Cranbrook - Firsts: 0050.0985

THE FIRST THINGS IN CRANBROOK. –

                The first building in Cranbrook was the Cranbrook hotel.  Built in December 1897.  Ryan & Morrison were the first proprietors.

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            The first religious service was held on March 20th, 1898, by the Rev. J.G. Duncan, in the dining room of the East Kootenay hotel.

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            The first arrest was made by Provincial Constable Barnes on March 24th, 1898.  The offense was theft.

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            The first lumber mill was established in the fall of 1897 by the Cranbrook Lumber company, of which A. Leitch was the head.

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            The first general store was opened by W. Kaake, in May, 1898, in part of the building now occupied by the Prospector.

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            The first telephone line was built from Cranbrook to Swansea by Maurice Quain, in April, 1898.

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            The first hardware store was opened by G.H. Miner in the building now occupied by A.L. McDermot in May, 1898.

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            The first bank was the Canadian Bank of Commerce, in the building now occupied by W.H. Wilson, the jeweler.  The first manager was Andrew Scott.  The bank opened July 11, 1898.

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            The first doctor was Dr. J. Brodie.  He came here in April, 1897.

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            The first surveyor was A.W. McVittie.  He came here in June, 1898.

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            The first political meeting was on June 24, 1898.  It was Colonel Baker’s first meeting and he won the first election on July 7th, 1898, by 15 votes.

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            The first athletic club May, 1898.  A. Leitch, president.

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            The first painter and decorator was Wm. Little.  He started in April, 1898.

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            The first barber shop was run by Sam Morrow.  He started business in May, 1898.

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            The first baker was S.B. Eyre.  He opened up in June, 1898.  Bread cost 25c. a loaf.

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            The first blacksmith was G. Hilliard.  He started in January, 1898.

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            The first contractor and builder was J.H. Sibbald.  He started in January, 1898.

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            The first livery stable was run by J.H. McMullin.  He opened in May, 1898.

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            The first government notice was published in the Herald on May 10, 1898.

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            The first fire insurance company to do business in Cranbrook was the Imperial.  J. Hutchison was the first agent.

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            The first gent’s furnishings store was opened by Leitch brothers on June 7, 1898.

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            The first druggist was R.E. Beattie.

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  The first brass band was started by a Mr. Reed on August 11, 1898.

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            The first locomotive ran into Cranbrook August 15, 1898.  Hugh Brock was the engineer.

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The first baby was born in a car on August 29, 1898.

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The post office was opened on September 2, 1898.  R.E. Beattie was then as now postmaster.

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            The first restaurant was the Royal café, opened September 15, 1898, by Frank B. VanDecar, now proprietor of the Royal hotel.

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            The first wholesale liquor store was opened September 15, 1898, by Thomas A. Kennedy.

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            First meeting of the Board of Trade held October 25, 1898.

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            First church opened, Christ church, October, 1898.

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            First law firm, Ross & Herchmer.  Came from Fort Steele, October, 1898.

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            The first bowling alley was opened by the late Tim Love in December, 1898.

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            The first fire occurred on November 12, 1898, in the office car of Accountant Stubbs, of the boarding department C.P.R.

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            The first butcher shop was that of M. McInnes, opened in December, 1898.

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            The first dance was held in the Perdue block.  Now the C.C.S. store, on December 16, 1898.

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            The first lecture was given by Rev. F.W. Frew, of Nelson, on December 10, 1898.  The subject was “Europe Revisited.”

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            The first newspaper was the Herald.

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0050.0985: Cranbrook - Firsts

Detailing first things in Cranbrook, from first building to first baby born.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  March 19, 1908
Pages:  4
Publisher:  Cranbrook Herald
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)

Keywords:

hotel building proprietors religious service arrest theft lumber mill general store telephone line hardware bank jeweller doctor surveyor political meeting athletic club painter barber shop baker blacksmith contractor livery stable fire insurance druggist brass band locomotive baby post office restaurant liquor board of trade church law firm bowling alley fire butcher shop dance newspaper lecture

Subjects:

People arrow Reedarrow
People arrow Rossarrow
People arrow Ryanarrow
People arrow McInnesarrow
People arrow McMullinarrow
People arrow McVittie, A.arrow
People arrow Minerarrow
People arrow Morrisonarrow
People arrow Morrowarrow
People arrow Morrowarrow
People arrow McDermotarrow
People arrow Duncanarrow
People arrow Baker, Jamesarrow
People arrow Barnesarrow
People arrow Beattiearrow
People arrow Brockarrow
People arrow Brodiearrow
People arrow Leitch, Archibaldarrow
People arrow Lovearrow
People arrow Kaakearrow
People arrow Kennedyarrow
People arrow Quainarrow
People arrow Wilson, W. H.arrow
People arrow Scottarrow
People arrow Sibbaldarrow
People arrow Eyrearrow
People arrow Herchmerarrow
People arrow Hilliardarrow
People arrow Hutchisonarrow
People arrow VanDecararrow
People arrow Frewarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Firstsarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Hotels, Motels, Boarding Houses arrow Cranbrook Hotelarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Hotels, Motels, Boarding Houses arrow East Kootenay Housearrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Services arrow Policing arrow Provincialarrow
Social arrow Criminal Activity arrow Robbery and Theftarrow
Industry arrow Lumbering arrow Companies and Mills arrow Cranbrook Lumber Co.arrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Newspapers and Printers arrow Cranbrook Heraldarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Newspapers and Printers arrow Cranbrook Prospectorarrow
Communications arrow Telephonearrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Hardware Stores arrow G.H. Minerarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Banking arrow Canadian Bank of Commercearrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Jewellers and Watchmakers arrow W.H. Wilsonarrow
Health arrow Doctors arrow Brodiearrow
Industry arrow Construction arrow Surveyors and Engineersarrow
Government arrow Politicsarrow
Government arrow Officials arrow MLAsarrow
Associations arrow Cranbrook Amateur Athletic Associationarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Barbers and Beauty Parloursarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Bakeriesarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Blacksmiths arrow Hillardarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Architects, Builders, Contractors arrow Sibbaldarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Livery Stables arrow McMullinarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Retailers arrow Leitch Brothersarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Drugstores arrow Beattiearrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Cultural arrow Bandsarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Services arrow Postalarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Hotels, Motels, Boarding Houses arrow Royal Hotelarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Restaurants arrow Royal Cafearrow
Associations arrow Board of Trade arrow Cranbrookarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Law Offices arrow Herchmerarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Law Offices arrow Rossarrow
Sports arrow Bowlingarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Services arrow Fire Department and Firesarrow
Transportation arrow Railways arrow Companies arrow Crows Nest Pass Railwayarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Butchers arrow M. McInnesarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Cultural arrow Dancearrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Churches arrow Anglicanarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Retailers arrow Co-Operative Storearrow
People arrow Goodridgearrow

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