Craigmyle Car­di­nal

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Bev Bergman 403-665-2492

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!

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