It happened this week in 1916

June 4 - 10: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

June 4 – 10: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives


Court cases … Yesterday morning W. G. Alexander, who has been lecturing and reading heads in the city for the last ten days was up in police court on a charge of practicing the profession of Phrenology without a license.

Chief Hersey prosecuted and Mr. Alexander conducted his own case. After hearing the evidence and the argument of the defence His Worship Judge Arnold ordered Mr. Alexander to pay the $5.00 license fee and imposed a fine of $100, which was paid.

On June 3rd last Fred Smith was charged by Chief Hersey with theft from the Canadian Hotel, and on a charge of house-breaking and being in possession of house-breaking in struments was remanded to June 7th. On the remand case coming up yesterday he was committed for trial on the charge of theft.

On Saturday last Wm. Anderson was charged by the C.P.R. constable with being drunk and disorderly on the depot platform on the afternoon of Friday, the second. He was fined $10 and costs or 14 days. The fine was paid.

Court case … Supreme Court opened last Monday morning before His Lordship Mr. Justice Clement. The first case was that of McGuffie vs. Tweedel. This is an action for damages for an automobile accident, and was tried before the following jury: W. Attridge, foreman, A. Raworth, B. Brown, A. Bridges, A. B. Smith, R. Carr, E. H. McPhee, and Jas. Martin.

The accident occurred in the fall of 1914. H. C. McGuffie was a passenger on an auto stage for the round trip Penticton to Keremeos and return the stage being run by H. Tweedle of Keremeos. On the return journey Tweedle’s car was filled and he asked McGuffie to ride in another car. The driver of the other car smashed into two bridges close together, overturned the car, and threw McGuffie into the creek, as a result of which McGuffie claimed to have suffered for a year and a half from neurasthenia, to have been laid off work part of the time, and to have been caused other loss and damage.

The defence claimed that as the other driver was not in their employ they should not be held responsible for his action.

A verdict of $700 and costs was given for McGuffie, Mr. Ladner of Vernon for dft., A. B. Macdonald for pltf.

Kootenay Orchards’ sale fraudulent … The case of Williams vs. Shields was commenced Tuesday and is still in progress. This is a test case of the associated settlers in the Kootenay Orchards claiming recision of agreements of purchase and damages for fraudulent representations at time of sale by the vendor and his agents and in literature sent out by the same. This is being tried without jury.

The case opened Tuesday with the plaintiff, R.T. Williams, under examination all afternoon and the following morning, after which His Honor adjourned the court to allow consultation between the plaintiffs and defendants in an effort to reach a compromise, without prejudice to either side. The vendors offered to reduce the price one half which was refused, and the case continued at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Stender, Mr. Gilpin and Mr. Binning were in the box in the afternoon for the plaintiff, the two former as to clearing work done for Mr. Williams and conditions on their own locations in the sub-division.

Mr. Binning was called to give evidence re photos placarded “Cranbrook Fruit in Kootenay Orchards” prospectus, which the plaintiff claimed were of Creston fruit exhibited at the Cranbrook fair.

A. B. Smith occupied the stand Thursday morning.

The case was still in progress yesterday afternoon.


Latest recruits … Recruiting for B. Company of the 225th has been very brisk during the past week, no less than fifteen men being signed on. B. Company now numbers 130 men. A Company in Fernie is up to 180 men so it is up to Cranbrook to get an extra hustle on to make up the fifty odd we are behind the Fernie total.

Though the response to the call has been very good there are still a number of eligible men who could serve their country better in uniform than in the positions they now occupy.

Smart soldiers … The men make a very smart appearance marching along the streets of the city on the way to the drill grounds, and B. Company will compare favorably with any other Company of similar length of training, not only in proficiency in drill but also in physical fitness and size of the men.

In the return game of baseball between the Royal Hotel and the Soldiers the boys in khaki again demonstrated that they could play ball as well as handle a rifle by trimming the Royals by a score of 8 to 3.

Col. J. Mackay, O. C. 225tli, has received notification from Phoenix, B. C., that the cttizens of that place desire to present to the battalion instruments for the band to the value of $2,000. In making this offer it is stated that the town of Phoenix is unable at this time to furnish recruits for the battalion, and in view of this they desire to lend their assistance in an alternative manner and consequently their decision to furnish the instruments for the battalion was accepted.

A concert and dance will be given in the Auditorium tomorrow, Friday night, by B. Co. A concert will be given by local talent from 8.30 to 10, followed by a dance from 10 to 12. Music by the Granbrook Orchestra.

Bostonians … Next Monday night at the Cranbrook Auditorium, the Famous Bostonians will appear in “Tipperary Mary”, a rollicking musical play of auld Ireland which has delighted audiences from Calgary as far east as Port Arthur and the Twin Cities.

Many of the former favorites will return with this popular company among whom are the Misses Hellen, Patsie Henry, Nell (Babe) Mason, Dixie White, Ina Mitchell, Billie O’Neil, Lola Fox, Lillian Defty, Blanche Ogden, the Johnson Sisters and several others. There will also be many girls who have never before been seen here.

Mr. George Bromley, the Bostonians personal musical director, will conduct a special orchestra. Special, scenery, made from sketches of old Tipperary, Ireland itself, and new lighting effects assist in making this a perfectly mounted production.

