It Happened This Week In Cranbrook: 1912

Feb. 24 – March 2: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the newspapers at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

Week of Feb. 24 – March 2: Items compiled by Dave Humphrey from the newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

Obituary … It is with deep regret that we have to chronicle the death of Mr. Fred H. Small.

Fred Small was well and favorably known in Cranbrook. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Small of Vancouver, and a nephew of Mr. E. H. Small of this city.

Mr. Small’s death was due to heart failure, having been confined to his home, he has lingered along, hoping, that he would regain sufficient strength, that he might be able to regain his health in a more salubrious climate, but alas, the grim reaper, claimed him, on Saturday last.

His parents were wired the sad tidings on Saturday night, and Mr. and Mrs. Small, accompanied by his sister Miss Josephine, and his brother Mr. Sidney Small, arrived on Monday from Vancouver.

The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, under the directions of undertaker W. R. Beatty, the Rev. C. O. Main officiating at the church and grave.

The casket was covered with flowers, gifts of love and respect from many friends. Among the most beautiful of these flowers, was a large pillow from a number of his friends at the Cosmopolitan hotel.

The funeral procession was one of the largest ever seen in Cranbrook. The pall bearers were: Messrs. E. Davis; S. Morris; R. Naife; F. Murphy; C. McEachern and J. Kennedy.

The deceased was extremely popular, and had a large circle of friends and acquaintances, who very openly expressed their grief and regret at his unexpected and untimely demise.

Fred Small, since his boyhood days was very partial to horses, and was one of the most successful jockeys in the Northwest. He rode the winning mount at the “Derby” at Calgary, and had the record for the fastest mile at Vancouver.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Small, parents of the deceased, were formerly residents of Cranbrook, having come here during the early days of the construction of the Crow’s Nest line. They left on Wednesday for their home in Vancouver, accompanied by their son and daughter.

At the Edison Theatre … Tonight at the Edison Theatre, the Messrs. Baldwin Bros, have been fortunate in securing a reel of films for their patrons that should be a delight to all those who are interested in the future of the British Empire. Had such a plot not been discovered and had the navy not had such men as Lieutenant Ross, the plot to blow up the ship at the naval maneuvers containing their Majesties, during the coronation festivities, the whole future of the British Empire might possibly have been changed.

The film that will be presented is a British naval picture, and will show how Lieutenant Ross unearths the plot that was intended to do a most dastardly piece of work.

Besides this picture there are others that will cause the tears to flow down your cheek in laughter; and then there is always the interesting world’s happenings and the latest fashions of tomorrow from Paris.

The attendance should be large as these features are putting the Baldwin’s to a considerable expense and their idea is to give the people something that they perhaps only expect to see in the largest cities.

Over-Seas Club social … The first social in connection with the Cranbrook Branch of the Over-Seas Club was held in the Carmen’s Hall on Tuesday evening last. There was a good attendance and the event was a bumping success. Messages of congratulation and best wishes were read from the secretaries of the Nelson and Lethbridge branches.

Mr. Wallinger, president, in opening explained the objects of the Club. These being: (1) To help one another. (2) To insist on the vital necessity of the British supremacy of the sea. (3) To urge every able bodied man the necessity of being able to bear arms. (4) To draw together in the bond of comradeship the people now living under the British flag. And any other sentiment which would tend to closer union of the British Empire.

It would probably take a considerable time to attain the ideal we hope to realize. We must, however, all make up our minds to help as much as possible and make it a strong club in every way.

Of course there will probably be all sorts and descriptions, different aims but we do want political or religious sentiments expressed in any shape or form in connection with this club. These must be debarred and then we will get along very well in peace and harmony. At present there is no restriction as to membership.

All are welcome, though at some future date it may be necessary to frame restrictions, but that will have to be dealt with by the general committee. After expressing his thanks; for the good assembly he called upon Mr. Smith, to speak on the subject, before commencing the musical program which had been arranged.

