Thomas Uphill Elected By Large Majority - The Free Press Turns 115 years Old

November 3 1933

Free Press Files

Yesterday brought to a close one of the keenest political fights that this district has ever experienced with a victory for Thomas Uphill by a majority of 339.

Both the Liberals and Labor put up a wonderful fight in the city. Tom won out by a majority of 83, Douglas cutting down his majority of four years ago by 251. In our forecast we were right about Elko and west, Uphill’s majority was changed from 44 to a loss of about 75. In West Fernie, Tom’s old stronghold, Douglas polled 94 votes, a gain of 32 over the last election. Coal Creek was a knock-out for Harry. When that return came in the Liberals gave up the ghost. When you can only get thirteen votes out of 145 it is just too bad.

The weather was terrible but it made no difference, almost every available voter was out and very few walked to the polls. It was the largest vote ever polled in the city, 1,214 as against 1033 four years ago.

The total vote in the district with the absentee and one small poll to hear from was 2,839, of which Douglas polled 1,245 and Uphill 1,584.

Douglas got majorities in Baynes Lake, Crow’s Nest, Elko, Fort Steele, Galloway, Grasmere, Harmer’s Ranch, Jaffray, Roosville, Waldo and Wasa. Uphill won out in Fernie, West Fernie, Coal Creek, Bull River, Hosmer, Natal, Michel and Corbin.

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