Week of January 13-19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives
New school … On Monday morning last Cranbrook’s public school children assembled for the first time in their new quarters, the handsome and substantial square cement and brick building with tower, that has been erected on Cranbrook street.
This fine building, in every respect a credit to the city of Cranbrook and to the board of school trustees, under whose auspices it was erected, occupies a whole block, fronting on Cranbrook street.
The new building is of two storeys with cement basement, covering an area of 109’2” x 85’. The basement is divided into three parts, the south east portion being devoted to a boys’ lavatory and play room, the center portion to a heating chamber, containing three boilers connected with the Pease Economy steam heating apparatus, which heats the entire building, supplied by the Pease Waldon Co., of Toronto, and the remaining portion is devoted to the girls’ lavatory and play room, the dimensions of the girls’ and boys’ lavatories and play rooms being the same, the lavatories being roughly 24 x 32 feet and the play rooms, 44 x 26.
Separate staircases give access to the basement from the main floor to both the boys’ and the girls’ departments.
There are three spacious entrances to the main floor, two large, well-lighted and well-ventilated class rooms on the west side and three on the east, opening out onto a 32-foot hallway, the full length of the building. The second story is a duplicate of the first. The tower contains two rooms, one for the principal, 13 x 16 feet, and the other for the trustees’ of the same size.
On the second floor provision is made for a teachers’ room and lavatory. The walls are finished throughout in plaster with a wainscoting, 3’6” finished with King cement and enamel.
Election results … Mayor J. P. Fink was re-elected as mayor of Cranbrook for the third time on Thursday. The new council consists of J. F. Campbell, Joseph Jackson, F. W. Green, D. J. Johnson, P. DeVere Hunt and G. W. Patmore. In the newly elected council, the Mayor and two councilmen have been re-elected, Messrs. Green, Campbell, Johnson, and Patmore being elected for the first time. The elections passed off quietly and the only evidence of anything exceptional being in progress was the arrival of a number of voters from outside points, and the unusual number of rigs and workers on the streets. The result of the polling was as follows: FOR MAYOR J. P. Fink: 214; James Finlay: 159; Majority for Fink: 55; FOR ALDERMEN F. W. Green: 238; J. F. Campbell: 214; P. DeVere Hunt: 209; D. J. Johnson: 195; Joseph Jackson: 187; G. W. Patmore: 180; Geo. W. Johnson: 166; Erastus D. Johnston: 154; Harold Hickenbotham: 151; T. S. Gill: 146; Jacob Pruden: 133; B. H. Short: 119; E. Elwell: 113.
City band … The city band turned out last night to do honor to the newly elected, but owing to the cold, they were unable to render a lengthy program.
I.O.F. Court … A court of the Independent Order of Forresters has been organized in Cranbrook by the high court organizers, Bro. C. L. Plumb and Companion Mrs. Plumb. The court will be a union court and of chief interest to young ladies who wish to carry insurance, and be able to take part in the Guard of Honor Drill corps. The court has been organized under the old Fort Steele charter, Court ‘Wild Horse,” No. 266.
Lecture on Patagonia … Knox Sunday school room was comfortably filled on Tuesday evening when Mr. J. W. Edmonds, of Cranbrook, gave his interesting lecture on Patagonia.
Mr. Edmonds was a resident of that far flung land for eight or nine years and was therefore master of his subject.
With between eighty and ninety slides from his own photographs, and by his graphic running comment, Mr. Edmonds sketched the interesting features of that country, which is in the same latitude south as we are north of the equator.
The topography, extensive sheep ranches, animals, birds, types of natives and residents and Mr. Edmond’s own adventures were the leading features of this interesting and informing lecture.
The lecture was given under the auspices of the Young People’s Guild, and it is the intention to offer to the public of Cranbrook similar instructive, illustrated lectures from month to month throughout the winter.
The slides were projected by a splendid arc-light lantern and were all that could be desired.
Moyie news … Chief Constable Sampson of Fernie, was in Moyie Wednesday, and made a personal inspection of all five hotels in town. In each of the hotels he made certain recommendations for improvements that will have to be made. All five hotels were granted licenses for three months only, with the understanding, of course, that they will be made out for the full six months if the required improvements are made. These three month licenses will expire March 31st.
Judgement upheld … In the court of appeal on Wednesday of last week at Victoria the criminal appeal in Rex vs. Stickler was concluded. The appellant was condemned to three years in the penitentiary by Judge Wilson at Cranbrook, on a charge of obtaining money by false pretences. He purported to sell a diamond to one Dunlop, but in the result the complainant found that he had not received the stone which was offered him.
J. A. Harvey, K.C., for appellant contended that certain evidence was improperly admitted, while Deputy Attorney-General Maclean argued in support of the conviction.
Their lordships, rendering their first judgment, upheld the conviction.
Christ Church Sunday School Christmas treat … A bright and jolly party of little ones gathered at the rectory on Thursday afternoon last, the festival of the Epiphany, for the annual Christmas treat of the Sunday school.
