Early Prince George Gossip

December 11, 1909
In three months and 9 days the writer has seen but 2 hen's eggs and tasted none. The 2 will be tasted on Sunday. They came from William Kennedy's hen house, the only one within a hundred miles of Fort George.
December 25, 1909
T.A. Brady and family (2 girls and 1 boy) of Mud River, hailing from Portland Oregon last spring, were in town for Christmas, Dec. 25, 1909.
January 30, 1910
Wanted: Information concerning the whereabouts of George C. Roberts, alias Jack Harwood, plumber and tinner by trade; six feet tall, weight 185 pounds, fair complexion, brown hair, blue eyes. Last heard of at Fort George. Deserted his wife and three small children. They have no means of support. Any information will be gladly received. Mrs. George C. Roberts, 424 West Street, Bellefontaine, Ohio, USA.
September 10, 1910
W.J. MacKay of Vancouver, who ran the Tribune here after John Houston had contracted his fatal illness until that paper was purchased by the Natural Resources Security Co., leaves Vancouver for this point on Tuesday, having accepted a position on The Herald.
December 1910
The South Fort George Conservative Association sponsored the first dance ever to be held in a public place. Festivities were held in the hall of the McCaghren-Thorne block and those in attendance included Mr.'s and Mrs.'s Houser, Finley Neargood, Forrest, Luke, Johnson, Campbell, McGaughery, Senior, Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Al Johnson, Miss Boyes, Miss Pierce, Miss Taylor, Miss McGaughery, Messrs. P. Landry, H. Sutton, H.B. Close, M. Brown, J. Williamson, W. Thorne, J. Munroe, H.C. Seaman, W.J. Mackay, L.G. MacHaffie, W. Kennedy, Hunter, McIntosh, Morrison, Hughes and Rowatt.
December 3, 1910
  • Provincial Constable Crosby arrived by stage last Monday to take up permanent duty in the Fort George district. Mr. Crosby comes from Hazelton where he had an enviable record as an officer of the law. He is a young man of magnificent physique which feature will no doubt strike terror in the hearts of evil-doers.
  • Wallace M. Cunningham of Seattle, who was among the first residents of Fort George, arrived by mail stage last Monday to look over his many land and timber interests in the district. Mr. Cunningham predicts a tremendous influx of people next spring and says Fort George is the Mecca of the home- seeker.
  • Lewis and Senkpiel are erecting a lumber kiln on Central Avenue south. They expect to have a good supply of seasoned lumber for the spring rush.
  • Last Monday Messrs. Powell and Senkpiel crossed the Nechako opposite Fort George and returned in a few hours with three fine deer. The hunters secured the three in a bunch within two miles of town. There is every evidence of an abundance of game. No moose have yet been secured, as the depth of snow is not sufficient for their hunting.
  • Wm. Blair, the Timothy Eaton of the Cariboo, is here on a visit to his mercantile establishments. Mr. Blair has large consignments of stock at Quesnel for his stores here which will be brought in as occasion demands. He states that there will be no shortage of goods this winter. With the opening of spring Mr. Blair and his family will locate permanently here.
  • Warren J. Debeck carries a complete stock of books, stationary and fancy goods. He has recently received a stock of jewelry and many articles suitable for Christmas gifts. His stock of watches is large and of the finest grades, and these can be purchased at prices lower than those of catalogue houses.
  • Wm. Ewing, butcher of Quesnel, brought in a load of dressed beef Thursday.
  • J.T. Ferguson, leaves next week on a visit to his home in Golden. He will return in a few weeks with his family.
January 7, 1911
  • Billy Corbett and Scotty Harris left Thursday with a four-horse team for Quesnel. They will bring back merchandise and expect to make regular trips throughout the winter.
  • Buildings to be used as engineers quarters are being erected by the GTP at Duncan McMillan's place about three miles downriver from Aldermere. At this point right-of-way has been cleared for three-quarters of a mile of side- track.
  • P.A. Landry, provincial surveyor, is at work on some property on the north side of the Nechaco directly opposite Fort George. This land will be subdivided into small acreage tracts. It is splendid garden soil and is practicaly free of timber.
  • Dog teams are the popular motive power at present for those making trips to distant parts of the district. Every ki-yi that can make a noise like a dog is hustled into service. Wun Lung, the Chinese laundryman, has a team composed of a collie and an Irish terrier which he uses to transport washes to his patrons.
