Residents of Trail, B.C. and surrounding area had a tough life as pioneers in the early days. Here are some clips from old newspapers:
1896/06/26 BAD CITIZENS. Crooks are Coming to Trail Creek for Spoils. There are a number of undesirable citizens in Trail, and their number is growing greater. Sneak thieves, hobos and burglars are with us—and Trail hasn’t even a constable to protect life and property in Trail. Last Friday morning thieves entered the rooms in the BealeyBuilding, occupied by D.S. Fotheringham and family, and stole about $25, including an express order that Mrs. Fotheringham was to have sent away on that night’s mail. Mrs. Fotheringham was in the house at the time, but did not hear the thieves. A few nights since, two midnight prowlers, who evidently had designs upon the C. & K. S. N. warehouse, were scared away by watchman Wilson and Agent Eaton’s dog; and other citizens have complained of similar visitations. It will be decidedly unhealthy for the person caught in the act of stealing in this camp, but up to date thieves have been lucky enough to escape detection.
1896/06/26 WILL HAVE AN OFFICER. The Superintendent of Provincial Police Visits Trail. Mr. Hussey, of Victoria, Superintendent of Provincial Police, spent yesterday afternoon in Trail. He carefully examined our town from all sides, and one result of his visit will be the appointment of an officer for our town. To a NEWS reporter Mr. Hussey stated that the size and importance of Trail was a great surprise to him, as our town has been grossly misrepresented to the officials in Victoria. In relation to the appointment of a police officer for Trail; Mr. Hussey said that the failure to appoint one before was due to ignorance of the size and importance of Trail—that a petition had been received from Mr. Topping, as well as from a number of citizens, but in Victoria our town had been represented as not being of sufficient importance to warrant the appointment, and the petitions had been filed. He advised that the Board of Trade send in a petition as soon as possible, and gave the reporter to understand that if they did so the application would be acted upon immediately. Mr. Hussey took notes of the population, volume of business, pay roll and other matters pertaining to Trail, and expressed himself as highly pleased with our town. Continue reading