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History: Stampede Managers and Contestants Meet

Reprinted from the January 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Stampede Managers and Contestants Meet By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. ‘The Cowboys and Canadian Stampede Manager’s Associations held their annual meeting in Calgary in an atmosphere of cordiality marking a high in relations between the C.S.M.A. and the Cowboy’s Protective Association. There was none of the wrangling that has marked some sessions in the past. […] Read more

History: Big Gap Stampede

Reprinted from the January 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Big Gap Stampede By Mrs. Anne E. Spreight, Cairns, Alta. There have been many famous stampedes, but one of the most unique was the Rancher’s Roundup and Barbecue. It started simply enough. A number of ranchers in the Neutral Hills of Central Alberta wanted to hold a get together with the usual western attractions. It […] Read more


History: The 76 Ranch on the Powder River: Part 2

Reprinted from the December 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The 76 Ranch on the Powder River: Part 2 By Herbert O. Brayer ‘During the period of stress, Frewen evolved the spectacular plan of shipping literally millions of head of range cattle to meat-hungry Britain for finishing and marketing. It was this program that first earned him international attention and no little fame. The plan […] Read more

History: The 76 Ranch on the Powder River: Part 1

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

History: The 76 Ranch on the Powder River: Part 1 By Herbert O. Brayer ‘Seventy years ago, on July 27, 1880 a trail herd if 2,500 Oregon bred cattle was slowly wending its way across the rolling, sage covered hills of southwestern Idaho enroute to still virgin ranges on the Powder River in Wyoming. The […] Read more


The ‘D. A. Thomas’ carried settlers and trading supplies up the Peace to Fort St. John. She also took out settlers’ produce and livestock.

History: Pathfinding Beyond the Peace (conclusion)

Reprinted from the December 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


Pathfinding Beyond the Peace By Philip H. Godsell, F.R.G.S. , Former Inspecting Officer for the Hudson’s Bay Company ‘Leaving the Fontas River we paddled to Fort Nelson, and hundred miles to the northward where I found Mr. Hooker of the Hudson’s Bay Company. After vainly attempting to negotiate a swift Sickannie Chief River and push […] Read more

History: Yards embargo at Calgary

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Kenneth Coppock, editor Weather is a factor over which cattlemen have no control. With favorable weather conditions and moderate prices cattlemen can experience a prosperous year. With unfavorable weather throughout the year and despite high prices the year may result in a loss from operations. Industry leaders in their discussion with government leaders on […] Read more


Fort St. John, a century-and-a-half old trading post.

History: Pathfinding Beyond the Peace – Part 1

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


Pathfinding Beyond the Peace By Philip H. Godsell, F.R.G.S. ‘In 1912 the author hunted moose with Beaver Indians north of Fort St. John. In 1925 he was sent to the same country again by the Hudson’s Bay Company to open an overland road and establish trading posts to drive out the “free traders”. Here he […] Read more

History: Some Considerations in the Selection of Feeder Cattle

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


Some Considerations in the Selection of Feeder Cattle By J. W. Grant MacEwan, Winnipeg, Manitoba ‘After one has made the decision to purchase feeders for winter fattening and has assessed his feed supplies, the next logical consideration will have to do with the particular class of cattle to be selected. The operator may ask himself […] Read more


History: The Big Steers of Yesteryears

Reprinted from the October 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


Abridged from the October 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


By Grant MacEwan, former dean of agriculture at the Universities of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and (in 1951) associate editor of Canadian Cattlemen.  Like petticoats, busties, blunderbusses and burnside whiskers, big steers had their day and their story is worth noting. Great size has always had dramatic appeal about it. Fortunately there is a record of […] Read more

History: Old Hermitage Farm

Reprinted from the June 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

Old Hermitage Farm By W. Murphy ‘A housing shortage at Fort Edmonton in 1875, as serious as that experienced in mushrooming modern Edmonton, was the genesis of “Old Hermitage Farm.” Fort Edmonton of 1875 was a bustling, crowded trading post, one of the most important of the Hudson’s Bay Company settlements in the Territories. It […] Read more