What’s new in Cochrane February 1917 and 1924

From the Cochrane Advocate by Gordon Davies

February 1, 1917 – Cochrane Advocate 

Another carload of six Ford touring cars arrived this week for Thos. Quigley, the local dealer. 

February 8. 1917 – Cochrane Advocate 

The local Odd-Fellows Lodge are holding their annual ball of the evening of February 16th. The net proceeds will be equally divided between the Red Cross and Patriotic Funds. Everybody welcome. 

The Girls’ Athletic Club will hold a Masquerade Dance in the Odd-Fellows Hall on the evening of Friday, February 9th. Admission 50c. Proceeds go to the Red Cross. Mrs. A. L. Lewis, who now resides in England, has kindly donated the sum of $25 to help with this dance. 


There is a job waiting in this town for a Sherlock Holmes. Some person or persons at present unknown is putting out poison rather extragevently(sic) and the dogs around town are picking it up. If the person is ever found out he will have to face some very angry ex-owners. 

Recruits Wanted for R.N.W.M. Police 

Wanted men for service in the R. N.W. M. Police. Applications for engagement must be accompanied by at least two certificates of good character from responsible parties. 

Minimum height 5 ft. 8 in., minimum chest measurement 35 in., maximum weight 175 lbs. 


Medical examination and transportation expenses paid if the applicant is accepted. 

Married men engaging for service in the R. N. W. M. Police may draw a separation allowance of $20.00 per month. 

Terms of enlistment may be as follows: In the case of married men, one year. Single men, one or three years at the option of the applicant. 

Recruits are wanted for Special War Work in the Province of Alberta. 

For further information apply to 

Const. A. F. C. Watts, R. N. W. M. P., Cochrane

Quigley Garage
Mr Mrs Harry Webb Mr Mrs Charlie Webb Tom Quigley
Mr Mrs Harry Webb Mr Mrs Charlie Webb Tom Quigley

February 7th, 1924 

Commencing on Monday, Feb. 11th., the Cochrane School will start at 09’clock n the morning instead of 9:30 as has been the rule this winter. As new classes will be begun on Monday morning, young children who are to commence school should start on that day. 

February 14, 1924 

After a spell of the mildest weather ever experienced in this part of the country during the month of February, a change took place yesterday morning. A light snowfall which continued practically all day, developed last night into a real storm which kept up until late this afternoon. There is now nearly a foot of snow all over this district. 

Banff Highway 

Considerable discussion is taking place in Cochrane at the present time with regard to a rumor that the Provincial Government is being asked to consider the advisability of changing the course of the Calgary-Banff highway from its present position, to the south side of the Bow River. The plan put forward, apparently is to continue the existing road through Springbank and Jumping Pound to cross the river at Morley. In a recent issue of the Morning Albertan, the sponsors of this new plan endeavored to show the advantages of this new route, among which were mentioned, avoidance of hills, shorter distance, more thickly settled country, and scenic advantages. 

Runaway in Cochrane 

A team belonging to Mr. Geo. Kirkland took flight in the C.P.R. yard this afternoon and stampeded across the tracks onto First Street, where they collided with a telephone pole in front of the Drug Store. The hay rack to which they were harnessed was badly wrecked and the telephone pole was smashed completely off. The harness broke on the impact with the pole and the team continued their hasty journey out of town without any further damage.

Country jail NWMP Morley 1883
Odd Fellows Hall ad from the Cochrane Advocate
Odd Fellows Hall ad from the Cochrane Advocate

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