Echoes from the past: March 10, 1966

A look back at local stories from 50 years ago in the Agassiz-Harrison community

Sewer crews driven out by mud from heavy rain

Several days of heavy rain has forced suspension of sewer laying operations.

On Wednesday conditions had become so muddy that Quinlan Construction pulled all crews off.

The rain is also adding to the difficulty if lowering the water table to permit installation of the Vimy Road pumping station.

Three electric pumps were put in action at the end of last week, pumping back through the sewer line to the Clearwater Slough.

A fourth is to be installed shortly, pumping through an irrigation pipe.

At press time water had been drawn down about four feet, but the pumps were no longer gaining.

The present level is low enough to lay the pipe, but before the base for the pump can be poured the water must be taken down about as much again.

 

Employment conditions keep improving through February

General improvement in employment conditions continued throughout February, according to Murray McKenney, manager of the National Employment office at Chilliwack.

The demand for workers stemmed mainly from partial resumption of logging, plus increased opportunities in foodservice and food processing industries and movement of construction tradesman into employment.

Municipal winter works projects employed 64 men.

At the end of the month records showed 1,529 men and 510 women registered for employment, a decrease of 399 from the end of January.

At the same time last year 1,680 men and 525 women were registered for work.

 

• Submitted by the Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society