The Week of January 6 -12: Items compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives
MOYIE NEWS … The Moyie hockey team has so far this season suffered two defeats. In a match at Fernie the Moyie players were defeated by 5 goals to 2, and in a match with Coleman the score stood 9 to 5 in favor of the Alberta players. Fernie is to play Moyie tonight at Moyie, and the odds are that on their own ice the Moyie boys will win.
WATER SUPPLY … On June the 28th the council instructed the solicitor to look into the matter of obtaining the water right on Gold Creek. This matter was taken up, and Mr. Parker, civil engineer, was instructed to run levels from Gold Creek to St. Joseph’s Creek, and make up an estimate of the probable cost of conveying water from Gold Creek into St. Joseph’s. Mr. Parker went carefully into this matter, and has informed us that it will be possible to convey 500 inches of water from one creek to the other at an expense of about $10,000.00. A record of 500 inches has been applied for, and I have been informed the government has granted same. Anyone who knows Gold Creek will admit that there is no purer water to be found than that of Gold Creek, and at any time in the future, if found necessary, this water can be diverted into St. Joseph’s, and thus double our present allowance.
CRANBROOK BAND … The council made a grant of $180.00 to the city band, and constructed a bandstand at the expense of $200.00, and we believe that this is also a good investment, as Cranbrook has derived not only a great amount of pleasure, but a lot of advertisement from the fact of having such a good band.
TRAINSMEN BALL … The ninth annual Trainmen’s ball, held in the Auditorium on New Year’s Eve, certainly proved a great success. There was a very large attendance, the hall had been most artistically decorated for the occasion and excellent music had been provided. Consequently there were all the elements present to ensure a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The enjoyment of all present was enhanced by the thoughtful consideration of the stewards, who were at pains to see that none lacked partners. Shortly after midnight supper was served on the stage and a very sumptuous repast it proved to be which was only to have been expected, considering that the Ladies Auxiliary, Queen Alexandra Lodge No. 242, had charge of all arrangements. Dancing was kept up until the wee small hours and it was the unanimous verdict that the Cranbrook Trainmen had never given a more enjoyable dance.
HOCKEY NEWS … With a view to encouraging the local hockey teams, the Cranbrook Herald has offered a challenge cup to be competed for by the local teams, the team scoring the highest percentage in the above schedule of matches will be awarded the cup. To become the exclusive property of any team the cup will have to be won three years in succession. The cup, upon arrival, will be turned over to the executive of the Cranbrook Hockey league, in whose hands its disposition will rest. All skaters wishing to join the city hockey club are requested to turn out for practice with the team on Monday night, from 7 to 8 o’clock. The following members of the City Hockey club are requested to turn out to practice on Monday night from 7 to 8 o’clock: Messrs. Miller, Stinson, Wilson, Fidler, Kellock, Milne, McDermot and Stong.
VITAL STATISTICS FOR 1909 … During the past year there were registered in Cranbrook 107 births, 62 marriages and 84 deaths.
WHY 1909 WILL LIVE IN HISTORY … Here are a few reasons why the year just closed will prove a memorable one:
1. The discovery of the North Pole. Probably the most dramatic event of the year, bringing to a triumphant conclusion more than three centuries of Arctic exploration, has been the announcement of the discovery of the North Pole. Within a. single week of 1909 such announcements and claims were made by Dr. Frederick A. Cook and by Commander Robert E. Peary of the United States navy.
2. Wireless Telegraphy. In some respects the most dramatic of all events on the ocean and the most wonderful of all accomplishments of science was the saving of the lives of some fifteen hundred passengers in the Republic of the White Star line by wireless telegraphy.
3. Great Ocean Speed. The year 1909 has produced, by the steamship Mauretania, the highest ocean speed yet attained. The Mauretania’s record is as follows: Eastward: Highest day’s run, 610 knots; shortest passage, 4 days, 13 hours, 41 minutes (short track); highest average speed, 25.89 knots (long track.) Westward: highest day’s run, 673 knots; shortest passage, 4 days, 10 hours, 51 minutes (short track); highest average speed, 26.06 knots (short track). The Mauretania holds all eastward records for highest daily runs, fastest passages, shortest passages, and highest speed between the Irish coast and Sandy Hook.
4. Man Begins to Fly. This same year has seen most wonderful demonstrations of the success of flying machines — not merely steerable balloons, but machines that are heavier than air and yet really fly in spite of this weight. Prominent in many daring flights during the year have been: In America, the Wright brothers; in Germany, Count Zeppelin (with his huge, metal-covered dirigible balloon); and in France, M. Bleriot (who was first to cross the English Channel in a flying machine.)
5. The Wireless Telephone. Another wonderful achievement is the ability to send the voice through space without wires. With the wireless telephone, the voice produces electrical vibrations, and these travel through as do the electrical waves of wireless telegraphy. One writer has expressed it thus: “The difference is precisely that between shouting to a man across the street and talking to him over the wire, save that the radiophone hurls the sound waves over greater distances than the unaided voice.”
CRANBROOK BOARD OF TRADE … At the opening of the new year it will be in order to arouse the Cranbrook board of trade from a somnolent condition that has characterized it these several weeks back. The holiday season may have been some excuse for past apathy, but now that we are well started on the new year it is very much up to the board of trade to get busy. There is plenty to do and there is no time like the present to make a start. In the first place the board of trade should get ready to do their part in entertaining the visiting lumbermen, who will be here in force on Friday, January 14th, for their annual meeting. The lumber industry is one in which the future of Cranbrook is very greatly concerned and our board of trade, as representative of the business interests of the city, should be very much in evidence upon the occasion of the assembly here of the chief men engaged in that industry in this province.
