It happened this week in 1916

June 25 – July 1: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

June 25 – July 1: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives


Altering brands … Defendants Found Guilty in Test Case — Notice of Appeal Has Been Given. A case of particular interest to cattlemen and ranchers in general was tried before Justice of the Peace E. A. Hill on Friday last.

Harry Stevens and John Pattison were charged with altering and defacing the brand on a heifer belonging to the Oblate Fathers at Mission.

Provincial Constable McGuffie prosecuted; M. A. Macdonald appeared for the defence.

The contention of the Crown was that the brand of the Oblate Fathers “O M” had been altered by Stevens and Pattison by branding “H S” over the old brand.

A number of witnesses were called. Testimony as to the ownership of the animal was not very plain in some respects, and the counsel for the defence claimed the case should not be gone on with, that it was simply a case for civil action as to ownership. His Worship Magistrate Hill did not agree with this argument, and ruled that the case should proceed as to the charge of altering the brand.

The court examined the animal and compared the brands with the branding iron, arriving at the conclusion that the defendants were guilty and imposed a fine of $10 and costs or thirty days.

The case was largely in the measure of a test case as there was no charge of theft, and it was announced that an appeal against the decision would be entered.

Strawberry festival … The Annual Strawberry Festival of the Anglican Church was held on the lawn of Mr. M. A. Beale last Tuesday. The lawn was prettily decorated with Chinese lanterns, and the small refreshment tables dotting the lawn looked very inviting with their floral decorations.

The various stalls harmonized well with the rest of the surroundings, the candy stall presided over by Misses B. Pye and H. Giegeritch and Mrs. McGuffie looking very gay with its brightly colored baskets of toothsome dainties.

The fancy work and flower stall presided over by Mrs. G. H. Thomson and Miss Christie looked well and attracted everyone’s notice by the addition of several vases of large oriental poppies which looked very striking. The fish pond, as always, drew a large crowd of children who were eager to try their luck.

Mrs. Radcliffe and Mrs. Riches were in charge. Mrs. A. B. Macdonald and Mrs. Christie, who had charge of the program, gave the crowd a treat by procuring the aid of some of the best of Cranbrook’s artists, some of these being Mr. Carter, Miss Hewitt, Mrs. E. D. Patterson, Mrs. King, Mrs. Nesbit and Mrs. Carter.

The Cranbrook Orchestra also volunteered their services for the evening and rendered several selections in their usual pleasing style.

Mrs. Hoggarth and Mrs. Coley who were giving out the ice-cream had no spare moments but were kept rushing orders. After the social dancing was indulged in and all in attendance were given a good time.

Those in charge of the tea-tables were— Mesdames Crebbin, Carter, W. F. Cameron, F. Woods, Cooper, Bowley, Bell, Baxter J. F. Smith, McCreery, Nelson and Miss Webb.

The committee in charge say they made more than ever before.

The cloth which was raffled during the evening was won by Mrs. Carter.

Mrs. Fred Patterson who served coffee proved herself a past mistress in the art of coffee-making.


Military notes … The advance party of B. Company of the 225th left today for Vernon to get everything in readiness. The members who left today were Corporal. Atwood, Privates Walker, Foster, Beaumont, Kemball, Pinkerton, Rockwell, Morrison, Buckovitch, McBride, Gill, Tickner, Galbraith, Denyer, and Conrad as cook.

The members of B. Company expect to leave sometime next week for Vernon to train with the balance of the Battalion.

A half dozen recruits have been signed on during the week. They are Robt. Durrant, miner, English; Jas. Henry McIntyre, sawyer, Canadian; Duncan McArthur, brakeman, Canadian; John McCarty, lumberman, Canadian; Cornelieus Carmody, lumberman, English; Joseph Zwkowski, lumberman, Russian. All are single men. Lieut. Archer of Nelson has been attached to B. Company, arriving here on Monday.

