THE WAY IT WAS: Well-known citizen drowns in 1906

J.M. Simpson, a well-liked and active citizen of the city was drowned in the Kettle River early this week.

1906

J.M. Simpson, a well-liked and active citizen of the city was drowned in the Kettle River early this week. He had attempted to ford the river on a horse, and evidently fell off into a deep pool of water.

1911

Building to a total cost of $125,000 are presently planned or being constructed in Grand Forks. Included are the courthouse, post office, the $18,000 Burns Block and the $12,000 Manly Store. Parish rooms for the Holy Trinity Church are also being constructed.

1926

Voters were hearing Liberal and Conservative candidates for the federal election, deciding between the leadership of Mackenzie King or Robert Meighen. Ladies morning dresses were selling for $1.25 each.

1936

Mining activity resumed in Phoenix after a lapse of 17 years. W.E. McArthur, operator of the mill at Greenwood, acquired a lease on the old Granby mines.

1941

Mr. And Mrs. Ross McLeod, residents of Grand Forks for 35 years, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

1946

A new club will make it’s appearance in Grand Forks this weekend. Kiwanis Club will meet Saturday night for formation purposes.

1951

The Lieutenant Governor of B.C., the Hon. Clarence Wallace, made an official visit to the district, visiting Greenwood, Grand Forks and Phoenix. With perfect weather prevailing and a large number, including many from outside points, in attendance, Greenwood’s 17th annual Labour Day celebration was a pronounced success.

1956

Glen Smith, who enters second year medicine at UBC, was awarded a $250 Rotary Club Bursary. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Smith, West Grand Forks.

1966

Greenwood’s thirty-third annual Labour Day event was well attended, the official opening ceremonies taking place at the Tea House. Master of ceremonies was Mr. O. Fiorito of Vancouver, whose first Canadian home after coming from Italy was in Greenwood.

1971

A fire caused by human carelessness broke out at the Christina Lake garbage dump. It took more than 100 men and one bulldozer to contain the blaze. One hazard faced by overnight fire watchers was bears, one of which climbed onto the hood of the truck where the firemen were sheltering.

1976

The appointment of Wm. Baldry to the position of Superintendent of Schools in the Grand Forks and Kettle Valley districts was announced.

1981

Mayor “Sugi” Sugimoto and John J. Verigin, USCC honorary chairman, participated in a sod-turning ceremony for a new Parkside Villa seniors’ housing project.

1986

Border Bruins president Angus Manson says money problems are the whole cause behind the team decision to ask for a one year’s leave of absence from the league.

Norm King from the Chicago White Sox and Jim Robinson of the Central Scouting Bureau were keeping an eye on talent at the Grand Forks Labour Day Invitational baseball tournament.

1991

Grand Forks’ own Flower Power Apiaries was named the premier exhibitor at the Pacific National Exhibition’s honey competition last week.

1996

Due to cuts in school district funding, crossing guards are a thing of the past.

2001

Montair has ceased air taxi service into Grand Forks indefinitely after apathetic response to the company’s recent tickets sales drive.

“It appears we may have misjudged the situation (for air service in Grand Forks), there just isn’t a need for us here,” said company representative Al Neufeld.

2006

It is announced that communications company Shaw Cable will acquire local operation Sunshine Communications Ltd. According to Sunshine owner Bill Gillespie, Shaw will afford local residents enhanced entertainment and Internet services.