The Week Of February 3-9: Items compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives
MAYOR’S MESSAGE … A meeting of the City Council was held in the council chamber on Wednesday evening. There were present Mayor Fink, and Aldermen Patmore, Campbell, Hunt and Green. Records of last regular meeting were read, and on motion of Aldermen Hunt and Campbell adopted as read. The Mayor informed the council that certain matters had been brought to his attention, and recommended the following: ‘To The Members of the Council I would recommend for your consideration the following:-
The present lighting system is costing the city about $75.00 a month, and while much better than no lights, the system could be improved without very great expense to the city. I would recommend that the present lights be taken out and 250 candle-power Tungsten installed in their stead. In doing this, I do not believe that the expense would be increased much more than double the present amount which I think the city could well afford to pay, as the advertisement received on account of good lighting is always beneficial.
As soon as the frost is gone, I think that immediate attention should be given to the completion of the proposed alterations to the water system, such as installing hydrants, laying a new line of six inch pipe into the Cranbrook Sash & Door Company’s district, the coupling up of the new main to the hospital, and the installation of hydrants there, and the lowering of all such pipes as are liable to freeze, so as to save this expense in the coming winters, and the installation of wood valve boxes in the place of iron as used heretofore, as there is no doubt that the use of these iron boxes is as much the cause of freezing as anything else.
The question of sewerage should be looked into at once, and if our assessment will permit of such, I would advocate the early construction of the system.
Now that the city owns its own Water Works, I would recommend the employment of some good man during the summer months to clean up and beautify the cemetery grounds, as they certainly are in a very deplorable condition at the present time.
There are quite a number of streets that need repairing and further improvement. This matter should be gone into without any delay, so that the work can be gotten under way as soon as possible after frost has gone.
The British Columbia Fire Chiefs Association will hold their annual meeting in Cranbrook this year about the first of September, and I hope that the members of the council can see their way clear toward granting the local department substantial assistance for the purpose of entertaining the visiting chiefs. Some attention should be given to the tower on the fire hall, as it is too short to dry hose properly. I believe that a proper whistle blowing apparatus can be installed in the fire hall without very great expense, and would result in much good, as it would at all times been entirely under the control of the department, and not be dependent on some other body, as it is at the present time. I believe that proper wiring be been made in the new school for an alarm system, and I would recommend the early completion of a direct line from the school to the fire hall, so that in case of fire, alarm could be given without any unnecessary delay.
I hope that sometime during the; year the Council can see its way clear towards securing a block of land for park purposes, I believe that this is very necessary, and without a great deal of expense could be made a very attractive place. I have been informed that the necessary petition has been secured for the purpose of annexing the land known as the Sash & Door Co., district. If such is the case I hope that early steps will be taken towards the extension of our limits so as to take in this district. The extension of our water system in this district would to a very large degree, depend on incorporation of this particular block and by giving the water system the proper attention, great expense will be saved to the city during next winter.
Trusting that these matters will meet with your approval and co-operation, I remain, Yours very truly, J. P. FINK Mayor.
BULL RIVER ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY… Barely twenty miles from town there is in course of construction a hydro-electric power station that should be in operation within the next six months, supplying 10,000 horse power to industrial concerns within the district tributary to it. The Bull River Electric Power company is a bigger undertaking than most people hereabouts dream of and one that is calculated to exercise a very important influence in the industrial development in this section of the province. Some five years ago, Mr. George E. Henderson, of Canton, South Dakota, had his attention drawn to the Bull river section by a former Cranbrook resident. Mr. Henderson came up to British Columbia, investigated the Bull River power possibilities, became imbued with the idea that the development of this power would be a big and profitable undertaking and forthwith, with characteristic American push, got busy, interesting friends in Dakota and Wisconsin in the proposition. He found the capital to start operations and in short order work was commenced on what promises to be one of the most important electric power stations in Southern British Columbia.
