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History: A Territories Shepherd

Reprinted from the January 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A Territories Shepherd By J. F. MacCallum, Swift Current, Sask. ‘I was born on June 6, 1882, at Inverary, Argyleshire, Scotland… I arrived in Moose Jaw on March 20, 1898. It was twenty-five degrees below zero. It was very cold weather for me to experience at the beginning. Moose Jaw then had a population of […] Read more


History: A Proposed New Method of Assessing Land for Tax Purposes

Reprinted from the January 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A Proposed New Method of Assessing Land for Tax Purposes By T. H. Freeman, Director of Assessments for Saskatchewan ‘As a preface to the subject, it might be advisable to review very briefly the methods used in the past for assessing grazing land or what is technically described as Land Class 1. In 1939 a […] Read more



History: Modern Horse Training

Reprinted from the January 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Modern Horse Training By Jack Sproule, Calgary, Alta. ‘This article is based entirely on my own practical experience in the training of horses, no part of it has been derived from any educational system or books, It has been written because I feel people who are horse-minded will benefit by this system of training as […] Read more


History: The Pig that Squealed for War

Reprinted from the January 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Pig that Squealed for War By P. W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C. ‘In 1859 one “Ly” Cutler, a hot-tempered Yankee, shot a Hudson’s Bay Company’s pig which was ravaging his potato patch on San Juan Island. By right of occupation for sixteen years, the Company claimed the territory as a British possession, but the claim […] Read more



History: Honouring a Farmer-Poet

Abridged from the January 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Honouring a Farmer-Poet By Kerry Wood, Red Deer, Alta. Four hundred farmers and their families met on Labor Day to stage one of the most unique ceremonies ever held in Western Canada, when the pioneer Icelandic community of Markerville in Central Alberta unveiled a monument honoring the famous farmer-poet, Stephan G. Stephansson. Dominion, provincial, and […] Read more


History: West to the Setting Sun – Part 1

Reprinted from the January 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

West to the Setting Sun By Philip H. Godsell, F.R.G.S., Lethbridge, Alta. ‘In the halcyon days of fur trade enterprise and exploration Fort St. James was wont to ring the the boisterous mirth of roistering traders when the vigorous, hard-drinking Nor’ Westers gathered within wooden walls and stockades hewn from the forest, alternately holding high […] Read more



History: Submission to the Board of Transport Commissioners on the Subject of Increase in Livestock Freight Rates

Reprinted from the December 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Submission to the Board of Transport Commissioners on the Subject of Increase in Livestock Freight Rates (Presented at Calgary, Monday, November 20th, 1950, by Western Section, National Council of Canadian Beef Producers and the Western Stock Growers’ Association) ‘In June, 1949, in Calgary it was our privilege to present our views to the Royal Commission […] Read more


History: Railways and irrigation

Extracted from 'Ottawa Letter', in the December 1950 of Canadian Cattlemen

Railways and irrigation By Senator F.W. Gershaw In return for building a railway through the great lone land the C.P.R. was allowed to select some twenty-five million acres of land that was described as being “fairly fit for settlement.” In 1903, having disposed of most of the land in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the Company took […] Read more



History: B.C. Police Sign Off

Reprinted from the December 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

B.C. Police Sign Off By P.W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C. ‘Khaki and Green has turned to Scarlet and Gold. A romantic era in British Columbia has ended. The Provincial Police Force has been absorbed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Of the 500 officers and men who patrolled the 360,000 square miles of the western province, […] Read more


History: Alberta’s 1950 Master Farm Families Named

Reprinted from the November 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. Three prominent cattlemen were among five Alberta Master Farm Family winners for 1950. And the honours were even between the major beef breeds. Emil Cammaert of Rockyford, winner from southern Alberta, is a Shorthorn breeder; Roy Ballhorn, who took the Central Alberta award, is one of Canada’s most prominent Aberdeen-Angus […] Read more