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Fort St. John, a century-and-a-half old trading post.

History: Pathfinding Beyond the Peace – Part 1

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


Pathfinding Beyond the Peace By Philip H. Godsell, F.R.G.S. ‘In 1912 the author hunted moose with Beaver Indians north of Fort St. John. In 1925 he was sent to the same country again by the Hudson’s Bay Company to open an overland road and establish trading posts to drive out the “free traders”. Here he […] Read more

History: Some Considerations in the Selection of Feeder Cattle

Reprinted from the November 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


Some Considerations in the Selection of Feeder Cattle By J. W. Grant MacEwan, Winnipeg, Manitoba ‘After one has made the decision to purchase feeders for winter fattening and has assessed his feed supplies, the next logical consideration will have to do with the particular class of cattle to be selected. The operator may ask himself […] Read more


History: The Big Steers of Yesteryears

Reprinted from the October 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


Abridged from the October 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen


By Grant MacEwan, former dean of agriculture at the Universities of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and (in 1951) associate editor of Canadian Cattlemen.  Like petticoats, busties, blunderbusses and burnside whiskers, big steers had their day and their story is worth noting. Great size has always had dramatic appeal about it. Fortunately there is a record of […] Read more

History: Old Hermitage Farm

Reprinted from the June 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

Old Hermitage Farm By W. Murphy ‘A housing shortage at Fort Edmonton in 1875, as serious as that experienced in mushrooming modern Edmonton, was the genesis of “Old Hermitage Farm.” Fort Edmonton of 1875 was a bustling, crowded trading post, one of the most important of the Hudson’s Bay Company settlements in the Territories. It […] Read more


Old Fort Normandeau near Red Deer, Alta.

History: Fort Normandeau – A Link with Red Deer’s Pioneer Days

Reprinted from the October 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

Fort Normandeau – A Link with Red Deer’s Pioneer Days By Annie L. Gaetz, Red Deer, Alta. ‘There was consternation among the little handful of settlers at the Red Deer Crossing, when, about sundown on April 7th a horseman came dashing across the river from the north to tell them that the Indians had broken […] Read more

History: Royalty Entertained at Calgary by “Royal Winter Stampede”

Reprinted from the November 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

Royalty Entertained at Calgary by “Royal Winter Stampede” By Lorne Stout, Calgary, Alta. ‘Southern Alberta carved itself a special niche in the Canadian tour of Princess Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh with the first, and what may be the world’s only Royal Winter Stampede. It was a 90 minute edition of the […] Read more


History: Bunkhouse Philosophy – The St. Mary’s Dam

Reprinted from the September 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

By W.R. Cochrane, Cowley, Alta., from the September 1951 edition of Canadian Cattlemen

By W.R. Cochrane, Cowley, Alta. When the Honorable James G. Gardiner officially opened the St. Mary’s Dam project by opening the valve that started the water flowing through the huge tunnel to ultimately provide irrigation facilities for a huge block of dry land, we reckon a lot of folks did not quite grasp the effect […] Read more

The new bridge replaces the ferry.

History: Buffalo Bridge

Reprinted from the October 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Buffalo Bridge By Freda Smith Mudiman, Swift Current, Sask.  ‘Streams flowing eastward from the Rocky Mountains from the North and South Branches of the great Saskatchewan River as it swiftly slips down to the sea. Thought the years many bridges have spanned these streams since the day when the first was built across the Sturgeon, […] Read more


History: Wild Cattle of the Queen Charlotte Islands

Reprinted from the September 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Wild Cattle of the Queen Charlotte Islands By P. W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C. ‘Canada has wild cattle. Every beef grower in the western provinces will agree to this without argument. He could, with considerable trouble, produce some of his own as evidence. His hired men could exhibit a few honorable scars as supplementary proof. But […] Read more

History: Death Rode the Blast

Reprinted from the August 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Death Rode the Blast By Robert J. Roder, Nakusp, B.C. ‘When raging blizzards sweep devilish fury across the scantily sheltered plains of east central and southern Alberta, old timers are very apt to pull their chairs to the sides of roaring rosy-cheeked heaters and start recalling the hardships, comedies and tragedies of pioneer days. Among […] Read more