Yukon Nuggets


Other News From 1955

  • Rolf Hougen's plan to bring cable T.V. to Whitehorse is made public in December.
  • White Pass announces a plan to build and operate the world's first container ship.
  • CFWH broadcasts a live "Yukon Hayride" western show with local talent. CFWH is located in the Army Rec. Hall.
  • Arthur Petley-Jones, Manager of Bank of Montreal is transferred to Victoria. Jack Connelly is his successor.
  • An annual Yukon ski meet is held and is sponsored by the Yukon Ski Runners & Roundel (RCAF) Ski Club.
  • Whitehorse golfers plan the opening of a 9-hole golf course on the Annie Lake Road.
  • Brigadier Herb Love leaves as Commander of the Northwest Highway System and is replaced by Brigadier Gerry Meuser.
  • M.V. Clifford Rogers, White Pass and Yukon Route's new container ship, is launched in Montreal.
  • W.G. Brown, Commissioner of the Yukon, leaves and is replaced by F.H. (Fred) Collins.
  • A hearing is held in Atlin regarding the Frobisher plan to divert water from Atlin/Yukon lakes and rivers to power an aluminum smelter at Dyea.
  • The Alaska Music Trail sponsors an opera singer concert at the Whitehorse High School.
  • A plan for the town site of Riverdale is presented to the Whitehorse public. Lots are to be sold for from $1000 to $2000 including a sewer and water system.
  • In the spring of 1955, a group of Whitehorse teachers, led by Mary Gartside, forms the Whitehorse Teachers' Association with sixty members. Later that year the first Teachers' Institute was held in the Yukon in an attempt to organize a professional association for all Yukon teachers.
  • “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" coming this year to the silver screen. Canadian Mountie Sergeant Preston patrols the wilds of the Yukon with his horse Rex and his faithful dog Yukon King, battling both the elements and criminals.
  • In August 1955, the S.S. Klondike II steamed into Whitehorse for the last time. The S.S. Klondike II had been refurbished as a cruise ship in an attempt to save the career of the flag ship of the British Navigation Company. Though her trips were well booked, the increased cost of operation on the Yukon ended her brief sojourn as a passenger ship.