It happened this week in Cranbrook: 1904

News, notes and comments from November 13-19, 1904

A dollar could get you in to see the Beggar Prince at the Cranbrook Opera House in 1904 (75 cents for the cheaper seats)

A dollar could get you in to see the Beggar Prince at the Cranbrook Opera House in 1904 (75 cents for the cheaper seats)

Dave Humphrey

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


Con man … Joseph Youngheart, the German gentleman with a French accent, who registers from Montreal but never goes further east than Mariaggi’s, was in town this week with that smile that won’t come off. After registering at the Cranbrook he permitted Tom Rookes to shake hands with Mr. Youngheart and then rang the telephone and engaged in conversation with W. D. Hill, and as the sound of his dulcet tones were wafted through the house the office became crowded as everyone supposed that Hoggarth & Rollins had bought a new gramaphone. Mr. Youngheart is traveling for his health and an eastern firm and is doing well in both lines. He has a new trick. He can eat four meals in one day and make the hotel clerk think that he had only three, and he is working it with great success this season. He is also hard at work on another one which he may try next season. It is to become a regular subscriber of The Herald without putting up the coin and have the Old Man smile when he meets him.

Bachelors needed … One Cranbrook bachelor says that these “cookeries” are an illusion and a snare. He visited the one held in Cranbrook yesterday, and drank six cups of tea, for which he paid all the way from fifteen cents to fifty cents, and this morning he felt as if he had been celebrating an election victory. And speaking of bachelors, the supply is hardly equal to the demand in Cranbrook. Such a condition of affairs in a live western town is almost unprecedented. A new importation is needed badly.

Good for a chat … “Scotty,” the bootblack at the Cranbrook, is becoming famous as a philosopher, and many a man goes to his stand to get a shine these days simply to hear him philosophize on the peculiarities of human life, and the difference between Scotland and Cranbrook. Beneath those sparse locks there is born many an abstruse idea, while under his cardigan jacket beats a heart as true as ever a prince of the royal blood swore by.

Wanted … Men and women in this county and adjoining territories to represent and advertise an old established house of solid financial standing. Salary to men $21 weekly, to women $12 to $18 weekly with expenses advanced each Monday by check direct from headquarters. Horse and buggy furnished when necessary; position permanent. Address, Blew Bros. & Co., Dept. A, Monon Bldg., Chicago.

Successful “cookerie” … The “cookerie” that was held by the ladies of Christ Church yesterday was a great boon to the people who were looking for some excellent cooking for Thanksgiving. The display of good things demonstrated that Cranbrook has a number of ladies who are the best of cooks. The scheme turned out all right financially and was a credit to the ingenuity of the individual who proposed the idea.

New fire apparatus … The fire department has received new nozzles, coats and other apparatus for use by the boys. When the new fire house is completed the boys will be in shape to do yeoman service, and sometime when there is a fire in town, some people who may have hesitated in the past about contributing to these appliances may thank their God that all were not the same, when they see their homes saved by these same boys.

New church at Moyie … The Methodist church at Moyie was opened on Sunday by Rev. S. J. Thompson of this city. The services were well attended, the church being crowded in the evening. The musical program was in charge of the choir of the church led by Mr. E. A. Hill and assisted in the evening by Mrs. W. T, Reid of Cranbrook. On Monday evening the opening entertainment was given. Splendid selections of music were presented by the choir, by Mr. Hill and Mrs. R. Temby and two solos by Mrs. Reid. Addresses were delivered by Rev. McDermid, of the Presbyterian Church, L. Thomas, pastor of the new church, and S. J. Thompson. The financial statement was presented by the pastor and showed that the approximate cash to-date was about $900 of which about $700 has been contributed. Mr. D. J. Johnston was the contractor and builder and his work has given universal satisfaction. The building is a neat gothic structure 24 x 36 feet, with an annex of 12 x 20. A neat porch forms the entrance and as the building is centrally located the prospects for a good congregation are bright.

A musical event … On the 18th of this month there will be a concert given under the auspices of St. Mary’s church that promises to be a rare musical treat. Miss Rosa D’Erina is a vocalist of distinction and she will be assisted by G. R. Vontom, a vocalist and humorist who enjoys an enviable reputation as a pleasing entertainer. The concert will be held in Wentworth hall and the date should be borne in mind by all. Following is a notice given by the Toronto Register after these two artists had appeared in that city: “The concert given by Rosa D’Erina, under the auspices of Division 2, A.O.H., put in proof that the great Irish prima donna has lost none of her old-time vigor and charm. She rendered all her numbers with a vigor and sweetness which evoked storms of applause. Mr. Vontom was equally effective in his role, and, whether in the humorous or the higher grade of classic music, was perfectly at home.”

Dam removal … The dam at the foot of Moyie lake which was put in two years ago by the East Kootenay Lumber company was removed this week by the same company. The dam has been a source of trouble ever since it was built. By raising the water in the lake it used to flood A. T. Clark’s hay ranch and it also interfered with the running of the St. Eugene mill. Action was taken in the court by both the mining company and Mr. Clark asking for the removal of the dam, and to avoid further trouble the company has acceded to their request. The dam cost nearly $1,000. Another dam will be built further down the river, which will enable the company to get a head of water when they choose without raising the water in the lake.