Float of the King Lumber Company in the 1905 Labour Day Parade.

Float of the King Lumber Company in the 1905 Labour Day Parade.

It happened this week in Cranbrook

News and notes from the week of September 11-17, 1904

Dave Humphrey

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


Train robbery … (VANCOUVER) The transcontinental express, due here at 8 o’clock last evening was held up about 15 miles east of this city. When the train was seven miles west of Mission three masked men crawled to the engine to uncouple the engine, which they ran ahead. Then they proceeded to the express car and forced the express messenger to give them the contents of the safe, which was said to contain about $7,000 in cash. The train did not arrive here until 12:30 o’clock. It is supposed that the train robbers expected to intercept the cleanup from the Consolidated Cariboo mines amounting to $60,000, and which was expected to be sent here about this time. It is said a cipher telegraph message was sent to the express messenger telling him to have his safe open to be searched for an inspection, and that therefore he was on his guard. The authorities are now investigating this rumor. This is the first train robbery which has ever taken place in British Columbia. The Canadian Pacific detectives and provincial police are leaving at 1:30 this morning on a special train for the scene of the robbery.

Kimberley mystery … What might have been a very serious accident, occurred here last week at one of the hotels, when one of the guests collapsed into a good old Rip Van Winkle sleep, concluded to get out of bed and take a spin around, but how he managed to walk out of the window on the second floor and land one leg in each large window glass in the lower storey without drawing blood or being awakened from his peaceful slumbers will always remain a mystery.

$5,000.000 of gold in Wild Horse … A. W. McVittie has evolved a scheme that has a great deal foundation and promises to turn golden stream into the pockets the backers of the proposition. It is well known that in the early sixties there were over $20,000,000 in gold dust taken out of the Wild Horse diggings. It is also known that the apparatus used in those days did not save over 75 per cent, of the gold, if it did that. Therefore if there were $20,000,000 millions taken out there must be at least $5,000,000 in the tailings. At least this is the view taken by Mr. McVittie and he has staked the old tailings of the stream and will organize a company and go to work with a dredge so that a vast amount of dirt can be handled each day. The tailings would not have to be very rich to pay a fair profit, and if there is as much gold in them as is generally believed the project might turn out a big bonanza.

School situation … The rapid growth of the Cranbrook schools is a good criterion by which to judge of the growth of the town. There are at the present time four rooms, and one more will soon be added under the instructions of the superintendent of education. And yet that is not sufficient to meet the demand. A sixth room will have to be added in a very short time. Cranbrook is a growing town and the school authorities might just as well appreciate this fact now as later.

WILL BUILD FLATHEAD LINE … The deal for the building of a railway into the Flathead oil and coal country was consummated on Saturday night. There was a hitch in the negotiations following the announcement of two weeks ago, but all difficulties were finally overcome, and arrangements as then made now stand. The railway company is really a subsidiary to the coal company, and will build from Flathead to Morrissey. D. C. Corbin of Spokane is understood to be at the back of the railway company, which receives a hundred coal claims as a bonus, or over sixty thousand acres.

CHURCH BUILDING …Two churches are now in course of erection in Moyie. D. J. Johnston has the contract of building both, and expects to have his work finished in a month’s time. The Catholic Church is 27 1/2 feet wide and 70 feet long. It is being built on a stone foundation and it will be in every way a substantial edifice, costing when finished nearly $8,000. The Methodist church is 24×36 feet and has a study adjoining 12×20 feet.

SOME CALF … Sam McLean, of Mayook, had a cow that gave birth to a calf the other day with two heads, seven legs and two tails. It was a monstrosity and did not live.

FIRE BRIGADE PHOTOGRAPHS … The members of the fire brigade had their pictures taken last week and it makes a fine one. The brigade is imposing in looks and a credit to the town.