  • Mr. Boyd Afleck of Green Bros. & Burden, provincial and dominion land surveyors, left Wednesday for Nelson. Mr. Afleck and party has been continuously at work for more than a year in the Fort George district and the country north.
  • Mr. F.P. Burden is expected to arrive in Fort George during this month or early in February, when building will be commenced on the firm's new block and their headquarters will be removed from Nelson to Fort George.
  • The high winds last evening played havoc with the telphone line to Blackwater Crossing, and no messages have been received in Fort George this week. Local manager DeBeck has two men out locating the trouble and it is expected communication with the outside world will be re-established.
  • By last mail The Tribune received New Year's felicitations from H.A. Carney. Hiram is now so journeying in Tarrytown, N.Y., but is evidently not taking kindly to life in the effete East. He expects to be back in Fort George in a few weeks.
January 28, 1911
  • C. M. Brown of Close & Brown leaves on Monday for Vancouver on a month's business trip.
  • C. M. Wright, the Presbyterian divine, will hold services in the schoolhouse Sunday evening at 7 o'clock.
June 1911
The first lady stenographer arrived in Fort George, working for Mr. M. C. Wiggins.
October 14, 1911
  • W. Luke, one of the founders of the Club Pool Room, is conducting a grocery store in Fairview, Vancouver. He is doing well there, but says he may return here once the no-time-limit railway is in running order.
  • Miss D. Dickson,, a niece of Mrs. Albert Johnson, is visiting South Fort George, and will remain some time.
  • R. Riggs, is timekeeper for the rock-blasters at the canyon.
  • J.W. Stewart, of Messrs. Foley, Welch & Stewart left Edmonton October 8 on a trip of inspection of the GTP railway between Yellowhead Pass, Fort George and through the Bulkley Valley to Hazelton. He is accompanied by B.B. Kelliher, chief engineer of the railway.
  • J.B. Daniell, is confined to his room with tonsilitis.
  • R.C. Randall's two ponies were shipped to Quesnel for the winer by last week's boat. Both horses were in such gorgeous condition, as the result of the succulent peavine, with which the district is so favored, that much difficulty was encountered in loading the horses onto the boat.
  • Among the passengers on the outgoing BX last week were Mrs. Downing and Miss Taylor, both women of whom will spend the winter on the coast and will return in the spring.
  • W.L. Collings, was in South Fort George last week taking big orders in wet goods and incidently looking over his 140 acre tract of land opposite the reservation on the east side of the Fraser.
  • Mr. Collins takes exception to the statement that Quesnel is "knocking" Fort George. He says the knocking family was decapitated on September 21, and buried the day following.
  • J.N. Cran,, banker and general relief man in the B.N.A. service, is at Quesnel relieving Mr. Chester at the latter place. Mr. Cran partook of his Christmas dinner here last winter and speaking to the writer on his way up from Ashcroft ten days ago, said he had not had a meal like it since he left.
  • J. Monro is expected back from his vacation on the coast end of the month. It is just possible he will return by way of the Blackwater road.
  • The firemen's benefit dance, given in the Fort George opera house Thursday evening was, as it customary on such state occasions, well attended, and a considerable sum will be added to the fund for fire protection. The dance further marks the approach of winter and the forerunner of many such enjoyable functions. A pleasing feature of last evening's dance was the rendering of two solos by Mrs. George McLaughlin in a manner so satisfying that it leads us on to wonder when vaudeville and opera will be our good fortune to see and hear. Some 35 couples attended and among the number were Mr. and Mrs. Blair, Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. MacHaffie, Mr. and Mrs. McElroy, Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin, Mr. and Mrs. Forest, Mr. and Mrs. Tiemeyer, Mr. and Mrs. Gross, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Enemark, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Roberty, Miss Pierce, the Misses Brady, Miss Gross, Miss Dickson, Miss McGaughey, Messrs. O.B.N. Wilkie, M.C. Wiggins, M. Burch, H. Seaman, H. Coture, Dr. Lazier, Sankspiel, Angel, Crole, Andy Bichell, Walter Gregg, J. Campbell, J. Senior, J. Kerr, W. Cooke, Rowatt, Ferguson, Crossier, F. O'Flaherty, Adams, Davis, C. Brown, John Bronger, G. Hamilton, D. Brewster, Howison, Germyn, Abbott, Butler, Shearer and Phelan. The music was up to its well-known standard and the midnight lunch left nothing to be desired by the inner man.
December 1911
An engagement is announced between Miss Lutie C. Brady and Mr. P.G.B. Bodeker, both of this place. Both the lady and gentlemen are extremely popular here, and Mr. Bodeker is the recipient of many congratulations to which we beg to join our own.