The Bostonians are well and favorably known here and a capacity house is assured. Seats are being booked rapidly at Beattie-Murphy’s.


Marysville news … A huge streak of dust was observed on the Main Street on Saturday evening notwithstanding the recent rains. Those of quicker observation said it was C. B. Staples of Wycliffe and his motor cycle.

Bismuthate discovery … The discovery of molybdenite on the St. Marys River was announced a short time since. A sample of the vein matter has since been sent to the Provincial Mineralogist at Victoria who states that it also contains bismuthate or bismuth glance, worth about $3 a pound according to the latest quotations.

The bulk of this material comes from the Bolivian Andes, South America, where it is found sparingly at altitudes over 15,000 above sea level. A small quantity is procured from Australia.

One of the chief uses of bismuth is in pharmacy where in the form of the subnitrate it is administered in acute cases of dyspepsia and also in dysentry. For these disorders it is looked upon as the safest medicine so far discovered.

A very interesting quality of the metal is its power of expanding as it cools from the liquid to the solid form. On this account it is of special use in making high grade castings, especially such as are needed for electrotype work.

Another peculiarity of bismuth is its power of lowering the fusing point of metals associated with it in the form of alloys. For this reason it is mixed with tin and lead to form the fusible plugs used in automatic sprinkler installations in theatres and other public buildings. Further it may be said that it rarely occurs except in combination with gold.


Creamery … That the Cranbrook Creamery is going to mean much to the farmers of the district is already being proven by the patrons who are now bringing in their cream.

On Saturday last Mr. Roy Myers of Cherry Creek brought in two cans, one of sweet cream and one of sour, for which he received $22.08, the cream being of exceptionally good quality.

The amount of cream being sent in is exceeding the expectation of the promoters and goes to show that there are sufficient dairy cows in the district tributary to Cranbrook to support a flourishing creamery if all dairymen will do their share by sending in what cream they can.

The other end of the business, the marketing of the finished product, is likely to prove the hardest problem during the summer when there is such an influx of butter from the prairies.

Cranbrook citizens can do much to help out by always asking for the product of the local creamery, which is for sale at the creamery and at all grocers, their brand being called “Kootenay Brand”. It has the advantage of being much fresher than it is possible to get any imported article, and the quality is uniformly good.

The management guarantee every pound they turn out and will very willingly replace or refund the money on anything they turn out if it is not satisfactory and in every way up to the mark. If citizens will remember the fact that money spent for butter or other products of our own creamery stays in this district, being paid to the farmer who in turn pays it back to the tradesman or professional man, it will not be necessary to remind them further of the wisdom of patronizing “home industry.”

Price and quality being equal the home product should have the preference every time. The creamery has made two churnings this week, as well as making a considerable quantity of ice cream.

The ice cream is made out of pure sweet cream and is a very smooth article, true to its name “Velvet.” It also is for sale in bulk at the creamery or at the ice cream parlors.

Women’s Institute … The regular monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute was held on Tuesday afternoon in the Maple Hall and as usual was well attended.

Mrs. W. B. M acFarlane at the outset made feeling reference to the calamitous end of Lord Kitchener and his staff and enlarged upon the extreme loss to the British Empire. The members rose and sang reverently “God Save our Splendid Men” followed by the National Anthem and the Maple Leaf.

Mrs. Anne Kennedy led the singing and arranged the social program for the day. A copy of the Cook Book recently compiled by members was passed around and a discussion arose as to the kind of cover most suitable it being agreed to carry out the colors of the Institute if possible and a charge of 50 cents be made for each copy.

Committees were appointed to arrange a cookery sale on Saturday afternoon, June 17th, providing a rendezvous can be secured and full particulars will be given in next week’s Herald.

A letter was read from the President of the Advisory Board encouraging the Women to put forward every effort in patriotic work and regard such as ‘conscription for women’.

A little wool is still on hand for making socks which Mrs. MacFarlane hoped would be knitted up by July meeting. Part of the scheme for the day was a demonstration by Mrs. Clapp —“What Dishes to Prepare When Appetites Need Coaking.” Unfortunately Mrs. Clapp was too ill to attend and Mrs. Henderson kindly came to the rescue with some very skilfully and tastefully prepared dishes warranted to tempt the poorest of appetites. Recipes were given.

Mrs. MacFarlane followed with a demonstration on “How to Preserve Strawberries Uncooked.” This was splendidly given to the minutest detail and by carrying out the instructions it is possible to keep them in this way for two years or longer.

The afternoon was somewhat marred by the loss of Mrs. Geo. Couldwell who is leaving for New Westminster. Mrs. Palmer in a happy little speech spoke of her membership from the inauguration of the Institute and moved a hearty vote of thanks. Mrs. Seaman in seconding the motion also lamented her severance with the Institute and hoped she would return to Cranbrook in the near future. In reply Mrs. Couldwell expressed her gratitude, regretting her removal from Cranbrook but would still take a practical interest in the work of the Women’s Institute.

It was decided to hold the usual meeting on July 4th at the Maple Hall and the picnic to take place the day following when it was hoped members would invite their husbands, friends and families and make it a community affair.

Mrs. Beech gave an excellent pianoforte solo and Mrs. Spence a humorous reading, after which refreshments were served.