Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical By John Blue, B.A. (1924)
The design of this work
is to give a readable and comprehensive view of the history of Alberta
from the earliest times. The author has divided the history of the
province into three periods. The first period will cover the early
explorations and rule of the Fur Traders. The second period concerns
rival fur companies, the Selkirk Purchase, etc.-1811-1821. The third
period, which in many ways is the most wonderful of all, deals with the
events since 1821tells the story of the marvelous transformation of the
Great Lone Land into the rich and populous Alberta of today.
The story is one of
intense and instructive interest to the student of Canadian history. To
trace the development of the political institutions of the newest
province of the Dominion and compare it with the development of similar
institutions in the older provinces of Canada, is an interesting study
in comparative politics and highly illustrative of the manner in which
responsible government grows in free communities.
The wonderful material
development of the province since it was opened for settlement is a
story of enthralling interest. Less than fifty years ago the Blackfeet
and the Crees roamed the plains and camped on the sites of the principal
cities of the province. They hunted the buffalo and the antelope over
the unploughed acres that now comprise the farms and homesteads of half
a million people. Elk and deer by thousands found shelter in the
foot-hills and mountain passes where now scores of mining towns and
villages prosper and flourish. Less than fifty years ago there was not a
mile of railway between the Red River and the Rocky Mountains. Today
there are over six thousand miles of railway in the province of Alberta
alone, connected with all the great transcontinental systems of Canada
and the United States. Men traveled by dog sleighs, canoes or Red River
carts. The only civilized persons who had penetrated the Great Lone Land
were the Hudson's Bay traders, the hunters and trappers, the
missionaries and the prospectors on their way to the gold diggings of
Yale and Caribou.
Today there are nearly
three-quarters of a million of a population within the area that now
comprises the province. Many of the old Indian trails have been surveyed
and have become permanent highways. The people have schools and
churches; colleges and universities; municipal institutions; thousands
of miles of telephone communication; banks and great commercial and
trading houses. The province, through its vast resources and the energy
of its peopledrawn from the great races of the worldis rapidly
becoming a powerful factor in the commercial and political life of the
Dominion of Canada.
The story of this
wonderful transformation is worthy of record. An earnest attempt has
been made by the author and the publishers to present the great mass of
facts with a sense of their due proportion and ultimate value as the
true material of history. The author has had the advantage of a long
residence in Western Canada, and has had the resources of the Provincial
Library at Edmonton, the library of the University of Alberta at his
disposal, as well as the excellent collection of Canadiana in the
possession of Hon. Dr. A. C. Rutherford, the first Premier of Alberta.
Many valuable suggestions have been received from the Officers of the
Alberta Historical Society, and from many of the old-timers to whom the
rapid development of the last few years is more make a dream than the
natural events of history.
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Note: We've made available the biographies of any
Scots in these 2 biographical volumes but we've made the whole list
available in the event anyone wants to know if a relation is included.
Note also that is was not possible to identify all Scots from the
biographies due to lack of information so it's possible we missed a few.
I do note with interest that some that we can't identify as Scottish
were raised in very Scottish areas such as Prince Edward Island and Nova
Scotia and also went to Scottish founded universities. Quite a few also
went into business with other Scots. Where we thought someone was of
Scots descent but it doesn't make it clear in the biography we have
searched the web for any reference and if we found it we've included
Volume 2 - Biographical
[Note: some 25+% of the biographies in this volume are Scots or people
of Scots descent thus showing the impact that Scots had on the Province
Bain, C. E.
Baldwin & Hurlburt
Barton, W. O.
Bates, O. E.
Bawden, I. W.
Beddard, F. A. Beebe, W. A.
Bishop, E. S. Blain, A. Y.
Blair, H. A. Blakey, W. G.
Boon, C. W.
Botteley, T. B. D.
Bottom, W. H.
Bown, J. C. P. Bowness, E. W.
Boyce, J. F.
Braden, H. O.
Bradshaw, B. W.
Brankley, W. L.
Brett, H. G.
Brown, J. E.
Brown, James B.
Brown, W. O.
Browning, A. G.
Bruner, P. C. Buchanan, J. M.