1905 HERALD ANNUAL … The Herald is making arrangements to issue this year one of the most artistic annuals ever put out in this part of the country. It will have from forty to sixty pages, and will be constructed on different lines than any previous efforts of this paper. It will be in magazine form, something like the Ladies Home Journal, convenient to read and of handy size to mail, and will be just the kind of a review that the people of the district will want to send away to their friends. The paper will be issued on December 14, nearly two weeks before Christmas, and in ample time for general distribution for the Christmas trade. There will be 3,000 copies issued, no more and no less, and those wanting copies should place their orders in ample time. The advertising rates will be reasonable, and as a medium for advertising for the merchant, for the real estate man, for the hotel keeper, for the lumber manufacturer, none better can be found. It will be a paper that will be a powder for doing good for the town of Cranbrook, for every town in the district, and for the district as, a whole. The Herald has a well-earned reputation tor doing things well, regardless of the cost. That reputation will not suffer by this year’s annual. It will be the best. This fact must be born in mind by the people. We are starting early to give the people the best product in the newspaper line that the district can produce. It is going to cost a lot of money. Good things always do. We are willing to spend the money, for sooner or later it comes back in the reputation given the Herald for doing things right and for working for the best interests of the district.

MARYSVILLE … A Herald representative visited Marysville last Tuesday, and says that Marysville is going ahead right along. The smelter is running day and night without a hitch. A new flume is being constructed owing to the fact that the flume used last year was difficult to keep open, being above ground. The new flume will be an underground one. Some 60 men will be employed on its construction. The merchants report business good and Mr. Clayton, the postmaster and townsite agent, says that the sale of lots is good and that the post office business is increasing every day. Mr. Chenette is putting a large addition to the Royal hotel, which will give him a fine billiard room and a number of additional bed rooms. Mr. Neil, at the Falls View hotel, says that business is better than ever before, and Mr. Johnson, at the Central, is contemplating an addition to his hotel. Marysville is going ahead because it has a permanent industry and has a population of go-a-head people.

PRESCRIPTIONS FILLED … Fresh, Pure, Drugs in our pharmaceutical laboratory, we make all of the Tinctures, Elixirs, Syrups and other preparations used in our prescription work, instead of buying them ready made as druggists who do not possess our facilities are compelled to do. Consequently, we guarantee purity and freshness of every prescription ingredient. BEATTY & ATCHISON

CHANGE OF NAME? … Owing to frequent fires it has been suggested that Fernie’s name be changed to Furnace.

GOOD HUNTING … Messrs. T. G. Proctor, H. E. Macdonald and M. Holt, of Nelson, and W. R. Ross, A. F. Trites, Dr. Bonnell and J. S. T. Alexander opened the shooting season at Crows Nest landing last week. Five bags of game were brought down and lots of long truthful yarns were spun. The nimrods report the water in that locality in excellent condition for bathing.

CAUGHT FOR SPEEDING … Thursday of last week, the Rev. Murray, Presbyterian minister, D. M. Sullivan, clerk at the Western Mercantile company’s store here, and Mr. Wilcox, hoisting engineer for the International company at Coleman were summoned before the magistrate for riding faster than a walk on the bridges between Frank and Blairmore. In vain they pleaded ignorance that the action was unlawful and that there was no warning on the bridge. They were found guilty and each one fined a dollar and costs, amounting to $3.00 each.

BARBER SHOP … Wesley Cline has this week made additional improvements to his already well equipped tonsorial parlor by putting in another chair and another handsome, mirrored work rack. He has also employed the services of another good scissors and razor artist in the person of Frank Foley. Cline’s place is quoted throughout the district as a shop that keeps abreast of the times, gives only first class work, treats everybody right and where there is a line of large and well assorted fish, deer and bear stories that never peters out.

FROM STEELE ON FOOT … Jerry Sullivan, of Fort Steele, one of the best known ranchers in the valley and one of the oldest residents as well, was in town last Friday. He has not been well for some time and walked from Steele to Cranbrook, a distance of 12 miles, to seek medical aid and wanted to walk back, but was persuaded to take the train. Many a well man would not have displayed the same amount of grit.

