THE WAY IT WAS: Mayor survives fall; fights for life in 1941

1906: New Yorkers have been heavy buyers of Granby stock, advancing the price to $11.50 per share.

1911: Word was received from Victoria that plans for the new courthouse have been approved and tenders for the erection of the building would be called later in the month.

1916: Three ripened oranges were brought in by Mrs. J.W. Lane as proof that they can be grown in Grand Forks. The orange tree is kept indoors during the winter months.

1921: Six of the most precious metals – platinum, palladium, iridium, osmium, radium and ruthenium – were found in paying quantities at Franklin Camp, which is located on the North Fork of the Kettle River, near Grand Forks.

1926: Brooklyn-Stemwinder group of mineral claims at Phoenix were sold by Robert Forshaw of Greenwood to Merritt Mines Ltd. for $15,000.

1931: Enthusiastic golfers have already been enjoying the first rounds of the season at the local links.

1936: Liquidation of Granby Consolidated paid a liquidating dividend of $8 per share.

1941: Mayor Robert Lee of Greenwood was in the Grand Forks Hospital fighting for his life following a fall while he was looking over some property near Phoenix.

1946: Electric lights went on in Phoenix for the first time in 28 years when diamond drilling started at the Brooklyn-Stemwinder mine.

1951: The city clerk was asked to write to the MP of the district to get action on the development work at the local airport. It was significant in the interests of natural defence.

1956: Grand Forks high school drama club captured the trophy for the best play in the South Okanagan for the second consecutive year. The play Acria de Capa, directed by Bill Zoellner, had Lee Mitchell, Lawrence Fofonoff, Bill Plotnikoff, Peter Konkin and Cecil Plotnikoff in the cast.

1961: Construction of a 20-suite apartment building was scheduled for spring. It will be located on 8th Street.

1966: The new vocational wing of the Grand Forks secondary school and the new activity room of the Perley elementary school were opened to officially mark Education Week.

1971: Klaas Scheer of Grand Forks was informed that he has been appointed commissioner of the census for the Boundary area.

1976: Greenwood Video Ltd. and Grand Forks District Project Society presented applications to the CRTC to provide Grand Forks with cable television.

1986: The Watershed Coalition appealed to Grand Forks city council for support in its fight against a heap leaching operation at the old Union Mine site. The Broadacres board of directors decided unanimously to close the achievement centre.

1991: British Columbia and seven other provinces, where the RCMP provides provincial and municipal policing duties, are at an impasse with the federal government over RCMP contract policing.

1996: West Kootenay PowerLink brings a new Internet service to Grand Forks through Radio Shack, starting with six modems.

2001: Grand Forks has replaced Merritt as the community with the worst air quality in the entire Southern Interior region, thanks in large part to wood stoves and open-air burning, according to regional meteorologist Ralph Adams.

2006: William Salikin, a former resident of Grand Forks, was released from the University of Alberta Hospital. Salikin, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan, was seriously injured in a suicide bomb attack in Kandahar on Jan. 15.

He was to be treated as an outpatient at a facility in Edmonton as part of his rehabilitation and was found to be free from the acenitobacter baumanii bacteria, which is also known as the Iraqi Superbug in some circles.