1912 Feb 15 – Commissioner Wilson
D.F. Wilson, Board of Trade immigration commissioner expects to leave for England about March 6th. Besides endeavoring to interest the people over in the old land in the Dauphin district by meeting them personally he will deliver a number of addresses on various topics relating, of course, principally to farming and how it can be mad a success. Mr. Wilson expects to be away about two months.
1912 Feb 15 – Fork River
C.E. Bailey has just purchased a seven-horse power gasoline engine to run his saw and chopper.
Wm. King, Berkshire breeder, has sold to Geo. Teeyy, of Islay, Alberta, a Berkshire hog, and a crate of bared Plymouth Rock fowl.
The agent of the Ontario Windmill and Pump Co. was here on business lately.
C.E. Bailey, P. Ellis, W. King and F.F. Hafenbrak attended the annual meeting of the Dauphin County Loyal Orange Lodge on the 6th inst. and report a good time.
Mr. McArtney, Anglican lay reader of Kola district, has taken charge of the Fork River mission.
A St. Valentine’s ball was held in the Orange Hall on the 14th.
Charles Parks, one of our old-time merchants, has been spending a few days here on business.
John Robinson, of Winnipegosis, spent Sunday here renewing acquaintances.
To judge from the howl of the Fork River correspondent in the Press of the 8th he must have sat heavy on a tack. When he remarks that we are all sore because the poor country postmaster was “beat” out of his job, we beg to differ with him. We are not all sore on that part. How about the fellows who, during the election, were treated day after day to a tirade of profanity and abuse from “our friends.” We had to take our medicine and we advise “our friends” to do the same and rub a little cream on the sore spots. As for the other fellow he will manage filling in grade at five dollars a rod.
1912 Feb 15 – Winnipegosis
Mrs. Johnston is visiting her son who is ill at Fort William.
The Armstrong Trading Co. has bought a lot from Capt. Coffey and it is rumoured will build a big block here in the spring.
Some of the fishermen have returned from the north end of the lake, where they were fishing during the winter. They report the catches light and a poor season generally. In fact, but few of them will do more than pay expenses.
Thos. Needham paid us a visit recently. Tom was one of the old-timers and we are always glad to have the town illuminated with his broad smile.
Winnipegosis possesses more dogs than any other town in the west. Just what good the majority of these dogs are would be hard to tell. There ought to be a cleaning up some of these days.
Things are going along quietly at the fish hatchery on the island. Whether there will be any fish brought forth time alone will reveal. Just what good this hatchery has been up to date it would be hard to tell. In the past the island proved a better place to raise sheep than young fish. How would it do for them to try to raise muskrats?
There is a rumour that the lake will be open to summer fishing again. This question of throwing the lake open for fishing in summer is worthy of much consideration. Don’t let us kill the goose that lays the golden egg.