History: Calgarians of Yesteryear Recalled on the City’s 75th Anniversary

Reprinted from the July 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Calgarians of Yesteryear Recalled on the City’s 75th Anniversary
By Leishman McNeil, Calgary, Alta.

‘Folklore, Folklore, what is Folklore? Webster says “the traditional beliefs, and customs of the common people.”

To a country 75 years old, Western Canada is hardly entitled by age to contain much Folklore, yet Dr. Robert Gard of Cornell University has said, after years of intense study, that our great West contains more Folklore than any other district that he has investigated. Ask any oldtimer of this district what he knows of the Folklore and his answer will be “I don’t know much about it, but there were certainly some great old characters in my day. I remember…” and he’s away!’

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