The Western Producer takes a weekly look at some of the stories that made headlines in issues of the paper from 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago.
75 years ago: June 19, 1941
Henry Wise Wood, a pioneer organizer from Alberta, died at the age of 81. He was president of United Farmers of Alberta from 1916-31 and helped form the Alberta Wheat Pool, which he chaired from 1923-37.
He sat on the Wheat Control Board during the First World War and was a member of the first Canadian Wheat Board from 1919 to its dissolution in 1921.
He was said to have refused the premiership of Alberta when the UFA took power in the province.
A severe outbreak of encephalomyelitis in horses in Texas had Saskatchewan on high alert as experts feared a quick spread northward. J.S. Fulton, head of the University of Saskatchewan’s veterinary science department, urged the vaccination of valuable horses. The disease had killed 13,000 to 14,000 horses in the province in 1938.
50 years ago: June 16, 1966
Just as a costly waterfront strike was ending at three St. Lawrence Seaway ports by members of the International Longshoremen’s Association, leaders of the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers, which represented other Seaway workers, were talking strike.
China sold $14.4 million worth of goods to Canada in 1965, which was a 53 percent increase from the previous year. However, it was still a drop in the bucket compared to the $105 million worth of goods that Canada sold to China. Walnuts, peanuts and other nuts were the main commodities sold to Canada, as well as a growing list of goods ranging from hairpins to non-military firearms.
25 years ago: June 20, 1991
The federal government put a stop to a lockout of Vancouver grain workers, sending employees back to work and resuming grain exports.
Canada won its biggest free trade victory when the United States lost its final appeal against an order to lift duties on Canadian hog imports.
10 years ago: June 15, 2006
James Richardson International was considering suing the Canadian Grain Commission over events that occurred in 2002, when the commission refused to cross a picket line to inspect grain at the Port of Vancouver or allow Richardson to unload uninspected grain.
The company unloaded the grain anyway, which prompted the commission to suspend its terminal operating licence for one day and order an extensive audit of its terminal assets. In May, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the commission’s actions had been heavy-handed.
The Conservative government announced it would introduce legislation later in the month that would kill the long gun registration.