Photo courtesy Daryl Drew.

Dog Child and the Samurai Sword

Photographer Norman Caple checked his equipment for one last photo at Gleichen, Alberta on a cold spring day in 1894. His resulting picture left us with something of a mystery. Caple photographed the Blackfoot extensively in the late 1800s and was partnered with Vancouver photographer R. H. Trueman. He was a stickler for authenticity and …

Image courtesy Daryl Drew.

Alex Bulman

Ranching Along the Cariboo Cattle Trail Cattle drives along the Cariboo Trail from Washington into B.C. had some extra dangers in the early days,” Alex Bulman once said. The problem was the rivers. The Columbia had to be crossed twice, first at the Priest rapids and again at the mouth of the Okanagan River. They …

Ray Faulkner

Ray Faulkner

Old-Time Road Warrior   Ray Faulkner was born near Pincher Creek in 1900. His family moved to the south slope of the Cypress Hills in 1902 where he was raised and remained to ranch until retirement. In 1926 or 1927 there was a roundup to bring horses that had ranged into Montana back to Canada. …

Earl Buck. Photo courtesy Daryl Drew.

Earl Buck

Earl Buck drove freight wagons, rodeoed and wrote cowboy poetry. His wife Claire was a horse packer, drove cattle, and together they built their ranch along British Columbia’s northern fringe. Originally from Saskatchewan they believed in self-help and self-sufficiency. Sometimes they lived in soddies, store houses, log cabins or dugouts. Success came from long hours, …