IMPORTANT NEWS FOR THE 108

On May 21, 2019 several announcements were made of upcoming projects that will enhance our community. These include repaving some of the roads in the 108, a 108 airport upgrade, a 36 unit seniors housing facility, and a new conference centre at the 108 Resort. Click here to read all about it in the Free Press.

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108 History Quiz #20

We love Grand Openings at the 108…the more the better! Can you guess which one this is in August 1971?

Grand Opening
Photo from 100 Mile Free Press-August 1971

Answer:

It was August 1971, when over 100 invited guests gathered for the official opening of the new 23 unit 108 Motor Lodge. That was 100 Mile House Mayor, Ross Marks, cutting the ribbon, while Block Bros. Henry Block (left) and brother Arthur Block look on. Additional amenities, including a 55 meter heated swimming pool and tennis courts, were under construction. Keith Hannah, in addition to being the 108 golf pro, was named as the new Lodge Manager. After a tour, Mike and Heidi Hapalo, managers of the clubhouse, were on hand to serve refreshments and to demonstrate Mike’s new ‘Cold Duck Fountain’ which dispensed wine to the guests.

Cold Duck Fountain
Photo from 100 Mile Free Press-August 1971

108 History Quiz #19

So you think you know the 108? How much do you know about the first 10 years, 1969-1979?

Aerial view of 108 Mile Ranch development, 1970.
Aerial view of 108 Mile Ranch golf clubhouse, 1970.

Answer:

Timeline 108: First Ten Years

Prepared by Sandy Foster

1969

  • Block Bros. company completes purchase of 26,000 acre 105 Mile Ranch from R.M. Monical & Sons
  • August 17, 1969:  First landing at 108 Airport; Frank Bernard flying a Cessna Skymaster with Olaf Hansen on board for the long weekend fly-in/opening
  • Major work completed to clear and develop 108 golf course
  • Dredged between 108 Lake and Sepa (Separation) Lake

1970

  • Club House built. In December Mike & Heidi Hapalo take a 5 year lease to operate the restaurant
  • Golf course opens with Keith Hannah as the pro, Bill Wilson, assistant pro
  • 400-500 lots sold
  • Hansen Bros. opens home building business and building supply outlet
  • 108 Property Owners Association formed; Len Kellogg as chairman
  • 108 Ranch and outdoor staff:  Len Monical, Don Parker, Barb Monical, Dick Smith, Ernie Mulvohill, and Bernie Penner.  108 sales department:  Cathy Jameson, Nick Sykes and Duncan Myers

1971

  • 108 Motor Lodge with 22 units opens; swimming pool and tennis courts underway
  • New building completed adjacent to airstrip, (now the Wheelroom) to include the sales office for Block Bros.; a Mini Mart opened by Dick & Myrtle Tyrwhitt, and the Gold Shop owned and operated by Mary McFarlane
  • Block Bros. buy out shares of Len Monical and Dick Smith and are now 100% owners of the project

1972

  • January 26, 1972:  low temp of -45F; 71.9 inches of snow so far that winter
  • Volunteer Fire Department & Woman’s Auxiliary initiated
  • Pat Corbett becomes on-site manager of 108 Recreational Ranch
  • Old Community Hall near Chapel built by Hansen Recreational Homes
  • Referendum passed to have CRD administer 108 Fire Department
  • Olaf Hansen’s 108 Supply complex officially opens April 1st; 600 attend
  • In 1972, about 37 new homes built and over 300 lots sold
  • 108 Property Owners Association has 336 members

1973

  • The 11,400 sq. ft. indoor riding arena built on Tatton Road
  • Two-bay Fire Hall completed 
  • Ducks Unlimited surveys Walker Valley for potential

1974

  • 108 School opens as 108 Annex with 5 portables

1975

  • Motorlodge expanded with tennis courts, landscaping
  • First Cariboo Marathon
  • Ground-breaking for new 108 Chapel construction
  • 108 school has 130 students and 5 teachers

1976

  • 108 Lake stocked with Eastern Brook Trout
  • New school opens with eight classrooms

1977

  • 5 acre Biblical Garden completed at 108
  • Mile 108 School official opening September 21 with 227 students. Brent Rutherford is the principal
  • Block Bros. announces 108 development is being curtailed due to Agriculture Land Freeze

1978

  • Eric Bojesen is 108 tennis pro, Bill Wilson is 108 golf pro
  • Population at 108 estimated at 1200 persons in over 400 homes
  • Fire hall being expanded from two-bay, to a three-bay, plus maintenance area and larger meeting area

1979

  • 105 Mile Ranch house moved to 108 Heritage Site
  • Happy 10th Anniversary celebrations
  • Block Bros. begin retreat from development
  • Change of name to 108 Ranch Resort