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History: E. C. R. “Reg” Harris

Reprinted from the June 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

E. C. R. “Reg” HarrisBy R. D. Symons, Ft. St. John, B.C. ‘On June, 1952, a well known old-timer of the Maple Creek district passed away in the person of Reg Harris, who was in his 67th year. Reg was born in England in 1883. In 1892 his father came to the West and shortly […] Read more

History: Pulling Horses

Reprinted from the July 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Pulling HorsesBy N. G. Stanford, Rosemary, Alta. ‘Whenever “pulling horses” are mentioned I recall with nostalgia my first experience with horses drawing heavy loads. First, because of the remorse I felt at the time, and second, because my father’s admonition to me was worthy of the wisdom of Confucius and may help many young people, […] Read more


The Walrond buildings and corrals at an early date.

History: Hidden in the Wagon Trail

Reprinted from the July 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Hidden in the Wagon Trail (A brief biography of Mr. and Mrs. C. Vaile)By Irene E. McCaugherty ‘I met Mr. Charlie Vaile while attending a rodeo in Claresholm, Alberta. One could sense his interest and admiration for the cowboys but his main attention focussed on the horses. I’m sure many thoughts flashed through his mind […] Read more

History: Ranching in a Gold Field

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Gordon Thompson I have travelled, lived in and read of cattle-pioneered countries to be followed by the farmer and oilmen but now have had the new experience of ranching in an old gold field. As I sit at my desk in the old Walters’ house, stories of these frontiersmen are recalled. It was a […] Read more


History: How fast can a horse run?

Reprinted from the May 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

With the Junior Cattlemen: How fast can a horse run?By Grant MacEwan ‘One answer is “pretty fast”, but in this day when people are accustomed to measuring speed in terms of “miles per hour”, more specific information is called for. Quite obviously, horses vary widely in speed. Even the boys who ride horses to school […] Read more

History: Bunkhouse Philosopohy

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Bunkhouse PhilosophyBy W. R. Cochrane, Cowley, Alta. ‘Looks like someone ought to keep us posted when regulations are put in effect that change the course of our social life. We have always cheerfully accepted the job if furnishing steaks and roasts for the nation with no holds barred in regard to price. We have put […] Read more


History: Wild Horse Drive – City Style

Reprinted from the May 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Wild Horse Drive – City StyleBy Rich Hobson ‘Not so long ago, Tom Baird of the Vancouver Stockyards, Bill Studdert of the Gang Ranch, and myself were talking horse on the ranchhouse porch here at Rimrock, when Tom broke suddenly into a fit of laughter. There wasn’t much to laugh at in the conversation. We […] Read more

History: Something Just as Good

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Something Just as GoodBy P. W. Luce ‘Times are better than they used to be. I am not old enough to be a pioneer, and I am young enough to escape being an old-timer, but I remember the frontier when it was still almost in a primitive state. I was a homesteader when some of […] Read more


History: World Trade Problems & Opportunities

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

World Trade Problems & OpportunitiesBy Dr. Claude Isbister An address by Dr. Claude Isbister, Department of Trade and Commerce, Ottawa, before the 57th Annual Meeting of the Western Stock Growers’ Association held at Calgary, February 12, 13, 1953. ‘The Rt. Honorable James G. Gardiner, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture, has just spoken to you of the […] Read more

Ralph C. Coppock.

History: Ralph Coppock, Pioneer Exponent of Cattle Feeding

Reprinted from the May 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ralph Coppock: Pioneer Exponent of Cattle Feeding By Grant MacEwan Ralph Coppock, one of the pioneer advocates of the practice of commercial cattle feeding in Alberta, and grandfather of Kenneth Coppock, editor of the Canadian Cattlemen, was born on April 3, 1874, in Marion, Kansas. Coming into manhood Ralph and his brother Tom were operating […] Read more