Down Memory Lane #189
By Fred Mellen
These items were gleaned from the 1923 issues of the Bow Island Review Newspaper.
May 18 – Heavy Rains – Best For Years Fell In Last Sunday’s Storm – With rain and snow on Sunday night and up to nine o’clock Monday morning averaging 1 inch precipitation and with the moisture general all over the Lethbridge railway division of the Canadian Pacific Railway, early May has brought the finest crop weather since 1916 with an outlook for a crop which has not been equaled for a long time throughout Southern Alberta. Reports from all parts of the South show that there were two to five hours rain and snow in all parts of the division Sunday night, being heavier in the Western sections than in the East. However, reports show from Foremost east there were three hours rain during the night, while Seven Persons east to Medicine Hat there were two to five hours rain. No snow fell from Taber east.
– Town Council – There was a meeting of the Town Council of Bow Island held last Friday at which there were lively discussions and some energetic work done, this all tends to keep the Town from getting rusty. The Auditors were here on 14 and 15th of May. Mr. Archie Gage took control as Secretary Treasurer for the Town of Bow Island on Wednesday the 16th May. Mr. Ernest Allen was appointed as Town Policeman, Gas Superintendent, and Town Foreman, in place of Mr. Hurst, there were about 45 applications for the position.
– Bitten By A Sow – Last Sunday Mrs. W. Wallwork and baby were unfortunately attacked by a pig, which bit and bruised the baby badly, injuring the mother on the hand while rescuing the baby, help was soon there and the doctor called, who dressed the wounds and reported it not serious, although both suffered from the shock.
May 25 – Court News – On Wednesday the 16th inst. Levi Sager of Winnifred district appeared at Bow Island before George Lomas, J.P. charged with contravention of the “Domestic Animals Act”, this was a case in which Dr. Munro charged Sager with retraining an entire horse illegally contrary to the provisions of the Domestic Animals Act of Alberta. In this case the defendant captured the animal and kept him on his farm, sending word to Monroe about four days after by a party that he had the animal. The owner went to Sagers the same day to get the animal, but could not get the animal, as Sager wanted certain fees other than that allowed under the Act, Sager had not notified the owner until the 14th inst. when he sent word by mail, after hearing the evidence on both sides, the Justice found the accused guilty of the charge. The animal was captured in a Pound District, and should have been taken to the Pound, this animal was captured on April 30th, accused was fined $1.00 and costs, and Dr. Munroe ordered to pay Sager $10.00 for the keep of the animal. Any party capturing a stray animal in a Pound District, if the owner is known, can impound an animal on his premises for three days, and notify the owner in writing, it is his duty to take the animal to the nearest Pound and put in his claim for the fees payable under the Act, to the Pound-keeper, who will collect same from the owner when animal is claimed.
That’s all for this week. This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen