Category Archives: People

Additions to website – July 2016

During the month more audio files from the Knight Collection were added. We hope to add to this when volunteer Chris Adams returns from his trip to England as he has been reviewing the vintage recordings to better determine content. We also want to confirm copyright status of these recordings.

Two articles have been added to the people and families section, one is a 1997 article contributed by Rollie Rose about Cliff Tollefson, former owner of the Ladysmith landmark Travellers Hotel. To go directly to the page click on The Challenges of Being Cliff

The second article is about Ladysmith Native son Bob Timothy who passed away this month. The article was contributed by Vince Herkel on behalf of the Ladysmith Horseshoe Club and provides Bob’s history of the creation of the HorseShoe Pitch facility in Transfer Beach park.

Bob is recognized as the founder of the Transfer Beach Horseshoe Pitching facility and in his honour, the Ladysmith Horseshoe Club has initiated a fund raising campaign called “A PARK BENCH FOR BOB”
Their goal is to raise $2500 in order to place a memorial bench at the Horseshoe pitch at Transfer Beach. Donations in any amount would be appreciated towards that goal

Contact Vince Herkel at 250-245-2897

To go directly to the article, please click on the following link Ladysmith’s Horseshoe King

Sad to Report

The Ladysmith & District HIstorical Society is sad to announce that it lost two volunteer members in the Society, both on July 23

Long time member Ruth Weeks passed away suddenly at home joining her husband Ken. Both were active members in the Society.

Museum volunteer Taher Rampuri never recovered from the surgery he wanted in order to feel better and stronger according to his wife, Shamin who is also a volunteer at the museum.

LDHS wishes to extend the sympathy of all members to the families of Ruth and Taher.


Additions to website – June 2016

The minutes of the May 2016 Board of Directors meeting have now been approved and are available to view in the Members section of the website. Requires logging in with a password

We have started our oral histories section which appears in the Maps and Media section. There are two Audio pages, one entitled Audio – Knight files which contains the older recordings which were part of the Knight collection and were transferred over from cassette tapes to mp3 format suitable for displaying on the website.

So far this page contains two of these older recordings. There are many more coming. Watch for our article in the coming months about Nathan Dougan and the 1900 Trainwreck just north of Ladysmith. It will be added to our Transportation section.

The second audio page contains an interview with long time Ladysmith resident, former owner of the Chronicle and Mayor Rollie Rose. Rollie and Helen moved to the Okanogan in June to be closer to family. Here’s hoping Rollie will continue his Ramblin’ ways and come back to visit often.

We plan to add to this page interviews done with other long time residents who have contributed so much to this town. Suggestions welcome!

Two articles contributed by museum curator, Bernardien Knol were added to the Our Stories section of the website. One concerns the 30th anniversary of Ladysmith Downtown Revitalization Project and the other is about the efforts to create the Ladysmith Museum on its 5th anniversary.

Additions to “People and Families”

To read about an interview done with Louise Erskine by Rollie Rose which appeared in the Chronicle back in  the 1990’s click on the following link

A Talk with our First Native Daughter

An interview done with Kit Willmot by Rollie Rose has been added as Further Reading in the article contributed by Take 5 in People and Families. To view the interview click on the following link.

Keeping our Heritage Alive

To view an article by Rollie Rose about John and Alexis MacNaughton, see John MacNaughton in the People and Families Section

John MacNaughton

Added an article by Rollie Rose about Florence Foster to the People and Families Section

Reminiscing with a Pioneer Woman

Added an article by Rollie Rose about Keith Gourlay to the People and Families Section

A Real Old-time Character

Added another article by Rollie Rose about Bill Grouhel, a long time fire department member

Heaven just gained  a Fire Chief

More Ramblin’ with Rollie Rose

We consider ourselves indeed fortunate  that former Ladysmith mayor and owner of the  Chronicle, Rollie Rose has agreed to contribute articles to this website. For his first contribution “The 1970’s” please click on the link below

The 1970’s

In 1962 singer Nat King Cole introduced the song “Rambling Rose” which has become a classic. Ladysmith’s “Rambling Rollie Rose” is another classic – a classic newsman. For a brief glimpse of his colourful career please click on his biography on this website.