History: Gleaned from the Pioneer Pages

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Gleaned from the Pioneer Pages
By Grant MacEwan

‘Nor’-West Farmer, Oct. 1883. – “Barbed wire as a prairie fence is rapidly coming into use in Manitoba. It is by far the most sensible fence which can be adopted by our farmers; and the wood (rails) can be used for much more necessary purposes.”

Calgary Triune, Sept. 30, 1885. – “At a meeting of the International Tanners’ Hide and Leather Dealers Association at Chicago last week, a resolution was introduced condemning barbed wire, the claim being made that barbed wire ruins more hides than grubs or any other cause…”’

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