Merritt’s inaugural city council in 1911. (from back, L-R) Ald. Percy Boyd, Ald. Duncan Munro, Ald. Neil Mcmillan, Mayor Isaac Eastwood, Ald. Fred Reid, Ald. James Menzies and Ald. Archibald Jackson. (Seated) City clerk Harry Priest and city solicitor Martin Luther Grimmett. (Photo courtesy of the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives).

1911-2021: Happy 110th birthday, Merritt! On January 6, 1910, the Board of Trade held a meeting to discuss the incorporation of Merritt. At that meeting, G.B. Armstrong was elected chairman, and M.L. Grimmett, secretary. At a public meeting in February, it was decided that any move towards incorporation should be delayed for 6 months. At the August meeting, over 150 citizens made the decision in favour of incorporation, and the necessary steps were then taken. After a number of private and public meetings, the City of Merritt was incorporated on April 1, 1911…

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