project. Canada’s new maple leaf flag was raised on the staffs of the local RCMP and ferries buildings at noon on Feb. 15. Scott Point Marina was sold to Mr. and Mrs. R. Taylor and Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Dickie of Los Angeles, California. Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Bradley had operated the marina for the past two and a half years. Leisure Lanes bowling alley opened on March 6 under ownership of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Ralph.

Sports was big news on Salt Spring Island in the ‘60s, and roller hockey at Fulford Hall appeared to be king of them all in Driftwood coverage.

Dr. Francis’ private hospital in Ganges, which served 17 “chronically ill and aged” men, closed on April 14. The Driftwood said Francis reported “there was a trend on the part of the authorities to get rid of this kind of private hospital, made up from converted former homes of various kinds.” Some 200 guests attended the 90th birthday party of T.W. Mouat in the Sunday school room at the United Church on May 1. Mayne Island resident Felix Jack was rescued by W.F. (Slim) Thorburn and Mac Mouat when his dugout skiff capsized in active Pass on June 16. Marie Stark Wallace celebrated her 98th birthday on Aug. 15 and was believed to be the oldest Salt Spring resident born on the island (in 1867). Premier W.A.C. Bennett officially opened the new government building and court house at Crofton Road on Oct. 15. The Lady Minto Hospital sun room was opened on Oct. 20. The Women’s Auxiliary was especially thanked for its contributions not only to the project but for all other hospital and patient aid. A scale model for the future Centennial Park (called Boat Basin Park at the time) was unveiled in November. The South Salt Spring Island Association was formed on Nov. 16 after 70 people attended a Fulford Hall meeting, stating a desire for a voice in island affairs. Chairman Doug Dane said the island’s Chamber of Commerce was a small group of businessmen whose aim was to promote business for Ganges. South-enders were also concerned about the chamber’s promotion of a new ferry terminal for Isabella Point.


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