Here is the front page from the Jan. 13, 1923 edition of the Abbotsford, Sumas and Matsqui News.

Here is the front page from the Jan. 13, 1923 edition of the Abbotsford, Sumas and Matsqui News.

Looking back at The Abbotsford News from Jan. 13, 1923

The fourth-ever edition of The News was posted 100 years on this day

The Abbotsford News is reflecting at 100 years of coverage and will be taking a look back one century ago each week during its 100th anniversary year. Here what was making headlines on Jan. 13, 1923.

The fourth-ever edition of The Abbotsford, Sumas and Matsqui News was a 16-page broadsheet and featured a front-page story expressing enthusiasm from the local business community for the coming year.

The story’s headline stated that “Abbotsford’s Business Organization Anticipates Year of Achievement” and explained that the Abbotsford and district Board of Trade’s meeting was considered one of the best ever and secured 35 memberships and elected officers for the ensuing year.

Sumas has a busy week, as earlier in the week it was nomination day for councillors and local ratepayers expressed criticism regarding recent road work performed in the area. The election was to be held on Jan. 13, with election results shared in the next edition of The News.

Matsqui’s election was also front page news, as Reeve McCallum expressed his desire to be re-elected and offered a conservative platform. “I wish to inform voters through your paper that I contemplate no drastic changes in policy during the coming term if elected,” he stated.

McCallum noted that while taxes are considerably higher compared to recent years, that is due to the increased cost of schools. His opponent, Mr. Merryfield, had offered to work for $200, as opposed to the $300 that a reeve had typically earned in Matsqui. McCallum said he did not consider the $300 to be too high and urged intelligent voters to form their own opinions on the reeve’s indemnity.

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In sports the Clayborn football (soccer) team was sitting atop the standings and awaiting the results of other games to begin play for the Fraser Valley Cup. Clayburn was in first place in the Fraser Valley Football League. The standings were as follows:

  1. Clayburn – 7-1 (14 points)
  2. Mission – 6-1-1 (13 points)
  3. Langley – 3-4-1 (seven points)
  4. Abbotsford – 2-4-1 (five points)
  5. Chilliwack – 1-5-2 (five points)
  6. Fernridge – 0-4-1 (five points)

Crime news saw police deal with an alleged lunatic who was found wandering in a demented condition in Matsqui on the prior Wednesday. Constable T.H. Lynn had a long struggle with the man before he was detained. The man had been on probation from Essondale for the last eight months and was transported back there by Lynn.

Pages two and three featured national and international news, including predictions of great expansion in western Canada and news from Antarctic explorers.

There was also a story about a letter that the dominion command of the Great War Veterans Association received from the German National Association that stated that France was mistreating them following Germany’s surrender in the First World War. The writer said that a new war is at the gates within a short time due to this mistreatment.

Page five was the popular Abbotsford locals page, which featured the various comings and goings of residents.

Pages six and seven showcased more national and international news, including the death of explorer David Lindsay. A brief also noted that Germany’s floating debt increased 123,000,000,000 marks during the first 10 days of December. A brief pointed out that Interior China has just one doctor for every 400,000 people and has been “a land of widespread misery, due largely to ignorance and superstition.”

A crime brief also stated that while police were searching a house in Vancouver’s Chinatown for hidden drugs, a carrier pigeon carrying a tube of cocaine flew in. Two men were arrested as a result.

Page eight mentioned the Abbotsford theatre hosting a special new picture called “Saturday Night”. The New York-based picture was a Cecile deMille product and its “lavish and extravagent settings” were boasted about. Three performances were planned, with one on Friday and two on Saturday.

Page nine praised the wonders of irrigation and had several notable ads including Old Chum tobacco, Stanfield’s Unshrinkable Underwear and “Danderin” (which claimed to save hair and end dandruff).

Basketball appeared on page 10 and reported on Abbotsford’s 69-12 loss to a team in Linden, Wash. The report stated that the floor in Linden was much smaller than what Abbtosford was accustomed to playing on and the team was handicapped as a result.

Page 10 also shared that the reeve race in Sumas ended in a tie and the winner had to be determined by drawing a name out of a hat.

Page 12 featured a story about a Chinese woman who had enrolled in the school of journalism at the University of Missouri. Miss Eva Chang had earned a scholarship and was aiming to become China’s first native woman journalist.

The remaining pages featured more international news and classifieds.

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