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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, October THE LEXHBKIBGE DAILY IIEKALD BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ALBERTA AND EASTERN BRITISH COLUMBIA PRESS ASSOCIATION WRITTEN FOR "iHE HERALD BY THE SECRETARY, DAVID H. ELTON. It may be well to note that the history here'given for .the first five conventions has been writ- ten from memory by Mr. Elton, who holds -the honored distinc- tion of having attended every meeting: of .the. association. No records were available for that Calgary, 1904. In the early part of the summer of 1904, G. C. Porter, (at that time News- editor on the Calgary Herald and now occupying a similiar position -on the Winnipeg acting as secre- tary-pro tern of a number of newspaper men in Calgary who had conceived and enthused with the idea that ths time was sufficiently ripe for the or- ganization here of a Press Association, sent out circular letters to all the newspapers in (at that time the Provincial District of 'and part of the Provincial District Assiniboia.) and that part of British Columbia known as .-the "Eastern Koot- them to be present at a meeting to be held in the city oS Calgary for that purpose. The meet- ing was.held during the latter part oS August and a splendid representation j of practical newspaper-men' and -'pub- rest for the weary. The Calgary boy a certainly did things ,up in fjne shape on this occasion. It was unanimous-, ly agreed that the Association Conven- tion should be held at Banff the fol- lowing year. Banff, 1905." The Association according to.' ar- rangements met at Banff this' year (1905.) The members gathered at Calgary, from which city they wero taken in a splendid special 'car, pro-, vided by the C. P. R. to Banff. The Calgary business men and 'trades-peo- ple had literally filled the- e kinds of good things to eat and drink. At Banff Dr. Brett did the social hon- ors in great style, and placed his .largo and comfortable hotel, at the services of the press. (It should have be'eii stated that a trip had been made to Banff the previous year.) Some very excellent meetings were held, here and, a spirit of social and en'thus- asm marked the proceedings. At this meeting President Young delivered a most timely address wfiich struck such a popular chord that it was ordered printed and copies circulated'among the newspapers. .The -Toronto' Type Foundry furnished'- rip to and-a .splendfd-ride ipon Lake .Minnetonka. Frbml Banff lishers were in from aU the C..JP. gave the-: Association a parts of "Western Canada.. Mr. Young of the Calgary Herald was call- ed to the chair and Mr. G. C. Porter acting secretary. The chairman an- nounced the object of the, meeting and called upon the Mayor of Calgary. Mr. Cameron, who delivered a most enthusiastic and cheering speech of .welcome, during which he handed over it large gilt-edged key as a token that the city was "wide-open" to the news, paper men. A -committee on organiza- tion was appointed as follows: R. C. G. C.' Porter, F. E. Simpson and D.. H. JSlton, They drafted-a con- stitution 'and by-laws and outlined the district to be covered. For two, days the newspaper-men were kept, three sessions a somethin' ttom' all the time. One'of the note- worthy addresses.on that occasion was. delivered ,by -P. J- Nolan; -K. C., the proverbial "Paddy" of the legal fra- ternity on the "law of who spiced his remarks with sufficient Irish wit to make an .otherwise .dry subject quite palatable as well as.en- and Instructive. The whole field of, newspaper work was covered, printing, advertising, correspond-- ready editorials, "etc., all came In for discussion at varipus in- tervals. Mr. J. J. Young was elected Presi- said before, every effort was put forth by the Medicine Hat people to make the convention a success. Cranbrook, B. "Cranbrook in 1907." These words stand out upon the records of the As- sociation as pre-eminently synonomous for "Un-excelled, kind hearted, whole- hearted liberality." -Tri-colored pla- stores and; pub'lic placei- "Welcome, to the editors arid their.' ladies." And the cards spoke tru'fh for "Welcome" n in -their special'car. The day spent" was in great''big .capital letters. "Some, trip Laggan and .the Glacier this convention. F. E. Simpson was (majority of the delegates returned elected secretary-treasurer. Time pro- Cranbrook, B. as the next meeting place. F. J. McKeown was elected secretary-treasurer. Time pro hibits any, reference to the. "fraternal brother" who stood in the of the main street at midnight gazing intently and steadily upon.a stearc- boiler guage, wondering what time of the hour of the clock k was. From Medicine Hat the Association took trip to Calgary where they met by a string of autos and, whirled around the City and immediate vicin- ity. A ride was also had to the big C. P. R. irrigation canal and back tc tlie brewery on the other side of the Elbow where practical irrigation