Fire chief asks for return of ladders

Chronicles of Boundary Country from the pages of The Boundary Creek Times
Volume III, No.25 – February 26, 1898

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➤ Great Northern Railway Route to Midway – “Blue-print maps have been issued showing the proposed route of the Great Northern’s road into the Boundary Creek district. It commences at Marcus, Washington, where the Columbia River will be crossed by steam ferry, and follows the west bank of the Kettle River for about 10 miles to the mouth of Boulder Creek; thence up this creek to the divide and down Deep Creek to a point on the Kettle River two miles east of Curlew Creek, and on to Midway along the west bank of the river.”

➤ Benefits of a Quick Delivery of Goods via the Great Northern – “As an instance of the benefit to be derived by the GNR’s road into this district, the delivery of a carload of hardware, shipped by J.H. Ashdown of Winnipeg to the Russell Hardware Company of Greenwood, may be cited. The hardware was delivered at the Northern Pacific freight sheds in Winnipeg on the 8th of this month and arrived in Marcus 9 days later. From Marcus to Greenwood, it took 7 days by team. If the GNR road were extended to Boundary district, the time in transit of freight would have been 10 days, a savings of 7 days. To the merchant, the quick delivery of freight is no small matter . . .”

➤ Stage Arrives Ahead of Schedule – “Parker’s stage from Grand Forks arrived in Greenwood a half an hour ahead of time on Tuesday. Mr. Parker arriving on the scheduled time. The difference in time of arrival of stage and driver was caused by the breaking of a rough lock. The lock broke and the driver got out to fix it when the team started down the hill alone and were caught opposite the Pioneer Hotel by T. McDonnell. No damage was done.”

➤ Fire Brigade Ladders – “Chief Nelson, of the fire brigade, requests people borrowing ladders belonging to the city, without his knowledge, to return them as soon as they have no further use for the ladders. In the case of fire, it is necessary that all the appliances belonging to the brigade should be where members can place their hands on them.”

➤ The Reverend Enjoys His Dancing and Card Playing – “Grand Forks appears never to be safely out of one excitement until it has another to replace it. At present, the principal cause of trouble is the Presbyterian minister at Grand Prairie. The reverend gentleman seemingly takes a practical view of life, and sees no harm in dancing and card playing as social amusements. This does not suit members and adherents of his church and charges have been sent to the superintendent of missions to have the pastor removed. The charges are accompanied by a numerously signed petition. From the names of the signers to the petition, it might safely be presumed that a large number of them would not seriously object to card playing or dancing as social amusements, even for a minister of the gospel.”


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