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It happened this week in Cranbrook

Dave Humphrey

Items compiled from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook Museum and Archives


Guns, bicycles, revolvers ... Baseball, Football, Tennis, Golph, Cricket, Fishing Tackle, Ammunition, and all other lines including light hardware, we carry in stock, and our prices are very low. We also do gun repairing good and cheap. We will take in exchange for goods any produce you may have, cordwood etc. Write us, giving full description of what you have. McCREADY ARMS & CYCLE Co., 320 MAIN ST., WINNIPEG.

New Station ... Cranbrook is to enjoy the distinction of having the largest and finest depot in the Kootenays. The plans that have been prepared and now in charge of Engineer Pratt, show a building that will be a beauty in every way. It will be two stories high, gable roof, dormer windows, finished in artistic style and most conveniently arranged. On the first floor will be the baggage room 20 X 24, ladies' waiting room 24 by 18, gentleman's waiting room 24 by 18, lunchroom 24 by 18, kitchen 16 by 18, and a living room adjoining the kitchen. The second story will have the train dispatcher's office and seven other rooms that may be used for either office or bedrooms. On the front of the building, facing the track, will be a platform 300 feet long. Already lumber is being placed on the ground for the building, and work will be inaugurated just as soon as there is an assurance that there will be no delay on account of a lack of material. The building will be located on the east side of the track and west of the section house.

Water Tower ... The C.P.R. will build a 40,000 gallon water tank on a 6o-foot tower, just as soon as the material can be secured.

A Post Office At Last ... After months of waiting, with the necessity growing more pressing each day, Cranbrook has been given a post office, and the first regular mail will leave tomorrow by the way of Fort Steele and Golden. Inspector Fletcher arrived Saturday and called at once upon R. E. Beattie. Within a short time Mr. Beattie was authorized to write "P.M." after his name. A registry department has been installed, and on September 1st a money order department will be added. For the next two or three weeks the mail will be sent by the way of Fort Steele and Golden, pending the arrangement that is being made for carrying the mail on the Crow's Nest Pass Railway. When this takes effect Cranbrook will have at least three mails a week, and will become the distributing point for Fort Steele and other outlying points.

First Cranbrook Baby ... Last Saturday morning a girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Turnbull, in their car stationed in the yards in the north part of town. The mother and child are doing well. Mr. Turnbull, as superintendent of construction, must necessarily follow up the end of steel very closely and he has his family with him all the time, comfortably domiciled in two cars built for the purpose. Their little girl baby enjoys the distinction of being the first child born in Cranbrook, and in commemoration of this fact L. A. Hamilton and Col. Baker presented the mother a deed for a lot as a gift for the little one who first saw the light of day in this town.

Long Swim ... "Sporting" A.T.Clark accomplished the feat of swimming across Moyie Lake, just above town. The lake at this point is about three quarters of a mile wide. The distance was covered in eighteen and one-half minutes.


A New School House ...  The plans and specifications for the new school house have been received, and are now on file at the office of W. T. Reid, one of the trustees. Tenders for the construction of the schoolhouse have been asked for, returnable on Sept. 2. Two sets of bids are called for. One to a single room building complete, and the other for a two-story building with the ground floor only finished.

Send Them to School ... There are a number of children running on the streets of Cranbrook that should be in school. It is criminal for parents to permit their children to neglect opportunities for an education. Send them to school and in later years they will be thankful.

New Phone Line ... Dr. King has had a telephone line put up from his office to the hospital at St. Eugene Mission. This will give him direct communication and save him needless trips at times.


Perry Creek Stampede ... It looks like another stampede will be added to the history of Perry Creek. The recent great discoveries made by Messrs. Ellers and Monroe and the successful termination of the long tunnel that the Kootenay and Perry Creek Mining Co. Limited, have been driving for months, has excited great interest among the miners and prospectors in this region who have heard of it, and outfits are going in daily. Roy Campbell came down from the creek Monday, whence he had been packing supplies for the above company and reports that he met several prospecting outfits going in; each day sees prospectors hastening in either to do assessment work or seek new discoveries. It would seem possible that the source of the fortunes taken out of Perry Creek by the early-day placer miners has been discovered. If this proves to be correct it means the establishment of a large and rich gold camp, to which Cranbrook is the doorway. There can be no doubt now that large bodies of gold ore carrying very satisfactory values exist on Perry Creek.

In Very Hard Luck ... Gordon Ross commenced work on the new hospital building yesterday afternoon for the first time, and before he had worked an hour fell from the roof to the ground, a distance of 25 feet, breaking an ankle, rupturing some of the arteries, and being badly bruised on the head and other portions of his body, as well as being badly shaken up. He was cared for by Dr. Beattie as well as circumstances would permit until Dr. King could arrive from St. Eugene. The unfortunate man was conveyed to the Mission Hospital, where Dr. King will attend to him. It was feared last night that Ross would have to undergo an amputation.

Early Mule ... An old mule connected with the early history of many Montana mining camps was attacked with horse fever a few days ago; many will remember the big animal as the winner of the slow race last season and the property of the Hamilton Brothers. The old horse hauled to the mine the first timber that was put in the St. Eugene.

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