was manifest in actual operation with alt "elbows" working in rectangular, automatic right-angular 'unison. As home that way. The convention at Nelson was pro bably more marked in its success from a social and entertaining point of view than any other. At-this convention T. B. Thomas of Camrose was elected President, with David H. Elton, Secre- tary-Treasurer and Edmonton was se lected for the holding of the Sixth Annual Convention. Edmonton in 1909 The selection of Edmonton was a most wise and-prudent one from an Association standpoint for it marks, not 'only a revival but a much-needed regeneration, in the history and busi ness capacity of the Alberta and East- ern British Columbia Press Associa- tion. Since 1904 there has never been a gathering of the Association in any- think, like the numerical or representa- tive strength as the one assembled ir Edmonton on September 9th and 10th. 3909. Even .the "1904 meeting" could riot boast the large numbers or the widespread representation of the Ed-. at the Glacier is one not soon to be forgotten by those present- Mr. J. J. .Young was, re-elected President and Mr. Gk.'c. Porter, Secretary-Treasurer. Much .credic is due the latter for the great of success which the Association enjoyed during the first two years. He was "everywhere.pres- ent" for welfare of the same and dur- ing his term of off ice; everything waa handled in the best possible manner. Probably 'the.language of the Old Man of the risking ladies made purchases of Souvenirs at the stores, but when they .presented their legal tender it was reftised with, "You can have any thing you want but there's nothing you can buy." That was Cranbrook the home of the Old Man of the Cran- brook called by everybodj central figure on that oc- casion of the Great Banana Belt of the Interior of British Columbia. There were not'as many monton gathering North! South! dent with G. C. Porter as Secretary-; Treasurer. Great interest was taken in ali the meetings. A-price list sched- ule was struck and ordered printed and circulated among the, nespapers in the territory covered by the organi- zation. :This dealt with job printing and advertising rates. Banquets am1, theatre parties were the social order of the day and there was very little of Herald' best as-at former meetings but the-b.usinesf "tr_ _ characterized by a practical spir- it. Some, splendid newspaper reminis- cences-, were given by A. B. Grace', of the Cranbrook Prospector who has spent the major portion of his life-In Eastern, British Columbia., Pro bably social., Cran- brook. was., at the Smoker..in the opera es it, "He Worked like a Mule." Med- icine Hat was selected for the next meeting place. Medicine Hat, 1906. In 1906 the at Med- icine Hat -and-while the citizens-of that city .and. Trade" did all in their power to make things en- joyable and pleasant they received very little assistance from the' local members-of the Press who seemed--to be somewhat conspicuous by'their' ab- sence. After the first meeting "Bob Edwards" hiked-: out for Calgary with his ipvercbat-.oof- F. E. -Simpsoa pre- sided -and with-the -assistance of the Visiting kept the businessman pretty good motion. F. J. McKeown acted as It be- gan to look as'if the Association was on- its last legs and waiting for a cent the local men had not even courage enough to "raise the tune" for the requiem. The atmos- phere was rather chilly but the discus- sions were lively and warm and the given by the Board of "Trade in the Opera House "was 0. -K. was a fairly good-sized attendance at ouse. Everybody was present and it is safe to say that never..before in the history a Smoker.- The Legal Fraternity, the Church Divinities, the Business Men. the and. the Newspaper representatives there. Songs speeches, in- terrogations, rexelamations! were. a! there. While the Smoker was "densifying" the lady there were lalf a dozen of these kind minister ing angels to every en- tertaining the "Madams" in a Social Tea at the home of Mrs. F. E. Simp- 'son. The C. P. R. provided a most excel- lent, trip Association. From Cranbrpok. the _ Association went tc where they took s Fall and Winter 1910 Suit and Overcoat Styles Never before in the history of Fashion-Craft has the selection been so varied or complete, tj Each indivi- dual taste can be exercised and suited, from the magnificent assortment shown. Values, owing to largely increased output, better than ever. ted President with T. B. Thomas, Se- cretary-Treasurer. Nelson, B. C. was selected as the next place of meeting. "Nelson, B. C., 1908. It was during their magnificent Fruit Fair in 1908 that the Associa- tion gathered in "the beautiful city oJ B. C. Among all the natural beauty spots on earth, Nelson must ever claim a place. It is one of the most picturesque cities in the west. Nelson seemed to take a sort, of "dou-! ble-Nelson" on all the boys with a loving embrace to be forgotten. The city was given to the Associa- tion and the Civic