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History: Something Just as Good

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Something Just as GoodBy P. W. Luce ‘Times are better than they used to be. I am not old enough to be a pioneer, and I am young enough to escape being an old-timer, but I remember the frontier when it was still almost in a primitive state. I was a homesteader when some of […] Read more

History: World Trade Problems & Opportunities

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

World Trade Problems & OpportunitiesBy Dr. Claude Isbister An address by Dr. Claude Isbister, Department of Trade and Commerce, Ottawa, before the 57th Annual Meeting of the Western Stock Growers’ Association held at Calgary, February 12, 13, 1953. ‘The Rt. Honorable James G. Gardiner, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture, has just spoken to you of the […] Read more


Ralph C. Coppock.

History: Ralph Coppock, Pioneer Exponent of Cattle Feeding

Reprinted from the May 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ralph Coppock: Pioneer Exponent of Cattle Feeding By Grant MacEwan Ralph Coppock, one of the pioneer advocates of the practice of commercial cattle feeding in Alberta, and grandfather of Kenneth Coppock, editor of the Canadian Cattlemen, was born on April 3, 1874, in Marion, Kansas. Coming into manhood Ralph and his brother Tom were operating […] Read more

History: Plain Tales – Pt. 1

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Plain TalesBy Freda Smith Mudiman, Swift Current, Sask. ‘People who live on the High Plains are primarily practical yet there is a welt of story and legend west of the Great Lakes, with the store particularly rich along the South Saskatchewan River as it flows from the Rocky Mountains down to the sea. The river […] Read more


History: Manager’s Report

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Manager’s Report By Grant MacEwan To the President and Directors, Council of Canadian Beef Producers, (Western Section) ‘Eight months with the Council of Canadian Beef Producers (Western Section), have served to confirm the task in promotion and public relations that faces the beef producers of Canada. The responses to the efforts of those months seem […] Read more

Kenneth R. Coppock.

History: Coppock resigns as WSGA secretary

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Coppock resigns as WSGA secretary By Canadian Cattlemen staff/Kenneth Coppock ‘CALGARY, Feb. 18, 1953 – In a joint statement today issued by Bert Hargrave, President of the Western Stock Growers’ Association, and Kenneth R. Coppock, it was announced that Mr. Coppock had resigned as Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Association, a position he has […] Read more


A small place of his own on the ranch is often the happiest solution for the retiring rancher.

History: The Rancher Retires

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Rancher Retires By Lyn Harrington ‘No one likes to think ahead to the day when his eyesight’s not so good, wind not what it was, and when both mental and muscular reactions are slowed down. But it happens, just as inevitably in man as it does the herd. The difference is that the rancher […] Read more

History: Canadian Railway Transportation

History: Canadian Railway Transportation

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Canadian Railway Transportation By Francis Olson ‘The first settlement of Western Canada was dependent upon the development of a railroad system whereby raw materials could be exported and supplies imported to the prairie region. The confederation with British Columbia in 1871 required that a railway be completed to the Pacific Coast in order to link […] Read more


History: Roughing it on the Rural Routes

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Roughing it on the Rural Routes By P.W. Luce There’s plenty of variety in a rural mail carrier’s job, but there isn’t much money in it. Conditions are a little better than they were in the early years of the century, when I was a temporary major domo of one of the sideroads of the […] Read more

Chilco Home Ranch.

History: Chilco Ranch, Hanceville, B.C.

Reprinted from the February 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Chilco Ranch, Hanceville, B.C.  By Lyn Harrington ‘Chilco Ranch is one of the Big Five in the Chilcotin section of B.C.’s Cariboo. Beginning in the 1860’s, it is also one of the most storied. Nine owners have left their mark on the ranch in less than a century. Few large ranches have changed hands more […] Read more