MOYIE WEDDING …The marriage of Michael J. Bonner and Miss Isabella Whitehead took place in the Catholic Church in Moyie last Tuesday morning at 7 o’clock, Rev. Father Beck bring the officiating priest. John Cannon was groomsman and Mrs. McTavish was bridesmaid. A wedding breakfast was afterwards served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Whitehead, the parents of the bride. The couple left on the westbound Flyer for Spokane. Mr. and Mrs. Bonner are amongst Moyie’s most popular young people. Mr. Bonner is associated with B. E. Taylor in the International Hotel, and his bride has spent the greater part of her life in the town.
KIMBERLEY NEWS … The Sullivan mine at Kimberley has shipped quite a number of cars of ore to Trail smelter, it being ore that was in bins taken out before the mine shut down. New machinery has been installed and they are getting in shape to resume operations. At present about 12 miners are employed.
LANDSLIDES …The recent mild weather sent down slides and played havoc in the Crows Nest Pass. Fortunately up to the present time no accidents, except delayed trains, are reported from the mountain terrors.
GOVERNMENT RESOLUTION … A resolution was passed in the provincial legislature last week, asking the Ottawa government to enact a law forbidding Orientals from acquiring land in British Columbia.
ICE HARVEST … The mild weather of the past week need not give any real anxiety in regard to the ice harvest. The crop is all in, and it is a bumper one.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN …Hailey’s comet, will give the Pacific coast a close brush this year on May 18 between the hours of 4 and 10 o’clock p. m., and the “brush” will be something spectacular, says Protestor Charles Buckhalter, of the Chabot observatory, because the earth wll pass through the last end of the 20,900,000 mile tail of the celestial visitor, and the result ought to be as dazzling a piece of heavenly fireworks as this generation ever witnessed. A feature of this visit lies in the fact of the nearness of the comet to the earth, a distance of 14,000,000 miles. As the tail of the comet should be about 20,000,000 miles long and pointed away from the sun, it would doubtless be encountered by the earth, but on that point I have nothing to say.” The astronomer insists that he has “nothing to say”, about so dramatic a situation, fraught not only with awe-inspiring possibilities to the dwellers of the globe, but fraught as well with possibilities of tragic moment. Whether or not the earth’s drive through the comet’s tail will mean more than a dazzling starry spectacle professor Buckhalter will not predict. He only says: “Wait and see.”
BAD ACCIDENT … A fatal accident occurred ten miles southeast of Lethbridge Monday afternoon in which a laborer, whose name is unknown, and several others were injured. A work train with a large gang of men were engaged in taking up the rails, and bridges on the abandoned line of the C. P. R., between Lethbridge and MacLeod. Among the injured are conductor McKillop, engineer Munro, the foreman of the gang, and thirteen laborers. The injuries to some of the men are said to be serious. Engineer George Munro, and conductor McKillop, were former residents of Cranbrook, and their many friends will be exceedingly sorry to hear of their misfortune.
S.E. KOOTENAY STATISTICS …The number of Births, Deaths and Marriages recorded in Southeast Kootenay district in 1909, is as follows: Births 337; Deaths 213; Marriages 163.
HOSTING … Mrs. J. P. Fink was hostess on Thursday afternoon when she entertained a large number of her friends at her pretty home, in honor of her sister-in-law Miss Fink, who is visiting her. Miss. Fink was wearing a handsome Paris gown of pale blue satin which was most becoming. The hostess was gowned in a pretty dress with designs of paisley pattern through it. Miss Wanda Fink made a dainty little figure, and ushered in the guests. Messrs. Corrison and Stevens discoursed sweet music on the violin and piano, much to the enjoyment of the guests. Mrs. Erickson helped to receive in the drawing room where the reception was held. Mrs. Allison and Mrs. Thompson presided in the tea room, and were ably assisted in looking after the comfort of the guests by Miss Proctor, Miss Crandall, Miss Williams, Miss McKay and Miss Erickson. Among the large number in during the afternoon were Mrs. J. F. Armstrong, Mrs. James Finlay, Mrs. J. Fingal Smith, Mrs. J. F. Deane, Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Hoskins.
CRANBROOK’S POPULATION … Winnipeg has a population of 130,000. Cranbrook has 3,500, which will increase to 10,000 inside of five years.