ELECTIONS … Today week electors of the city of Cranbrook will be called upon to elect their council for the ensuing year. So far there has been little or no public discussion of civic affairs and, as yet, there has been no intimation of any public meeting being held, at which the electors will be given an account of their stewardship by the retiring council and an outline of their views by candidates for election to the new council. We assume that some such public meeting will be held in the near future. At the present moment it looks as though there would be a contest for the mayoralty between the present incumbent, J. P. Fink, and former mayor, James Finlay. There also promises to be contests for the aldermanic positions, though, so far, the new candidates have not indicated at all definitely their attitude on civic affairs. On his past record and in view of the urgent need of a strong, thoroughly experienced business man at the head of affairs during the coming year, it would seem reasonable to assume that Mr. J. P. Fink would be reelected mayor on Thursday next by a very considerable majority. Of course Mr. Finlay may have reasons to advance why he should be given another term as chief magistrate, but, as yet, no hint of the grounds of his opposition to Mr. J. P. Fink has been made public. Mr. Fink appeals for support upon his past record and upon that record we imagine it will be very difficult to defeat him.
FOR ALDERMEN … For the aldermanic positions there promises to be a strenuous contest, if the number of candidates be any criterion. Supporting Mayor J. P. Fink, there are five aldermanic candidates, two of the old council, Aldermen DeVere Hunt and George W. Johnson, and three new aspirants for civic honors, Dr. F. W. Green, Jos. Campbell and D. J. Johnson. Ald. V. Hyde Baker will not seek reelection. Mr. E. Elwell is running in his place as an independent candidate, though generally speaking, in accord with the administration of Mayor Fink. Mr. James Finlay, it is understood, will respond to the numerously signed requisition, appearing elsewhere in this issue, and be a candidate for the mayoralty. Supporting his candidature the following gentlemen will seek election as aldermen: B. H. Short, G. W. Patmore, E. D. Johnson and J. Pruden.
RUNAWAY … While returning from Wasa on Sunday the horse belonging to F. R. Morris, better known as “Baldy,” became unmanageable and just on this side, of Fort Steele took to the ditch and throwing out the occupants of the sleigh, made record time to King’s mill, where he was stopped by an Indian. Mrs. Morris sustained some slight bruises and the sleigh was demolished.
LEAVING TOWN … I. H. Wilson, C. P. R. agent, is leaving in the course of two or three weeks on a two months’ vacation trip to his old home in St. John, N. B., and other eastern points. It is possible that Mr. Wilson will not return to his position in this city. His health is such that he may have to move to some lower altitude. However, nothing definite in that regard has been settled as yet and Cranbrook citizens will hope to welcome Mr. Wilson back to this city after his vacation, thoroughly restored to health.
THE LADIES’ AID … The Ladies’ Aid of the Methodist church met at the home of Mrs. E. F. Johnson last Wednesday. There was a good attendance, and an optimistic spirit prevailed. Mrs. McFarlane gave an encouraging report of the cook book account, and it was decided to have an at home at the end of the month. Mrs. Johnson assisted by her mother, Mrs. Baker, served a dainty lunch at the close of the business session.
THE BOY’S BRIGADE … The Cranbrook company of the Boy’s Brigade will meet in the gymnasium at 7.30 sharp on Monday night next. All boys must be in drill order, with uniform, none will be allowed on the floor without their accoutrements. The members are requested to attend the drills regularly now, as it is hoped to give a concert and display in the near future. All officers are specially requested to be present next Monday.
WARDNER NEWS … The Canadian Bridge company hope to complete the Wardner bridge on Saturday, January 8th. Mr. Prettie, the foreman, has been called to Walkerville, their headquarters, to report on the work. The boys have all proven themselves gentlemen during their stay here, and Wardner is very sorry to lose them.
SICK TEACHER … Miss Lillian Boak, of Vernon, who was engaged to take charge of Wardner school for this year, was taken to Cranbrook hospital on Monday last. Miss Boak contracted a cold a few days ago, which caused her to be unfit to begin her work. The board of trustees will secure another teacher as soon as possible.
MOYIE OLD TIMER’S DEATH … On Thursday night last, at the St. Eugene hospital, Edward Lee, one of the oldest residents of Moyie, died after being operated on for strangulated hernia. Mr. Lee was about 65 years of age. He came to Moyie with his wife about ten years ago and built a house on Tavistock street. After living there a few years he moved to Penticton, but returned last March and built a boarding and lodging house just south of P. Burns’ meat market on Victoria street. He belonged to the Masonic order, and was a past master of the lodge at Banff. The funeral took place here on Sunday under the auspices of the Masonic lodges of Cranbrook and Moyie. Mrs. E. Lee, the widow, and Mr. and Mrs. C. Livesley, a daughter of the deceased, came up from Moyie for the funeral.
NABBED … G. Warren, of Spokane, who recently spent some time up the St. Mary’s River shooting, has returned to Spokane a poorer and wiser man. Whilst out hunting he was encountered by Jim Bates, the district game warden, who demanded sight of his license. Warren had omitted to supply himself with this needful article prior to slaughtering British Columbia game and as a consequence he appeared before Gold Commissioner Armstrong and contributed the sum of $105 to the provincial treasury.