A Calgary Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were

By Mark Kozub

Before turning into the oil capital of the state, Calgary was once a nineteenth-century boomtown within the center of Alberta. The roots of significant prosperity have been turning out to be, although politicians and most of the people believed the West used to be most sensible left to the trapper and trader.

Nurtured by way of a feeling of imaginative and prescient and the sweat of excellent outdated labor, Calgary grew, and has now blossomed right into a world-class cosmopolitan urban famous for its burgeoning oil and fuel undefined, its famed Calgary Zoo, and naturally, the Stampede. A Calgary Album is a sentimental trip right into a livestock city that became a lot more. via sixty-five wonderful black and white photos and interesting storytelling, the authors take the reader again to the time of the "real" cowboys, to the times whilst the streetcar gave the look of technological know-how fiction, during the melancholy, the good wars, the days of increase, bust, and restoration. We revisit the movers, the shakers, and the honourable daily those who grew to become this "cow city" right into a urban worthy bragging approximately.

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There's not anything peculiar a couple of urban bringing its voters jointly during the production and maintenance of a zoo. What used to be strange in regards to the Calgary Zoo used to be how even throughout the nice melancholy, deepest voters ensured that the animals have been fed and the landmark charm persevered to extend. It was once Dr. O. H. Patrick who predicted Calgary’s international category zoo and shaped the Zoological Society in 1928. A labourer named Tom Baines, in spite of the fact that, used to be the person who stored that imaginative and prescient alive through the melancholy. until eventually 1938, Baines played all of the worthy day-by-day tasks, from taking care of the animals to preserving the grounds fresh, virtually completely by way of himself. with out the charitable donations from neighborhood businesspeople, the zoo Baines loved loads may perhaps by no means have lasted during the melancholy. Baines’ pal Lars Willumsen supplied the zoo with upgraded amenities. businesses similar to Trotter and Morton, Crown Lumber, Beaver and Revelstoke donated unfastened plumbing prone and lumber. The price range Baines had for feeding the animals used to be, to claim the least, slender — a trifling buck an afternoon. fortunately, Pat Burns and corporate donated a hundred kilos of meat each one week whereas Safeways Ltd. provided produce. Tom Baines together with his fine-feathered good friend (an eagle), 1930. Glenbow documents, Calgary, Canada NA-1538-4 Photographer unknown A lion and lioness on the Calgary Zoo, 1933. They have been the 1st lions on the earth to be housed with out heat . . . and through a Calgary iciness, too! Glenbow documents, Calgary, Canada NA-1538-7 Photographer unknown The Country’s greatest Birthday Cake THE seventy fifth BIRTHDAY OF MILLIONAIRE MEAT packer Patrick Burns (July 6, 1931) fell at the beginning day of the Calgary Stampede. He used to be so good enjoyed for his philanthropy that the full Stampede week was once named in his honour. As an extra birthday current, he used to be given Canada’s such a lot huge, immense birthday cake (a commissioned production by means of The Canadian Bakery). It weighed one and a part tonnes, measured 8 toes sq. on the base, and was once seven and a part toes excessive in 3 stages. Burns answered to this flattering reward with an both large show of kindness. He gave a 5 pound roast of red meat to every of the 2,000 Calgary households who have been receiving aid guidance and a 50 cent voucher to every of the 4,000 unemployed unmarried males within the urban to be redeemed at any Calgary eating place or supermarket. materials of the Patrick Burns Birthday Cake: 4,500 eggs 285 kilos of sugar 304 kilos of butter 380 kilos of flour 12 kilos of spices a hundred and fifteen kilos of raisins 290 kilos of currants one hundred ninety kilos each one of combined peel and cherries eighty kilos every one of almonds and walnuts a hundred and twenty kilos of dates 60 kilos of candied pineapple a hundred and sixty kilos of icing sugar three hundred sugar roses 500 sugar lilies Patrick Burns, photographed right here in 1931, was once an entrepreneur with a center. Glenbow files, Calgary, Canada ND-8-14 Photographer: Oliver W. J. , Calgary, Alberta Patrick Burns’ wares. Glenbow files, Calgary, Canada NA-1149-4 Photographer unnown A go back to Horse energy “UPWARDLY cellular” wouldn't BE so as to describe the common employee through the melancholy.

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