The Way it Was

COURTESY OF THE KIMBERLEY HERITAGE MSUEUM ARCHIVES

KIMBERLEY NEWS Newspaper, January 6, 1960

Kimberley’s New Year Baby

Little Kimberley Rose Marie Blundell, weighing in at six pounds, one-half ounce, was the first baby born this year in Kimberley hospital. She arrived at 12:10 p.m. Saturday, January 2. She will no doubt be the last New year’s baby to be born in the present hospital since plans call for occupancy of the new hospital, now under construction, before next year.

Little Kim’s father, Thomas Blundell, was the first New year’s baby to arrive in the present McDougall Memorial Hospital, January 1st, 28 years ago. Dr. J.F. Haszard was the attending physician at the father’s birth and he is still active on the hospital staff.

Mr. and Mrs. Blundell have two other daughters, Judy six and Cindy four. The family has recently returned from Germany where Thomas was stationed for three years with the RCAF.

After returning to Canada, they lived in Toronto for six months and upon notification that Mr. Blundell would receive his official discharge next Tuesday, the family came here the end of November, to live with the children’s grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Edward Blundell 110 seventh Avenue, Richie Townsite.

Thomas is now looking around for a business opportunity in Kimberley. “This is where I call home,” he said “And after seeing the rest of Canada, I would like nothing better than to settle here.”

Little Kim was the recipient of a silver spoon from the hospital Women’s Auxiliary, given to the mother by Mrs. C.P. Lane. On it will be engraved the bay’s name, and date of birth. Hands of a clock with a swinging pendulum in the design will indicate the hour the child arrived.

Second baby of the year entered the world just a couple of hours later. She is Delayne Denise Morris, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Morris, 702 Fifth Avenue. Delayne is the Morris’ first child.

New Club Sponsoring Snow Fiesta Queen

One of Kimberley’s newest clubs, the Road Cruisers, is one of three clubs to sponsor a Snow Fiesta Queen contestant. Miss Jean Morrison is their choice.

The road Cruisers Car Club was formed in May of this year by six young Kimberley men. It now has its quota of 22 members from here and two from Cranbrook. Jim Bozzer is the club’s president and R. Bradford its vice president. Barry Bennett is secretary, Ray Bozzer, treasurer and Vic Bozzer, Sergeant-at-arms.

Each member has his own car and none has received a traffic violation since inception. Rules of the club provide that if a member is fined by a judge for a traffic violation, he is also fined by the club and if the case is extreme, he is dismissed from club membership.

Other motorists can recognize Road Cruiser members by car plaques attached on the back left hand side of their car and also by their blue and gold car club jackets.

If a motorist is helped along the road by a member of the club, he presents his benefactor with a blue courtesy card. The club’s chief aim is to promote safety and courtesy on the highways.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lewis have donated the rumpus room in their home on Wallinger Avenue in which to hold meetings and Jim Stewart has donated his service station lot for car wash projects.

“It is the sincere wish of the Road Cruisers that the public recognize them as a beneficial organization and not a hot rod club,” said the president.

In sponsoring Jean Morrison as a queen candidate, the club plans to hold five dances and several bake sales and dinners, prior to the February event.

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