Yukon Nuggets


The Whitehorse Star Reports in 1969

January 16, 1969 A Yukon landmark, the Dawson Wholesale, burns down.
February 6, 1969 Al Raine, former manager of the Royal Bank in Elsa, announces engagement to famed Canadian down hill skier, Nancy Greene. Al started skiing at the Calument Club under the tutelage of August Pociwauschek. He then went to Austria for two years and became chief coach of the Canada’s national ski team. Haakon Arntzen won the Gordon Taylor ski trophy with Inuvik skiers, Paul Andrew and Ernie Lennie, among the top contenders. Three Old Crow competitors, Shirley Frost, Neta Benjamin and Glenna Frost swept the women's event.
February 17, 1969 Johnnie Smith is elected Chief on the Whitehorse Indian Band. He is the son of former Chief, Billy Smith.
February 17, 1969 Helen Horback is elected head of this Yukon Historical Society.
March 3, 1969 Jean Chretien, the federal Minister of Indian Affairs, attends the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous. Pat Daws is elected Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Queen.
March 6, 1969 The end of an era. The RCMP in Old Crow set out with two tog teams on patrol for the last time. Snow machines will replace the dogs.
March 10, 1969 Harry C.B. Maddison is appointed Judge of the Yukon succeeding John Parker. Maddison is sworn in March 12, 1969.
March 13, 1969 The second annual Polar Games are opened in Whitehorse March 14, 1969.
March 20, 1969 Whitehorse City Council agrees on a plebiscite about drinking age to be lowered from 21 to 19.
March 31, 1969 Fire destroys Old Crow’s four room school. Kindergarten to grade nine is taught in the school.
April 3, 1969 Part of what is believed to be the most complete collection of photographs taken in and around the actual Klondike gold discovery area is now catalogued in Seattle.
April 10, 1969 A Northern Conference is held in Whitehorse. Among the guests are former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, Jean Chretien and Gordon Cameron. The Right Honourable John Diefenbaker is guest speaker at the Third Northern Resources Conference in Whitehorse. Jean Chretien, Minister of Northern Development, addresses the 500 delegates at the closing banquet.
April 10, 1969 White Pass announces its upgrading and expansion program totals $22 Million.
April 10, 1969 The Savoy Hotel and Masonic Lodge at the corner of First Avenue and Lambert Street is torn down. The building was built in 1900.
April 21, 1969 P.J. Nielsen, wife of Yukon MP Erik Nielsen, "dies suddenly" in Ottawa. Carbon monoxide poisoning is given as the cause of death and later sources talk of suicide.
April 24, 1969
 → June 19, 1969
Rolf Hougen, president of the Klondike Broadcasting Company Ltd., announces CKRW - a new Whitehorse radio station for fall 1969. It is the most northerly radio station in Canada. Plans are also made for a new building on Main Street to house the operation. Al Jensen is the first manager of the new radio station. (June 19)
April 24, 1969 A new bus service is introduced in Whitehorse. Husky Transit is operated by Gagnon and Heine of Porter Creek.
April 24, 1969 Hougen's celebrate their 25th anniversary.
May 1, 1969
 → May 8, 1969
 → June 19, 1969
On May 1, 1969, Rolf Hougen and Associates purchase the Whitehorse Motors division of Northern Commercial Company to become the Ford dealer in Whitehorse. Moe Grant, General Manager, and Bob Parent, Parts Manager, will continue with the new company. The dealership is located at Third and Main Street. Albert Friesen is named President of the White Pass and Yukon Corporation. Frank Brown remains as Chairman. A week later, on May 8, 1969, after 42 years in Whitehorse and more than 100 in the north, the Northern Commercial Ltd. announces the closure of its Whitehorse department store as of May 10, 1969. On June 19, 1969, Taylor and Drury Ltd. Announces that the company has an option to purchase the Northern Commercial Company Ltd.
May 5, 1969 Albert P. Friesen is elected President of the White Pass & Yukon Corporation Ltd.
May 12, 1969 Federal officials study the economics of a 1,000 mile resource railway to tap the mineral and forest wealth of northern B.C. and the Yukon.
May 26, 1969 Yukon's first musical festival concludes with a big success.
