‘Lively times’ at Falls

Blasts from the Past column by Al Donnelly, May 26 Boundary Creek Times.

Chronicles of Boundary Country from the pages of The Boundary Creek Times

Volume VII, No. 30 – April 7, 1900

 

Boundary Falls – A Resort Town?? – “Stephen Edwards of Boundary Falls says that there will be lively times at the Falls within a few weeks.  MacPherson Brothers’ sawmill promises to give employment to a large force of men – as many as 50.  He bespeaks for Boundary Falls a large patronage as a summer resort.  They are going to fix up the dam for bathing and a number of summer cottages will be arranged for.  Boundary Falls as a summer resort, manufacturing center and a mining field should prove a winner this year.”

Boer War Soldiers – “Greenwood may well feel proud of her soldier boys in the Strathcona Horse, now on the high seas on the good ship Monterey, bound for South Africa.  A good soldier in the Horse is Lieutenant J.C. Edwards Leckie, who comes from Greenwood. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College in Kingston, and credited by some experts as a man unequaled for technical military knowledge.

“Serving under Lieutenant Leckie in the West Kootenay Troop No. 2 are A.W. O’Brien and R.H. Palmer, of this city. May the ‘God of War’ deal kindly with our boys, who are a credit to this city and to the whole Dominion.”

Strong Union Town – “There is a strong movement afoot among the local unions to form a Trades and Labor Council, similar to that in Rossland and the cities on the Coast.  As has already been stated in The Times, Greenwood is a strong union town.  Local unions have been formed among the miners, carpenters, tailors, printers, and plumbers and steamfitters.”

Bicycle Club – “Bicycling promises to be quite the thing in Greenwood this summer.

“Bert McIntyre, who has to his credit some records on the tracks in the Northwest Territories, is one of the workers for the success of the Greenwood Bicycle Club, which was formed by a coterie of wheelmen on Friday evening.  Everyone who rides is invited to join, and all lady bicyclists were made honorary members.”

At Police Court – “Police Magistrate Hallett was quoted as saying in court that ‘Hereafter no fine will be imposed on any woman brought into my court and charged with soliciting, they will be imprisoned’.  These words serve the double purpose of the police department and police court, and were addressed to two women, habitués of cribs on Gold Street.”

A Bridge for Sale – “R.W. Caldwell appeared before council with a request that the city purchase the foot-bridge across Boundary Creek at Washington Street. It was built by him at a cost of $30.

“Alderman Galloway suggested that if the Electric Light Company would contribute $10 toward the cost, that council would expend a similar amount and take over the bridge as a public utility.”

 

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