BLASTS FROM THE PAST MAY 9: Liquor licences $50 for six months

Wholesale liquor licences were $50 for six months and fortune teller licences were $5 a week in 1897.

Chronicles of Boundary Country from the pages of The Boundary Creek Times, Volume III, No.2 – September 18, 1897

➤ License Fees Approved By City Council – Greenwood City Council approved its first set of business license fees, to be assessed immediately. A sample of these fees are as follows: hotel license – $100 for six months; wholesale liquor license – $50 for six months; billiard tables – $5 each table for six months; bowling alleys – $5 each lane for six months; opium dealer – $250 for six months; hawker – $25 for six months; peddler – $20 for six months or $5 a week; livery stable – $5 for six months; auctioneer – $25 for six months; contractor or builder – $ 5 for six months; street fakirs (ed.- i.e. Muslim or Hindu religious beggars) – $15 a week; travelling shows – $5 each exhibit; fortune tellers – $5 per week.

➤ Street Levels – “It is understood that the Board of Works, who have been given power to act by Greenwood City Council, will secure the services of Mr. Charles AE. Shaw, Civil Engineer, to run the proper street levels in the city. As a consequence of there heretofore having been no guide as to the level of the streets, building foundations were erected in many instances either too high or too low once the streets had been graded. How to make a good street with the least inconvenience to the owners of the buildings will be no easy matter to decide.”

➤ The Price of Silver – “After the recent remarkable decrease in the price of silver, the price in finally slowly climbing and will probably reach 60 cents per ounce within the month, a mark considered by many to be the normal price. The increased price is exceedingly gratifying to the owners of silver-lead properties. And the price of lead continues to hold its own and all lead industries are booming.”

➤ The Mining Outlook – “The outlook for Boundary Creek district is most encouraging. Without even considering the fact that there are two railway survey parties in the district, owners of mining property have wisely arrived at the conclusion that instead of waiting for a railway, the amount of trade will force the railway companies to build into the district. Permanent mining machinery is coming into the district; large contracts for work are being awarded; and many claims are being crown granted. Everyone appears to have renewed confidence, and money is being invested more freely both in purchasing and developing properties. When a railway does come, it will find more business than it can handle.”

➤ Daily Mail Service – “A strong effort will be made to induce the Dominion Government to provide the necessary money to secure a daily mail both ways between Greenwood and Grand Forks. At present, there is a daily mail from Marcus, Washington (ed. – i.e. the closest railway depot) to Grand Forks and only three times a week between Grand Forks and Greenwood. As a result, the Greenwood mail remains at Grand Forks every alternate day although a stage runs daily between the two points.”