Quips from Trail Creek News 1912

May 11, 1912                                                                                                           Murder on Slocan

The body of Peter Winstaley, a rancher, was found partly in the cellar of his house, located about four miles up the Slocan River from Slocan Junction, on Sunday. Winstaley had been murdered by means of heavy rocks, with which the assassin fractured his skull and inflicted wounds in several places.

The murder took place, probably on Friday evening, near a little stream 100 yards from the house, and the body was afterwards dragged to the house, and placed on some steps leading to the cellar. The murderer broke open a window and gained access to the house and ransacked it, scattering the contents of trunks and other receptacles over the floor. Valuable articles left in the house suggest that it was money only that the assassin wanted. Winstaley was a Lancashire man, age 36 years.

March 20, 1912                                                                                                          Police Court

In the police court last Saturday, V. Kavcic was assessed $10.00 and costs for an assault. B. Semenoe, for using insulting language, contributed $15.00 and costs, also $15.00 and costs for assault.

On Wednesday, P. Amicorelli charged with the theft of tools at the smelter, was assessed $10.00 and costs. D. Salicicioli, charged with receiving stolen property; was dismissed.

May 11, 1912                                                                                                                 For sale – A snap – House and lot in the Gulch for $375.00. Good terms. – Apply J. R. Randall or T. McKelvey.

August 31, 1912                                                                                                        MORE LIKE NEW YORK EVERY DAY                                                                        Trail Has a Gambling Sensation – City Collects $1070.00 in Fines

The past week has been one of the most sensational in Trail for many years, and as a result of the disclosures the city coffers have been enriched considerably over $1,000. Gambling has been going on apace for the past two months and th whole affair culminated in police court proceedings on Thurday.

It was real classy gambling too for a burg like Trail, and $500 and $600 losses by individuals in an evening were frequent.

C.C. Bushnell was one of the heaviest losers, and gave the snap away by turning king’s evidence, and was used as the main witness for the prosecution.

Mike Bishock and chief Downes also give evidence for the prosecution. E.S. H. Winn was cousel for the prosectuiton, while C.F.R. Pincott acted for the defence. Magistrate Binns adjudicated on the various cases as follows:

John Petroni Jr., keeping a common gaming house at the Kootenay Hotel, $100; three charges of gambling, $50 on each charge.

M.F. Goodrich, keeping a common gaming house at the Dominion Hotel, $100; two charges of gambling, $50 on each charge.

James Williamson, allowing one game stud poke in Arlington Hotel, $50; oncharge gambling, $50.

Trav. Latham, two charges of gambling, $75 each.

Frank Cassello, one charge gambling, $50

John Oposkie, one charge of gambling $50

Mike Bishock, one charge of gambling, $50

Mike Obradovich pleaded guilty to one charge of gambling, 420.

Kenneth Grant, four charges of gambling, $50 each charge.

The case of Dan Martinelli, charged with gambling, was dismissed for lack of evidence.

Monday is Labour Day and a public holiday. The baseball boys, the band and a number of citizens will go to Salmo and help the boys in the mining camp celebrate.

Rossland is also holding a big celebration under the auspices of the Conservative Association, and a special train will leave Trail at 8:30 a.. returning after the dance. Round trip, adults 55 c., children 30 c. Trail football team will play in Rossland.

Life and Death on the Columbia Part 4

While few pioneers in the lower Columbia River region of British Columbia kept diaries, a good indication of how they lived and died can be found in old newspapers. The following stories were gleaned from the Trail Creek News and Rossland Miner in the late 1800s. This is Part 4 of seven articles.

1911/11/25  James Clulow Dead.  James Clulow, who has conducted a shoe repairing business in Trail for the past twelve years, died in the Trail hospital on Sunday evening, aged 52 years. Deceased had been ailing for the past year and spent last winter in the hospital. However, he was able to work intermittently at his trade during the summer, but returned to the hospital about two months ago. Death was due to gangrene, the result of arteris scerosis. Deceased was a native of Ontario, being born near Wingham, where a couple of brothers still reside. The greater part of his life, however, was spent in the west. At one time the deceased was reputed to be one of the most expert shoemakers in the west. The funeral was held on Monday afternoon, Rev. G.A. Hackney, pastor of Knox church, officiating at the grave.

1912/01/13    Roasted to Death.  On Thursday night, about eleven o’clock, John Mastrella, an Italian employed at the smelter, fell through the roof of the flue chamber and before he could be extracted was dead, death being due to heat and suffocation. It is supposed that the deceased placed his dinner bucket on the flue chamber to keep it warm and in going for his lunch fell through. Coroner Thom empanelled the following jury to inquire into the circumstances: W. Oddy, J. Hurley, E.W. Hazelwood, J. Craig and J. Williamson, foreman. The following verdict was brought in: That deceased came to his death by accidentally falling through the roof of the flue chamber. We would recommend that the Consolidated Mining & Smelting company put warning notices in any place around the works where accidents of a like nature might occur. (The name Hazelwood should probably be Hazlewood as there was a family by that name with the odd spelling. Hazlewood Drive in Trail’s Sunningdale subdivision was named after one of them.) Continue reading