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Rich Hobson on ridge overlooking Rimrock Ranch and Green Creek.

History: Rancher-Writer of the Cariboo

Reprinted from the December 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Rancher-Writer of the Cariboo By Lyn Harrington ‘Richmond P. Hobson, Jr., author of GRASS BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS, says, “Roads keep gumming me up.” Soon as he finds a spot far from town somebody builds a road, and there’s his isolation gone. That actual truth is that Rich Hobson would beat out a trail no matter […] Read more

A group of jolly cowboys in the early 1900’s at the Spencer Ranch in Southern Alberta.

History: James C. Alcock of Okotoks, Alberta

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

James C. Alcock of Okotoks, Alberta By Dallas Banister Wright ‘In 1953 Mr. and Mrs. James C. Alcock of Okotoks, Alberta, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They are a grand pioneer couple that yes have not aged, with a keen sense of humour and outstanding personalities that must have carried them over many hardships […] Read more


History: McCord’s Ranch – A Chronicle of Sounding Lake, Pt. 2

Reprinted from the January 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

McCord’s Ranch – A Chronicle of Sounding Lake, Pt. 2 By Margaret V. Watt, 748 – East 60th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. ‘The winters of 1903, ’04 and ’05 were fine open winters. The stock cling to the pastures late in the year, and early spring saw them heading for the greening hillsides. But little of […] Read more

French Cree canoemen often manned the “canots du maitre” that spanned a continent carrying the Chief Factors of the fur companies.

History: The Pleasant Speaking People

Reprinted from the December 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Pleasant Speaking People By Philip H. Godsell, F.R.G.S. ‘Of all the aboriginal tribes of our Canadian Northwest perhaps none are so familiar to the wanderer from the highways and byways of civilization than the soft-spoken Cree Indians of the woodlands and the plains. Ever since that distant summer in 1640 when Jesuit missionaries first […] Read more


History: American Election

Reprinted from the December 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

American Election By Kenneth Coppock The overwhelming victory of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Republican standard bearer in the U.S. 1952 election, came as a great surprise to many. Canadians, always interested in the presidential elections of their great southern neighbor, this year find themselves with feelings yet to be interpreted and resolved. Their admiration for the […] Read more

History: Clouds in the Cattleman’s Sky

Reprinted from the October 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Grant MacEwan General manager, Western Section, Council of Canadian Beef Producers Canada’s livestock and meat industry is basically sound and with an ever increasing North American population, it is a reasonable bet that every pound of meat and milk which can be produced in the years ahead, will be needed. But temporarily at least, […] Read more


History: The Venerable Archdeacon George McKay

Reprinted from the September 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Venerable Archdeacon George McKay By W. H. McKay ‘Some time in the late seventies, Canon McKay was appointed Chaplain of the famous R. N. W. M. Police and stationed at Fort Macleod. He at once saw that the best way to prevent an outbreak of hostilities among the powerful Blackfoot Confederacy, was by cultivating […] Read more

History: Goodwill in the West

Reprinted from the December 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Goodwill in the West By Doreen Runciman, RR2, High River, Alta. ‘The approach of another Christmas season brings thoughts of familiar appurtenances such as trees and greeting cards, turkey and plum pudding and those old, comfortable words; Peace on earth and good will toward men. For the first White Men who spent Christmas in the […] Read more


History: A Pioneer School Teacher

Reprinted from the September 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A Pioneer School Teacher By Anne L. Gaetz When Alberta was young, schools were few and far between. Even after a school house was built, rural districts found difficulty in procuring a teacher. Most of the teachers came from the eastern provinces, Ontario or Nova Scotia, and engaged a school through the Teacher’s Employment Agency. […] Read more

History: The Fabulous Fireway

Reprinted from the October 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Fabulous Fireway By Doreen Runciman, High River, Alta. ‘When Leif Ericcson and his Viking crew set foot on Canada’s east coast, they did little else that might have been calculated to leave an impression. Life on the North American continent rolled on undisturbed for many centuries more. The great, dark tide of the buffalo […] Read more