BLASTS FROM THE PAST Oct 24 – Cudworth fined for illegal sale of deer

The Greenwood Bottling Works opens; the Stemwinder Mine plans to hire and more.

Chronicles of Boundary Country from the pages of the Boundary Creek Times Volume III, No.20 – January 22, 1898

➤ Grand Forks Election, Part One—The January 15th edition of the Times suggested the Grand Forks municipal elections promised to be “an exciting contest”. And indeed it was to be as per Part Two below. “There are two candidates spoken of for the office of mayor, Mr. Robert Hewitt, of the Grand Forks brewery, and Mr. A.K. Manly. Both are good and reliable business men and either would make a good mayor, but some of the electors appear to think that Mr. Manly is only keeping the seat warm for his brother, Mayor John Manly. In that event, the electors of Grand Forks if they consult their own interests will elect Mr. Hewitt.”

➤ Grand Forks Election, Part Two—“The city of Grand Forks is in municipal hot water. It is reported that there were irregularities in connection with the election that were sufficiently grave to make the election null and void… the greatest irregularity being the fact that the people had turned down what is commonly known as the Manly gang. His Honor Judge Spinks had advised the old council to retain office until such time as the legislature would grant relief from the municipal tangle. The new council did not relish this advice, and both old and new are attempting to guide the Grand Forks municipal ship.”

➤ Greenwood Bottling Works— “Mr. Adolph Fisher has erected the necessary buildings and secured the plant for bottling beer from the Rossland brewery. The work of bottling began this week, and Greenwoodites can now enjoy excellent home-bottled beer. The beer is sent here in bulk… and the cellar in which the beer will be stored is entirely underground, and is so arranged that neither heat nor cold will affect the beer. The industry will give employment to several men, and for this reason is entitled to the patronage of those who enjoy a good glass of beer.”

➤ The Stemwinder Steam Plant—“A large force of men will soon be employed on the Stemwinder mine in Greenwood Camp for the new purchasers of the property. As there are already two shafts, 50 feet and 90 feet in depth on the property and considerable cross-cutting, the development work will be carried on by machinery, a complete steam plant being now on the way from the east. This will make the seventh steam mining plant in the district. No better indication of the rapid strides being made in development of the mineral resources of the district can be found than the fact the owners of big mines have found it necessary to prosecute the work of opening up the mines with steam plants running machinery.”

➤ Barrett’s Hall—“Alderman Barrett has decided to make the third storey of his new block on Copper Street into a hall. There is sufficient space to make a hall capable of holding several hundred people.” (ed.—Barrett’s Hall is now the Greenwood Community Hall.)

➤ Illegal Sale of Deer—“Mr. E.M. Cudworth was charged with an infraction of the game law in that he exposed for sale a deer with the head off. Cudworth pleaded guilty but claimed he did it in ignorance of the law. His fine was fixed at $5 or one month’s imprisonment.”