THE WAY IT WAS MARCH 14: Grand Forks Comets streak past Coeur d’Alene in ’33

Unleashing a brand of hockey that completely floored the visiting Coeur d’Alene Eskimos, the Grand Forks Comets won 8-1.

1908

Chicago interests, headed by R. Armstrong, formerly president of Grand Forks townsite, were to tap high grade ore resources in the Greenwood area by means of a tunnel, to be constructed in the spring.

1913

Superintendent Chas. A. Banks of the Jewel Mine left on a trip to England to consult with directors of the company regarding installation of a new process for the mine’s cyanide mill.

1918

The contract of P.C. Peterson for city team work was accepted by city council, his rate being $7 per day and $3.50 per half day for a team and driver.

1923

The sum of $40,000 was made available from the provincial government’s conservation fund for the installation of Unit Two of the Grand Forks Irrigation System.

1928

At a special meeting, city council completed estimates of receipts and expenditures for 1928 and the tax rate was fixed at 30 mills.

1933

Unleashing a brand of hockey that completely floored the visiting Coeur d’Alene Eskimos, the Grand Forks Comets defeated the Inland Empire champions by a score of 8-1.

1938

The Chalet Building, a mile east of town, built by C.H. Creech of Christina Lake some five years ago for an amusement hall, was being dismantled.

1943

The sale of War Savings Stamps in the elementary school for the month of February was $59.50.

1948

Mrs. Mary Hewko, 57, and daughter Mrs. Stella Stouder, 28, both of Grand Forks, died within a few hours of each other. The cause of death was thought to be food poisoning.

1953

Ranulph Robert Gilpin, among the last of the valley’s old-time pioneers, died at age 96. A resident here for more than 69 years, he was the grandson of Judge Haliburton, other known as famous writer “Sam Slick.”

1958

Requirements for a new hospital in the area were discussed at the Grand Forks Hospital annual general meeting, the consensus being that a 50-bed, bungalow style hospital would be ideal.

1963

Ralph Maida was presented with the Canadian Humane Association Award for Lifesaving, having saved Joan Halliday from drowning in June, 1961.

1968

Dr. J. Bekker, John Jepsen and Sergei Rilkoff were installed as officers at the Board of Trade annual general meeting.

1973

More than 30 children on board a school bus traveling from the high school in Midway to Greenwood escaped unharmed after the bus was struck in the rear by a car.

1978

First class postage for domestic and international postage will be increased to 14 cents and 30 cents respectively on April 1.

1988

The first person to bring pussy willows into the newspaper office was two-and-a-half-year-old Tomas Plotnikoff of Grand Forks.

1993

The Perley Playground Committee is nearing its goal of $20,000 for an adventure playground, though it is still looking for help from the community.

1998

To raise funds for the Tot Lot project at City Park, Mayor Brian Taylor and goat Billy offer to parade through downtown Grand Forks to deliver “goat-a-grams” to various people.

2003

Grand Forks PeeWee Panthers hockey team took first place and brought home the banner at the regional playoffs in Kaslo. The win was well deserved with a wonderful team effort, coached by Len Federico, assistant coach Brian Hoodikoff, trainer Derek Brown, and manager Mandy Campbell.

2008

Some local farmers had a chance to meet with Minister of Health George Abbott on March 7 in Salmon Arm. The  aim of the meeting was to ask Abbott for assistance for the farming communities to respond to new regulations regarding slaughtering of animals in any location other than a regulated, inspected facility.

The regulations have created financial and bureaucratic barriers for local farming communities, people say.