THE WAY IT WAS: B.C. earns reputation for best potatoes in 1911

British Columbia earned the reputation of growing the best potatoes when a display from this province captured the Stillwell trophy.

1906

At a citizens’ meeting held in the city hall, it was moved by L.A. Manly and seconded by A.E. Smith that a “20,000” club be organized locally for the purpose of publicizing the resources of the city and surrounding district with a view to interesting suitable industries in locating here.

1911

British Columbia earned the reputation of growing the best potatoes in the North American continent when a display from this province captured the Stillwell trophy for $1,000 at the Great Pan American Exhibition of Madison Square Gardens, New York.

Nineteen varieties from Grand Forks, and 82 from other districts comprised the provincial exhibit.

1921

Citizens of Grand Forks and surrounding districts turned out en masse to pay tribute to those who gave their lives in the Great War, and to participate in the unveiling of the Memorial erected to honour the memory of the 46 heroes who formerly resided here.

1931

Hunters John Morrell and Tony De Wilde, lost for three days on Franklin Creek, were found by a search party of provincial police and others from Grand Forks.

1936

Three carloads of cattle were brought from Alberta by P. Tjebes and E.C. Woodward. Some of the stock is said to be among the finest that has been brought to this valley.

1941

A new lighting system was installed along Winnipeg Ave. making a decided improvement in the illumination of the sidewalks.

1946

A local dream became a reality with the opening of the Grand Forks Public Library, located in the post office building, with Ray Orser as librarian.

1951

An RCAF twin-engine Dakota plane with a crew of five and carrying two nurses and an incubator put down at Midway airfield to pick up the prematurely born infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Waselenkoff of Grand Forks. The baby, born at Grand Forks Hospital, weighed 2 lb. 6 oz. The child was taken by air to St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, where special facilities were available to increase his chance for survival.

1956

Almost two years to the day they began working for it, rural area residents realized the formation of a rural fire protection district and were to go ahead with plans to purchase a new, fully equipped fire truck.

1961

Magistrate William Evans reported the purchase by members of the USCC of 180 parcels of land; the sale being the culmination of a two-month period of negotiations.

1976

Rock Creek CP Rail’s application to the Canadian Transport Commission to abandon the portion of the Carmi subdivision between Midway and Penticton, is threatening the future of a fledgling industry that may provide as many as 12 to 15 new jobs here within the next year.

1981

Pope & Talbot recorded a $698,000 loss in the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 1981. This is the first deficit since 1967. A seven-week strike by two B.C. sawmills was a contributing factor in the deficit.

1986

“A lucky man” is how hunter Jerry Atherton of Clearbrook described himself as he lay in Boundary Hospital early Monday morning after having spent four days lost in the bush of Christian Valley.

1996

Local businesses are taking a second look at money changing hands after two counterfeit bills turned up in the city.

2001

The man who’s arguably the best known blues guitarist alive today pulled into Grand Forks to make a brief pit stop.

The folks at the New Century Restaurant were surprised to see a large tour bus pull into the parking lot; before long, B.B. King, his band and crew disembarked to load up on some grub while traveling between shows.

2006

Tax hike increases police costs. Grand Forks – classified as a “small community,” meaning with a population of under 5,000 – will be subject to a new provincial funding formula for police services, paying what the province calls, “a more equitable share of their policing costs.”