Knights of Pythias ball … Last Friday evening Crescent Lodge No. 38, Knights of Pythias, held a ball in connection with the 49th anniversary of their order, in the Auditorium. There was a large attendance and it was considered to be the best ball ever held in Cranbrook.

The music was furnished by the Guerard Orchestra. The hall was beautifully decorated festoons and bunting and what was considered to be a new departure all around the room there were hung several large mirrors so that when the dancers were swinging to the music they could catch a glimpse of themselves and others in their enjoyment.

Commencing at 9 o’clock the music played on without practically a break until the early hours of the morning. Supper bad been previously provided in the K. of P. Hall, and that supper, it was a treat to see the participants take their repast, it went to prove more than anything else the fact that they had enjoyed themselves in the dance hall across the way.

The Bachelor Girls dance … When the Bachelor Girls sent out their invitations to various young people for their dance different ones had quite a laugh and looked upon the whole thing as a huge joke and anticipated having a bushel of fun with the young ladies. The invitations were sent in the form of a poem, and there is great praise coming to Miss Della Drummond, the authoress, for the originality displayed; it reads as follows:

Our Leap Year Dance is at nine o’clock sharp

Bring a young man and wear a red heart;

Make him be ready at hall after eight,

And say you’ll be prompt at the garden gate.

Should he act like a dunce,

Treat him to a glass of Punch,

Have the first dance and let him roam

But tell him you’ll find him when it’s time to go home.

During the evening the ladies reversed the usual custom of waiting for the gentlemen to take the lead in everything, but took the lead themselves, and the gentlemen had to take a back seat, for once truly carrying out the main idea of “A Genuine Leap Year Dance.”

Several times as the music struck up, the gentlemen were seen to make a half rise from their seats before they recollected themselves, and had to sit down and wait to be asked, much to the amusement of the ladies.

However, the ladies, right royally did their duty, and the way that Miss Della Drummond acted as floor manager, assisted by Miss Van Slyke, reflected great credit upon their knowledge of what was required of them.

Strong future … Vincent Liddicoat returned this week from a trip to the coast and is of the opinion that there is not another city in the province that has such large prospects as Cranbrook has today. Though favorably impressed with the outlook at Kamloops and Vancouver he still retains confidence in the better future of our city. Mr. Liddicoat will start contracting right away. He has during the past year a large experience with brick buildings and in the near future the city will go in strong in the brick line. “Vince” should stand a good chance of securing many of the future contracts that will be given.

Ouch … About two weeks ago, Clark Wallace, a lad of 15 years while trimming a log in the bush on the Wallace ranch, north of town, drove a very keen-edged axe through a heavy shoe, and into the ball of his foot, leaving one toe suspended to the foot by the skin, the gash extended was about three inches in length. He was taken to Dr. Bell’s office in Cranbrook, who inserted seven stitches in the skin drawing the gaping wound to a close.

The lad has suffered very little owing to the skillful treatment by the Doctor, and with good care, the wound is now healing very nicely.

Times they are a-changing … The time was when the spring girl always had her eye on the fellow who had a good driving horse, but the fellow who has an automobile holds over the fellow with a horse so far now that there is no comparison.

A girl could tell her fellow by the way he drove up to the door, or by the sound of his buggy, but now she simply listens for the “honk” or sniffs for the smell of the gasoline.

There is one handicap yet as to running of an auto, it requires both hands, but this may be obviated later on.

The tandem bicycle was not a howling success as a means of locomotion to the young people although it was touted to the skies first, and there may be brighter days for the old sorrel and top buggy if the girls of today and tomorrow are anything like their mothers of yesterday.

Serious burns … Geo. B. Powell, who was seriously burned about the face and body when the gasoline explosion took place on Friday last was said to be very low, and fears were held as to his recovery, but late on Friday night he was reported as being somewhat better.

 

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