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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



History: Early Days in Southern Alberta

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Early Days in Southern Alberta By Dallas Banister Wright ‘I was eleven years old when I sailed for the North West Territories with my father, A. E. Banister, and my three older brothers, leaving mother and eight younger children in Bridport, England, to await instructions to join us when we had found a home for […] Read more

“Off to the Feast”: Christmas guests at the Bighorn Reserve.

History: O’-da-wa-ta-be Umbah (Christmas)

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

O’-da-wa-ta-be Umbah (Christmas) By John Laurie ‘I left the train at Nordegg. In fact, I practically fell off and, with my blankets, skidded down the icy grade into the arms of my friends. Shouts of “Oh-ha-zthee-skan” came from a dozen throats as the boys took my blankets, my pack sack, and crowded around to shake […] Read more


Mrs. J. Hogge.

History: Mrs. Joseph Hogge

Reprinted from the December 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Mrs. Joseph Hogge By Dallas Banister Wright Mrs. Catherine Matilda (“Cassie”) Hogge of Okotoks, Alberta, who knew this province seventy years ago, recently took me back with her to those early days when as a little girl, she travelled with her parents, the late Maurice and Agnes Stewart, from Clarenceville, Quebec, to the Western Prairies. […] Read more

Rich Hobson on ridge overlooking Rimrock Ranch and Green Creek.

History: Rancher-Writer of the Cariboo

Reprinted from the December 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Rancher-Writer of the Cariboo By Lyn Harrington ‘Richmond P. Hobson, Jr., author of GRASS BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS, says, “Roads keep gumming me up.” Soon as he finds a spot far from town somebody builds a road, and there’s his isolation gone. That actual truth is that Rich Hobson would beat out a trail no matter […] Read more


History: Embargo ended

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

On Saturday, November 29, 1952 Washington announced that barring further outbreaks of Foot and Mouth disease in Canada the U.S. sanitary embargo would be removed on March 1, 1953. Subsequently Ottawa announced that the system of import permits covering livestock and meats would be withdrawn on the same date. As a matter of record, the […] Read more

A group of jolly cowboys in the early 1900’s at the Spencer Ranch in Southern Alberta.

History: James C. Alcock of Okotoks, Alberta

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

James C. Alcock of Okotoks, Alberta By Dallas Banister Wright ‘In 1953 Mr. and Mrs. James C. Alcock of Okotoks, Alberta, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They are a grand pioneer couple that yes have not aged, with a keen sense of humour and outstanding personalities that must have carried them over many hardships […] Read more


History: McCord’s Ranch – A Chronicle of Sounding Lake, Pt. 2

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

McCord’s Ranch – A Chronicle of Sounding Lake, Pt. 2 By Margaret V. Watt, 748 – East 60th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. ‘The winters of 1903, ’04 and ’05 were fine open winters. The stock cling to the pastures late in the year, and early spring saw them heading for the greening hillsides. But little of […] Read more

History: McCord’s Ranch – A Chronicle of Sounding Lake, Pt. 1

Reprinted from the December 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

McCord’s Ranch – A Chronicle of Sounding Lake, Pt. 1 By Margaret V. Watt ‘Editor’s Note: A fascinating historical account of the Wilkinson-McCord Ranching venture in East Central Alberta at the turn of the century appears in three installments – herewith is installment No. 1. It is sad to note how Time has gather these […] Read more