Vancouver Kiwanis Glee Club
Concert At Opening Of Wells Community Hall. June,4,1938. wpH644
that instead of living as you do now, you lived in Wells in the
Your father could be working in one of the two major mines, the Cariboo
Gold Quartz, or Island Mountain Mine, or perhaps he would run one of
the many businesses that thrived in Wells. Your home would be heated
by a woodstove, and one of your daily chores would be to chop wood.
A ticket to the movies would cost you 25 cents, a loaf of bread 6
and a men's suit could be purchased for $18.95!9
A Man And Three Women Performing
A Play On Stage At The Community Hall. wpH494
as we know it today would not be the same as it was in the 1930's...
There would be no computers, no internet, and none of the hi-tech gadgets
that we use to make our lives easier. Two of the most popular forms
of entertainment available to the people of Wells in the 1930's were
radio and theatre, both live theatre and
film. Radio was very popular and families would have radios that ran
off a car battery and another small dry cell.
The battery had to be taken up to a garage every so often for recharging.
The radio reception was not always good,
and people might receive little during the day, but a station in Calgary
could be heard quite clearly on most nights. Wellsians
would gather around and listen to the Shadow, Amos and Andy, Jack Benny
and other radio entertainers of the 30's10.
Glee Club Concert At Opening Of Wells Community Hall. June,4,1938.wpH641
many social gatherings in Wells. If you were a young child,
you would be invited to take part in a wonderful Christmas Party at
the Wells Community Hall, which was sponsored by the Cariboo Gold Quartz
Mine. Every child in Wells up to the age of fourteen received a gift.
Every year the Wells school would put on a Christmas concert. These
concerts were a group effort with all the students building props and
stage sets plus putting on plays and singing songs.14
TheWells Brownies Standing
On The Sidewalk In Front Of The Community Hall. wpH500
could also participate in Brownies, Guides, Cubs or Scouts.
in the 1930's there were 3 gambling places or clubs, ONLY ONE OF WHICH
WAS LICENSED. One operated in Waller's Pool Hall, the second operated in the
Tailings and the third, liscensed club operated across the swamp in
the Red Light District.
Vancouver Kiwanis Glee Club
Concert At Opening Of Wells Community Hall. June,4,1938. wpH642
many wonderful dances that took place in Wells, the annual ones being
The Muckers and Minders Ball, New Year's Eve, Klondike Night, Halloween
Masquerade, and the Snow Queen Ball. The latter always began with the
crowning of the new queen, and the presentation of trophies to the winners
of the downhill, slalom, cross-country, ski jumping and snowshoeing
Planes on the Jack of Clubs
Lake with a community gathering. wp1036
A few times
the Community Hall really did swing to the "Big Band" music of Mart
Kenny's Orchestra. There were banquets, often followed by dances;
Wedding receptions, showers, birthday parties, basketball and badminton
tournaments with competitors from the towns of Barkerville, Quesnel, Prince George and
women of Wells, there was an active Women's
Association both in Barkerville and Stromville, a suburb of Wells, which
was responsible for the gift of a Bible and Communion Plate, both still
in use in the Wells United Church.
The Crowning Of The Ski Queen
And Princesses, In The Community Hall. wpH413
records of the Congregational Meetings in the late thirties and on through
the forties and fifties show a steady growth of the church life in Wells,
and many names appear in these records18.
A schedule of church times from the Wells Chronicle (Nov 21, 1940) shows
a total of 8 different services in one day.
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