THE WAY IT WAS: Official opening of Greenwood school in 1956

The official opening of the Greenwood School took place on Dec. 12, 1956 after four years of building.

1906

At least 38 major mines were listed in the special Christmas supplement of the Gazette which featured a history of the mining industry in the area.

1911

The McIntosh Red was the variety of apple recommended by James Rooke, president of the Kettle Valley Farmers’ Institute for new orchard planters in the valley. The largest percentage of the local crop was sold to Australian markets.

1916

Miss Eva Spinks was selected as one of six professional nurses from B.C. for overseas service with quotas from other provinces.

1921

R.J. Gardner was chosen Grand Chancellor of the Grand Lodge, Knights of Pythias of British Columbia.

1926

The Grand Forks Hotel, who hosted the Coldstream Guards during their summer stop-over engagement here, were remembered with a special Christmas greeting from the director.

1931

A benefit concert with a splendid program was given by the City Band in the Bonthron Block, with W.J. Pearson leading.

1936

O. Stephenson lost his new winter coat and gloves which he had hung up in the hallway of his home, to a sneak thief. Warnings were given householders to lock their doors in view of the present “travelling gentry.”

1941

A patriotic record has been achieved by a Greenwood family with four brothers in the RCAF. They are Kenneth, Alleyne, Eric and Bobby Dodd.

As a Yuletide present, householders will receive free electricity from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3 to encourage them to “brighten up” homes and businesses during this period.

1946

Businessmen, without a single turndown, donated $275 for the Boy Scouts when they were canvassed by Robert Smillie and Cpl. Don MacKay.

1951

A cross-country jaunt in stolen automobiles ended in Grand Forks for two boys and a girl from Edmonton. The trio exchanged their former vehicle for one belonging to one of the guards at the schools and were proceeding west when the RCMP caught up with them at the Carson Corner Store.

1956

The official opening of the Greenwood School took place on Dec. 12 after four years of building.

1961

No headlines, no major news, as the 1961 Dec. 21 issue of the Gazette focussed almost totally on Christmas messages, greetings to the community, stories and history of the tradition.

1966

John. J. Rilkoff, well-known USCC executive chairman, passed away quietly at his home, Dec. 10.

1971

The Grand Forks Christmas Seal campaign is running slightly ahead of last year, with donations so far of $845.50 compared to the previous $652.65.

1976

Cal Lee and Grant Schneider have submitted a proposal to the City of Grand Forks, which calls for using the old Public Works buildings and property as the location of a Community Centre for Grand Forks.

1981

Broadacres Achievement Centre received a $19,000 grant fund under the Federal Community Development Program.

1986

The city agreed to drop royalty payments for five years on the ladle slag which Enercon uses in order to help make investments in an expansion at Pacific Enercon more attractive to Australian investors.

1991

The annual Community Christmas Dinner is all set for Christmas Day at the Grand Forks Legion Branch 59, says organizer Pat Gasston.

1996

Finger prints on light bulbs led police to the suspect in a theft at the Roadside Restaurant in Greenwood.

2001

Homeowners will be paying an average of about $200 a year more next year for utilities from the rate increases passed by city council on Monday night. That figure doesn’t include the proposed $36 a year for blue-box recycling.

2006

City staff are advising council to address water capacity, leading to the discussion of water metering. City manager Victor Kumar says the current level of consumption is too much for the city’s five wells and the only options are the building of a new well or meter installation on small commercial and institutional properties.

City staff are not recommending meters for single family properties though.