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History: Weapons that Won the West – The Harper’s Ferry Arsenal

Reprinted from the June 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Harper’s Ferry Arsenal


By D. R. King, High River, Alta. The day Robert Harper stood on the banks at the junction of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and picked out the site of his homestead marked the beginning of a long chapter of history for America. The year was about 1747 when Harper built his tiny cabin. In […] Read more

History: The Grahams of Green Lake

Reprinted from the June 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Grahams of Green Lake P. W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C. ‘Sam Graham was the brother of Bob Graham. Bob Graham was the brother of Sam Graham. The two were inseparable. They lived most of their adult life on the Green Lake ranch in the Cariboo, and they left a distinct mark on the the history […] Read more


History: Gory Battles on a Canadian Farm

Reprinted from the June 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Gory Battles on a Canadian Farm By Kerry Wood, Red Deer, Alta. ‘Twenty miles beyond the historic farm of Rocky Mountain House, James M. Pollock has a half-section farm and a hobby. Farming is a comparatively new venture in the Rocky district, first noted for its fur-trading fort founded there in 1779 – the earliest […] Read more

History: Runaways

Reprinted from the June 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Runaways By Mrs. Anne Speight, Cairns, Alta. ‘Even such inanimate objects as trains, trucks, and cars, if left without brakes set, will go out of control and hurtle their steel might down inclines to wreak havoc on all in their path. Since men first used animals as a way of transportation, there have always been […] Read more


History: Old Walrond Ranche has New Owner

Reprinted from the June 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Guy Weadick More than one observer lately has pointed out that ranching properties in Alberta are becoming harder to obtain than ever before. Also their children carry on, or else operate ranches of their own, earlier obtained. When a ranch of any size today is sold to someone from a distance, it is something […] Read more

Members of the Royal Scots Greys cavalry regiment rest their horses by the side of the road in France.

History: Let us remember the horses

From the December 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A year ago, the Vintage Veterinary Committee embarked on a project to bring stories about veterinarians and the contribution they made to the early days of agriculture to life at Calgary’s Heritage Park. Remembering the Great War and the colossal contribution horses made to the war effort during a time in history when ranching had […] Read more


History: Modern Horse Training by Natural Reaction

Reprinted from the June 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Modern Horse Training by Natural Reaction By Jack Sproule, Calgary, Alta. ‘The vast majority of horses are in this class and I cannot tell you which is the best way to handle each individual case. However, I will try and explain as clearly as possible the main points to remember regarding the variations in the […] Read more

History: Clem Henson…and the Chisholm Trail

Reprinted from the June 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Sheilagh S. Jameson To most of us probably the Chisholm Trail is only a name. We have heard of it, come across it in a book perhaps, but it means no more to us than the Great Wall of China. However, there is a man in Calgary today, to whom the Chisholm Trail is […] Read more


History: The “Medicine Tree” Range

Reprinted from the April 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The “Medicine Tree” Range: Historical Frontier Locality Near “Spitzie Crossing” By Guy Weadick, High River, Alta. ‘At this season of the year, when stockmen forgather and discuss the cattle range and its activities, some of them usually get on the subject of the earlier day operations on different ranges and bring to light memories of […] Read more

History: A Territories Shepherd – Part 4

Reprinted from the April 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A Territories’ Shepherd – Part 4 By J. F. MacCallum, Swift Current, Sask. ‘Sometime in November of 1901 I was moved into the ranch at Gull Lake and Burnett was moved to a camp about four miles south of Gull Lake. There was a lot of hay put up at that camp. A man with […] Read more