BLASTS FROM THE PAST Jan 8 – Italians captured, now in the cooler

From the Chronicles of Boundary Country from the pages of the Boundary Creek Times Volume V, No. 8 – Oct. 29, 1898

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➤ The Knob Hill Mine – “Boundary Creek district can very properly claim the biggest copper mine in the world. This is a rather startling statement, but it is nevertheless true. The Knob Hill, in Greenwood Camp (Phoenix), contains a larger body of copper ore than any other known mine. A tunnel has been run a distance of 340 feet . . . every foot of the tunnel is in pay ore, and the wall of the ledge has not yet been reached. There is not a pound of waste ore on the dump from the tunnel.”

➤ A Kettle River Pioneer – “Among the visitors to Greenwood this week was Charles Ditz of the Upper Kettle River. Mr. Ditz is one of the earliest pioneers of the Kettle River country, being among the first to wash gold at Rock Creek. He now lives on a pretty ranch about five miles above Rock Creek. Mr. Ditz (76) does not travel much. This is his first trip away from home in 10 years. He was surprised to find so large a town here.”

➤ Rendell & Co. – “Messrs. Rendell & Co. have disposed of their retail grocery trade to Messrs. A.H. Sperry & Co. In the future they intend doing a wholesale grocery business only . . . and carry a large stock of liquors to sell to the trade from Penticton to Gladstone.”

➤ Now That is a HARDWARE STORE – The Russell Hardware Company in Greenwood advertised the following items for sale in their store on Copper Street: “shelf and heavy hardware; stoves, cooking and heating; graniteware and tinware; crockery and glassware; iron, steel and piping; ore cars and wheels; powder, fuse and caps; Victor exploders; leading and connecting wire; windows and doors; paints and oils, etc.”

➤ Two Italians – “Michael Gier and Francisco Matziere, two Italian laborers, appeared before Police Magistrate Hallett—the former charged with shooting with intent to kill and the latter with carrying concealed weapons. Gier fired a revolver at the men working on Government Street. He and Matziere were captured by Chief of Police Taylor. Both men were armed with revolvers and knives. The arrest reflects credit on Mr. Taylor who acted in a very plucky manner. Both men are at present in the cooler.”


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