May 29, 1969 330 Whitehorse citizens file a petition asking to develop Fourth Avenue into the city's second major thoroughfare.
June 2, 1969 Northern Affairs Minister Jean Chretien announces the construction of an airport in Old Crow in 1974/75.
June 5, 1969 Commissioner James Smith announces that low cost housing will terminate in 1969.
June 12, 1969 13 roads through the Yukon forests are closed due to record high temperatures and fires.The fire ravages particularly badly through Faro.
June 23, 1969 B.C. premier Bennett announces that B.C. won't build a Yukon railway until the Yukon becomes part of B.C.
June 23, 1969 Rolf Hougen is appointed to the Board of Directors of The Yukon Electrical Company Ltd. and Yukon Hydro Company Ltd.
July 7, 1969 Mount Logan is climbed for the first time from the northeast ridge on June 19, 1969.
July 17, 1969 End of an era: Bud Fisher resigns.
July 28, 1969 Taylor and Drury’s garage on First Avenue burns to the ground. The company announces plans to rebuild.
July 28, 1969 Hougen's announces to open its first store in Faro in fall 1969.
August 21, 1969 For the first time in Yukon history, French is taught at the elementary school level.
August 28, 1969 Venus Mines has arranged financing to do further work on the mine near Carcross and plans to build a 300 ton per day mill.
August 28, 1969 Fabian Salois wins the Dawson city mayorality elections.
August 28, 1969 Whitehorse City Council approves the proposal to develop north Whiskey Flats into a public park - Rotary Park.
September 2, 1969 Airport Chalet officially opens as Whitehorse's newest hotel accomodation.
September 11, 1969 The first load of Anvil concentrates is hauled to Whitehorse, beginning a giant new contract for White Pass and Yukon Route.
September 29, 1969 It is announced that Father Mouchet's TEST ski program will be extended.
October 6, 1969 Earth tremors shake Carcross on October 3 and October 5, 1969. Locals are convinced that the tremors are caused by the one megaton explosion under Amchitka Island in the Alaskan Aleutians.
October 6, 1969 Jean Chretien announces plans to repeal the Indian Act, which would enable Indians to acquire title and control of lands with full and equal participation for the Indian people in cultural, social, economic and political life of Canada.
October 16, 1969 Fire destroys the White Pass & Yukon Route shops in Skagway on October 15, 1969.
October 16, 1969 A new bridge for Carcross between Lake Bennett and Nares Lake is announced for 1970.
October 16, 1969 The new Tourists Services Motor Hotel in Whitehorse is officially opened by Commissioner James Smith on October 15, 1969.
October 27, 1969 Canadian National Telecommunications moves its Alaska Highway-Yukon District headquarter from Dawson Creek, B.C. to Whitehorse.
November 13, 1969 During his visit in the Yukon, Northern Affairs Minister Jean Chretien presents plaque to Victoria Faulkner and Mrs. Tom Retallack for their generous contribution to the preservation and enrichment of Canada's historical heritage.
November 13, 1969 Breathalyzers are for the first time used in the Yukon.
November 20, 1969 The House of Commons dedicates an entire day - November 21, 1969 - to debate constitutional reform for the Yukon Territory.
November 20, 1969 The new Whitehorse Motors facilities on Fourth Avenue, between Black and Wheeler Streets officially open on November 21, 1969. The Whitehorse Star issues a special edition.
December 1, 1969 Mayor A.J. Wybrew is declared elected by acclamation since no other candidates were nominated.
December 1, 1969 Northern Affairs Minister Jean Chretien again rejects on November 28, 1969 provincial status for the territories.
December 4, 1969 The Delicatessen Center (aka as The Deli) at 203 Hanson opens December 10, 1969.
December 11, 1969 Jim Murdoch is appointed the manager for the 1970 Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Festival.
December 11, 1969 Watson Lake residents vote on December 8, 1969 against the incorporation of Watson Lake as a village.
December 15, 1969 Four Yukoners who have lived the required 20 years in the territory become members of the Yukon Order of Pioneers: Barry O'Neill, Massa Sakata, Al Prince, and John Backe.
December 22, 1969 Taylor and Drury Motors become Taylor Chevrolet Oldsmobile Ltd.
December 29, 1969 Deaconess Hilda Hellaby celebrates 50 years of service.