August 14, 2022

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Real Estate was Real Cheap in Grand Forks 106 years ago

In the May 26th Gazette of 1910 you will find the following advertisement:

House and Lot For Sale

A storey and a half house, with a 42×108 foot lot, situated on Riverside avenue, for sale. House contains eight rooms, besides pantry and clothes; city water and light; stone foundation and good cellar. Woodshed and chicken house. Price $1000; $600 cash, balance terms. Apply to Geo. Frankovitch, Grand Forks. 46

I believe the ’46’ at the end is the phone number . . .

And back in 1910 we were experiencing a Measles outbreak which resulted in the schools being closed until June 6th. The newspaper has 2 items regarding this:

The city schools were closed on Wednesday by the board of trustees, on the recommendation of Dr. Truax, medical inspector of schools, owing to the large number of pupils who were down with measles. It is expected that the schools will be reopened on the 6th of June, by which time it is anticipated the disease will have been got under control, if not entirely stamped out. A notice from Dr. Kingston, city medical health officer, appears in another column of this weeks Gazette, to which we respectfully direct the attention of our readers.

And that notice:


That the prevalence of measles in the city to such an extent as to require the closing of the central school is much to be regretted. It has been recently discovered that the disease has existed in many parts of the city, but the cases were not always reported. The health regulations require that all cases of infectious of contagious disease be immediately reported to the health officer. To prevent the spread of infection it is requisite that the health regulations be observed to the fullest extent. Notice is hereby given that all cases of measles or other contagious disease must be reported to the health officer without delay.

C.M. Kingston
Medical Health Officer

And some people wanted BC to be dry – as in no alcohol allowed.

In response to the request of Dr. Spencer on behalf of the B. C. local option league, the Federal Government has passed an amendment which makes the “Canadian Temperance Act” apply to British Columbia. The league will shortly decide in which cities, towns and districts to make the first test.

Did we go ‘dry’? Find out more at the Wikipedia page regarding prohibition in Canada.

You can read all this and more in the May 26th Gazette of 1910. You can see those and ‘recent editions’ on our Old Newspapers page.