THE WAY IT WAS: Nineteen-year-old electrocuted in 1956

Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their last respects to 19-year-old John Cutt who was electrocuted in an accident at Christina Lake.

1911: Ed Blundell of Phoenix claimed the distinction of growing apples at an altitude of 5,000 ft., establishing a possible record among fruit growers on the entire continent.

1916: Exhibits at the two-day seventh annual fall fair were so many in number that they were exceeded only once previously in 1914. Particularly outstanding were the ranch displays with A.S. McKim winning first prize.

1921: Initial construction work under the supervision of contractor John B. McDonald commenced on the Grand Forks valley irrigation system which would eventually cover 4,400 acres.

1926: Miss Lillian Hull, primary teacher at Grand Forks Public School, was awarded the Royal Life Saving Society’s silver medal, having successfully passed the necessary tests at the Crystal Gardens pool at Victoria.

1931: Dr. Kingston, MLA, traveled to Victoria, having been summoned by the premier for a conference in connection with unemployment matters.

1936: An important new ore body showing a high percentage of silver was uncovered in the Bell mine on Wallace Mountain near Beaverdell.

1941: Rover Denzler, Phoenix pioneer, celebrated his ninetieth birthday. He was one of the first prospectors in the area in 1891.

1946: A possible new world record was established on the ranch of Peter Tjebbes where one acre yielded over 30 tons of potatoes. The existing world record stood at about 29 tons per acre.

1951: J.B. Glanville made application to city council to purchase 150 acres of Smelter Lake property adjoining his own property in the area.

1956: Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their last respects to 19-year-old John Cutt who was electrocuted in an accident at Christina Lake.

1961: Work commenced on the construction of the arena under the supervision of Alex Verigin, chairman of the Projects Society, and Harvey Parliament, chairman of the building committee.

1966: Residents of Grand Forks were informed that they will have to wait until the summer of 1967 before they will be able to receive programs broadcast by the CBC television network.

1971: George Chahley and Henry Weibe were among the first two student pilots in Grand Forks.

1976: Ald. “Sugi” Sugimoto, who was first elected to Grand Forks City Council in 1973, has announced he will be stepping down from the council effective at the end of the year.

1981: The board of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has concluded that the spread of knapweed “has gone beyond the scattered attempts of a few regional districts to control it.”

1986: The Carcass class winners at the Rock Creek Fall Fair were: 1st – Dave Bateman, Bridesville; 2nd – Lincoln Blaine, Bridesville; 3rd – Neil Smith, Rock Creek.

1991: Referendums this past weekend in Grand Forks, Area C and Area D, to approve a maximum $200,000 annual operating grant for the library, and $40,000 for a transit service, were passed.

1996: In conjunction with B.C. Rivers Week, the Kettle and four other provincial rivers have been nominated for heritage status.

2001: NHL legends Marcel Dionne and Eddie Shack graced the Grand Forks Arena this last week in support of a very worthwhile cause: Grand Forks Minor League Hockey.

The home team was comprised primarily of Boundary RMCP hockey players, while the visiting team was made up of well-practiced Castlegar firefighters.

Shack acted as the game’s referee; fortunately for the RCMP skaters, Dionne provided some help around the net.

Incidentally, it was Dionne’s hat-trick performance that handed the RCMP team its 9-8 victory.

2006: The largest drug bust in the Okanagan/West Kootenay district took place on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Nearly 200 pounds of cocaine was placed into 80, one-kilogram packages and put between the bedliner and box of a truck.

Border Services became suspicious when white powder was found and the vehicle was seized and brought to the RCMP’s garage for further inspection.

The street value of the cocaine is estimated at $6.5 million.

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