Samuel Pletsch was killed by a mudslide in 1959, 8 years after…

Samuel Pletsch was killed by a mudslide in 1959, 8 years after this 1947 photo was taken of his son Earl Pletsch in Revelstoke, BC.

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A mudslide claimed the lives of long-term Revelstoke residents, Samuel and Martha Pletsch, on CPR Hill on Good Friday, 1959. 32-year old nurse, Vera Schuetze, and her 10-month old son, Eric, were also killed in the slide.

Samuel Pletch was a native of Walkerton, Ontario. He worked as Canadian Pacific Railway yard foreman in Revelstoke for many years, and his love of gardening was evident in their large garden on CPR Hill.

Martha Pletsch came to Revelstoke in 1900 from the Maritimes when her father, the late Reverend W.C. Calder, became minister of the local Presbyterian Church. At the time of the tragedy, Martha had a daughter from her first marriage, Mrs. Fred Westlake, a brother Merle Calder and a sister Mrs. Dan McIntosh.

Samuel Pletsch had two sons, Earl and Norman, and two daughters, Nellie and Florence. (Earl Pletsch became one of Revelstoke’s most prominent ski jumpers.)

Toni Matt, 1939.Austrian-born ski pioneer and protege of Hannes…

Toni Matt, 1939.

Austrian-born ski pioneer and protege of Hannes Schneider. Matt moved to North Conway, NH after becoming Junior National Champion in the Austrian Alps and won many US races and later served in WW II in the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division.

Skier on top of Le Brevent looking towards the Aiguille Verte,…

Skier on top of Le Brevent looking towards the Aiguille Verte, Chamonix.

Photo by Pierre Tairraz.