THE WAY IT WAS JUNE 5: Flash flood in 1948 causes $70K in damage in Grand Forks

A flash flood in 1948 covered most of the North Fork Road area of Grand Forks and hit the Ruckle area hard.

1908

Residents on the city’s east side were left without water temporarily when logs in the Kettle River’s north fork, carried away part of the pipe supplying that area.

1913

An important timber deal was closed by R.A. Brown and J.W. Orr with Doukhobor leader Peter Verigin, whereby the former would pay $10,000 for the merchantable timber and poles on 276 acres of Doukhobor-owned land on the north fork of the Kettle River.

1918

Supt. Houston had a force of miners at work on the Molly Gibson Burnt Basin Mining Company’s property near Paulson; it was expected that shipments to the smelter here would begin upon completion of the wagon road.

1923

The Grand Forks baseball team reached the top in the Boundary League pennant race when they trimmed the Curlew team 7-2.

1928

Water in the Kettle River had gone over the road and was seriously threatening homes in the Ruckle Addition following a week of warm weather and two days of rain.

1933

Development work on the Olympic claim brought almost sensational results with the uncovering of an extension vein from which assays yielded around $1,250.

1938

The home of Scott McRae at Deadwood Camp, near Greenwood, was totally destroyed by fire. The frame structure was a landmark at the one-time booming mining camp.

1943

The citizens of Grand Forks turned out en masse to welcome the Esquimalt Naval Band which disembarked at the West Grand Forks depot and, playing marital tunes, marched in formation to the city depot.

1948

A flash flood causing damage estimated at more than $70,000 hit Grand Forks without warning, covering most of the North Fork land on both sides of the river and hitting hard in the Ruckle Addition. First Street and the first block on Bridge Street in the business sector, filled with water in a matter of minutes. A wall of water breaking through the old Granby dam caused the flood.

1953

Tom Williamson, veteran B.C. Telephone lineman from Grand Forks, was knocked unconscious for 30 minutes when struck by lightning as he carried out lien repairs between Greenwood and Midway.

1958

Harvey Griswold, a prospector nearing age 80, was featured as this week’s district pioneer, having come to this district in 1898.

1963

John Edwards, producer with the public affairs department of CBC radio and George Woodcock, freelance writer, were in Grand Forks seeking background material for a half-hour documentary on the integration of the people of the Doukhobor faith into the community life of the Boundary and surrounding districts.

1988

MLA Ivan Messmer announced that over $4.5 million will be spent on several road and bridge improvement projects in the Boundary.

1993

Starting Dec. 1, a provincial mark will be applied to packages, cartons and cases of cigarettes indicating that taxes have been accounted for and that the cigarettes have been acquired through a legitimate wholesaler.

1998

Local swimmer Peggy Phillips has parlayed the result of an active lifetime, and a later interest in swimming, into gold. She brought home a gold medal from the Canadian National Masters Swimming Championships at Edmonton. More than 500 competed from all over the country.

2003

GFSS math teacher Keith Farnworth was honoured for his dedication to his students when he won the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence recently. He was quick to give credit to the students; and, “There are an awful lot of good teachers here.”

2008

A man was killed in a tree falling accident on June 1. He was reported missing late that night and found deceased the next day. He was apparently struck by a portion of the tree he was attempting to fall.