STRONG SHOWING … Cranbrook was treated to an exhibition by Samuel J. McMillan, the strong man, who lifted a barrel of water, weighing in the vicinity of 600 pounds with one hand, broke horseshoes, bent bars of iron across his chin, and many acts of like character. It does seem strange, however, that a man of such strength would allow himself to make a living by playing the street fakir instead of working.

INCORPORATION … Incorporation for Cranbrook is now a question of only a few weeks. The petition has been generally signed, so freely in fact that there is a safe majority in favor of incorporation so far as property values go. After the government grants the petition it will then be necessary for a returning officer to be named and the list be gotten in shape. It is estimated that there will be from 125 to 150 voters the first election. Only property owners can vote, and that will include all ladies who are the owners of property within the limits to be incorporated. The first election will be for the period intervening between the time the election is held and the regular date set for municipal election in this province.

MORE MEMBERS WANTED … The fire brigade needs several new members to fill up the ranks of those who have gone away from town and also to increase the former force. There are many young men in town who would make fine additions to the brigade, and any who feel inclined to link themselves with this laudable institution are requested to hand in their names to Secretary Roberts, or any other members. Now that the drilling for the races is over, regular practices will be resumed every Thursday night.

COLOURED CARDS …Messrs. Beattie & Atchison have sent away photographs of all the floats in the parade on Labor Day and will have the finest coloured postal cards made from them. These will be ready as soon as the firm given the contract can turn them out, and they will be greatly in demand by the people of this district.

JEST IN FUN … Dear Sir,—In the August 10th edition of the Cranbrook Herald, under the heading “Red- Hot Ball Game,” you state that F. W. Adolph, W. H. Griffith and Fred Adolph were spectators at a game of baseball played at Fort Steele Junction on Sunday, August 6th, and that F.W. Adolph donated a silver cup to the winners. I wish to say that the above statements are not true. While we do not interfere with our men, in matters of that kind, we are not in sympathy with Sabbath-breaking. Yours truly, F. W. Adolph. {The Herald has no desire to misrepresent any situation, and the account of the ball game referred to seems to have been somewhat exaggerated, and in this way offended parties who were placed in a false position by such exaggeration. It was no doubt all meant in fun, but fun sometimes creates discord unnecessarily.}

BAPTIST MINISTER … On Sunday evening next Rev. J. LeRoy Sloat, pastor of the Baptist church, will preach his farewell sermon to his Cranbrook congregation. The reverend gentleman is leaving next week to resume his educational studies in Toronto. Not a few will genuinely regret the departure of Mr. Sloat from Cranbrook. He has done a good work for the cause which he espouses, dealing out Christianity on broad-minded principles that have filled the hearts of many with true conviction; his hand was never slow to help the deserving needy in material form, and his voice was ever ready to give sage counsel and hopeful words to the discouraged one; he was good citizen and took an active part in all movements for the progress and benefit of our city; he was a good sport and encouraged the young men in promoting pastimes that were clean and manly. Among the young people of Cranbrook Mr. Sloat was particularly popular, and it is needless to say that during his stay here he has wielded an influence for good among them that is bound to bear fruit. May his star continue to shine, and brighten up dark spots on life’s journey wherever his lot may be cast.

EVERY LADY’S DRESSING CHAMBER … should be equipped with a dainty, snow-white, one-piece Porcelain Enameled Lavatory. Have you ever stopped to consider how delightfully convenient it would be to have hot and cold running water in your dressing chamber, sleeping apartment or first-floor toilet room? Its presence would afford you the highest degree of comfort. We will gladly quote you prices. Our plumbers are strictly competent mechanics, honest and reliable. PATMORE B ROTHERS Roofing, Heating and Ventilating Engineers.