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History: Cattle Empire

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Lewis Nordyke A book review by Sheilagh S. Jameson Cattle Empire, the fabulous story of the 3-million acre XIT ranch of Texas, provides proof of that old maxim that “truth is stranger than fiction.” It records the history of the biggest ranch in the United States of America, of the building of the largest […] Read more


History: The Outlaws of the Cariboo

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Outlaws of the Cariboo By P. W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C. ‘Suicide Valley is the ominous name of a place four miles south of Clinton, a town of considerable importance in the gold days of the Cariboo. Some unremembered prospector hanged himself there long ago, but today the sheltered spot might well be called Double […] Read more



History: The First Public Picnic and Stampede to Be Held on the Milk River in Alberta

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The First Public Picnic and Stampede to Be Held on the Milk River in Alberta By Harry C. Smith, Milk River, Alta. ‘It was while doing homestead duties in the latter part of May of 1910, in the Writing-on-Stone district, that Dean Smith, Fred Miller and I were talking one evening in the shack on […] Read more


History: Mr. and Mrs. George Paterson

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Mr. and Mrs. George Paterson By T. L. Shepherd, West Plains, Sask. ‘To most of us, the words “Old Timer” bring to mind an wrinkled old lady, or a man with a long white beard. Neither George Paterson nor his charming wife fit into that class. But when a man has lived 60 of his […] Read more



History: The Corral

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Corral By Guy Weadick, High River, Alta. Two of the oldest cattle ranches in Western Canada changed ownership about the first of August. Both are in the High River, Alta., district and were sold in the closing out of the estate of late Senator Pat Burns. One was the famous Bar U, which was […] Read more


History: Weapons that Won the West – Part 7

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Weapons that Won the West: Part 7 By D. R. King, High River, Alta. ‘In past pages we have discussed a number of various old-time shoulder and hand guns, some dating back a century or more. Very little consideration was given to the all-important accessories which were absolutely necessary to shooting in that day and […] Read more



History: Weadicks Honored

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Weadicks Honored Staff ‘August 9, 1950, will be entered on a page of Western Canadian history as an important date. It will long be remembered by Guy and Florence Weadick, for on that day at High River, Alberta, the townspeople, those of the High River countryside and a group of old-time friends and admirers, represented […] Read more


History: Progressive Stock Farming in Manitoba

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Progressive Stock Farming in Manitoba By Mrs. Douglas Mackay, 1038 Grain Exchange, Winnipeg, Manitoba ‘Kelburn, Briarmeade and Lakevue: these are the principal Richardson Stock Farms, youngest (1944) department of the oldest (1857) family grain firm in Canada. Under a new trading name and the management of the veteran George H. Jones, they represent the policy […] Read more



History: Pictographs of the Alberta Foothills

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Pictographs of the Alberta Foothills By Roy Fowler, Aldersyde, Alta. ‘Early fur traders must have seen pictures and symbols painted on the rocks along the foothills but they make no mention of it. Major Fred Bagley in his story ” The ’74 Mounties” tells of seeing Indian pictographs painted on the rocks and caves near […] Read more


History: Calgary’s 1950 Stampede Makes History

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Calgary’s 1950 Stampede Makes History By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. ‘The story of the 1950 Calgary Stampede is a story of rain, millions of dollars worth of rain, when converted to grass, grain, flour and beef, but it gave Stampede officials, contestants and 373,135 visitors to the big show headaches and heartaches. Pelting down at […] Read more