THE WAY IT WAS: Grand Forks dials long distance in ’32

Grand Forks and Prince Rupert were put in telephone communication for the first time.

1907

Forty couples enjoyed dancing to the music of the Grand Forks orchestra at an evening social at the opera house.

1912

That the Doukhobors would shortly emigrate in a body to British Columbia, where they would engage extensively in fruit farming, was the statement made by their leader, Peter Verigin, of Verigin, Sask.

1917

A splendid array of costumes was exhibited at the skating carnival given jointly by the Knights of Phythias and the Odd Fellows.

1922

Two men in a logging business at Fife were arrested near Castlegar. They had victimized local merchants to an amount of $1,500.

1927

Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway, Phoenix and other Boundary points were well represented when 150 oldtimers assembled in Trail for the annual dance given under the auspices of the Boundary Oldtimers’ Association.

1932

Grand Forks and Prince Rupert were put in telephone communication for the first time when the new service from Prince Rupert to the outside world via the B.C. Telephone Co. system was inaugurated.

1937

Joy Night, a public dance given annually by the high school students, this year featuring a Dutch theme, drew the largest crowd since its inception eight years ago.

1942

Listed in The Gazette this week were the names of numerous citizens who had paid a nickel to have their names embroidered on an attractive red, white and blue quilt made by the Women’s Auxiliary to the Canadian Legion.

1947

Dr. William Leonard of the C.S. Williams Lake Clinic, Trail, succeeded in shooting a 110 lb. cougar with a bow and arrow. An accomplished shot with the weapon, Dr. Leonard bagged the 8 1/2 ft. long cougar near Christina Lake.

1952

Friends held a farewell dinner in the Province Hotel for P. Tjebbes Sr. who was to leave shortly for the Argentine.

1957

Miss Helen Campbell, for seven years a permanent staff member of Grand Forks Community Hospital, was officially appointed matron of that institution.

1962

A cheque for $1,000 was the gift of the West Kootenay Power and Light Co., to the Projects Society to help finance the new arena.

1967

The newly re-organized City Band held a banquet dinner at the Grand Forks Hotel, hosted by the Council.

1972

Fred E. Popoff, widely known in the business circles of the Boundary and Kootenay areas, passed away suddenly Jan. 24.

1977

Mayor J.F. Robertson, slag committee chairman, has advised city council that slag revenues to the city for the month of December 1976 amounted to about $7,000. This brings the total for the year to just over $120,000.

1987

Tempers flared at council Monday, over a motion by Ald. Martin Fichter to take $500,000 from the slag sale reserve fund to upgrade residential streets and sidewalks.

1992

Minimum wage increases of 10 per cent to $5.50 an hour went into effect this month.

1997

Sodden snow crushed the roof of the old packing house which accommodated several Grand Forks boutiques.

2002

Hundreds of citizens amassed in City Park Saturday to rally in protest against the Liberal government’s cuts.

Many were there to express their anger, their sadness, and their frustration at what is resulting in a ravaging of rural communities across the province.

2007

The Boundary’s inclusion in the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) has been a divisive issue in the region since it was tabled in the provincial legislature in 1995, with the Kootenay and half of the RDKB included as a beneficiary and the Boundary excluded.

Margaret Maximenko, who served as Area C director from 1990 to 1993, says the issue is critical to the region, as the Boundary’s exclusion puts regional communities at a disadvantage to their Kootenay neighbours.

In response, the Boundary Communities for CBT Restitution Committee was created, and Maximenko says locals can expect to see public education and information announcements from the committee to be forthcoming in the near future.