Authorities lost nc time or spared no pains to make the j occasion a most enjoyable- and j able one. The meetings were held ir> j the ci'ty hall and a representative of the city and Board of Trade was pres- ent at all the sessions. A splendid lprogramme had been arranged anc1 {was successfully carried out. Mr. Gun- j ningham of the Edmonton Journal de- livered a most excellent address. Al: the meetings were well attended and the arrangements were perfect. The Board of Trade and City Editors CNcl- son.) had made arrangements with the C. P. H. for a special train to Bon- nington Falls where the electrical power is generated for al! the larger mines and settlements in the Eastern Kooteneys. Competent guides were placed at -tlie disposal of the Associa, tion and a thorough inspection was imade. Everything was explained to 'the satisfaction and edification of the i visitors. Excursion rates to Vancouver and Victoria had been granted by the C; P. R. and quite a number of the dele- gates took advantage of the same. East; .On the east we had 3 member from" Medicine Hat shaking hands with the bid Man from Cran- brook on the west; while the member from Cardstori, within'twelve miles oS the American boundary, made an el ongated clasp .with the "brothers'' from Tbfield and..Ft. Saskatchewan, be- tween four and'five hundred miles "tc the north. And 'better and bigger and broader' than tha-cr-from a newspaper point of lud the pleasure, of the company of the biggest and the American's idea (as expounded by George AUe at the provincial English Lord.. The one thing he im- presses you with -is his thorough knowledge of public firm grasp and general .understanding of the public pulse. He showed t great wisdom and prudent foresight in his suggestions.for the future development of Canada as a as a de- Tendency. He talked in words of ylainess on the subject of European Immigration and the class of English people most desirable for the g of Canada. Good things, like bad things, some- times come not singly., for the Asso- ciation also bad--tue pleasure of- the presence of the Honourable Frank Oliver, Minister -of the Interior and .he "Second Pioneer Newspaper Man n Western late P. G. of Battleford, enjoying the roud distinction of being the first, Mr. Oliver talked for an hour on Pio- neer Newspaper Reminiscences and told of tne history of his the Edmonton the days of ISSO Avnen it was little bigger than a Postage Stamp- (but nevertheless like "the Stamp, a "sticker'1 in the community) until, the establishing of the the daily some five years ago. At first it was only published for six months, in .the other six be- ing devoted to in of .supplies and "working for a liv- publishing of the .newspaper being ostensibly for the pleasure, en- lightenment and improvement of the community, in listening to the.trials of -the early days and the difficulties incident to Pioneer life one was car- ried in retrospection to tlie time when the Albertan "walked by faith and not of the Ed- was verv. OF Capitol, Rest anl Undivided Profits Total Assets Iyer Not One Man In A Thousand ever gets a start in life (unless he inherits money) except by -regular saving. A Savings Account is almost invariably the" foundation of success. t account now in the Union Bank of Canada.- It will help .you to save increase your sax-ings with Compound Interest. Main Office ccr. Round t I G. R. TINNING Westminster Rd., N. Ward Manager. Stirling H. Roach, Acting Manager. ____- Grassy Lake- -A. W. Saillie, Manager. by sight." The publishing monton Bulletin .in ISSO, much the "voice -of one crying', in the wilderness" preparatory for the com- ing of the great transcontinental rail- way. in their mind's wero maj3piag out the route, sizing up the most successful.newspaper man in listenkig for the look- entire North- address will, be found verbatim in -the Press File of the As- sociation. He addressed, the "bunch." for half, talk- ed business, talked common sense and showed a thorough knowledge of. the newspaper game'in all its devious ram- ifications. Lord Northeliffe is a big. broad mentally and in every other "way that makes for trua and lasting greatness. One need only: look at the large'Tiead" firmly poised, -forfeliefac? ;and'-C J. H- Secretary-Treasurer, Eltbnl; In the absence of M.': H.. of. Calgary, who. had heen placed on-1 the; Mr. "1VL. R. Jennings'-of'the Edmonton took ,.up ject of advertising agencies.. In-, the course of his remarks a, thorough knowledge.of. the placed the agencies before, the .mem-, bers of the Association in a: little'dif- ferent light to. what many'were, apt-to (Continued on 'page Lots are now ling at 0. and Upward on Easy Terms No new point in Southern Alberta offers better Investment for small sums than Kipp Townsite Finest Farming Country Coal Development Surrounding the Town Railway Centre-Railways run four ways from and another line is surveyed east APPLY TO OR Skei KIPP LETHBRIDGE now [Arrow Lakes, to Arrow Head and ;