Burgess, J. K.
Burley, A. E.
Burnett, W. B.
Busselle, A. W.
Butler, J. L.
Davies, Richard Dawson, H. M.
Decker, H. S.
Dehong, E. W.
de Rosenroll, A. S.
Dinning, H. J. Dixon, William
Dorman, J. A.
Dower, J. D.
Downer, F. W.
Drumheller, Samuel Drummond, L. E.
Duce, Thomas Duff, D. A.
Duggan, D. M.
Duggan, J. I.
Dunn, D. J.
Ebbett, A. W.
Egbert, W. O.
Ellert, J. P.
Elwin, G. N.
English, T. F.
Evans, H. M. E.
Evans, W. P.
Hall, J. R.
Halpin, C. B.
Hanna, W. J.
Hanson, J. A.
Harden, C. J.
Harris, W. M. Harrison, W. G.
Hart, W. R .
Head, J. J.
Heagle, Everard A. and Bros.
Heagie, H. A.
Hegler, H. S. Henderson, W. H. Henderson, William
Henry, T. W. E.
Henry W. T.
Hewgill, W. H.
Heywood, J. A.
Hill, H. L.
Hogg, H. S.
Holden, J. T.
Holden, J. O. H.
Holman, G. A.
Holmes, C. U.
Hope, G. J.
Home, C. W. H.
Horne, W. L.
Howatt, D. D. Howatt, I. B.
Hudson, G. F.
Hunt, J. D.
Hynes, W. T.
Naismith, P. L.
Nash, H. H.
Naylor, George Nelson, J. A., Sr.
Nelson, S. W.
Nicol, G. S.
Nolan, P. J.
Norstrant, J. G.
O'Callaghan, R. H. L.
Odell, W. H. Ormond, David
O'Rourke, H. L.
Orr, J. S.
Ouimette, W. L.
Pardee, E. C.
Parrish, J. F. Paterson, R. J. R.
Patriquin, H. O.
Paul, J. K.
Pawling, H. Y.
Pearson, J. L.
Pelton, G. V.
Pennefather, P. W.
Pescod, H. G.
Pincott, R. W.
Poffenroth, J. C.
Porritt, C. J. Potter, A. H.
Prettie, R. D
Ragan, W. J. Ramsey, James
Raver, C. A.
Reader, W. B.
Redmond, W. C.
Reed, C. H.
Reid, C. J. Reid, John Reid, R. G.
Rendall, H. J.
Richardson, J. W. Ririe, J. B.
Roberts, J. G.
Robertson, R. D.
Rooney, H. A.
Roy, H. J.
The Royal Crown Soaps, Ltd.
Rushton, H. L.
Rusk, J. C. Russell, C. H.
St. Germain, Omer
Salmon, M. C.
Sanders, G. E.
Sargent, S. J.
Saunders, H. P.
Sharpe, E. M.
Shaw, F. D.
Shearer, R. L.
Shera, .J. W.
Sherlock, R. E.
Sibbald, H. E.
Simpson, H. W. Sinclair A. M.
Slight, F. J.
Smailes, Frederick Smart, James Smith, Alexander Smith, E. M.
Smith, J. S.
Smith, V. W. Smith, W. D.
Spackman, W. H. Spalding, J. W.
Sparks, E. M.
Stack, L. H.
Staples, M. H.
Staples, R. H.
Staiky, J. B.
Stedman, T. H.
Steed, W. H.
Stevenson, T. H. Stickle, W. A.
Strong, O. F.
Stutchhury, Howard Sutherland, W. H.
Tanner, H. P.
Taylor, H. C.
Terrill, J. E.
Terrill, S. N.
Thompson. F. A.
Thompson, T. S.
Thompson, W. .J. Thomson, E. D. C.
Tracy, F. W.
Trimble, A. H.
McDougall was born in 1842 in Sydenham, Upper Canada to George and
Elizabeth McDougall. George McDougall was a Scottish Methodist missionary and, as
a result, John grew up attending mission schools and learning to speak
Ojibwa and Cree. He wrote several books about his life growing up in
Alberta and you can read his books
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