Although the rooms are fairly spacious (no rooms are very large in the homes of this country), yet the rectory rooms were taxed to their full capacity. The little people and older ones were of necessity very intimately associated. But without these was fun and lots of it, for the little ones.
At 5 o’clock about half of the assembled ones sat down for supper at tables well supplied with good things, thanks to the generosity of members of the church.
If you wish to see real enjoyment just look in upon a lot of little ones at table when “they are out for a time,” or when they are mixing indiscriminately in their play and realize that they will be allowed to be a little boisterous. It is pleasure unalloyed that one thus looks in upon.
Well after the first and second tables were done justice to, the little ones were taken into the presence of a well-lighted and well-filled Christmas tree. Their eyes fairly sparkled, and showed their owners to be full of expectation.
Without delay began the distribution of gifts; and the children—and “the children also of a larger growth”—were all remembered.
Then came the donning of wraps that had been laid aside on coming in; and as each little one went forth into “five below zero,” each carried a present from the tree, and also a parcel of candies or some fruit.
Thus ended two hours of real enjoyment, the older ones having had their pleasure also in ministering to the children.
New sawmill at Galloway … A new sawmill of 60,000 feet capacity is being erected at Galloway, eight miles from Elko, on the Crows Nest Pass railway, the owners being the Crows Nest Pass Lumber company, with headquarters at Wardner, B. C.
The mill is being equipped by the Waterous Engine works, through their western manager, Mr. H. B. Gilmour, of Vancouver. It will have gunshot feed, kickers, log loaders, heavy edger, slab slasher, trimmers, lath machinery, and a full set of conveyors.
The plant will be ready to commence cutting about the 1st of March.
This will make the third mill operated by the Crows Nest Pass Lumber company — No. 1 at Wardner, 150,000 feet daily capacity; No. 2 at Marysville, 40,000 feet daily capacity; and No. 3 at Galloway.
Skating … Skating is getting to be a very fashionable pastime now that the rink is nearing completion, and the directors are doing all in their power to rush it along.
The contractor, Leask, expects to start the trusses next week and it will then only be a short time before it is all covered in and then Cranbrook can boast of having one of the best skating rinks in this part of the country.
There will be no skating at the Arena rink on Sundays. In reply to a number of inquiries the directors state that they decided at one of their first meetings to have no Sunday skating.
Born … At Cranbrook, B. C., on Wednesday, January 12th, 1910, to Mr. and Mrs. J . R. Walkley, a son.
Purse of gold … Last Thursday Miss L. M. Tannhauser was called into the Fink Mercantile store and was presented by Mayor Fink on behalf of the citizens of Cranbrook with a purse of $255 in gold. Miss Tannhauser has been a faithful servant of the public in the post office for the past seven years and this was but a slight token of appreciation of her services.
Sad news … Mr. H. E. Slater, of the Cranbrook Sash and Door company, received word on Monday night that his brother, John Slater, formerly in the lumber business with Thomas Leask, of this city, had fallen on a saw and been killed. Mr. Slater and his brother left on Tuesday’s Flyer for Hamilton to attend the funeral.
Harry White … The Presbyterian missionary, Mr. Harry White, who has been ill in St. Eugene hospital, having undergone an operation for appendicitis, has recovered sufficiently to be removed to the home of Mrs. Wm. Tosh, where he will remain until strong enough to take up his work in Coal Creek.
Weekly advice … Don’t be cross and hateful because everything in the world don’t move to suit you. Of course you are a great deal smarter than anyone else, and are justly entitled to more recognition. While you are fully aware of your attainments your neighbor, who is dull of comprehension, has not found out that you are more than an ordinary individual. You have doubtless told him different more than once, yet in his dullness he has failed to comprehend the many brilliant points you know yourself to be possessed of.
So do not kick because you are not appreciated. The best thing you can do is to get a divorce from your big head, come down from your high perch, and be a sensible everyday Canadian.
Fair play … Editor Cranbrook Herald: Will you allow me space in your valuable paper to say a few words in reference to a paragraph which appeared in the “Wardner Notes” in your issue of December 30th, concerning the Presbyterian student, now stationed in this place.
This item has caused some indignation amongst the fair-minded people of Wardner and it seems wrong to let it pass without saying something on the other side of the question.
The young man who is held up to ridicule and condemnation in the aforesaid notes is no doubt odd in his manner, and strange to the way of this country, but it has yet to be proved that he is otherwise than good living, earnest and well meaning, and if he is not wanted here there are proper means of having a change made.
But it hardly seems fair that he should be publicly condemned by this writer of petty local gossip, whose own actions if placed in such a light might seem neither overly intelligent nor free from ignorance, besides being open to criticism on lines as essential to his business — whatever it is — as perfect education is to that of a clergyman.
There are none of us perfect, we will all admit, and I think with several others, that if the writer in question cannot stand the preaching of this particular student he can stay away from church, as he doubtless did when cleverer students preached.
Learn to live and let live, and confine his paragraphs to less personal subjects.
Yours respectfully, A Believer in Fair Play. Wardner, B.C., January 9, 1910.