December 30, 1911
  • Mr. and Mrs. G. E. McLaughlin gave a Christmas tree party to a number of Indian children on Christmas day.
  • Members of the Masonic Brotherhood in South Fort George tendered a banquet to their brother members residing in the Nechaco townsite, in the Fourth Street Hall, on Wednesday last. The gathering numbered twenty members. This is the first Masonic Banquet held here, and the affair was greatly enjoyed by those privileged to attend. Mr. Edward Roberts, who has attained the degree of Past Master in the Order, acted as toastmaster.
  • A hockey match was held on the new rink on New Year's Eve between the Fifth Avenue and Wall Street teams, which clashed in a match to decide the supremacy in this line of sport. The score ended with three goals to the Wall Street team and one to Fifth Avenue. It was a gruelling contest from start to finish and Referee Wiggins had his hands full in keeping the players down to the game. Nevertheless his decisions were very impartial. The usual holiday crowd were in attendance despite the fact that the air was chilly. The star performer for the winners was Jno. Bronger, who (rest unreadable).
February 17, 1912
  • The Firemen's Ball, held in the Fort George Theatre last Wednesday evening, was a very well attended and most successful event. Financially it was also entirely successful, the Fire Department receiving a good financial contribution towards paying off their indebtedness. Mr. Pat Campbell Deputy Fire Chief, is to be thanked for a great deal of the work that was largely responsible for the entire success of the dance.
  • Harry Close, of the firm of Close & Brown, returned to town from a prolonged holiday in the land of the Stars and Stripes. Mr. Close saw a bull fight, somewhere beyond the American border. The bull got real peeved and nailed the toreador, who got too fresh. He tells us that a great number of people all over the continent, appear to be interested in this place, and from all indications, he believes, there will be a big influx in the spring.
  • Chas. H. Gibbs, a representative of the Taylor Safe Works of Toronto, arrived here on the last stage. Other travellers who arrived were Mr. McPherson, representing Swift & Co., of Chicago and Mr. Galbraith of Wood, Vallance & Leggat, of Vancouver. Messrs Kelly Douglas & Company's traveller was here last week.
March 16, 1912
The first freight to arrive in Fort George by road arrived on Tuesday the 12th., brought in by W.R. Bookhout from Quesnel.
April 1912
Charles Fetrow, one of the first settlers in this district, has returned from Kamloops where he went last fall with Mrs. Fetrow in hopes that a change of climate would benefit his wife's failing health. His report that Mrs. Fetrow has not improved in health will be regretfully received here. She is now with her parents at Moosomin, Sask., the Kamloops doctors having given up hope of curing her tubercular trouble. Mrs. Fetrow and her husband came to this district five years ago, and for two years at least she was the only white woman within a radius of a hundred miles.
April 20, 1912
  • The Walker brothers who were here last year as representatives of the North Coast Land Co., were returning passengers on the last stage.
  • W.F. Cooke, who left last week on a business trip to Quesnel, is now a patient in the Quesnel hospital, suffering from a badly strained leg, sustained in a fall.
  • Cariboo Lodge No. 65, I.O.O.F. will attend divine service in Knox Presbyterian church on Sunday evening, April 28th, the anniversary of the establishment of the society in America.
  • Divisional Engineer Van Arsdol, of the G.T.P., has wired Surveyor F.P. Burden to complete the tying-in of section lines on the right-of-way near the mouth of Mud River. This leads to the conclusion that clearing gangs will arrive from the west soon.
  • Next Monday the marriage of Mr. Will B. McArthur and Miss Dottie Brady will take place at the bride's home, Mud River valley. Rev. C.M. Wright will perform the ceremony, after which the happy couple will come to South Fort George to take up residence.
May 4, 1912
Fort George Herald... Historic Day in South Fort George...
