THE WAY IT WAS: Curling Club wants land for $1 in 1977

The Grand Forks Curling Club wants to purchase city-owned property for $1 in 1977.

1907

Ranchers from all parts of the valley gathered in the city offices to discuss the formation of a local Farmers Institute.

1912

A capacity audience at the opera house saw moving pictures and witnessed a pie-eating contest, the winner being Geo. Wiseman.

1917

The doubling of the capacity of the Grand Forks plant of the Curlew Creamery Co. to 1,000 pounds daily was the announcement made by manager Ira Carter.

1922

Rocky Mountain Trading Co., was the name of a new liquor export concern which was to open for business in Grand Forks shortly.

1927

E.F. Keir had developed a fur farm of considerable worth near Greenwood where he had two blue foxes and 25 silver grays.

1932

The unseasonably early blooming of strawberries was discovered by D.R. Docksteader when he raked over his plants.

1937

Grace Hull, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.T. Hull, was elected May Queen for 1937 by the students at Central School.

1942

The Odd Fellows’ crib team were season winners in the Grand Forks Crib League when they defeated the Firemen in the final game to break the tie for leadership.

1947

Mayor D.C. Manly accepted an invitation to become a patron of Mount St. Francis, a proposed home for the aged to be built at Fairview, Nelson.

1952

Jack Acres, manager of Woodland and Co. drugstore since 1948, acquired sole ownership and was to operate the firm under the name Acres Drug Store Ltd. Woodland & Co. had been in operation in the city since 1899.

1962

The Boundary Hospital Improvement District and the cities of Greenwood and Grand Forks went all out for a ‘yes’ vote on three plebiscites, an affirmative vote of 90.9 per cent being achieved. Work on the new hospital was therefore to commence early in April.

1967

Mayor Jack Goddard announced on the weekend the appointment of Edward Terrance (Terry) Clegg as chief administrative officer of the City of Grand Forks.

1972

A row-housing project, estimated worth a quarter of a million dollars, was halted last week by the city by reason of violation of the recently approved zoning bylaw.

1977

The Grand Forks Curling Club would like to purchase city-owned property near the arena for a minimal $1 fee, the city learned at their regular meeting. The club intends to construct a 70’ x 200’ curling rink which would include four sheets of ice, a lounge and cafeteria facilities. Approximate cost of the structure is expected to be $150,000.

1982

Sunny spring weather, excellent snow conditions, enthusiastic skiers, a country and western band and barbecued steaks combined Saturday to make the Spring Fling at Phoenix a success.

1987

Bev Vatkin, Grade 11 GFSS student, recently came home with the silver medal in figure skating at the B.C. Winter Games.

1992

A gas price war in Grand Forks had prices plummeting to 39.9 cents a litre.

1997

Canada Post’s change to group mailbox delivery created a flurry of discontent.

2002

“Brutal”, “punitive”, “outrageous”, “crippling”, “devastating”: those are some of the adjectives being used by forestry bosses, politicians and union leaders to describe the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to impose duties totaling 29 per cent of Canada’s softwood lumber exports.

Premier Gordon Campbell called it, “The most serious threat to Canada-U.S. relations in our time.”

2007

Several nurseries  this year will be relying, at least in part, on import Mexican labour to see them through their peak season, participating in a federal-government agricultural initiative created to help ease the labour shortage for Canadian agriculturally-based companies.

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) board of directors chair Gord DeRosa says local use of the federal program reflects of a booming economy and robust job market.

Local nursery owner Vince Bron, of Bron & Sons, says many of the people he used to hire each spring have this year headed out to explore more lucrative job markets in the oil patch in Fort McMurray, for example, where employers are aggressively recruiting.