The Craigmyle Heritage Foundation, which was the stellar group spearheading all the projects related to Craigmyle’s Centennial, will be disbanding soon. The two legacy projects, the Centennial Park and the collection and preservation of Craigmyle History and artifacts have been handed over to the Craigmyle Civic Center and the Craigmyle Historic Society, respectively. As well, the few remaining community history books have been equally divided amongst the two organizations. Anyone wanting a book can contact Gail (665-2292) or Bev (6652492). A limited supply is still available.
The first printing of the Centennial Celebration photo album has arrived and it well represents the activities of the day. The new photo album of the Craigmyle Celebration has arrived and the photos are well represented and stunning. A second printing could be available in the future – stay tuned to this column for details if you would like to purchase a copy.
Craigmyle has successfully concluded its Centennial and our supportive neighbours to the south, the Hand Hills, are preparing to celebrate their 100th year of consecutive rodeo. What a milestone that is, not only in our community, but in our province (perhaps in our country – I do not know that).
In perusing their website I discovered that in 1917, J.J. Miller decided to put on a “show” to raise money for the war efforts of the Red Cross. The “show” was to be a rodeo and it was to be called “The Handhills Stampede”. Little did Jack Miller realize that his fundraiser would turn into a legacy.
It wasn’t hard to round up cowboys, for back then every rancher was a true grit cowboy. Spectators weren’t hard to find either, and they came from near and far to the Jack Miller Ranch to see this spectacle. The first Stampede was held on July 20, 1917 and settlers and ranchers arrived in wagons, buggies, on horseback with a few in automobiles. The charge to enter the rodeo grounds was $1.00 for men, with women and children receiving free entry. At this event $3200 was raised for the Lonebutte Branch of the Red Cross; a most impressive amount for that time!
The event was so successful that Jack Miller was asked to repeat it another year – and so began the legacy of the Hand Hills Stampede.
Now, back to Craigmyle! Our community would like to recognize the Hand Hills milestone by submitting an entry in their parade. The usual Craigmyle parade organizers have committed themselves to do the Saturday morning breakfast at the Hand Hills, which renders them unable to enter a contribution in the parade on Saturday morning. The Heritage Foundation has allocated an adequate sum of money for supplies and decorations for an entry. What is needed is for someone(s) to step up to the plate to manage an entry for the Hand Hills parade. It could be as simple or as elegant as you might like. Anyone willing to contribute to this project should call Gail at 665-2292.
Don’t forget the St. Patrick’s Day coffee time at the church basement this Thursday, March 17 beginning at 9:30 am. Do come by, enjoy refreshments and socialization. Also, do remember to wear green, as that entitles you to submit your name into a draw for a door prize. This event is open to anyone from inside and outside the community. Come out and share a few laughs - sources tell me that the “green will be seen”. See you there.
Happy Birthday to Louise Coates on March 19 and to Barb Marshall and Mary Anne Rees both sharing March 22.
Have a great day!