Week of February 17 – 23: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the newspapers at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives
Severe accident at Moyie … Andrew Ostrum, a miner employed in the St. Eugene mine at Moyie, met with a shocking accident on Monday in the mine.
It would appear that whilst using his pick he struck into a hole containing a missed shot. The blow exploded the shot and the unfortunate miner received the full force of the explosion. He was hurled several feet and when picked up it was found that his face had been shattered beyond recognition, his right arm shattered below the elbow and several other severe bruises about the body.
He was hurried down to the St. Eugene hospital during the early hours of Tuesday morning and on arrival was found to be in such bad shape that the doctors had to amputate the arm below the elbow and to remove the last remnants of both eyes.
The injured man is about twenty-six years of age, and although of a very retiring disposition, is extremely popular amongst his workmates and the people of Moyie.
At the time of going to press we are advised that the miner, Andrew Ostrum, who was so severely injured in Moyie on Monday last is progressing as well as can be expected under the circumstances.
First guessing contest … The first C. C. S. guessing contest was concluded Monday, February 20th. The number of shots in the jar was 2,985. Bert Murgatroyd was the lucky boy, having guessed 2,984.
Another guessing contest … The C. C. S. on Saturday, February 25th, will inaugurate another guessing contest. The prize is a handsome mahogany finished dresser, two drawers, mirror British bevel plate, size 24×40. Guessing this time will be confined to boys and girls under 16 years of age. You will see in our window a dog’s head, it has been filled with large beans, and the guessing will be as to how many beans the head contains. Every ten cent purchase or multiple thereof will entitle you to one vote. Full particulars Saturday morning. – C. C. S.
Charged … James Stewart Thynne appeared before Judge Ryan on Friday last charged with vagrancy. It came out in the evidence that he was seriously addicted to the use of cocaine, according to his own admission to Constable McLean, who arrested him. The judge considered that the only chance Thynne had of overcoming the habit would be to put him where he could not get it for some considerable time, so sent him down to Nelson for four months.
Quick response … The fire brigade, had a hurry call this morning to the residence of Dames Beech, on Armstrong Avenue. Luckily the fire, which started in the chimney, was got under control without turning on the water.
Knox church debate … A lively and interesting debate was held by the Young People’s Guild of Knox church on Tuesday last on the comparative importance of Home and Foreign Missions. Fred L. Brown with J. F. Smith, Mrs. A. A. MacKinnon, Mrs. J. S. Mennie, championed home missions, while R. S. Garret, with Mrs. W. E. Worden, Mrs. A. J. Balment and Miss J. Dewar upheld foreign missions. In the judgment of the three judges the home mission advocates scored the most points, but the verdict of the audience was on the side of the supporters of foreign missions.
Notice to creditors … Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claim against the estate of the late David Breckenridge, who died on or about the 13th day of February, 1910, at Cranbrook, British Columbia, are required on or before the 1st day of May, 1911, to send by post prepaid to the undersigned solicitors for Annie Breckenridge, the Administratrix of the said estate, their names and addresses and full particulars of their claims in writing and a statement of the accounts and the nature of the securities, if any, held by them, and such statement shall be vended by statutory declaration.
And take notice that after the 1st day of May, 1911, Annie Breckenridge will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased, having regard only to the claims of which she shall then have had notice, and will not be liable to any person of whose claim she shall not then have had notice.
Dated this 20th day of February, A.D. 1911. Harvey, McCarter and Macdonald, Solicitors1 for said Administratrix.
Fernie news … One of the most pleasing features of the season was the snow shoe tramp on Thursday night.
This was planned and carried out by the I. C. S. and they are to be congratulated upon its success.
The torch-lighted crowd set out from the Bank of Hamilton at 8 o’clock and tramped to the Fairy Creek Lumber camp, where they sat down to several long tables well filled with baked beans and plenty of food, in variety.
After lunch, the tables were cleared away and dancing was enjoyed for a little while.
J. F. Spalding was one of the party and took a splendid flashlight of the crowd which numbered something over one hundred.
Bull River news … Our engineer, Billy Bates, has been ailing for several weeks, and there being no improvement in, his condition, concluded to go to the hospital for treatment. We sincerely hope for his speedy recovery.
Wardner news … Sadness prevailed in town on Wednesday evening last when it became known that Mr. George Powell was lying dead at the Wardner hotel here. Mr. Powell had only returned from Wales on Monday, where he had been visiting his wife and daughter. He had been drinking for a few days and was dead before anyone was fully aware of it.
Much sympathy is felt for his widow and daughter, who are left to mourn his sudden and untimely death. The funeral took place on Friday afternoon to the Wardner cemetery, the service being conducted in the church and at the grave by Mr. Sinclair.
Sewage bylaw … Every ratepayer is reminded that on Tuesday next it will be up to him or her to mark a ballot for or against the sewerage bylaw. From all that can be heard on the streets it appears to be a foregone conclusion that the bylaw will carry easily. But there should be no laxity on the part of those interested on that account. Every available vote should be polled and steps should be taken in good time to see that the vote is properly canvassed and brought out.
Y. M. C. A. Opening … After numerous delays and disappointments the local Y.M.C.A. is now in a position to do business, and on Saturday last was informally opened.
The formal opening will take place in a few weeks, or as soon as prominent railway and Y.M. C. A. men can make arrangements to be present at the opening banquet.
Commencing early after dinner on Saturday a continual stream of people were seen going and coming from the new association building, and all wearing the expression of people out for an enjoyable afternoon or evening.
Over three hundred of these visitors partook of the hospitality of the Y.M.C.A. (through the kindness of the ladies in charge) in the dining room where tea, coffee and cake were served for several hours in the afternoon and evening.
The programme carried on in the committee rooms proved to be very pleasant and entertaining, and was enjoyed to the full by the several hundred who listened to the excellent selections rendered.
In the bowling alleys the ladies as wel1 as the men enjoyed trying their skill at that game, and many good shots were made, during the afternoon and evening; many of the ladies believing that they could organize a team that would give the men a very interesting game.
The building was thoroughly inspected by all from the basement to the garret, and all were of one accord in voting the building to be one of the best in town, and of which the town could well be proud.
The dining room opened up for business on Saturday, and will be open to the public (not members of the Y.M.C.A.) as well as to members, night and day. White help only is employed in the building, and excellent service is assured to all. In this room over three hundred were served refreshments during the day.
The bed rooms were visited by most of the visitors and only words of praise were heard ffor the neat home-like appearance of these rooms.
The best recommendation comes from the men who room in the building, all of whom join in words of appreciation for the comfort found in them.