From the Cochrane Advocate March 1917-1924

compiled by Gordon Davies

March 18, 1913 

There is an unusual amount of interest centered around the forthcoming Bachelor’s Ball. Coming as it does during the festive week of Easter, preparations are being made for the accommodation of 300 guests. Those young eligibles are going to break not only all records, but their thraldom of bachelorhood, and pass over into the Promised Land. 

Gophers are now plentiful. We would like to remind auto drivers of an act that a humane government has passed, to the effect that drivers must carry a pick and shovel on their cars in order to give a decent funeral to any gophers they may run over. 

March 16, 1922 

Several people appeared in court before Mr. C. Grayson, J.PP. last Saturday, charged with infringing the Automobile Act. We would advise our readers who have not already done so, to see about a new number plate “toot sweet”. 

March 23, 1922 

The first two automobiles of the season to make the trip from Calgary to Banff passed through Cochrane on Friday afternoon. On their return last Sunday, they reported the trail quite passable, the only trouble they experienced on the whole trip was on the reserve west of Cochrane. 

March 30, 1922 

Somebody got busy and moved back the calendar back a month or two last week, with the result that Cochrane and district, after a spell of real spring weather, had been experiencing a very unpleasant selection of icy winds and severe cold, and in addition quite a quantity of snow has fallen. Saturday in particular was one of the worst days that we have had this winter, and a cold wind from the north and east, with driving snow, made it particularly unpleasant. The cattle and horses on the ranges are, without doubt, the greatest sufferers, and with the supply of hay running short the ranchers are beginning to wonder how long this cold spell is due to last.

March 18, 1920 

Some Storm 

The bad blizzard Sunday one of, if not the worst of the year put Cochrane in darkness Sunday evening. It was not until three p.m. Tuesday that power was available. 

March 13, 1924 

Cochrane C.G.I.T. 

The four Be’s of the C.G.I.T. wish to thank the people of Cochrane for their splendid support in the recent sell-a-star campaign. 

The girls collected $29.00 being an average of 7.25 stars per member, which entitled them to a Gold Honor Certificate. The banner was won by Carsland, with an average of 9.31 stars per member, while the Cochrane C.G.I.T. stood second in the province. 

The result of this campaign has been a great encouragement to the girls and leaders. Again, we thank you. 

March 20, 1924 

The Banff Highway 

Discussing the recent rumor that the course of the Banff highway would be changed to the south side of the river, Mr. Alex Moore, MLA stated, a few days ago, 

that the government contemplated no such action. An engineer had been sent out from Edmonton recently, to examine the feasibility of the southern route, but his report was very decidedly against any change being made. 

According to Mr. Moore, the programme for the coming session includes improvement work on 48 miles of the present highway, with particular attention to Cochrane Hill. 

March 1, 1917 

There has been several motor loads of people going to the city this week to see the war pictures that are being shown there. 

The Red Cross Society is holding a work, apron, and handkerchief sale on Saturday, March 31st. at their rooms. Refreshments will be served. The Society will be very thankful for any contributions of work, aprons, or handkerchiefs, and all members are asked to give one or more.

March 1, 1917 

The uses for a Ford car are increasing, and anyone who happened to be curious enough to look into Mr. Webster’s woodyard could have seen his Ford car pulling the buzz-saw, and doing it easy. Thos. Quigley and Mr. Webster have perfected a power attachment for the Ford which appears to be away ahead of anything ever tried out before, and those who have any notion of using their car for power should investigate this new attachment. 

March 8, 1917 

The Banff lady curlers came down off Tuesday afternoon to play a game with a team of the local club, but when they arrived the ice was too soft for play so they returned home that evening without having played a game. We’re awfully sorry ladies, but even Cochranites can’t seem to control the weather.

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