It happened this week in Cranbrook: 1911

News and notes from the week of February 19 - 25, 1911

Cutting edge home technology

Cutting edge home technology

Dave Humphrey

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


Snowshoeing in Fernie … One of the most pleasing features of the season was the snow shoe tramp on Thursday night. This was planned and carried out by the I. C. S. and they are to be congratulated upon its success. The torchlit crowd set out from the Bank of Hamilton at 8 o’clock and tramped to the Fairy Creek Lumber camp, where they sat down to several long tables well filled with baked beans and plenty of food, in variety. After lunch, the tables were cleared away and dancing was enjoyed for a little while. J. F. Spalding was one of the party and took a splendid flashlight of the crowd which numbered something over one hundred.

Another guessing contest … The C. C. S. on Saturday, February 25 th, will inaugurate another guessing contest. The prize is a handsome mahogany finished dresser, two drawers, mirror British bevel plate, size 24×40. Guessing this time will be confined to boys and girls under 16 years of age. You will see in our window a dog’s head, it has been filled with large beans, and the guessing will be as to how many beans the head contains. Every ten cent purchase or multiple thereof will entitle you to one vote. Full particulars Saturday morning.—C. C. S.

For sale … Eggs for hatching. Ancona, the famous winter layers, two dollars and fifty cents per fifteen; S. C. White Leghorns, from extra good laying strain, two dollars for fifteen. All eggs from selected pens. For one hundred egg lots, write A. MILTON, Mirror Lake

Con artist … On Friday, the 17th, a man giving the name of G. H. James went into the Cranbrook Trading company and expressed a desire to look over some sets of harness, as he wanted to buy one. The manager showed him a number of sets and he asked that one of them be laid aside for an hour or so, when he would call in and take it away. Before leaving he made out a cheque payable to himself for the sum of $35, which he got the manager to cash for him in full. When the cheque was presented to the Imperial Bank of Canada, on which bank it was drawn, it was refused as there was no such account in their ledger. The cheque was handed over to the chief of police and on his information Judge Ryan granted a warrant for the arrest of James. Chief Dow, with the warrant in his pocket, went over to Fort Steele and found his man whom he brought back here and lodged in jail. On being searched a promissory note purporting to be granted by a bank in Iowa in favor of Messrs. J. C. Huhling and Co. for the sum of $12,000 was found in his possession. The note is endorsed on the back J. C. Huhling and Co. per J. C. Huhling. On Monday he was brought before Judge Ryan for preliminary hearing. When questioned as to the meaning of the letters G. H. in his name he stated that they stood for nothing, as he was christened G. H. James. His surname was also James. The chief applied for and obtained a remand of eight days. The accused to remain in custody. It is known that the accused has issued cheques on other banks in the town and it is believed that he has been into this game before around Spokane, Sandpoint and the neighboring towns. James appears to be about 26 years old and is smooth shaven, has high cheek bones, fair hair and blue eyes. He stands about five feet six inches in height and is very well proportioned.

It’s painful … Ye editor has been struggling with a severe attack of neuralgia all the week and consequently work on this issue of the Herald has been considerably neglected. There is no need to explain to those who know what a severe attack of neuralgia means, and those who don’t know could never be made to understand.

Ouch … Andrew Ostrum, a miner employed in the St. Eugene mine at Moyie, met with a shocking accident on Monday in the mine. It would appear that whilst using his pick he struck into a hole containing a missed shot. The blow exploded the shot and the unfortunate miner received the full force of the explosion. He was hurled several feet and when picked up it was found that his face had been shattered beyond recognition, his right arm shattered below the elbow and several other severe bruises about the body. He was hurried down to the St. Eugene hospital during the early hours of Tuesday morning and on arrival was found to be in such bad shape that the doctors had to amputate the arm below the elbow and to remove the last remnants of both eyes. The injured man is about twenty-six years of age, and although of a very retiring disposition, is extremely popular amongst his workmates and the people of Moyie. At the time of going to press we are advised that the miner, Andrew Ostrum, who was so severely injured in Moyie on Monday last is progressing as well as can be expected under the circumstances.

Jail time … James Stewart Thynne appeared before Judge Ryan on Friday last charged with vagrancy. It came out in the evidence that he was seriously addicted to the use of cocaine, according to his own admission to Constable McLean, who arrested him. The judge considered that the only chance Thynne had of overcoming the habit would be to put him where he could not get it for some considerable time, so sent him down to Nelson for four months.

Cured in ten days or your money back … The moment you suspect any Kidney or Urinary disorder or feel Rheumatic pains begin taking FIG PILLS. Fig Pills are sold with a guarantee to cure all Kidney, Bladder or Liver trouble, Indigestion and all Stomach disorders. FIG PILLS are sold at all leading drug stores at 25c a box or five for $1.00. Mailed on receipt of price by The Fig Pill Co., St. Thomas, Ont.

Great debate … A lively and interesting debate was held by the Young People’s Guild of Knox church on Tuesday last on the comparative importance of Home and Foreign Missions. Fred L. Brown with J. F. Smith, Mrs. A. A. MacKinnon, Mrs. J. S. Mennie, championed home missions, while R. S. Garret, with Mrs. W. E. Worden, Mrs. A. J. Balment and Miss J. Dewar upheld foreign missions. In the judgment of the three judges the home mission advocates scored the most points, but the verdict of the audience was on the side of the supporters of foreign missions.

Sewerage bylaw … Everyone this coming Tuesday who has a vote will have an opportunity to cast their ballots for or against the Sewerage Bylaw.  A sewerage system is a necessity for Cranbrook, and the sooner it is obtained the better, for there is no telling when we may have an epidemic of fever of many kinds.  The sooner the bylaw is passed and funds raised for the immediate installation the better it will be for the health of the people.  Let not the question of raising the funds bother us, for one of the best indications or prosperity of a city is its debt. If the city was not progressing it would be known and we could not borrow the necessary funds at any price.  It would be a good thing for the credit of the city if the property owners turned out en-masse and voted for the bylaw.