Calgary's Grand Story by Donald B. Smith

By Donald B. Smith

"Calgary's Grand tale" is a historical past of the town as advised in the course of the tale of the Grand Theatre and the Lougheed development, of Calgary's such a lot in demand ancient icons. Commissioned via Senator James Lougheed, and his spouse, Belle Hardisty Lougheed, the Lougheed development opened to the general public in February of 1912 to a lot fanfare and nice anticipation. This was once a definitive second for Calgarians and might mark the start of a golden period within the city's heritage. With the addition of a cutting-edge theatre at the floor ground underneath workplaces that might quickly develop into Calgary's greatest company deal with, this construction might anchor the advance of the downtown center good into the Nineteen Fifties. through blending company and cultural heritage, the writer sketches a desirable city biography of Calgary from 1912 as much as Alberta's one centesimal birthday in 2005.

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42 Even in the hottest summer weather her distinctive wardrobe included knit skirts almost to her ankles. She loved large hats tied with a veil over her face to protect her from the ravages of the southern Alberta sun. This outlandish British woman, who taught fencing, and was an accomplished horsewoman, had a wonderful sense of humour. ”43 Years later Elaine Catley, a contemporary of both women, provided short sketches of the two leading ladies of Calgary’s cultural world. “Mrs. ‘Judge’ Winter,” she wrote, “sailing along in her Gainsborough hat, and saying just exactly what she thought in her clear, English voice—Mrs.

Orr’s grandfather urged the development of electric light, water and sewage systems for Calgary. 71 Yet, in spite of his commitment and unswerving faith in Calgary’s future, the depressed economy defeated him. Wesley Orr died in February 1898, a few years before the world economic situation lifted leading to a settlement boom in Western Canada. By 1905, the year Alberta became a province, the settlement of the “Last Best West” truly began. On account of its tenfold growth from 1901 to 1911 Calgary was a city of newcomers.

In the Calgary district Sam Lougheed tried to become a rancher. Without any agricultural background, except perhaps short visits to relatives’ farms in Peel County west of Toronto, the two brothers bought a herd of cattle. In James’s name they selected a brand, the nicely styled “A” of his signature, “James A. ”84 Sam ran cattle for a couple of years, until 1888 at least. At that point, defeated by ranching, he gave up and returned to carpentry. In the mid-1890s he found work as a carpentry instructor at Indian Industrial schools.

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