THE WAY IT WAS FEB. 13: Nothing ‘safe’ at Cascade Drugs in 1968

Cascade Drugs was burglarized during the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 1968.

1908

The largest crowd ever to gather in the local rink turned out for the fancy dress masquerade and skating carnival.

1913

Fire destroyed the office and contents, engine room and a considerable portion of the Frace Brothers greenhouses.

1918

Magistrate Cochrane sentenced a local woman to six months’ imprisonment for illegally selling liquor.

As well, a North Fork lumber worker was fined $50 for buying it.

1923

The death of John McLaren, 75,. took place in Vancouver.

The deceased was one of the pioneers of Grand Forks, having come here in the 1880s, and for many years, his family members were esteemed residents.

1928

Geo. E. Massie had purchased from the city the building on Bridge Street formerly used as a vulcanizing works, together with the buildings on either side and was in the process of remodeling them into a tailoring establishment.

1933

Magistrate Donaldson president at the preliminary hearing after a storekeeper in Columbia was committed for trial on charges on counterfeiting.

1948

Mrs. Mary L. Pritchard, who had been a resident of Grand Forks since 1900, died in her 78th year.

1953

W.A. Malloff of Malloff Hardware brought in a television set and erected an aerial above the store to determine whether Spokane stations could be received in Grand Forks.

1958

Domestic users of the new city sewage disposal system, council decided, were to pay $3 a month, while commercial users were to be charged $25 a month.

1963

The guaranteed minimum payment of $5,000 for the sale of slag to U.S. interests was received at the regular city council meeting. Marion Bumgarner and Delebert R. Scolees of Colville presented the cheque in person.

1968

Cascade Drugs was burglarized during the early morning hours of Jan. 29 when thieves broke into the premises and made off with a safe weighing 150 pounds.

1973

A survey taken recently in Ruckle Addition disclosed that 136 people live in the area among 46 households, and that there are 29 children attending school, 19 of whom used the railroad bridge for crossing the Kettle River.

1978

A decentralization move effective March 1 will see Manpower department’s Al Blaine transferred from the Trail office to Grand Forks, which up until now has been served on an itinerant basis two days per week.

1983

The Grand Forks Queen Pageant is now back under the wing of the Fall Fair Society, and coordinators Natalie Tarasoff and Gwen Dergousoff are already contacting community groups to elicit support.

1988

Longtime Grand Forks resident William Percival-Wray, aged 88, passed away Jan. 30 at Boundary Hospital.

1998

The city’s Youth Task Force releases a blueprint to bridge the gap between young people and adults in the community. Included is a position for a youth coordinator.

2003

A bear scrounging around a ski hill in February is pretty unusual but that is what was happening at Phoenix Mountain. The small bear had become such a regular that staff and kids had nicknamed him Bo Bo. He was trapped and transferred to the Kootenay Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre near Nelson.

2008

Residents of Grand Forks will have a chance to decide the fate of the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre in a referendum on March 15.

The referendum will ask residents of the City of Grand Forks and Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Area D whether they are willing to chip in $1.5 million to fund structural repairs to keep the pool operational.