THE WAY IT WAS: Fish destroyed at Wilgress Lake in 1957

Officials poisoned all fish life in Wilgress Lake to prepare for next year in 1957.

1912

The Canadian Bank of Commerce disposed of the Yale estate, about 500 acres, to the International Securities Company Limited of Winnipeg. The estate, formerly known as the John C. Manly property east of the city, under its new ownership was to be cleared, subdivided into tracts and put on the market.

1917

The Victory Loan campaign in Grand Forks got off to a good start, $15,450 being subscribed in the first four days.

1922

John B. Hayes, reported last week to have survived a spinal operation, died of convulsions resulting from a brain injury suffered at the time of his accident.

1927

The old Kettle Valley Railway bridge across the Kettle River at 3rd Street, which some years ago was abandoned by the Kettle Valley and CPR trains as being unsafe for rail traffic, was presented to the city for use as a foot bridge.

1932

Margaret Park and Nettie McCabe were first- and second-place winners respectively in the Remembrance Day essay contest sponsored by the local branch of the Legion.

1937

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Bonthron was the scene of a lively surprise party when several friends turned up to celebrate the birthday of Mr. Bonthron. Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce McDonald and Bill Euerby.

1942

The Royal Bank of Canada was to close here at the end of the month and transfer its business to the Canadian Bank of Commerce.

1947

Mrs. Anna Christensen passed away at Royal Columbia Hospital, New Westminster, at the age of 87. She was the widow of the late Mark Christenson, resident of Greenwood for 52 years.

1952

Sam Markin of Coombs, Vancouver Island, purchased Mike’s Grocery and Confectionery, situated on the highway just east of town from Cst. and Mrs. Mike Ehly.

1957

District residents were advised not to consume any fish caught in Wilgress Lake, sometimes referred to as Loon Lake. Officials dumped poison in the lake to destroy all fish life in preparation for complete restocking of lake waters the next spring.

1962

Rev. A. Meulenberg conducted the prayer and gave the address when members of local organizations and other citizens gathered at the cenotaph to pay their annual tribute on Remembrance Day.

1967

Cst. T.A. Hart, a young RCMP officer with the Grand Forks detachment, had distinguished himself by his cool efficiency in the handling and arrest of a U.S. trio who were sought for armed robbery.

1977

The USCC Community Centre Reconstruction Fund got off to a flying start with several donations being received just days after it was officially opened, including a generous contribution of $5,000 on behalf of the staff, management and board of directors of the Grand Forks District Savings Credit Union.

1987

Canpar general manager Bruce Welch said the general expansion of the plant has the go-ahead from the Ministry of Economic Development. The expansion will make Canpar one of the largest particle board manufacturers in Canada. Already employing 90 people, the expansion should add another 40 to the staff.

1992

BC Tel announced it will close its public office in Grand Forks Nov. 23.

1997

At a special Sunday meeting, Mayor Brian Taylor tells council that the city’s lawyers have recommended dropping a move to vacate Councillor Jim Holmes’ seat, though council sticks to its original plan.

2002

Jake Raven has been elected mayor of the City of Grand Forks. Elected to fill councillor seats were Patrick O’Doherty, Neil Krog, Ann Gordon, Tom Shkrabuik, Bob Smith and Mike Kanigan.

2007

International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor) announced Monday that it has signed a deal to buy three sawmills and related timber tenures from Pope & Talbot (P&T).

The company agreed to the move and future proceedings will be held in Vancouver. P&T applied for the financing late Monday after filing for Chapter 11 protection in the U.S.  Court papers state that the balance of the 158-year-old company is slated for the auction block in January.

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