Blasts FROM THE PAST Oct. 9 – Plebiscite held

Chronicles of Boundary Country from the pages of the Boundary Creek Times, Volume V, No. 3 – September 24, 1898

Chronicles of Boundary Country from the pages of the Boundary Creek Times, Volume V, No. 3 – September 24, 1898

 

➤ Alcohol Prohibition Plebiscite – “Next Thursday, the electors will be asked to give an expression of their opinion on the prohibition question. The electors will be asked to give an answer to the following question: Are you in favour of the passing of an act, prohibiting the importation, manufacture or sale of spirits, wine, ale, beer, cider and all other alcoholic liquors for use as a beverage? The plebiscite is general throughout Canada and the vote will be taken at all points.” (ed. stay tuned for the results next week)

➤ Electricity From Boundary Falls – “The Greenwood Waterpower Company is making preparations to harness the water power at Boundary Falls . . . constructing a big dam 75 yards above the falls. The dam will be 62 feet across the river bed. The base will be 28 feet wide. It will be 25 feet high and 6 feet wide at the top. It is being built of heavy square timbers and stone. Over 200 tons of stone will be placed in the centre of the dam. It is expected that by the time the water passes over the falls, 240 horse power will be secured. The company will build their power house immediately below the falls.”

➤ C.P.R. Buys Into the City of Greenwood – “The Canadian Pacific Railway has now acquired a substantial interest in the city of Greenwood. A reliable source has claimed that the CPR has acquired one-third of the unsold lots within the city limits and a free right of way through the Townsite Co.’s property. The railway is to run its line on the bench across Boundary Creek, where a station and switching grounds have been acquired.”

➤ City Council Wasting Time (an editorial) – “There is good material in the council of the city of Greenwood, but it needs governors. Council should write a by-law to regulate its proceedings. A clause should be inserted in this by-law imposing penal servitude unless its provisions are enforced by the mayor. Such a by-law, properly enforced, would prove an insurmountable barrier to aldermen whose chief virtue is garrulity. Greenwood wants its best business men in its council but no business man can afford to spend 2 hours and 45 minutes in doing five minutes of city work.”

➤ Windsor Hotel Sold – “The Windsor Hotel has been purchased by Mr. Frank S. Barnard for $9,000 cash. (ed. Barnard became B.C Lieutenant-Governor in 1914) The Windsor is situated in the heart of the business portion of Copper Street and has always done a big trade. (ed. the Windsor is now called the Greenwood Inn) Last spring the original Windsor was removed to the rear of the lots and a large three-storey frame building erected in front. This has been fitted up with all modern conveniences, including acetylene gas.”