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History: Pioneering the Cochrane District

Reprinted from the June 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

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Pioneering the Cochrane District: A brief history of the Copithorne family
By Dora Dibney, Calgary, Alta.

‘”Now look,” Sam Copithorne remarked, “there’s no use writing a story about me. I’m not a pioneer because I did not come out to this country until 1904. It’s my two brothers you ought to write about, if you HAVE to write about the family.

“Where was I born? Oh, in Clonakilty, that’s in County Cork, Ireland. My father had a dairy farm, dual-purpose Shorthorns and we milked about 25 cows. Guess we had about 120 acres.

“Besides John and Richard, I had four older brothers: James and William and Robert and Edward. We had one sister; she was the eldest. John came out here in 1883 and Richard came out four years later, in 1887.”‘

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