1919: Hudson’s Bay Company gets an addition, council votes to exclude ‘undesirable enemy aliens’

Greg Scott brings us five Nelson Daily News stories from a century ago

From the files of the Nelson Daily News, February, 1919

Dateline Feb. 4, 1919

“Very satisfactory,” was the way Dr. Isabel Arthur, medical health officer, described the influenza situation in the City yesterday. There are less than half a dozen cases in the city, Dr. Arthur states, and these are all mild cases. There are still a number of persons convalescent and quarantine notices appear on several houses, but in most of these residences the inmates have practically recovered. Meanwhile, “Order-in-council prohibiting dancing effective in the whole province,” is the text of the wire received by city clerk W.E. Wasson in reply to a query if the recent order-in-council forbidding public and private dances was effective in all municipalities of the province.

Dateline Feb. 8, 1919

More than 200 persons in costume presented a brilliant scene at the skating carnival held by the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire at the rink last evening. The costumes represented every age and country, from the old English costume, the crinoline and the stately colonial dame with powdered hair to the very latest styles in farmerettes. Many prizes were given for best camouflage. The usual element of mystery was supplied by a mysterious “lady” and “gentleman.” Many conjectures were heard as to the who and what it was, but nobody was quite sure. At the door $261 was received of which $150 goes to the Order. $27.85 was received at the doughnut and coffee stand.

Dateline Feb. 11, 1919

Nelson city council, at the meeting last night, endorsed a resolution asking for the expulsion of all undesirable enemy aliens from the province. The resolution is one similar to those which are being endorsed by various municipalities throughout the interior and it comes originally from the coast. The federal government reports that the question of aliens is attracting considerable attention and causing some unrest in certain industrial centers.

There are at present in various internment camps throughout the Dominion about 2,000 interned prisoners, of which 1,700 are German. There are also a large number of aliens employed in Canada, principally in the larger centers. Of these, many thousands are anxious to return to European countries. The whole question relating to aliens has been receiving the most careful attention on the part of the government. However it is manifestly a most difficult one to deal with given the unsettled state of international affairs and the lack of shipping.

Dateline Feb. 18, 1919

Sir Wilfred Laurier is dead and Canada is in mourning. “It is the end,” were the last words uttered after a relapse of the severe stroke suffered yesterday. The death of Sir Wilfred has made an impression in the capital and on every side may be heard expressions of regret at the passing of this great statesman and former prime minister. The general feeling, not only among his supporters, but among those who were opposed to him in political affairs appears to be that the country has sustained a great loss in the death of one of its most famous and worthy sons. Flags are flying at half mast, and in every quarter the passing of the revered opposition leader is being respectfully discussed. Canada’s oldest Parliamentarian will be laid to rest following a state ceremony with detailed arrangements confirmed at a Cabinet meeting this afternoon.

Dateline Feb. 26, 1919

More than $30,000, including fittings, will be involved in the building of the addition to the Hudson’s Bay Company’s store in the city. The building will be 30 by 120 feet and will be of stone with a plate glass front and arcade entrance. The Queen’s cigar store is vacating its premises and work of tearing down a portion of the building on lot 3, block 10, will stated within 10 days. The lot was purchased from George T. Mathews of Salmo.

Plans and specifications of the building are now in the course of formation and as soon as they are ready tenders will be asked for. The height of the addition has not yet been definitely decided upon. The company expects to occupy the new premises by May 1. The announcement came as the result of the policy of the company to improve and enlarge their premises wherever future prospects warrant it. Their business has increased to such an extent that they have completely outgrown their present store building. George C. Egg is the architect.

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