The baseball team defeated the city last night by a score of 13-5. The batteries were: Soldiers—Crowe and Baker; city—Brault and Brault. The soldiers will play ball with Wardner on Saturday afternoon next in the rear of the government grounds. The game is called at three o’clock, and a charge of 25 cents is being made, and the game is expected to be well worth the money.

The I.O.D.E. is giving a farewell concert to the boys to-night in the Parish Hall.

Prospector plant sold … Further proof of the hard times which have fallen upon the printing trade since the outbreak of the war is afforded in the price realized by the Prospector plant which was sold by auction last Friday to satisfy a claim for rent.

There was no competition in the bidding, which started at $100, the plant being knocked down for $250 to Mr. A. E. Watts of Wattsburg.

There is a complete newspaper plant, including type setting machine, cylinder press and job presses, perforators, etc., and in the days when the Prospector was running the plant was valued at nearly $5,000.

Mr. Watts, one of the mortgagees, was apparently the only man who wanted the plant at any price, and Mr. Watts would be only too glad to dispose of the plant now on a buyer’s own terms.


Visitor’s day at Manual Training School … A number of citizens visited the Manual Training School on Friday last and inspected the work done by the pupils during the past term. The pupils were busy making salad forks out of hard maple.

Each boy had already prepared drawings of the object to be made and after trimming up the block of maple laid out the requisite working lines. Then with bow-saw, spoke shave, chisel, rasp and sand paper they set to work to complete the article. Several excellent forks were made during the afternoon.

The models and drawings reflected great credit on both pupils and teacher for they had evidently necessitated great preparation and care in their making.

In semi-rural districts such as Cranbrook manual training is certainly a great necessity and deserves the support of every citizen.

Boys with work of specially good quality are:— D. Finnis, H . Chester, S. Murgatroyd, O. Thompson, O. Taylor, W. Atchison. W. Laurie, H. Jecks, I. W. Hoy, D. Brown, A. H. Webb, A. Brown, D. Dallas, O. Gill, D. Reekie, G. Taylor, J. Frost, A. Gill, J. Muller, and H. Musser.

If use is any criterion, the pupils of the Central School fully appreciate the swings etc. which have been erected by the Manual Training students.

Rex Theatre … The management of the Rex theatre announce for Friday and Saturday of this week a very special attraction in the way of photoplays, the quality and dramatic strength of which it has seldom been the pleasure of Cranbrook photoplay goers to witness.

This special offering is a Knickerbocker Star Feature, meaning a specially produced picture for the Knickerbocker Theatre of New York, entitled “The Girl from Tim’s Place” which features as the star beautiful Maud Fealy, the charming Denver girl who scored such success in “Moths” and many other equally famous plays.

The story is set in the Wild West, and is full of dramatic situations. Of course there is a thread of romance running through the piece which affords full scope for the wonderful emotional powers of the dainty leading lady. This is a picture which should be seen by every citizen of Cranbrook. It is in five powerful acts and will be exhibited on Friday and Saturday nights only, at 7.30 and 9 p.m.

There will be no advance admission prices for this exceptional photoplay.


Conservative convention … A convention to nominate a Conservative candidate for this riding has been called for Clapp’s Hall on July 6th next. Delegates will be present from every section of the riding, and it is expected there will be a full representation. Delegates only will be entitled to attend. There is much discussion as to who will be the candidate chosen, and several names are mentioned for the position. It will be up to the convention to select the strongest candidate in sight and then set behind him unitedly until he is returned as a supporter of the Government.

Death of old timer … The death occurred on Thursday morning last, 22nd inst, of Mr. Michael Phillipps, J. P. at Fruitlands, Tobacco Plains. The deceased is known the country over, especially in B.C., and is universally mourned.

The late Mr. Phillipps came from England in 1864 to Vancouver Island, Cowichan district. In a short time he joined the Hudson Bay Co at Victoria (architecture work). Later he was appointed chief clerk at Fort Shepperd, under Joseph Hardistry, brother-in-law of the late Lord Strathcona.

