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History: A Pioneer School Teacher

Reprinted from the September 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A Pioneer School Teacher By Anne L. Gaetz When Alberta was young, schools were few and far between. Even after a school house was built, rural districts found difficulty in procuring a teacher. Most of the teachers came from the eastern provinces, Ontario or Nova Scotia, and engaged a school through the Teacher’s Employment Agency. […] Read more

A sample of Joe Cosley’s drawings.

History: Cosley, Trapper and the Guide Extraordinary: Part 2

Reprinted from the September 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cosley, Trapper and the Guide Extraordinary: Part 2 By Julia Nelson, Mountain View, Alberta ‘Joe must have been unusually impressed with the man, even to the point of imitation, of Joe himself is well remembered with a rose-decorated buckskin hat like the one he said Kootenai wore, and an early picture records him wearing, also, […] Read more


History: Cosley, Trapper and the Guide Extraordinary: Part 1

Reprinted from the August 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cosley, Trapper and the Guide Extraordinary: Part 1 By Julia Nelson, Mountain View, Alberta ‘After an eight-day search through the northern wilds of Saskatchewan, Constable J. McLeod and his Indian guide entered a trapper’s log cabin 400 miles north of Prince Albert. This was on October 12, 1944. They found that Joe Clarence Cosley had […] Read more

History: The Fabulous Fireway

Reprinted from the October 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Fabulous Fireway By Doreen Runciman, High River, Alta. ‘When Leif Ericcson and his Viking crew set foot on Canada’s east coast, they did little else that might have been calculated to leave an impression. Life on the North American continent rolled on undisturbed for many centuries more. The great, dark tide of the buffalo […] Read more


History: Westward Ho in 1880 – Part 2

Reprinted from the October 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Westward Ho in 1880 – Pt. 2 (concluding installment) By G. W. Morden ‘Some distance from Fort Benton a Mr. Steed, who had been engaged in a fishery business in Sarni, Ontario joined us and was a welcome addition to our party. The more company there was, the less monotony on this long three hundred […] Read more

History: Helping to Build the West

Reprinted from the September 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Helping to Build the West By L.S. ‘When Charlie and Betty Groeneveld of the Gladys Ridge district swept the Grands and Reserve Championships at the annual High River Junior Calf Club Show and Sale this Spring – it drew attention to a unique family immigration to Alberta. It all started 27 years ago, when Flores […] Read more


History: Two Well Known Agriculturalists Pass

Reprinted from the August 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Two Well Known Agriculturalists Pass Canadian Cattlemen staff ‘Western agriculture lost two well known figures in one week at the end of June, Prof. G. Rayner, Director of Extension and the University of Saskatoon, and Col. P. M. Abel, editor of the Country Guide, Winnipeg. Not only did these men die in the same week […] Read more

History: Helping with the Harvest

Reprinted from the August 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Helping with the Harvest By P. W. Luce, 2334 Balaclava St, Vancouver, B.C. ‘When I was a young and full of pep, I gave myself one of the hardest jobs in the world. I harvested Manitoba’s wheat crop. I didn’t of course harvest all of it. Several thousand husky easterners came west to help with […] Read more


History: Westward Ho in 1880 – Part 1

Reprinted from the September 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Westward Ho in 1880 G. W. Morden ‘Shortly after midnight on Hallow’een in 1879 three children, the their nighties gazed out across the Northern Railway from an upper room of their home near the railway station of Craigvale, six miles south of Barrie, Ontario. The great glare of a burning mill lit up their faces […] Read more

History: Historical tales

Reprinted from the September 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Senator F.W. Gershaw Captain Palliser In 1857 the lease of Indian territories granted to the Hudson Bay Company by the Imperial Government was drawing to a close. In order to get accurate, expert information the British Government organized an expedition to visit that great uncharted wilderness. Captain John Palliser was given command and Dr. […] Read more