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General News · 19th July 2014
Bob Katzko
Whaletown Wharf Centennial 1914 - 2014 - ‘Moments’
- reprinted with the permission of Cortes Island Museum & Archives

Christmas 1955 by Gilean Douglas

Altogether is was a jolly Christmas season in Whaletown with everyone well fed and happy. But, as usual, those who were going off island found it hard to leave this charming spot. The Greys expected to be in their home on Saturna island, but the barge never did come for their car and cat and dog, so finally Mary flew down while Keith stayed to look after the livestock.

The Hunts, after turning off water and boarding out cat, had to go back and wait a day until there was enough good weather for Joe Cristoff to sail them to the river. Joe spent here the day he was supposed to be rehearsing in Courtenay the papa part for the wedding of his eldest daughter, Melinda, to Dale Weiderman. So he walked on the bridal stage cold and didn’t fluff a line. From Joe’s account it was a really beautiful white wedding with hundreds at the reception following.

For the stay-at-homes there were minor irritations such as cleaning the hall (nobly executed by Mrs. Fred Hammond, Pat Robertson and yours sincerely) and the 24 hour ‘flu which put most of us under the weather for 48 hours or so. There was also the major irritation of receiving word from the B.C. Power Commission “our comprehensive survey leads us to the conclusion that at the present level of customer density the costs of electrification are prohibitive”.

So we polished up the old kerosene lamps and well oiled and fairly well lit we braved the brave New Year.