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History: Early Days of Medicine Hat

Reprinted from the September 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Early Days of Medicine Hat
By W.H. McKay, Calgary, Alta.

‘Several people have asked me to write a story of Medicine Hat, its early days and early residents. The following is my effort to comply with their request. I hope it will do for them to read until someone comes along who is better qualified to do so than I.

I remember very little prior to 1888, so I will touch very lightly on a few things I remember before that year. I will also relate some of the stories that have been told to me by my parents, uncles and other oldtimers.’

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