Construction of new hotel halts second builder

Echoes from the Past looks back at life in Agassiz and Harrison 50 years ago

50 Years Ago, 1961

• At a meeting of the Fall Fair organization, it was learned that the 1961 fair showed a good profit. Memberships totaled $324, gate admission was $246, games and rides made $818, food sales were $145 and the dance netted $135. The association had spent $1000 for games and a new children’s ride, which almost paid for itself in the first year. The trophy for the highest aggregate points was won by Mrs. Lew Davis. The family trophy went to Mrs. Fred Striker, Valdean and Ted, and Guenther Schwichtenburg received a $25 cheque for having the best-paying pea crop.

• Construction of the new hotel on the Lougheed Highway at Davis Lane had already begun and work on the downtown Agassiz hotel was halted. The builder of the downtown project stated he would not build a hotel to compete with another in the area.

• Clubs at the Agassiz High School were starting up. Besides the various sports teams to try out for, students could play intramural basketball, start practicing for the cross country runs, take up rope climbing and gymnastics, or join the bowling league, or the Future Teachers Club, the Camera Club, the ISCF Club, the Library Club, or the Ballroom Dancing Club. The students council was planning to hold a fudge sale at noon hour and sock hops were being considered for every second Friday.

• Birch firewood was a popular item in the 1960s, with many people using wood stoves and wood fireplaces. Logs cut into five foot lengths were offered for $5 a cord or $9 delivered.