THE WAY IT WAS: Boundary Iron Works destroyed by fire in 1906

1906: The Boundary Iron Works was completely destroyed by fire last night at 6:30 p.m.

1906: The Boundary Iron Works was completely destroyed by fire last night at 6:30 p.m. Damage was about $18,000. Fortunately patterns worth about $8,000, mostly for Granby Smelter, were in another building and were saved.

1911: George Gaw had a narrow escape when he was forced to jump from a burning car of hay on the Kettle Valley run to Danville. He suffered face cuts.

1916: The Grand Forks Creamery has recently installed a pasteurization plant for the treatment of all milk and cream. The company’s business here has almost trebled since last year.

1921: The sixth car load of local fruit left the Growers’ Exchange this week. Nearly all cars have been of mixed fruits, with peaches, plums, crabs and apples and also some potatoes.

1926: The first unit of an irrigation system to cover his dairy ranch north of town was completed by Robert Forrester last week. Twenty-five acres were brought under water.

1931: Cities of Southern British Columbia have been urging the provincial government to designate the southern route as the Trans-Canada Highway.

1936: Nick Zmioff and Joseph Laveson were sentenced to 19 and 18 months respectively for selling gold plated lead as pure gold in Greenwood.

1941: Maurice Klinkhamer, teacher at local schools for three years, has enlisted for active service in the Canadian Army. He was president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

1946: The Grade 11 class of Grand Forks High School won $50 for placing second in an essay competition sponsored by the B.C. Products Bureau of the Vancouver Board of Trade. President of Grade 11, Jim Henniger, was cited as winner representing the school.

1951: When the eight-man Select Standing Committee, appointed by the provincial government to inquire into the Hospital Insurance Plan and its working, met in Grand Forks, representations were made by D.C. Manly, chairman of the Grand Forks Community Hospital Board, Mayor O.O. Stephenson, John Hutton, secretary of the Community Hospital and Dr. E.E. Tomashewsky.

1956: The Grand Forks Junior Chamber of Commerce was awarded the title of second-best unit in Canada for cities under 5,000 population at the annual national convention in Winnipeg.

1961: The long established O.K. Garage changed hands when Purvis Marshall of New Westminster purchased the business from Gordon Clifton.

1966: Steve Acres was the silver buckle winner in the 12th annual Tevis Cup 100 Mile One Day Ride in Nevada, finishing with his horse in excellent condition in less than 18 hours.

Five fires occurred in the Grand Forks forest area last Friday following an electrical storm. All were brought under control by forestry suppression crews.

1971: The board of directors of the Sunshine Valley Cooperative Society announced the appointment of W.A. (Bill) McCaffrey as their general manager.

1976: On July 26, 20 members of the Union of Youth Doukhobor Choir flew to Montreal to attend the Olympics as one of the groups representing British Columbia’s rich culture.

1981: The enthusiasm Ray Deptuck has for a Grand Forks aquatic centre knows no end. He is now planning to pedal a 10-speed bike, along with Mike Keogh, from Saskatoon to Grand Forks to raise money for the proposed centre.

1986: The first ever Sun and Borscht Festival gets under way on Saturday at City Park. Some highlights will be the Kids’ Crafts Fair, canoe races, and the giant borscht feed.

1991: The city of Grand Forks has received $245,300 from the Ministry of Transportation and Highways for upgrading of the Grand Forks Airport.

1996: On July 25 an Order in Council by Lt. Gov. Garde Gardom abolished the two local school districts, No. 12 (Grand Forks) and No. 13, (Kettle Valley), replacing them with School District No. 51 (Boundary).

2001: It’s time to dust off those running shoes: Grand Forks City Council announced they’ve secured a $20,000 provincial government grant towards paving a three-metre-wide section of Trans Canada Trail through City Park.

2006: Hot weather and warm water are some of the reasons that some fish species in the Kettle River are dying according to the Christina Lake Stewardship Society. Members of the society and a Ministry of Environment biologist recently took samples  near Cascade Falls, where 30 dead fish were found.