It happened this week in Cranbrook: August 7-13

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

Dave Humphrey

1905

Hot ball game … On Sunday afternoon at 5 p. m. the baseball nines of the Standard and Adolph Lumber companies met in an exciting struggle for supremacy and a valuable silver cup, donated by Mr. F. W. Adolph. The game was the outcome of the summer’s rivalry between the two camps and the feeling ran high. Every man was able to attend, including the managers of the Adolph company, Mr. F. W. Adolph and W. H. Griffiths, as also were all the ladies of the Junction. A broad stretch of prairie above the Standard camp afforded as fine a ground as can be found in British Columbia. The game itself was a magnificent one from a spectators’, and also a baseball fiends’ standpoints and the opinion is expressed that the victors would hold their own with any team in the Kootenays The game was called at 5 p. m. sharp, Mr. Wm. Oliver acting as umpire. While his decisions were absolutely impartial, still feeling ran so high that he was several times the center of a threatening and pugnacious group. Six innings were played replete with fast and clever plays, the Adolphs winning by four to one. They had their batting eye with them and lit on the ball for 3 runs in the first innings, while the Standards were shut out four successive innings, though the bases were full several times. Only the perfect work of the Victors prevented a score.

Fish story … R. Joyce reports a fine catch of trout in the Kootenay Saturday. Twenty-six trout! Thirty-five pounds!

Lady barber … Moyie has a lady barber. Miss Ida Lindell, of Spokane, is holding a position in Joe Baker’s shop on Victoria Street.

Put a stop to this … A well-known citizen of Cranbrook made a vigorous protest to the Herald this week against permitting people of a shady character to occupy houses in the respectable part of the town. Within the last month two or three different families have been aroused in the night by drunken individuals who were searching for these shady resorts. There is surely some way of stopping this sort of a thing.

The fire brigade has strenuous time Friday evening … Last Friday evening about 7 o’clock an alarm of fire was turned in from the C. P. R. station, and within a few minutes the volunteer company had a stream of water in action. The fire was in one of the office rooms on the ground floor that had been vacated for repairs, and it is supposed that some cotton that had been placed on the ceiling to prevent the loose plastering from falling, had been ignited by an exposed electric light wire. Some of the railway employees at the station had a hose connected very quickly to the tap used to furnish water to the passenger trains, and between this and and the local brigade the flames were very soon extinguished. After Chief Pink and Assistant Chief Bradley were satisfied there was no more danger the hose was robed up on the reel and taken back to the fire house. The brigade had hardly gotten there before another alarm came in from the hill and one of the residences was on fire. In a flash that crowd of willing chaps were out of the house with the reel and on the jump of the new scene of disaster. It surely looked dangerous, as a big blaze could be seen leaping up in the midst of the best houses. Fortunately it was only a large bush heap, but still seemed close to be dangerous, and the fire boys turned a steam on the blaze and soon had the fire extinguished.

On the grapevine … It is rumored that a well-known tonsorial artist and a popular young Cranbrook lady are about to depart this single life of blessedness.

Ouch! … Last Monday night Engineer Wardman was seriously injured in the yards at Lethbridge by being struck on the head while leaning out of his cab window. He was backing his engine down to get water and a freight car that had been pushed in on a side track was left too near the other track and caught Mr. Wardman. The jaw on both sides was broken and his head and face badly bruised. He was brought to Cranbrook Wednesday morning and taken to the St. Eugene hospital where he is doing nicely. It was a narrow escape and might have easily resulted fatally.

School house needed … One of the things Marysville lacks is a suitable school house. We need one badly and if parents of children of school age here are to comply with the law in this respect they must have a larger building at once. Immediate action on the part of the local government is essential. The building used last season for such purposes was built and paid for by a few public-spirited citizens and it was a credit to their loyalty to their children’s interests, but unless a larger building is forthcoming right away the old one will stand as a monument to the incapacity of the local government and a disgrace to the supporters of the same in this district, for upon those who direct the administration of such affairs lies the responsibility. Between thirty and forty of Marysville’s children are in need of a school house right away. Will they get it? We are paying our share of the revenue. All we ask for is a square deal.

Fighting mad … The Slavonians upon the hill had a big time at a christening last Sunday. The affair ended in a big drunk and a free for all fight between the two religious factions. The chief fight centered around two married couples. Each woman attacked her rival’s husband and one used a club quite effectively. Later the men got at each other but the greater damage was done by the women. The police were summoned and the disturbance was quelled. The next morning charges and counter-charges galore were laid by members of each faction and all the lawyers in the city have been retained. Sixty-three witnesses have been summoned and at the usual rate these will require a month or two to give their evidence. Some difficulty was experienced yesterday in securing an interpreter.

1906

Not fair game … On Monday three mountain sheep, one ram and two ewes, were seen in lumber yards at the Fernie Lumber company. M. Berrigan, the blacksmith at the mill, got his rifle, laid the ram low with a single shot. The next day he paid a fine and the sheep was confiscated by the government. Mr. Berrigan probably enjoys the distinction of being the only man who ever killed a mountain sheep in a lumber yard. These animals are remarkably shy and are rarely got by hunters after days of tramping.

Tenders for sidewalks … Tenders will be received up to 12 o’clock noon, Monday, August 13, 1906, for a ten foot sidewalk on the south side of Baker street, from Rogers’ corner to the west side of Queens Hotel. Specifications: Planks, to be dressed on one side, and to be 2 x 8″. Specifications can be seen at the office of the city clerk. C. H. Prest, City Clerk.

New firm in Cranbrook … The Cranbrook Trading company is the newest addition to Cranbrook’s business circles, and within a few days the firm will throw their doors open to the public with a full stock of farm implements, trucks, carriages, sleighs, harness, flour and feed. The headquarters of the firm will be in the new two-storey building in course of erection next to Dezall Bros, blacksmith shop, and they will be in a position to supply complete outfits for all manner of ranching, farming, logging, etc. The store will be under the personal management of Mr. J. F. Bridges, and this alone is an assurance of success.

Frisco earthquake … At the opera house Friday, August 10. Bert Martin, the moving picture expert, will present Frisco before and after the quake in moving pictures — a beautiful panoramic view of Frisco before the quake, showing Union square crowded with people; Palace hotel, Call building; Baptist church; Cliff house, theatres, etc.; pictures showing 25 miles of the burned district with all prominent places carefully indicated. These pictures are genuine, authentic. Up-to-date illustrated songs. The Great Train Robbery, two hours of pictures. An entire change of programme Saturday night. Everyone goes to hear the songs and see the beautiful pictures. Admission, any part of the house, 50 cents, Children 15 cents.

An unfortunate accident … On Monday last while a number of people who were camping at Sirdar were en route between Sirdar and Creston with a hand car, the handcar was struck by an engine. Mrs. J. R. McNab of Cranbrook, sustaining severe injuries, one limb being broken. Mrs. T. A. Corey and little child were also severely shaken up and badly bruised. The injured parties were brought to Cranbrook and placed in St. Eugene hospital, where they are doing as nicely as can be expected.