The Hotel Northern was on Saturday evening the scene of a little impromptu gathering of citizens and friends of Mr. Chas. E. McElroy the genial manager of the Fort George Trading & Lumber Company, to facilitate him upon the successful launching of the Chilcotin for the season's work. The efficient work of Captain Foster and his crew, who have been busy on the boat for the last few days, was rewarded, and at 7:30 on Saturday evening the boat took the water like a duck amid the cheers and plaudits of surrounding hundreds. An adjournment was made to the Hotel Northern were Mr. McElroy and staff received the congratulations of the entire community, and the several toasts were drunk and responded to in right royal fashion. Mr. Herne, Government Agent; Mr. Armstrong, Hudsons Bay Co.; Mr. Munro, Bank of B.N.A.; Mr. Seaman, Traders Bank; and several other prominent citizens sent appreciative telephone messages and expressed regret at their inability to be present. The BC Government was responded to by Mr. M. McNiven of the Public Works Department, and Mr. Alexander of the local office staff. Business interests - Wm. Blair, W.T. Kennedy; Board of Trade - Geo. E. McLaughlin, J. R. Campbell; Cariboo Pioneers - A. G. Hamilton, J. O. Williamson; Conservative Assn. - Pat Campbell; Medical Fraternity - Dr. Lazier; The Banking Interests - Crozier and O'Flaherty; Real Estate - Wesley and Wiggins; Department of Indian Affairs - W. J. McAllen; Licensed Victuallers - Al Johnson. Mr. McElroy, who was in good vein, replied to the congratulations. His remarks were punctuated with sallies of that 'dry' wit and humor of which he is a master. However, one or two standing near him, clearly understood him to say that just as soon as a special order arrives the matter will receive attention. May we all be in town, Success to the Chilcotin, her manager and crew.
May 11, 1912
  • F.P. Burden P.L.S., has gone to Vancouver for a short visit.
  • Mrs. Wm. Blair left this week on a visit to friends at Vancouver.
  • Mr. and Mrs. C.E. McElroy went to Soda Creek on the last trip of the Chilcotin.
  • John Fountain left today with a party of Gray's surveyors for his timber limits on the upper Fraser.
  • The tent annex of Hotel Northern is being well patronized.
  • Every boat brings its quota of arrivals. The mail steamer B.X. will be running on schedule next week, arriving here Monday and Thursday afternoons.
  • Walter Crocker has returned from a short visit to his home at Victoria. He will take up active work on his Willow River Ranch.
  • "Doc" Campbell of Gore & McGregor's survey staff, arrived on Thursday's boat and leaves next week to complete some surveys on the upper Fraser.
  • W.F. Cooke returned Monday from Quesnel where he had been confined to the hospital with an injured knee. He is attending to business every day though still wearing a decided limp.
  • McGaghran & Thorne desire to inform the public that they have discontinued the bakery business and now devote their entire attention to the manufacture of confectionery and ice cream.
  • Malcolm McNevin went down to White's Landing early in the week to look over the country through which the government roads are being built. Colonists on the Sutherland estate are contructing a wharf at the landing.
November 12, 1912
  • L.E. Bonner, manager of the West Canadian Deep Leads Co. of Stanley, went on trial in Barkerville for blowing up ditches of the Lowhee Hydraulic Mine at Lightning Creek. He was out on bail a short time ago for $3000.00.
  • Gasoline lights were installed at the Presbyterian Church in South Fort George to replace the kerosene ones.
January 18, 1913
It will be learned with regret that Ed. Seebach, the well known trader of Giscombe Portage, who left this place some weeks ago in poor health, has apparently developed tubercular trouble and may not return.
July 12, 1913
E.I. Browne is building a garage and machine shop at the corner of Central Avenue and Winchester Street.
April 1914
Mrs. W.A. Ryer entertained at bridge last Saturday evening in her suite at the Fort George hotel. There were three tables, the guests being Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Snapp, Mr. and Mrs. Morton, Mr. and Mrs. Hand, Mr. Muray, Mr Tapley and Mr. Perry. The ladies' prize, a copy of the "Autocrat of the Breakfast Table", was won by Mrs. Hand, while the gentlemen's prize, a penknife, went to Mr. Morton.
July 1914
  • The postmaster of Prince George was E. Pooke.
  • The first concrete in Prince George was poured on the corner of Cameron and Central Streets. It was a two story building.
  • Poolroom licenses were received by Roy Fairbank, Levi Graham, Frank Ferguson, and I. R. Derksen, all located in Prince George.
January 16, 1915
  • The Rev. T. Riley,, who has been in charge of St. George's Church since the beginning of August last year, leaves town tomorrow morning for the old country to take office in his old regiment. Before he was ordained Mr. Riley was a major in the Territorial Force and commanded the Sixth Lancashire Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Owing to the urgent need of officers at the present time, he is responding to the call of his country with the full consent of the Bishop of New Westminster. Mr. Riley hopes to return to Fort George when the war is over.
