The old-timers in a new country are what the oaks are to the primeval
forest. They are generally sturdy and rough-harked without, but
solid and sound at the core. We may mention here a few of the old-timers
near and around Calgary, who are more or less identified with its
history and progress.
heads the list, as his advent to the country dates about a decade
ago. He is a rancher on his own account, his place being situated
about six miles from Calgary, on Fish Creek. Mr. Livingston has
wandered along the Rockies and Sierras, and finds no country more
suitable to his ideas than the District of Alberta. He has made
considerable improvements on his ranche, and can count a large number
of cattle on his range. He is a warm-hearted pioneer, whose latch-string
always hangs out for the virtuous wayfarer.
is another of the pioneer old-timers, who has shown abundant proofs
of what may be done by industry and perseverance, backed up by sound
judgment. His farm and ranche at Fish Creek have been frequently
referred to in the descriptive 'ketches, and his hospitality has
been as unbounded as the prairies to the east of his location. Mr.
Glenn has spent a great deal of money on experimental farming, and
he has had good luck as well as many reverses. He has been in the
district about nine years, and is "well heeled,' as they say
in the west. In addition to his farm, which is situated about eight
miles from Calgary, Mr. Glenn has proved his faith in Calgary by
erecting the largest stables in the town, and two of the largest
stores. His motto through life has been, "Live within your
means, and save a beef for a hungry day." He has been all over
the western country, and prefers the Calgary district to any he
has yet seen.
another of the old guard in this district on whose head the snows
have deepened, is the subject of this sketch. Mr. Vottier ranks
with Messrs. Livingston and Glenn, as old-time chiefs whose latch
strings are never out of sight and who have put in their time rough-mg
it in downright earnest. Mr. Vorture's ranche is on Fish Creek.
He is a thorough stockman, and in all matters connected with the
welfare of the district he has been found standing up for the rights
of the pioneer.
Mr. Hamilton was the first Tubal Cain in this district. His old
forge across the river on the old town site is an evidence of his
blacksmithing and pioneering at the same time. He carried on business
as a blacksmith for a number of years in this district, and dates
his advent ten years ago.
He is a good mechanic and did well at his trade. He recently went
to settle on his ranche, which is close to the town, and which he
intends to carry on. Dave is known all over as one of the hard-working
kind with a big heart and an honest tongue. Few men combine more
of the qualities of the pioneer mechanic than does the subject of
is a son of Lieut.-Col. Barns, of Quebec, and who is now introducing
to the Fish Creek country a large number of worthy settlers. Mr.
Barris' ranche is on the north side of the Bow, near the ferry.
He has been in the country a number of years, is one of the regular
pioneer settlers and is esteemed as a good citizen and friend of
Mr. William Barris, a brother of Mr. James Barns, has also a ranche
north of his brother's.
Space prevents us from giving similar sketches of all the oldtimers
whose ranches center around Calgary, but we cannot omit a passing
allusion to them so far as our memory serves their names.
- We may begin with James Owens and Wm. Scullion.
- Mr. Alexander Gilmore has a ranch next to Mr. Scullion's.
- Mr. Wm. Smith another old-timer well-respected.
- Mr. James Coburn, one of the early arrivals, well-known and
respected all over, not only as an old-timer, but as the efficient
bookkeeper and manager for G. C. King & Co. Mr. Coburn's home
stead is on the east side and it is nicely situated.
- Mr. Augustus Carney's homestead adjoins the mission property
and the town-site. Mr. Carney is an active public worker, and
a warm friend of the pioneers' claims. He is president of the
Agricultural Society of Calgary, and his property must sooner
or later become valuable.
- Mr. John Holmes and Mr. John Lowry have also ranches contiguous
to the town; also Frank Louis. Along the Bow, and close to the
town, are Thomas McHugh, Jas. Sproule, and Mike Walsh, the latter
having a dairy; also John Dean, George Hamilton, next to Mr. Carney's,
on the Elbow.
- Geo. Moneylaws, a very old-timer and respectable citizen, has
also a dairy farm as well as a ranch.
- McInnes Bros. have four ranches on Fish Creek.
- Mr. Wilkinson has also a fine ranche; and Mr. Winterbottom one
six miles from town.
- Joseph Garon has his ranche between the Elbow and Fish Creek
; Mr. S. H. May's ranche is on the Elbow; and Messrs David Kennedy
and John Ennis have a good horse-ranche about eight miles from
town, on the Bow.
- Mr. Thomas Righton has a farm and ranche on the Elbow, close
to town; also; Rev. Mr. Jacques and Frank Rivers.
- Mr. Lynam, who rents the Government farm on Fish Creek, the
property of Lieutenant-Governor Robitaille of Quebec, is neither
last nor least in the list of pushing pioneer farmers and stockmen.
- Mr. E. Robb has a ranche on Pine Creek.
- George Kirbv has a ranche just east of Major Walker's, on the
- Mr. Hugh R. Jardine, elsewhere sketched, has a ranche next to
Mr. Colvin's; and Mr. Charles Sharples is another neighbor in
the same line.
- Councillor S. J. Clark, who is sketched elsewhere, also has
a ranche two miles south of the town, on the east side of the
Elbow. He has sixteen acres broken, a log-house and well, and
ten acres of wire-fencing
The above is probably an incomplete list, but with several others
mentioned elsewhere comprises most of our pioneer ranchers and stockmen
whose ranches and property are more or less tributary to Calgary.
They are all worthy men and deserve well of the Government, and
we hope they will be justly and liberally dealt with in regard to