Echoes from the past: Experimental Farm celebrated 75 years

The Experimental Farm celebrated its 75th anniversary on Friday, July 20, 1962.

  • Fri Jul 27th, 2012 5:00am
  • Life

50 Years Ago, 1962

• The Experimental Farm celebrated its 75th anniversary on Friday, July 20, 1962.  The sun shone bright and it was delightful out on the lawns under the trees.  Guided tours showed those present some of the work that goes on at the “Farm”. The site was chosen by the Federal Government in 1887 and work began in 1888. Four other sites across Canada which chosen to have experimental farms were Nappan, N.S., Ottawa, Ont., Brandon, Man. and Indian Head, Sask.

• Kent council held a special meeting in July of 1962 to approve a half million dollar microwave relay tower on Woodside Mountain.  Site of the tower was to be at a height of more than 3000 feet, on Crown land on the ridge between Agassiz and the Harrison River, about four miles by road from the Lougheed Highway.

• Just before going to press, the paper learned that on Tuesday a small transfer of Doukhobor prisoners took place. 15 male prisoners were moved into the new Mountain Prison.  Further transfers would not take place until early August.  Permanent staff would consist of 22 males and 11 females under direction of Mr. Ray A. Wilson.

•  Gibson’s Red and White Store advertised Nabob coffee, regular or fine grind at 1 pound for $.69 and Okanagan apricots at $1.99 for a crate, about 22 pounds.

– submitted by the Agassiz Harrison Historical Society