It happened this week in Cranbrook: Week of June 21 – 27

Young boys getting beastly intoxicated on stolen liquor: Let it be a lesson to parents.

Dave Humphrey

Items compiled from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook Museum and Archives

1902

Going the wrong way … The Old Man is informed that three young boys stole some liquor last Monday evening and became beastly intoxicated. This is a sad occurrence. It should be a lesson to parents. Boys should receive careful attention and not be allowed to roam at will. Too many in Cranbrook are going to the devil because they know nothing of home discipline or home teaching. Save the boys and the men will be all right.

Coronation on hold … An extraordinary issue of the Gazette published this evening officially announced the definite postponement of the coronation ceremonies. King Edward was tragically stricken down on the eve of his coronation and had to undergo a serious operation for appendicitis . When the news was given out in parliament dramatic scenes followed. Measures were at once introduced and passed, cancelling all celebrations and festivities, and throughout London there is a horrible feeling of suspense.

The St. Mary’s Valley … Fred Hazen came down from the St. Mary’s valley Monday, where he has some valuable mineral claims. He is working on the Hardscrabble and has a better showing than he has had at any time since he started operations. Mr. Hazen looks upon the St. Mary’s country as one of the best in this district, and says that the past two years has demonstrated the fact that in every instance where work has been done the property has improved. What the valley needs is transportation, and it is to be hoped that either the C. P. R. or Jim Hill will build a road from Marysville west.

Football team won … Last Friday night the Cranbrook Lacrosse club played the football boys a game of lacrosse, the receipts being appropriated for the Fernie relief fund. The lacrosse club naturally thought they had a cinch, but the opinion underwent a rapid change after five minutes of rapid playing. How those football boys did play. How they did chase the ball and check their opponents. They never quit and their staying qualities were wonderful. The spectators soon saw that it was a fight to the finish. The lacrosse boys had a reputation to maintain, and the football boys one to win. The crowd, of course, was with the football boys, and good plays were cheered to the echo. It was a hot game and resulted in a victory for the football team by a score of 3 to 2. It was a sad day for the lacrosse boys when Haines’ Indians came to town.

Such foolishness … The foolish legislation permitting boys 18 years of age to vote has been revoked. This act will go down in history as an instance when the British Columbia legislators of 1892 were controlled by common sense. Let us give the members credit for it. The Lord knows that they deserve little enough for their work this year.

Want to bet? … A number of Cranbrook people will attend the races at Grand Forks on Dominion Day. Tom Wellman may take over two of his horses, Christmas Gift and Roy Carruthers. If he does, it is 20 to 1 that he will come away with some of the coin.

1903

FARCE … One of the most expensive farces perpetrated upon the tax payers of this district is the taking of prisoners from this district to Nelson for incarceration. It has cost thousands of dollars in the past few years that might have been saved by having a gaol at some central point in this district. It is time for a change.

A battle royal … South East Kootenay will be a warm battlefield during the coming provincial campaign. The former district has been divided and in the future that portion lying east of the Kootenay River and south of Bull River will be known as the Fernie district. It will include the towns of Michel, Fernie, Coal Creek, Morrissey, Morrissey Mines, Elko and Jaffray. The portion lying north of Bull River and west of the Kootenay River will be known as Cranbrook district, and includes the towns of Cranbrook, Fort Steele, Moyie, Wardner, Marysville, Kimberley, North Star Mine and Ryan. Under the new law that went into effect upon the dissolution of the house, all voters lists are nullified, and a new list must be made in accordance with the new distribution and it is absolutely necessary for a man to have his name on the new list if he is to vote at the coming election. Already the work of collecting votes is under headway, and several hundred names have been registered up to date in this district.

Mosquito hell … Not since the high water of 1894 have the mosquitoes been so bad. At Wasa, Fort Steele and Wardner they drive the people to shelter at times, and at Wardner it is almost impossible for the men to work.

Big drop … David Griffith met with an accident last Wednesday evening by stepping off the high sidewalk near the Wentworth hotel after dark He was badly shaken up and compelled to go to the hospital for a week, but is getting along nicely now.

Ouch! … James Finlay, of Kimberley, was in town a few days last week. Mr. Finlay met with a serious accident last week, while riding a horse and leading another. The animal he was leading became startled and jumped backward, catching a finger on Mr. Finlay’s right hand between the rope and saddle horn, cutting it off as clean as if done with a knife.

Big Liberal meeting … Next Tuesday evening a meeting will be held at Leask’s hall and every citizen of Cranbrook and vicinity who cares to affiliate with the Liberal party in the coming election is requested to be present.

Mosquitoes again … G. H. Gilpin returned Monday from a trip up the Kootenay River. He spent a few hours at Wasa and says the mosquitoes will assay a million to the square inch in that section.

Winning streak … Tom Wellman’s stable of race horses has been capturing many purses at the Seattle races. Last week he had a winner nearly every day and considerable coin came his way in consequence.

Elk river bridge … The people in the Tobacco Plains country are anxious about the building of that bridge over the Elk River. For more than a year the British Columbia government has allowed those people to be cut off from the market, and to be virtually ostracized from the world. It is a shame and a disgrace. The the people have good reason to kick.

May build a brewery … N. Klousman, of Greenwood, was in town this week looking over the field with the idea of building a brewery. He expressed himself as being well satisfied with the outlook, and may conclude to locate here.