THE WAY IT WAS: Doukhobor leader’s life spared when bomb fails to blow in 1931

1906

Council approved the construction of a bridge on 4th Street in City Park at an estimated cost of $7,595.

1911

A four-room house with eight lots fenced, situated only a 10-minute walk from the post office, was rentable for only $8 per month.

1916

Ald. John Donaldson urged the council for a definite plan of tree planting to beautiful the city streets.

1921

E.C. Henniger Sr., MLA for this area, was assured by the provincial government that the local irrigation committee would receive $150,000 for the Grand Forks irrigation project.

1926

Four baseball teams were formed in the men’s leagues. These were the Knights of Pythias, Oddfellows, High School and a team from the City of Grand Forks.

1931

An attempt on the life of Peter Verigin, leader of the Doukhobors, failed when the bomb, consisting of a barrel of gasoline and one of kerosene, that were set in his home, did not go off.

1936

Development work on the Molly Gibson group at Paulsen, east of Grand Forks, was resumed following extensive exploration. It is controlled by Calgary interests.

1941

Gloria Clapp was elected the May Queen by the Grand Forks public school students.

1946

W.J. Pearson, E.B. Mitchell and C.D. Bonthron have been named directors of the McLeod & Hogdson, well-known-grocery and drygoods store here.

1951

Laura Northrop, wife of Dr. E.R. Northrop, who was the first surgeon at the Granby Smelter, passed away in Spokane.

1956

Gordon MacDonald and Jim Matthews journeyed to Trail to take part in the annual B.C. Jr. Golden Gloves Championships.

1961

Construction of a $22,000 commercial building on Greys’ Sports Shop commenced under contractor Walter Wlasoff.

1966

Dept. of Highways bridge crew went over the 12th Street bridge with hammer and wrench tightening every nut and bolt and have made the bridge safe for another 10 years.

1971

Mayor Jack Goddard said that the major improvement work to Central Avenue, which has been stalled for two years, has finally been approved by the Treasury Board and tenders will be called soon.

1976

A new slag sales agreement between Pacific Abrasives and City of Grand Forks has been negotiated with slag revenues increasing from $20,000 to $200,000 a year.

1981

Although the team placed fourth overall, a great effort was displayed by the Grand Forks Pee Wee rep team at the first provincial playoffs held at Fernie, March 22-26.

1986

George Armstrong Evens, the last of a pioneer North Fork family, died last week at the age of 81.

1991

Miss Grand Forks contestants are: Tina Chard, Gail Duralia, Rhea Mackay, Kenna McKinnon, Meadow Gilbert, Lisa Weiss, Andrea Zibin, Cinda Clark and Nicole Murdock.

1996

Years of service to the Grand Forks area ended when the Canada                      Employment Centre locked its doors forever.

Anyone applying for benefits will now have to go to the Access Centre to pick up applications forms and check the two computers for job postings and information.

2001

A new $120 million deal could protect against rate increases and power outages for hydroelectric consumers throughout the Boundary, The Gazette reported.

West Kootenay Power announced it has finally reached a deal with the          Columbia Power Corporation and the Columbia Basin Trust to sell four dams on the Kootenay River between Nelson and Castlegar. The offer is now under consideration by the B.C. Utilities        Commission.

2006

The 14th annual endangered river list was released by the Outdoor Recreation Council with the Kettle River ranking ninth.

The Cascade Heritage Power Project, which called for the development of 25 MW  run-of-the-river dam 20 km east of Grand Forks, was cited as one of the reasons why.