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R.D. Symons: Shattering Canadian Myths

With his books, poems and artwork, R.D. Symons was to the Canadian West what Charles M. Russell was to the West of the United States. Born in Sussex England in 1898 he came to Maple Creek, Sask., at the age of 16 to learn to cowboy. He acquired his skills in the Cypress Hills and …

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Harry Sheline: Old Time Cowboy

In 1931, at age 14, Harry Sheline chose cowboying as his trade. His parents tried homesteading in the Three Hills, Alta., area. His mother lived in a house tent the winter of 1905, and his father Andy spent the winter of 1906 in a house so thin it shook when the wind blew. Harry was …

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J.A.W. Fraser

Ranching on the Jumping Pound When John A. W. Fraser built his XC Ranch at Jumping Pound Creek, Alta. in 1892, he had two specific goals in mind. He wanted to develop an efficient breed of cattle specifically suited to the native grasses and climate of the Canadian prairies, and he wanted to reduce livestock losses …

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John Shaw

Cattle Across the Great Divide Strange as it may seem, the first cattle to arrive in Calgary, at one time the centre of ranching in Canada and home of the Stampede, came from British Columbia! This was in the 1870s, a time when the ranching community in British Columbia struggled to find markets. After the …