Welcome to our Junior Chief Dispatcher. Congratulations are extended.
Mr. Frank Clist, Section Foreman Nezah, was the recent recipient of a handsome goldheaded cane, a mark of appreciation from his old friends in the C.E.F.1 His many friends on the Dorion Sub. extend their hearty good wishes.
Our school is being weIl attended and much progress made. It is augury of a bigger and better Canada, to see the children of foreign extraction zealously learning the language and trying to keep step with their more fortunate school mates. A few years hence and they will be among our leading citizens. All honour to them. Miss Robinson of Port Arthur is the teacher in charge.
.Our rink is in splendid condition. It is refreshing to note the fine way the boys have turned out to keep the snow cleared away.
During the month ending Feb. 15, a total of forty one speed loads2, and approximately twenty empties, were repaired at this point, an average of two cars per day. This is a creditable performance considering the small staff and lack of a regular switch crew to spot3 the cars. That few defects escape our car inspectors, is proved by the almost entire absence of bad order loads4 at the next terminal during the grain rush.
The big game of the season took place after the Junior Hockey game between the Atikokan Juniors, and the Port Arthur West End youngsters, which was won by the Port Arthur West End team, by 9 to 4; when the Billing Office and the Accountant’s staff of the Port Arthur Depot took the rest of the station into camp to the tune of 10 to 6.
Superior combination play was the deciding factor in the game, the winners securing the majority of their goals on nice combination plays. while the losers made all their counters on lone rushes.
“Bulldog” Carnev and “Red” Scott were the big noises for the Typewriter experts, securing most of the points between them. “Bill” Baxter on the defence was a hard man to get by. “Ken” Paul and “Bob” McDaid also worked hard, getting in some nice body checks.
For the station staff, Parker Cummings, and Boyd, two old timers of the game, made some nice rushes. Brooks also got in some nice rushes making several counters. “RED” Cutts, on the defence, played well and had the distinction of being the only defence to score.
As the society columns say everyone had an enjoyable time, but the next day . . ?
The line-up for the billers was: Wilkes McDaid, Baxter, Paul, Scott and Carney.
For the Station’s Staff: Hay. Cutts, Goyd, Brooks. Vigar and Cumming.
THE TELEGRAPH TEAM
The City Commercial League has now been disbanded owing to the lateness of the season, and the CN. Telegraph team being in the lead by three games, is now in the play-off for the Intermediate District Championship, and will have to play Fort William and Fort Frances. The C.N. Telegraphers during the whole season have, so far, only lost one game.
“Sykes” Hedge passes this one along:
Pat: Did you ever refuse a drink?
Mike: Yes, twice. Once I wasn’t there, and the other time I wasn’t asked.5
1 Everyone in 1924 knew that C.E.F. stood for Canadian Expeditionary Force. Between 1914 and 1918, some 630,000 Canadians enlisted in the C.E.F. to fight in the Great War overseas. The Great War, after World War II broke out in 1939, was renamed World War I. Everyone in 1924 remembered the horrendous Canadian casualties of the Great War (more than 234,000), including the 60,661 killed. Many enlistees were CNR employees.
2 Speed load? Perhaps a railroader can assist in explaining this railway term.
3 To spot a railway car is to place it in a designated position, usually for loading or unloading.
4 A bad order load is a rail car with a mechanical defect.
5 This is the last column written by F.A. Farley. Subsequent posts will feature articles from Canadian National Railways Magazine from 1922 to 1924.
07a The Geraldton Gold Miners kick up some ice. The Gold Miners were formed in September 1938 as an independent senior team not associated with local mines. They played in district or regional leagues for a few years, passing on their name to local amateur teams. Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.