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A small place of his own on the ranch is often the happiest solution for the retiring rancher.

History: The Rancher Retires

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Rancher Retires By Lyn Harrington ‘No one likes to think ahead to the day when his eyesight’s not so good, wind not what it was, and when both mental and muscular reactions are slowed down. But it happens, just as inevitably in man as it does the herd. The difference is that the rancher […] Read more

History: Ranching De Luxe

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Historical Tales: Ranching de Luxe By Senator F. W. Gershaw ‘As the dwindling herds of buffalo retreated from the hills of Western Dakota an effort at big-time ranching was started. One day in April, 1883, a private car was shunted onto a side-track in Missouri known as the toughest little town on the line. The […] Read more


History: Canadian Railway Transportation

History: Canadian Railway Transportation

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian Railway Transportation By Francis Olson ‘The first settlement of Western Canada was dependent upon the development of a railroad system whereby raw materials could be exported and supplies imported to the prairie region. The confederation with British Columbia in 1871 required that a railway be completed to the Pacific Coast in order to link […] Read more

History: Roughing it on the Rural Routes

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Roughing it on the Rural Routes By P.W. Luce There’s plenty of variety in a rural mail carrier’s job, but there isn’t much money in it. Conditions are a little better than they were in the early years of the century, when I was a temporary major domo of one of the sideroads of the […] Read more


Chilco Home Ranch.

History: Chilco Ranch, Hanceville, B.C.

Reprinted from the February 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Chilco Ranch, Hanceville, B.C.  By Lyn Harrington ‘Chilco Ranch is one of the Big Five in the Chilcotin section of B.C.’s Cariboo. Beginning in the 1860’s, it is also one of the most storied. Nine owners have left their mark on the ranch in less than a century. Few large ranches have changed hands more […] Read more

History: Dwarfism Is a Breeder’s Problem

Reprinted from the February 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Dwarfism Is a Breeder’s Problem By Grant MacEwan ‘Dwarf calves are creating headaches for cattle breeders and the criticism has been advanced that not enough is being done to rid the breeds of this menace. Unfortunately, there is tendency on the part of some breeders to say as little as possible about dwarfs and do […] Read more


History: With the Junior Cattlemen

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

With the Junior Cattlemen By Grant MacEwan ‘Question for today: Who was Robert Bakewell? If the question was about Thomas A. Edison, every young person would have the answer, “one of the world’s foremost inventors, the inventor of the phonograph”. If it were about George Stephenson, the equally ready answer would be, “an English engineer […] Read more

History: Historical Tales

Reprinted from the February 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Historical Tales By Senator F. W. Gershaw ‘The Longhorns – According to the records of Lee Brown, the Spaniards brought cattle to Mexico first when they were making a mad search for gold in that newly discovered country. The first bunch consisted of 6 sharp-horned heifers and one young bull. They landed in 1521 and […] Read more


History: Memories One Hundred Years Old

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Memories One Hundred Years Old By Anne L Gaetz She was very, very old, this woman of whom I write, for she had seen 101 winters come and go. Her eyes were dim from looking down the years; but her mind was a rich storehouse of memories — memories of unusual experiences that were known […] Read more