  • C.H. Colgrove, ME, returned on Wednesday evening from a three weeks trip to Edmonton and other eastern points. Mr. Colgrove reports increasing interest in mining matters in this district by operators on the outside and predicts a considerable movement of capital this way when spring opens up.
  • Dr. McSorley, will address the Cariboo Woman's Club at their next meeting, January 21, 3 p.m. sharp, the subject to be discussed being "Sanitation". This should prove interesting to every woman in the town, and all are cordially invited to be present at the home of Mrs. McIntyre on Thirday Avenue, where the meeting is to be held.
  • Scotchmen of the city are leaving nothing undone to make the concert and dance on the 25th Burns anniversary an event long to be remembered.
  • Fort George and South hockey teams clash tomorrow in a league fixture on South Fort George ice. The game is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.
  • A meeting of the Fort George Farmers' Institute is called for Wednesday evening, January 27, at Fort George. The place of meeting will be announced next week.
  • The concert of the Young Men's Club, which was to have been held last Wednesday evening was postponed until Thursday evening next on account of the indisposition of several of those taking part.
  • Proceeding the annual meeting of the congregation of the First Presbyterian church on Wednesday, the 20th inst., the Woman's Association of the church will serve a bean supper in the basement from 6 to 7:30 in the evening. Tickets are being issued for this, 25 cents being the price. A full-course dinner, consisting of baked beans, brown bread, pie and coffee will be served.
January 30, 1915
  • Neil MacDonald, Hugh McKay, and Frank Stone left last Sunday for Edmonton where they will make application to join one of the regiments now being formed in that city. Mr. MacDonald has been in service in South Africa and was at one time stationed in India, holding the rank of sergeant. The three men are well known in this district. Mr. H.M. King of the firm of King Brothers, real estate and insurance agents, left for Edmonton last Saturday.
  • The bout between Len Holliday and Bert Hughes at Vancouver recently was called a draw by the referee. They waded into their task from the first tingle of the bell and gave a fine exhibition. Both boxers were located in South Fort George before going to Vancouver.
  • A dramatic club for Prince George and Fort George is in process of formation. Mrs. Radeck,, whose ability in matters theatrical is well known, with Mrs. Frank Magee, has the matter in hand and it is fully expected that the people of this city will in the near future witness productions of a higher class than have been given heretofore.
December 1918
  • Levi Graham is building an outdoor skating rink on George Street, just north of the Dreamland Theatre. He expects to have it ready for skating on Christmas Day.
  • Mrs. William Campbell of Ely, Nevada, was an arrival by Wednesday's train, and will spend Christmas with relatives in the city. Mrs. Campbell is en-route to her home from the east where she attended the funeral of her sister, the late Mrs. Sadie Campbell.
  • Mrs. J. H. Johnson and Miss Virginia have returned from a visit to their old home at Spokane, Washington.
  • Included in the list of soldiers who recently arrived in Canada from overseas is the name of Pte. J.L. McCreary of Prince George.
December 3, 1918
Mrs. Sinclair arrived from England to join her husband on Saturday's train. She crossed on the Olympic to New York and reports a fine passage. At Winnipeg she stopped off to visit her sister who was ill with influenza. Mrs. Sinclair is delighted with Prince George.
December 10, 1918
Fred and Mrs. Borhaven have gone to Edmonton to consult a medical specialist with regard to their infant child.
December 24, 1918
Mrs. Warner, of the public school teaching staff, leaves tomorrow for six months' visit with her sister in California. The change of climate is necessary on account of failing health.
Miss Rolson, of Vancouver, will have charge of Mrs. Warner's classes during her absence.
April 2, 1919
  • Among the recent arrivals is Corp. George Hamilton, an old-timer in this district who has seen three years service in the First Canadian Pioneers. For several months he was detailed as sniper and has many interesting stories to relate of the war. Corp. Hamilton is leaving this week for his pre-emption at Fort St. James.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pooley and family are being welcomed to Fort George this week. Mr. Pooley has recently returned from France where he served with the Railway Corps. During his 21/2 years absence Mrs. Pooley and children resided in Victoria.
February 1926
Thomas Austin arrived in the city this morning with his bride, who was formerly Mrs. Emmett, and was engaged for a time as a teacher in the public school at Shelley. A large company of friends greeted the couple at the station upon the arrival of the morning train.
December 1932
A game of hockey will be staged this evening for the benefit of a charity fund, when a number of old time players will stuff themselves into uniforms. One of the teams is christened 'the Raspberries' and the other 'the Gooseberries' and what the members have lost in skill they are expected to make up in repartee.