THE WAY IT WAS: Aggravating weather doesn’t hinder Grand Forks Fall Fair in 1926

The Grand Forks Fall Fair was a success despite less-than-ideal conditions in 1926.

1901

Louise Johnson, young adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Kennedy pluckily stood off a burglar who entered the house while her parents were away. The burglar fled.

1911

The Laurier government and reciprocity suffered an overwhelming defeat in the Canadian election held Thursday. The next prime minister is R.L. Borden, a Conservative.

1921

The coveted prize for the best box of apples in Nelson’s annual Fall Fruit Fair was won by Col. J.H. Grieve of Grand Forks.

Sixty-two carloads of fruit have been shipped from the valley this season – 52 from the Growers’ Exchange and 10 from the Coleman and Lawson packing houses.

1926

In spite of particularly aggravating weather conditions, the annual Grand Forks Fall Fair, held under the auspices of the Farmers’ Institute, achieved remarkable success.

1931

In recognition of the keen interest which Mr. and Mrs. William Euerby have always taken in airport activities, members of the Board of Trade presented them with a handsome library lamp.

1936

The Greenwood Ore Concentrating Co. is now putting 60 tons of ore daily through the concentrator.

One hundred men are now laying pipe line for the huge placer operations at Boundary Falls.

1941

The electrically illuminated crown placed on Observation Mountain in May of 1935 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary, collapsed in a high wind.

1946

The limit for purchase of the new Canada Savings Bond by individuals has now been set at $2,000. Canvassers will cover the district to pick up books and sell memberships in the library to those who wish to join.

1951

A community show, “Going Places”, will be held in the near future. Some of the members of cast are: Rev. D.L. Greene, Andy Cochran, Bill Zoellner, Bob Clarke, George Chahley, and Mickey Mudie.

1956

The third annual Grand Forks and District Fall Fair proved to the more than 1,500 attending that the institution was here to stay and was gaining in popularity every year.

1961

Harry Podovinikoff was the winner of Chahley’s Jewelery Perpetual trophy as the best all-around cowboy at the Grand Forks and District Fall Fair horse show.

1966

Harry Strukoff, George Rilkoff, Mrs. Ted Downey, Mrs. Ostrom and Peter Seminoff all won $200 at the Centennial Giant Rinko bingo games.

1971

The population of Midway as of this year’s census is 502.

1981

Winning the Grand Aggregate for the 21st time at the Rock Creek Fall Fair was Freda Ericson of Midway.

1986

Donaldson Park should soon get a facelift and a new grandstand. At Monday night’s meeting, Grand Forks Council gave approval to the first three readings of a bylaw to use $180,000 from the Slag Fund for that purpose.

1991

The Christina Lake fire hall is at the centre of a three-way debate with ownership of the building to be determined at a public meeting and ballot.

1996

UBC engineering student Yasha Zibin of Grand Forks and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute radio and television arts student Sandra Hiller of Bridesville, have been awarded the Governor General’s bronze medal for academic achievement.

2001

Local residents driving around town last week might have noticed two men walking the streets, one with a large video camera and the other peering into a small black box.

The duo, Ole Gjerstad and Andrei Khabad, weren’t your average tourists. They were here filming a documentary on Doukhobor history on behalf of the prestigious National Film Board of Canada.

2006

While there is the possibility of a taxi service in Grand Forks again, there is also the possibility of a shuttle service.

However, while Cindy Pearman thought she was ready to offer the service, it turns out she has another round of applications to complete.

She said that her employees are ready to go and she has the support of many, including the RCMP, local businesses and Mayor Neil Krog.