Charlie McCowan: 0052.0105

CHARLIE McCOWAN AMONG THE WOUNDED – Another Cranbrook Boy Receives Serious Wounds at the Front – Taken to Hospital.

            Charles A. McCowan, one of the first Cranbrook men to step out and offer his services in the defence of the mother country, was seriously wounded on March 20.  “Charlie” was one of the most popular young men that left the city and the news was received in the city with genuine sorrow.  He was for a long time in the employ of W.H. Wilson, the jeweler.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McCowan old-time residents in this city.  They are now residents of Fort Rouge, Winnipeg.  Charlie was admitted to the general hospital at Rouen, suffering from a gunshot wound in the head.

            A rumor was in circulation yesterday to the effect that Charlie McCowan had since succumbed to his wounds in hospital, but as far as can be learned there seems to be no foundation for such a rumor.

            A copy of the Winnipeg Telegram just to hand contains a picture of Charlie McCowan, with a descriptive article, claiming he is from Winnipeg.  Just why so many eastern papers persist in this sort of thing we are at a loss to understand.  Only a short time ago a Toronto paper had the nerve to say that Jim Milne was a Toronto giant.  With all due respect to Toronto-the-Good, we say right here and without any frill or foibles, that Toronto couldn’t raise a man as big as Jim Milne.

            And now the Winnipeg Telegram wants to steal Charlie McCowan bodily.  If there is any city in the west which can lay claim to Charlie McCowan it is this little city of Cranbrook.  The next paper which lays claim to any one of Cranbrook’s native sons can expect a straight left hand jab from the editor of this defender of Cranbrook’s rights.  A number of Herald subscribers called on the editor today and expressed their disapproval of the Telegram’s method.  One lady said it was the biggest steal in Western Canada in her twenty years of residence here.

0052.0105: Charlie McCowan

Another Cranbrook boy receives serious wounds and is hospitalized with a gunshot wound in the head.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  April 1, 1915
Pages:  1
Publisher:  Cranbrook Herald
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0052)


wounded jeweller hospital gunshot


People arrow McCowanarrow
People arrow Milnearrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Jewellers and Watchmakers arrow W.H. Wilsonarrow
People arrow Wilson, W. H.arrow


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