with electric lights by the C.O. Rodgers power plant, and the new curling club had its own power source. Efforts were being made to supply the whole village with electric lights. In 1934, the Goat River dam was completed and a reliable power source was established.

The stock market crash of 1929 had little effect on Creston. With an economy based on agriculture and plenty of water for irrigation, the community was able to take care of itself, and its population grew as people arrived from other, less fortunate parts of the country. Nevertheless, there were some very poor families, and the Village Council accepted its responsibility to provide for them by supplying them with groceries.

In 1930, Dr. Olivier, persuaded by the Board of trade to set up practice in Creston, established the first hospital. It was small - only eleven beds - but it provided a service that had been needed for some time.

After a decade and a half of discussion, the Creston Flats were finally reclaimed in 1935. Dykes were built along the Kootenay River, and the Goat River was diverted and dyked. Large-scale cultivation of the flats began almost immediately.

As dyking progressed and more land became available, wheat farming became more and more common in the Creston Valley. In 1935, in anticipation of a 165,000bushel wheat crop, Creston's first grain elevator was built. A second followed in 1936.

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