Category Archives: history

Curling History

The snow has flown, the ice is frozen.  Time for curling!  Here in the Peace Country, where ice and cold are free and plentiful for almost half of every year, curling has always been a major attraction.  Any little hamlet … Continue reading

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Eaglesham Students Spend the Night in the Trenches

This year was the sixth year students from Eaglesham had first hand experience of digging trenches, battle maneuvers, and sleeping out in the cold – finding just a small taste of what the soldiers of World War I would have … Continue reading

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Johnny Bourassa

If you have visited this blog before, you may have read the story of Big Louis, the intrepid mail carrier of the Peace Country.  Big Louis was not the first, not was he the last, legendary figure in his family.  … Continue reading

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South African Scrip

The Peace Country could have gotten its name because of the land grants given to soldiers returning from wars.  Many took up homesteads here, far from the battlefield, in the safe and peaceful, if isolated, prairie land of northern Alberta … Continue reading

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Vanishing Sentinals

The golden age of the towering prairie sentinel, the grain elevator, is long past now, but there are still some of the wooden mammoths that have somehow survived weathering, fire, and making way for the new. Some elevators are being … Continue reading

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Another Wheat King

The first Canadian to be named “World Wheat King” at a World’s Fair was John Brick, the minister/farmer from Dunvegan who took his Red Fife to Chicago in 1892. The Peace Country was then famous for wheat, so it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Back to the Red Road

You may have read an article here on Town Spirit about a teacher who discovered, decades after the fact, that she had been teaching at a residential school where abuse was rampant yet hidden from her.  You can find that … Continue reading

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