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Throwback Thursday: This week in Prince George history, Feb. 22, 2024

A visiting hockey team from Edson was one of the big events in Prince George this week 100 years ago.

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, our weekly dive into the Prince George Citizen archives, a hockey team from Edson was set to visit Prince George for a pair of games against the local team, the Feb. 21, 1924, edition of the Citizen announced.

The community was throwing a dance at the Ritts-Kifer Hall on Friday night, with music by the Prince George Orchestra, followed by the games on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Tickets for the dance? $1.

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Canada was still at war in 1944, prompting an ad in the Feb. 24 edition of the Citizen from that year from the B.C. Distillery Co., Ltd. urging residents to “let’s cut the cackle” because there could be spies among us.

“Guard your conversation and you guard a life!”

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Bridget Moran was front page news in the Feb. 24, 1964, edition of the Citizen.

“Four suspended workers get their jobs back – Moran case under study,” the headline read.

“Back at their desks this morning were Nick Proznick, Mrs. Judy Kennedy, Mrs. Gelen Gilmour and Mrs. Shelagh Vickery, all of whom were suspended for alleged “insubordination.”

“The four workers were off the job for exactly one week and were suspended after they co-signed a telegram sent to welfare director James Sadler in Victoria.

“The telegram criticized Mr. Sadler for his comments regarding social worker Wallace Du Temple who resigned his post at Fort. St. John.

“The four social workers as well as Mrs. Moran, threatened to leave their jobs and march on Victoria to protest against conditions in the welfare department.”

“Mrs. Moran, the most experience social worker of the five, sparked the welfare controversy that has rocked the government during the past seven weeks.”

Moran is immortalized in Prince George history for her social justice advocacy with a statue on Third Avenue and the Bridget Moran Award is presented annually to a northern B.C. social worker for outstanding work in the region.

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Here were some of the grocery deals of the week at the Prince George Safeway, from an ad in the Feb. 25, 1974, edition of the Citizen:

Pork Roast – 95 cents/pound

All-purpose flour, 20-pound bag - $2.69

Meanwhile, Prince George had a snow problem 50 years ago but the opposite of the current issue.

The front page of the Monday, Feb. 25, 1974, pictured Kathy Hart, 13, in a big pile of snow that had fallen overnight, bringing the city’s total snowfall for that winter to… get this… 133.5 inches. That's more than 11 feet or 3.4 metres of the white stuff.

The winter of 1973-74 remains the snowiest winter in Prince George history. By the time it was all over, and spring mercifully appeared, 3.9 metres of snow had blanketed the city.

But let’s go back to Kathy Hart.

Where is she now? If you know where she might be, we’d love to hear from her! Drop me a line at ngodbout@pgcitizen.ca with info.

The Prince George Citizen archive can be found online at pgnewspapers.pgpl.ca.