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Local farmers met in March to organize a formal association to promote the sale of their products. They gathered at John Assman¿s Crystal Market grocery store with the idea of promoting purchases of locally-grown products by Prince George grocers. They hoped to stem the practice of bringing in large quantities of produce from outside the trading area. The farmers recognized that competition was hurting them. An organization would also serve to improve and build relationships between farmers and merchants. Two major problems needed to be addressed: there was no recognized system of proper grading and no set prices established to smooth transactions between the two sides.

The farmers¿ group took their cause to City Hall in April. John Henderson was given the opportunity to speak to City Council on behalf of the farmers. He gave a spirited account and began accusing merchants of giving preference to outside producers. Merchants yelled back supporting their side. C. C. Reid produced samples of ungraded potatoes, saying they represented 25 per cent of what he got from local farmers. ¿Your potatoes are easily distinguished because they are either scrubby and wormy or composed of tubers so small they have little commercial value.¿ From that point on, the meeting deteriorated into what was described as a ¿donnybrook¿ and it was only later that a committee addressed the need for improving the market system.

The lumber industry experienced a boom as a result of the bumper wheat crop on the Canadian prairies. Suddenly, there was a scramble to build more grain elevators to store the crop. The tall structures were constructed entirely of wood ¿ creating an unprecedented demand. Mills in and around Prince George ran double shifts and hired more workers. Productive operations were meeting shipments at the rate of eight to ten railcars per day. The promise of prosperity appeared high, and no one would have believed that disaster was about to fall. The crisis that would sink the entire North American continent into economic depression was less than a year away.

In September, more cultural opportunities were available in Prince George with the opening of The Craig School of Dancing. Miss Nan Craig had spent the previous four months touring London, Paris, Berlin and Brussels, observing the latest dances. Upon her return, she offered a curriculum that included the national dances of most European countries plus acrobatic, eccentric and character dances. There was even a special class of ¿fancy dances for babies.¿

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