It happened this week in Cranbrook: 1906

It happened this week in Cranbrook: 1906

Dave Humphrey

Items compiled from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives


Ouch! … A. McKinnon met with an unfortunate accident yesterday. He was working on V. Hyde Baker’s automobile when the crank slipped and caught him on the wrist breaking it.

Great show … A strong duet will appear on the public platform in Wentworth hall on October 31st. Mr. Harold Jarvis, of Detroit, the great tenor soloist will then sing to a Cranbrook audience. Mr. Jarvis is touring the west and has consented to give Cranbrook one night. Winnipeg has been so taken with him that he has a yearly engagement in that city. Calgary lauds him to the skies. While in the east, to mention his name is to insure a packed house. Cranbrook will not fail to hear him on this trip, He is accompanied by Mt. Wallace Graham, an elocutionist of strong personality and one who has already made a name for himself. Let the public watch for further announcement. Remember the date, October 31st, in Wentworth Hall.

Poor show … What is the matter with the fire hall? Is it to be left unpainted all winter? Strangers passing through on the train wonder what kind of a town this is that will permit such a state of affairs to exist. And again it is a mighty poor example for other property owners in the town.

Get a tune-up… Mr. James R. Muir, the well-known Mason & Risch piano tuner and regulator, is in town and all those wishing their pianos efficiently attended to should leave orders at Reid’s drug store. Regular trips are to be made into Cranbrook and arrangements should be made to have the piano kept in proper condition. Finest work solicited, keenest criticism invited.

Sidewalk needed … It is about time that the city authorities got to work building that sidewalk on the north side of Baker Street.

Needs checking … There is a wood trust in town now. The sellers of wood, and that includes whites and Japanese alike, with a few Chinamen thrown in, have raised the price from $3.00 to $3.50 a cord, and two ricks to the cord, and they won’t pile it. You will have to pay the $3.50 or go without wood. But the city should have something to say about weights and measures.

Keep at it … The City Authorities are after the tin-horn gamblers and the pimps. Good. They can do a noble work if they just keep after it.

Horse sense … As was predicted a couple of weeks ago, the fine Perceron stallion Kleber, that was brought here by L. F. Corey, one of the best known horsemen in western Canada, has been purchased by a syndicate of men in this district who have an interest in improving the stock of the country. This syndicate is composed of A. Doyle, King Mills Lumber company, James Wagner, R. L. T. Galbraith, Standard Lumber company, East Kootenay Lumber company and William Carlin. The people of this district owe a great deal to these enterprising people who have taken this important step toward bettering the stock conditions of this district; and a few years from this time the people who are here will have reason to feel thankful for this important step that has been taken. The horse Kleber which has been purchased is one of the very best that has been imported by the well-known firm of McLaughlin Brothers, who make a business of bringing from France the best horses for breeding purposes that money can buy. A horse imported by this well-known firm needs no pedigree, for the reputation of the firm is sufficient pedigree for any animal that they handle. And back of this firm is the confidence and the good will of the republic of France, who are willing to back the reputation of that country on the reputation of this well-known firm of importers. The Herald congratulates the people who compose the syndicate and also Mr. Corey for the good work that has been done for this district, and this paper trusts that the firm of McLaughlin Brothers will continue to hold an interest in this part of the country, and that the relations so pleasantly inaugurated by Mr. Corey will be continued in the future for the mutual benefit of all parties concerned.

Moyie’s reading room … Several new books have been added to the Miners’ Union free reading room in McGregor hall. The list included 10 volumes of the Americanized Encyclopedia Britannica; Dickens’ complete works in 15 volumes; Descent of Man and Origin of the Species by Darwin; French Revolution, by Carlisle, in two volumes; Dantes’ Inferno; Kipling, in five volumes; Capt. Mayne Reid, fiction, in five volumes; one complete debater’s manual. The reading room is free and is open to all who wish to use it.

Receeding glaciers … The glaciers this year have diminished at a wonderful rate. Some of them have receded from 100 to 200 feet further up than ever known before. This is due to the light snow fall last winter and the warm weather of the past season. Some of our prospectors state that if the glaciers continue to go as they have in the past ten years that in another ten years many of the smaller glaciers will disappear altogether. This season up Boulder creek and other creeks thousands of tons of ice have broken off and come with an awful roar tumbling down the hills, and prospectors tell of wonderful sights that they have witnessed. In July last the Outcrop reporter was up Boulder and crossed bare ground that the previous September was covered with ice ten feet thick. Thus some idea may be entertained of how rapidly the glaciers are melting.

Hired help … An English society, having for its object the placing of trained young women in Canadian homes as ‘‘lady helps,” is sending a secretary to make arrangements for their transportation. Rev. Mr. Wilkinson will be pleased to learn of ladies requiring such help.

New heating plant … Messrs. Whimster & Co. has received the contract for installing a steam heating plant for the three storey C. P. R. depot at Cranbrook. This is a big contract, ranging in the neighborhood of $1,600. The firm is daily expecting a car load of piping and steam fitting supplies and on its arrival the work on several of their contracts will be rushed rapidly to completion. During the short time that this enterprising firm has been in business in this city they have demonstrated that they are here to stay and that they can handle any and all plumbing and heating contracts which come their way.

No gambling … If the city authorities are going to be sincere in stopping gambling in Cranbrook, they should not overlook the Chinese. The Chinamen should be amenable to the same laws as the white. Cut out the Chinese gambling joints and the opium dens.

Tenderloin thief … Night constable McLean made an important arrest on Thursday morning when he caught Alphonso Aravetta who had stolen a watch from a house in the restricted district. When caught he had the watch in his possession. He had a preliminary trial during the afternoon, and was sent up for a speedy trial.

New mill … The North Star Lumber Co., has secured a five acre tract of land, west of the St. Eugene Hospital, for a mill site. Some 40 or 50 men were engaged this week in clearing off the ground getting ready for the immediate construction of the mill building. The mill will have a daily capacity of 60,000 feet.