Elephant Christening: 0042.0025

from _The Cranbrook Courier_, September 23, 1926 (p1)

With the departure of the noon train on Sunday the curtain was drawn
on the elephant episode which has made Cranbrook the centre of attraction
for the past six weeks. The day for the departing elephant was a most
interesting one. Soon after a big breakfast at the Arena Rink in which he
was quartered during his stay in Cranbrook, Charlie Ed, as he was then
known, was led across the lots to the shrubbery in front of the Mount Baker
Hotel, where he was obliged to stop and have his picture taken, to the
Royal bank, where, finding Manager Marsh at home, they obtained his
permission to use the front of the bank premises for the big event of the
elephant's career, his re-christening. At about 8:30 Charlie Ed. took his
place on the sidewalk in front of the bank and in the presence of a number
of citizens Mayor Roberts poured a bottle of real honest-to-goodness
champagne over his head, at the same time declaring his name to be
henceforth, "Cranbrook Ed.", instead of "Charlie Ed." This was done at the
request of Mr. Orville F. Stewart, Assistant Manager of the Sells-Floto
Circus Company, in recognition of the good work done by Mr. Ironsides,
trainmaster of the C.P.R., for the company in connection with the recovery
of the lost elephants, as well as to serve as a token of the esteem which
the Sells-Floto Circus held for the people of Cranbrook generally.
Doubtless when he reaches his mates in California he will take much delight
in telling them of the wonderful time he had at the christening and of the
events which followed.
The christening over (as everyone thought) a presentation to the
winning lady in the Cranbrook Gyro Club auto contest then took place.
Mayor Roberts having kindly consented to make the presentation, asked Miss
Marie Patterson to come forward. Standing in front of Cranbrook Ed. His
Worship complimented her on the excellent work which she had done, and
asked her to accept with her order for the $200 wardrobe, a bouquet of
flowers. In his most gracious manner the mayor was handing the flowers to
Miss Patterson when the newly christened, apparently thinking that he could
show His Worship how such presentations should be made, grabbed the flowers
and making a pass with them to his mouth, as if to eat them, then waved the
bouquet on high, much to the surprise and delight of those present, then he
dropped them at the feet of the honored young lady, who picking them up
made suitable acknowledgement to both His Worship and Cranbrook Ed. The
next stop in the triumphant march was at the Victoria Café, where he was
the guest of the proprietor, Mr. Geo. Anton, for breakfast. Here, standing
in front of the café, Miss Lopeter of the Victoria staff, brought out a
tray bearing some delicacies, which, judging from the manner in which he
proceeded to relieve the tray of its burden, was much to his liking. This
was Cranbrook Ed's last meal in the city of his adopted name. At the café
as well as at the other points of stop, pictures were taken of the
proceedings by J.G. Bennett: these it is expected will be on view on the
screens throughout the country. From the café the march was to the C.P.R.
depot, where Mr. Ironsides purchased a ticket for Cranbrook Ed., writing a
cheque for $1200.00. For this Ed. got a whole baggage car to himself in
which to ride all the way to San Francisco, where the Sells-Floto Circus is
now showing. Here he will join Tillie, doubtless telling her about the sad
fate of Myrtle and the wonderful send-off from Cranbrook, how he stayed
over with the consent of Manager Stewart to help out at the Cranbrook fall

0042.0025: Elephant Christening

Mayor Roberts christens the re-captured elephant Charlie Ed as 'Cranbrook Ed'. Details on the ceremony and on the shipping of the elephant to San Francisco.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  September 23, 1926
Publisher:  Cranbrook Courier
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0042)


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