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It happened this week in 1917

July 7 - 13: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

July 7 - 13: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives


35 Years with CPR … T. S. Gill has been employed by the C. P. R. for 35 years today.

Invalided home … R. T. Williams arrived in the city Tuesday from England, invalided home. Private Williams enlisted last year in the University Battalion from Vancouver.

Land for sale … Lot 4687, Group 1, Kootenay District, containing 565 acres, located 3 miles west of Cranbrook, B. C. The railroad runs through one corner of the property. The land adjoins that on which the East Kootenay Lumber Company’s Saw Mill is located. This is excellent grazing and agriculture land. Will sell for $5.00 per acre. $1.00 per acre cash and the balance in four equal annual payments with interest at 7%. This is a splendid cattle ranch.

For particulars apply to P. Lund, Box 189, Lethbridge, Alta.

Honorable discharge … Sergeant Adam B. Daizial arrived last week from Seaford, England, having received an honorable discharge. Sergeant Daizial served five months in the trenches in Flanders.

Communication … The Editor, Cranbrook Herald: Sir. May I be permitted through your columns to voice a protest, which I feel sure many of my fellow citizens will join in, against, to my mind, the wanton destruction of swallows’ nests on a prominent building of this town.

Many of us have witnessed during the past few weeks the laborious, almost imperceptible building up of these little plastered homes by our feathered visitors, and it is difficult to imagine the state of mind of the one who would ruthlessly order the tearing down of these homes so laboriously and ingeniously built up.

Surely, to the average bird-lover, and most of us but the dullest are that, a little wire netting stretched over from the roof to keep the birds from starting to build their nests, would seem a trifle both in cost and labor compared to the outraged feelings of hose of us who have witnessed this ruthless tearing down.

Or if, whoever is responsible for this, to my mind, wantonness, is impervious to the charms of these feathered visitors, may I point out an article written in the Nelson News of a few days ago, an article written on the same subject by Professor Lakes, of Nelson, wherein he deplored similar action on behalf of thoughtless citizens of his own town in this respect, and pointing out that if they were lacking in the ordinary feeling of hospitality to our little feathered guests that the average man entertains, they should stay their hand on the matter of hygiene alone, as what little harm they do in rearing their young, and they must rear them somewhere, is many times off-set by the good they do in killing flies and insects, thereby making life more tolerable for humans at this time of the year.

Should the perpetrator in this present case belong to this latter class I would commend this article by Professor Lakes to his careful attention, and a casual digestion of same may bring home to his mind that, apart from the great injury done to the birds and their many lovers in this community, his action, if generally adopted, would bring about a state of affairs almost intolerable in this hot season of the year.

Thanking you. Sir, for a space in your columns for this article, “Bird-lover.”

Patents invention … The following item is taken from the Thompson Falls Enterprise and will, no doubt, be of interest to many friends of the inventor in this district.

Mrs. Otto Wisner, who came to Thompson Falls about a year ago to reside, from Cranbrook, B. C.. states this week that she received a patent on a recent invention, a hem and tuck gauge. June 22.

Mrs. Wisner is a seamstress of ability and has been working to perfect her invention for more than a year, applying for a patent a few weeks ago.

This invention is said by authorities to be very valuable, and should be sold by the inventor for a sum around the $25,000 mark.

The successful inventor is now receiving congratulations from her friends.

Mrs. Wisner is a sister of Mrs. Ed. Fitzgerald, Jr., of this city.

Fort Steele news … A fire was reported at Skookumchuk on the ranch of Mrs. E. Attree of Fort Steele. Luckily for Mrs. Attree the wind was blowing away from the ranch buildings or the fire would have been more serious than it was.

Invermere news … A new era in transportation for this part started this morning when a reconverted Packard made over into a motor truck started off for the Paradise Mine hauling three heavy ore waggons behind it with these it is expected to return carrying a load of ten tons of ore or over.

It is not so many years since ore from that neighborhood had to be rawhided down the mountain side, loaded on to waggons then brought to river’s edge by boat and shipped to Golden where it, was transhipped to rail and thus taken to Trail. From now on the process will likely be from tunnel mouth trail by waggon and from there on by C. P. R. to Trail.

For sale … Will sell my interest in lot 18, block 89, City of Cranbrook. This store was formerly occupied by the Cranbrook Co-operative Stores, Ltd., and furniture store, for $500 cash.—Mrs. N. C. Gilpin, 2804 No. Cedar St., Tacoma, Wash.

News from our boys … (We publish the following letter through the kindness of Mr. J. F. Smith.)

Somewhere in France, June 1, 1917. Dear Mr. Smith, I have to thank you for your very interesting letter; I am not sure if I wrote you in reply or not as my memory is not as good as it was on account, I suppose, of the lack of sleep and other things.

