THE WAY IT WAS FEB. 20: Biggest building in Grand Forks sees $3K of damage in 1908

A fire caused significant damage to the largest store in the city of Grand Forks in 1908.

1908

The largest store building in the city, housing the furniture store of McIntosh and Heron, was damaged by fire to the extent of $3,000.

1913

J.A. McCallum, formerly city clerk, was appointed city hall auditor at a salary of $250 per annum.

1918

Charles F. Laws, representing American mining interests, secured a 60-day option on the Union Mine, Franklin Camp, the bond being $300,000.

1928

Tom Bowen, a pioneer of the district since 1898, died suddenly at the age of 72 while watching a hockey game at the local rink.

1933

George White of Greenwood struck a rich vein of ore, about a foot wide, at the Elkhorn Mine, the gold and silver bearing property having been a constant shipper in the early days of Greenwood.

1938

E.S. Reynolds was officially installed as new postmaster of Grand Forks by Inspector Turner of the postal department, who travelled here from the Coast.

1943

Citizens of Grand Forks held a farewell reception for Sgt. Stan Reybone, in charge of the Grand Forks-Greenwood district for the past three years. He was being transferred to Pouce Coupe.

1948

Residents of the valley were to see some familiar faces and sights in the National Film Board’s new documentary Eye Witness, much of which was devoted to the seed industry in Grand Forks.

1953

The entire community joined in paying their last respects to Clinton Arthur Strickland Atwood, age 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Atwood, who was killed when his RCAF training plane crashed near Winnipeg.

1963

Grand Forks Curling Club’s 54th annual bonspiel began, with 40 rinks taking part.

1968

The provincial government asked the city to double its contribution towards welfare.

1973

Eighty-nine boys took part in the Skate-a-Thon, sponsored by Grand Forks Minor Hockey, raising $3,700 to help pay for ice time and equipment for the rest of the season.

1978

The only Grand Forks resident to be chosen to receive the Governor General’s medal to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee was Doris McKinnon.

1983

It will cost an initial $444,000 to fix up the city’s sewer system, which is posing a serious risk of polluting the Kettle River and possibly backing up.

1988

At council, Ald. Gary Ruley successfully rammed through a resolution to ban smoking at city hall and at the public works yard.

1993

Fire chief Jim Brindley was thrilled to display the Grand Forks Fire Department’s new telesquirt truck that had just arrived. A demonstration last year impressed officials and the department got the green light to purchase the $319,000 truck.

1998

Local environmentalist David Simm asked city council to bring in a medical specialist for an upcoming air quality presentation to be held at city hall.

2003

Almost 50 cross-country skiers lined up at the starting line for the Paulson Cross-Country Ski Trails – not an ordinary race, as all the racers were visually impaired. They are part of a group established in several countries called Ski for Light that organizes cross-country events for the visually impaired. One week a year they get together in varying locations and strap on their skis. The skier from the longest distance away at this event was Graham Downie from Canberra, Australia.

2008

Though the recent sale of the Midway Forest Products mill to Fox Lumber Sales Ltd. (FLS), of Hamilton, Mont. for $750,000 is regarded as a positive step in the mill’s future, Fox Lumber executives are uncertain when the mill will re-open. FLS president Tom Fox says it is a little too early to discuss the company’s immediate plans.