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History: Stories in stone

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Stories in stone By Frank Fleming, Calgary, Alta. ‘A peaceful stillness hangs heavily over the land. Through the forested mountain slopes range the grizzly, the elk, moose and mountain goat. The white man has not yet arrived in the country and the interior of British Columbia is still the exclusive home of a primitive people, the […] Read more


History: The May blizzard of 1903

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The May blizzard of 1903 By Mary Terrill, Medicine Hat, Alta. ‘The range was lush in this short grass country of southern Alberta in the spring of 1903. It was the lushness of two immediately preceding years of ample snowfall, and an abundance of rain in the growing season, followed by an early spring in the […] Read more



History: A Ranch Calendar, Pt. 2

Reprinted from the December 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Above are the last six months of the ranch calendar drawings by Canadian Cattlemen artist Bert Smith that were exhibited at the Western Stock Growers Association’s 54th Annual Convention.


History: Homesteading in the Hand Hills

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Homesteading in the Hand Hills By Harvey Hanson, Balzac, Alta. ‘In a previous article in the “Canadian Cattlemen” I told how a portion of the Palliser Triangle in Alberta at one time had people on nearly every quarter section and how you can now drive for miles and not see a soul. It is that […] Read more



History: Up-to-Date on Foot and Mouth Disease

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

(Taken from the June, 1950, issue “The Agricultural Situation”, U.S. Department of Agriculture) ‘Foot-and-mouth disease has been menacing the livestock industry of the United States from below our southern border for the past 3 years. The plague appeared late in 1946 in an explosive outbreak that spread through central Mexico, covering an area of over 200,000 […] Read more




History: Ottawa Letter

Reprinted from the June 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ottawa Letter By Senator F.W. Gershaw  The venture of grazing cattle on the prairies of southern Alberta started in 1880 by a few enterprising cattlemen bringing in herds from Montana. These cattle were turned loose to rustle a living the year round without any provision for their food or shelter, beyond what nature afforded. This […] Read more


History: Calgarians of Yesteryear Recalled on the City’s 75th Anniversary

Reprinted from the July 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Calgarians of Yesteryear Recalled on the City’s 75th Anniversary By Leishman McNeil, Calgary, Alta. ‘Folklore, Folklore, what is Folklore? Webster says “the traditional beliefs, and customs of the common people.” To a country 75 years old, Western Canada is hardly entitled by age to contain much Folklore, yet Dr. Robert Gard of Cornell University has […] Read more



History: Saskatchewan Stock Growers Holds 38th Convention

Reprinted from the July 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Holds 38th Convention By George B. Murphy, Swift Current, Sask. ‘The old Cow Town of Maple Creek, Sask., extended a truly western welcome to 160 stock growers from all parts of Saskatchewan, and some from Alberta, when the 38th annual convention of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association was held there recently. The […] Read more


Out of control grass fire spread by strong wind

History: The worst fire I ever saw

Reprinted from the July 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The worst fire I ever saw By Mrs. S. E. Warren, Vauxhall, Alta. ‘Not long ago the Lethbridge Herald printed an account of a prairie fire in the south-east of the province in early homestead days. As the oldtimer read the story he was reminded of another prairie fire, – “The worst fire I ever […] Read more