At present I am back resting for a few days after being in the line over a month. I am very glad to get out as I was feeling pretty tough as I had just gone 8 days in the trenches and got shook up by a high explosive shell but am feeling O. K. now.

I am staying at a most beautiful place and the trees are in full leaf and there are lots of flowering shrubs and it is very nice to be able to walk around after being in the trenches where Fxxxz is always on hand to snipe you if you stick your head up.

I must tell you that we have the kilt and I find it much more comfortable than I thought, though it is a good deal more bother to put on than pants. It is the McKenzie tartan and the regiment looks very nice on parade though we had quite a time in getting them fitted right as most of us never had them on before. I expect we will go back to the trenches with them.

I never figured fighting in a kilt but they seem to do as good work or better than the men in trousers according to history.

I am enclosing a German notice I picked up which may interest you. You will no doubt have read all about the great air raid on the sea coast of England. It is too bad so many women and children were killed but the Hxxs seem to stop at no kind of warfare; they were using poison gas shells on us but happily without very much success.

I had quite a surprise yesterday when I met Arden who used to be at Moyie; he is in the regiment and is going as a sniper.

Some time ago I got a bundle of papers from you including the Cranbrook Herald of March 21st but none since; I think that perhaps they will not bring large papers up the line as none of the boys seem to get many papers but I would be very glad if you would send me the Cranbrook paper and please fold it up small, and it may come through.

I have got some German bullets and bits of shell etc. I’ll try and send you by first chance but it is not easy to send stuff as there is no P. O. and you have to have it passed by an officer before sending. I see the U. S. is starting to move at last so I hope we soon shall see the Stars and Stripes over here.

It may interest you to know that we have glow worms over here and I have found some while digging in the trenches.

You will know far more about the war than I can tell you even if permitted but I must say that we are all in good spirits and things are going well with us. I saw two German planes brought down the other day in an aerial fight; a great sight.

After the war it will be worth any man’s while that can, to come and see where and how our brave men fought and won and to see what war can do to a country.

I passed by a village where at one time the Germans launched a gas cloud attack but the wind suddenly changed and blew back into the town killing all the inhabitants and a lot of Germans who were engaged in committing all kinds of atrocities on the women and children etc, and then the place was taken by the French who kept it as it was but the Germans blew it all up with their artillery so there is nothing much but ruins, still

I hear the skeletons are left to bear evidence against them but I cannot vouch for this. The weather is fine now, warm days and cool nights. Pte. H. S. Clark.

Salvation Army … Captain G. Turner of the local corps of the Salvation Army wishes to inform the public that anybody sick or in sorrow and in need of a friend to visit them any hour of the day or night, to phone up number 263.

Moyie news … Citizens of Moyie turned out en masse to celebrate Dominion Day, and the programme of events was carried out most successfully and enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

A good programme of sports was on the card and competition in the various events very keen. Motor-boats were busy during the morning conveying passengers and good eats to Aurora Park.

The Park had been enlarged to twice the original size and from the youngest child to the oldest parent the day was voted most enjoyable. Ice cream and soft drinks were ably dispensed by Mrs. J. Fitch and Mrs. L. A. Horne and the net proceeds of $40.35 turned in to the Balfour Sanatorium for returned disabled soldiers.

The sports were handled by Messrs. West, Maidwent and Thomas and Mr. W. H. Laird proved a most efficient starter.

Each lady brought over a lunch basket and the distribution of the same was food for the gods.

If one happened to be a wise owl, there were also several trails leading from the grounds into the bush and the Moyie Springs are ever famous.

A dance at the Central Hotel wound up the day and splendid music accompanied the numerous couples from the capable hands of Mr. J. Whitehead.

In the near future a regatta will be held on the lake, the main stem in the arrangements being Mr. Jack Taylor.

The fishing in the lake is now good, so a large attendance of visitors is hopefully looked for.

I.O.O.F lodge … At Fraternity Hall, Monday night, D. G. N., S. Fyles installed the officers of Key City Lodge No. 42, I.O.O.F. Past Grand Master H. White, at the request and on behalf of Alberta Lodge No. 1 of Calgary, presented W. E. Worden with a veteran’s jewel. This is a much coveted honor among Oddfellows as it is only earned by twenty five continuous years’ membership in the Order.

Mr. Worden has belonged to Alberta Lodge for that length of time. In making the presentation P. G. M. White congratulated Mr. Worden on his long and creditable membership in the Order and expressed the hope that he would long enjoy the distinction he had received.

Mr. Worden spoke at some length in reply, giving a very interesting account of early Oddfellowship in the City of Calgary. After the work of installing was completed refreshments were served and the newly installed officers made brief speeches regarding the work and aims of the Order.

The officers installed were: W. C. Adlard, N. G., J. L. Palmer, V. J., E. H. McPhee, Sec Treas., H. White, Fin. Secy., J. W. Spence, Treas., Jno. Manning, I. G., D. J. Gilroy, Chaplain.