On the resignation of Chief Trader Sinklater at Tobacco Plains, Mr. Phillipps was appointed there, his charge consisting of stores at Wild Horse, Perry Creek and Tobacco Plains. He remained in the company’s service until 1870 when he took a ranch at Cherry Creek (now owned by Mr. Meyers.) Afterwards he located a ranch at Tobacco Plains (now owned by Mr. Scott.)

Mr. Phillipps was later appointed Indian agent in which position he was held in universal esteem by Indians and white people alike.

He was the son of a church of England clergyman in Wales. His mother was a sister of Col. Biddulph. He has brothers and a sister in England.

The deceased leaves a wife and a large family. He was buried on Sunday in the cemetery near the ranch he located long ago.


Applies to clergy only … No more will dances be held In St. Mary’s Hall under the patronage of the local Catholic clergy, who are now forbidden by decree from fostering or promoting dances of any sort or even attending them, though this prohibition does not extend to the laymen of the church.

The decree that has stirred such wide interest was recently published in the Catholic Record and was first published in the current issue of The Acta Apostolicac Sedis, the official publication of the Vatican. In runs thus:

“In the last century in the United States the custom sprung up of gathering Catholic families to balls which used to be protracted to a late hour at night by entertainments and other forms of amusement. The reason and cause given for this was that Catholics might get to know each other and become more intimately united in the bonds of love and charity. They who were used to preside over the gatherings were generally the heads of some pious work, not rarely the rectors or the parish priests of churches.

“But the ordinates of the places, although they entertained no doubt of the upright purpose of those who promoted these dances, still, looking at the perils and losses caused by the growing custom, considered it their duty to forbid them; and therefore in canon 290 of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore they laid down as follows:

“We order also that priests will take care to remove entirely that abuse in which entertainments and balls are held for the purpose of promoting pious projects. But, as often happens in human things, what was very wisely and justly ordered in the beginning gradually commenced to fall into oblivion and the use of balls again flourished and even spread into the neighboring Dominion of Canada.

“Knowing those things the most eminent fathers of the Sacred Consistorial Congregation having consulted several ordinances of these places, and having subjected the matter to deep study concluded that the decision laid down by the III Council of Baltimore must be obeyed and with the approbation of Our Most Holy Father Benedict XV, pope, they decree that all priests, secular and regular, and other clerks are absolutely forbidden to promote or foster said balls, even though if in aid of and in support of pious works, or any other pious end; more over the clerks are forbidden to be present at these balls if they happen to be promoted by laymen.

“This decree the sovereign pontiff ordered to become a part of public law and to religiously be observed by all, everything else to the contrary notwithstanding.”

Presentation to Prof. Nidd … Prof. C. F. Nidd was pleasantly surprised a few days ago by the members of the Symphony Orchestra who presented him with a handsome ebony baton, with the inscription engraved on a gold band “Prof. C. F. Nidd, from Symphony Orchestra, Cranbrook, B.C., 1916.”

The following address accompanied the baton.

“The members of the Symphony Orchestra desire to show their appreciation of the earnest efforts you have made on their behalf, and to thank you for your kindness. To do this more effectually they wish you to accept this baton as a slight token of their esteem and as a memento also of the harmony prevailing during our association.— Mrs. Fred Lister, Mrs. Arnold Wallinger, Percy A. Parker, E. A. Parker, A. E. Parker, Ivor Bassett. J. K. Elliott, Richard W. Russell, K. H. Reed, Noel Wallinger.”

Knox patriotic services … Patriotic services were held in Knox Church Sunday School on Sunday last and a large number of visitors were present. An honor roll containing the names of all the adherents and members of the church who have enlisted for active service, forty-four in number, was unveiled with appropriate ceremonies. An attractive program of recitations and choruses was given by the children and recitations by Eric MacKinnon and Dorothy Brown. Mrs. Patterson sang “O Canada” in splendid voice and Rev. W. K. Thompson gave a patriotic address on “Our Heroes.” Mr. H. White, Supt. of the Sunday School, occupied the chair. A collection amounting to $54 was taken up in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund.