Pioneer Profiles : R

Raikes, Harold (Harry)

Foreman of the Victor Ranch from 1886-89, Harold Raikes then worked for Capt. Winder for the next five years. In the later 1890's he moved to the Ghost Pine Lake country and operated there for many years, eventually retiring to the West Coast.


Raley, Charles

Mr. and Mrs. Raley were in the Lethbridge area in 1884.


Ramsay, Silas Alexander

Mr. Ramsay came to Calgary in 1883. He was born August 27, 1850 at Aylmer, Ontario and died in 1942 at Vancouver, B.C. In 1875 he married Jessie A. Wilson. They had a family of four children. Percival Claud was born at Calgary in 1888. Silas Ramsay was active in civic affairs; a Calgary Alderman for fourteen years, then Mayor in 1904. He owned farmland north of Calgary, retiring there.


Ramsay, W. H.

W.H.Ramsay was a CPR Station Agent in Calgary in January of 1884.

2004 Addendum. Ref: The Calgary Herald, Sept. 03, 1955.

Ramsay, William Thomson

William Ramsay, born September 23, 1857, came to Calgary about 1884 as agent for the Northwest Land Company. He was a major land owner and developer of the Ramsay District where the Ramsay School was built in 1913 and named after him. Several of the streets surrounding the school were named after his children. was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1885. He died in Gibraltar in 1921.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Calgary, Her Industries & Resources March, 1885.

Rankin, Andrew

Andrew Rankin came to Canada in 1880, joined the HBC at Winnipeg in 1882 and then moved to Calgary in 1884. He came to Calgary with Alexander Allan, with whom he opened a Dry Goods store on Stephen Avenue. He had the first piano in Calgary. He was a City Councillor in 1887 and 1889. He joined the Customs Branch in 1900. He was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1885.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD Black Book files.

Rankin, Ben

Ben Rankin was one of Tom Lynch's riders, who brought a herd of cattle for the Quorn and Military Colonization Co. (MCC), in 1884. He worked for Major Strange of the MCC for two years, then went to the Bar U Ranch. In 1888 he managed George Lane's Stopping House at the Crossing. He came to Calgary and worked as a Stock Inspector, then resigned this position and was wagon boss for the Mosquito Creek wagons in the 1895-96 Round-ups. He married Jane Howe in 1896 who died at Brooks, Alberta in 1959. He had a small herd of cattle along the Little Bow River until 1897 when he moved to Sandon, B.C. and became Town Policeman. In 1898, he is alleged to have shot himself and died at Sandon, B.C. Jane Rankin married a man named Millen. After his death she bought a farm near the ranch of her brother Sam Howe, north of Duchess but after Sam's death she moved into Brooks where she resided until her death.


Rankin, James Morris

James Rankin was employed by the C.P.R. and came to Calgary in 1883. He was one of the first conductors on the train from Calgary to Macleod. Mr. Rankin was born in Lower Island Cove, Newfoundland. He married Anne Cook of Trenton, Ontario and they had two children. In 1891, he invested in the Willow Creek Cattle Ranch (Flying E) with George Lane. Five years later he had a sheep ranch on the Lone Pine.


Ransford, Hascall

Hascall Ransford was the first Manager of the Anthracite Coal Co. and was active in this capacity until his death. He was born in New York, USA and died in 1898 at Winnipeg, Manitoba. He married Josephine Wood who was born in Michigan, USA. They had one daughter.


Raper, Ernest Arthur Clements

Mr. Raper served with the NWMP for the years 1887-1893. He was born in 1864 at Exeter, England. In 1906, at Pincher Creek he married Frances Marie (May) Sargent, who was born in 1878 at Bridgenorth, England. They had three children. He fought in the Boer War. He also homesteaded at the Livingstone and became Post Master at Maycroft, Alberta. He left for B.C. in 1917.


Ray, Sam

Sam Ray was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1885.

2004 Addendum.

Rayden, Jim

Jim Rayden homesteaded the SW 1/4 of Sec.18-27-5-W5M in the 1880s. He married Evelyn Phipps in 1894 and for a while after their marriage they lived in Olds. About 1896, Jim gave up ranching to go into the family business, Carr Biscuit Co. of England. He and his wife traveled to Australia for the company and finally settled at Durban, South Africa. They had three children, they both died in the 1950s.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Big Hill Country, p. 599.

Raymond, E.H.

Mr. Raymond came to Fort Macleod in 1885. He was born December 21, 1874 at St. Monique, Quebec.


Rea, James Franklin

Born in 1860 at Sydenham, Ontario, James Rea was married at Stand Off Alberta on July 21, 1903 to Selina McNeill who was born in 1875 at Bristol Mines, Pontiac County, Quebec and died in 1958 at Stavely. They had six children. James died in 1927. James worked as Supervisor of construction for MacKenzie and Mann, building the C.P.R. in 1882 and 1883. He continued with the C.P.R. building the railroad into the mountains as well as the Calgary-Edmonton line. In 1885 he joined General Middleton in suppressing the N.W. Rebellion. From 1887 to 1892 he was engaged in metal mining and searching for gold in the Yukon. He left there in 1900 and homesteaded NE 1/4 26-13-30-W4th.


Rea, John Rutledge (Jack)

Jack Rea came to Calgary with the C.P.R. in 1883. There is not much known of Jack and his wife Daisy. They had one son, Jack.


Reach, Charles James

Born in 1852 at Ipswitch, England Charles Reach died of a heart attack on August 10, 1928 at Fort Macleod. He was married in 1888 at Fort Macleod to Pearl Laws who died at Macleod in 1902. His second wife was Jennie Woodworth McGrail who was born at Sterling, Illinois in 1876 and died in 1954 at Macleod. They had five children. Charles was a shoe salesman at Macleod as well as having a store there. He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge in Fort Macleod prior to December 31, 1890.

Merged with 2004 Addendum.

Reddick, Bernard Sr.

Bernard Reddick arrived in Calgary by train in 1883.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD membership application files, Re: Mary E. Belisle.

Reddon, Archie & Elizabeth

Archie and Elizabeth (nee Sugg) Reddon homesteaded at Olds in the 1880s. Their first home was a log house with a sod roof. Elizabeth celebrated her 100th birthday on December 11, 1961 in Calgary at her daughters ( Mrs. Pat Duggan) place.

2004 Addendum.

Redpath, John Reginal

John Redpath, son of the owner of the Redpath Sugar Company, was born in Montreal in 1870. He came west to the Stewart ranch east of Pincher Creek in 1889. He eventually started his own small ranch. In 1908 he married Florence Bottrell. They had two sons. They remained at the ranch until the boys were old enough to go to school, and they moved to Victoria B.C. They kept the ranch and spent the summers there until 1935 when he sold out.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Prairie Grass to Mountain Pass, p.135.

Reed, Job

Job Reed was born in 1841 in Somersetshire, England. He married Mary Hobbs in 1869. They were both school teachers. Mr. & Mrs. Reed arrived in Canada in 1882 with five children; Richard (Billy), Harry, Bessie, Bud and George. Annie and Ella were born in Alberta. The family stayed in Ontario while Job went west to Winnipeg where he got a job with the C.P.R. going west from Moose Jaw. In August 1883 the Reed family were reunited at Swift Current, then settled at Irvine, Alberta. They were there until 1885 and moving west with the railroad arrived at Lethbridge in 1886. Later he left the C.P.R. and concentrated on his market garden and selling milk. He was Justice of the Peace and a member of the School Board. Job died in 1906 and Mary died in 1932. They are buried at Lethbridge.

Submitted by Wilfred Reed


Reed, Joseph

Joe Reed came to Alberta in 1883 and moved to Lethbridge in 1886, where he worked for the A.R. & I. He had a market garden on 20 acres at 13 Street and 6 Avenue S. He also homesteaded a 1/4 Section in the area in 1901 and left for Grande Prairie in 1908.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Leavings by Trail- Granum by Rail.

Reeves, Emmanuel and Ann

Emmanual Reeves, born in 1850 and his wife Ann, born in 1856, arrived in Calgary from England in March of 1887. They journeyed north with their three small children to Penhold where they built a log house on their homestead Sec.4-37-28-W5M. Emmanual died in 1889 and Mrs. Reeves and the family, now numbering seven children, carried on at the homestead and remained there until her death in 1932.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Hardwick Papers.

Reid, Alexander Munro

Alexander Reid arrived in southern Alberta prior to December 31, 1890.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD membership application files, Re: Richard A. Pettit.

Reid, Arthur and Charles

The Reid brothers settled at Red Deer, in 1885 on what is now known as the golf course.


Reilly, James

Born in 1835 in Sherrington County, Naperville, Quebec James Reilly died in 1909 at Victoria, B.C. He married May Watts. He was proprietor of the Royal Hotel, Calgary. He called the first Civic Committee on January 4, 1884. He was Mayor of Calgary in 1886, 1891 and 1899. He died of influenza in Victoria, B.C.


Reilly, William

William Reilly came to Calgary in 1888. He was born February, 1847 at Sherrington, Quebec and died at Calgary in 1909. He married Phoebe Broderick who was born in 1850 at Compton, Quebec. They had six children.


Reinholt, Henry

Henry Reinholt, born in 1862 in Iceland, arrived in southern Albert in 1889 from North Dakota. His father, mother, brother and sister, arrived later and homesteaded at Burnt Lake. He worked at many jobs in Alberta, and left the homestead in the early 1900s to live in Red Deer. He enlisted in the army in WW 1 along with his three oldest sons. Having been wounded, he was sent home and later homesteaded at Meanook, Alberta until retiring to Calgary after his wife died.

2004 Addendum.

Reoch, Miss Jessie.

Jessie Reoch arrived in Alberta in 1888 with her friend Jessie Scott, who married Tom Henry. She lived with the Henrys and ran cattle with her own OK brand on the Little Bow with the Henry herd. She died in 1937.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Leaves from the Medicine Tree.

Reynolds, Miss

Miss Reynolds was the first Matron of the Medicine Hat Hospital, built in 1889.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Early History of Medicine Hat Country p. 38-40.

Rhodes, Frederick P.

Frederick Rhodes was married in 1890 at Fort Macleod to Julia Josephine Green, who was born at West Limerick, Ireland in 1871 and died at Midnapore in 1950. They had six children. Frederick came to Fort Macleod in 1885 with the NWMP and served for five years. In the early 1900's he was Issuer at the Blood Indian Reserve, a position he held until 1904. He was appointed Chief of Police and Caretaker for Fort Macleod. He was stated to have been a member of the Death Watch and witnessed the hanging of Louis Riel. He died in 1916 at Fort Macleod.


Rice, Robert James

Robert Rice, an engineer, was recorded as a Charter member of Medicine Hat Masonic Lodge No.2 in November of 1889 at the age of 47 years. He died November 19, 1934.

2004 Addendum.

Richards, Henry John

Henry Richards was Weigh Master at Canmore Mines; arrived in Laggan (Lake Louise) in 1884.


Richards, William

William Richards was the first homesteader to take up land in the Horn Hill district, east of Penhold. William came to Red Deer in 1884. Born in 1818 and died in 1911 at Red Deer. He had one son.


Ricks, Frank

Frank Ricks was born in 1857 at Corn Cob Valley, Nevada and died in 1914 at Morley, Alberta. He married in 1887 at Morley to Isabelle Jane Potts who was born in 1865 at Coburg, Ontario and died in 1932 at Calgary. They had two children. Frank came West to Mt. Royal ranch, west of Cochrane in 1883. He managed the SL (Leeson) ranch. He homesteaded 16-24-5-W5th on Jumping Pound. In 1902 he moved to Banff and purchased what is now the Cascade Hotel (Alberta Hotel). In 1913 he was thrown from a horse and badly injured. In 1914 he took his own life.


Ridant (Rideout), J. B.

Mr. J. B. Ridant was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1885.

2004 Addendum.

Riddell, Robert

Robert Riddell was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1888.

2004 Addendum.

Riley, Alfred G.

Calgary, 1888.


Riley, Arthur W.E.

Calgary, 1888.


Riley, Daniel Edward

Daniel Riley came to High River in 1883. Born November 28, 1860 Prince Edward Island, he married in 1900 Edith Thompson who was born on Prince Edward Island and died in 1930. They had five children. Daniel was a noted Stockman. He was the first Mayor of High River in 1906. In 1945 he was appointed to the Canadian Senate.


Riley, Edmund J.

Calgary, 1888.


Riley, Ezra Hounsfield (MLA)

He was born June 5, 1866 at Yorkville, Ontario. He was married to Harriet Waterhouse. Ezra Riley was elected to the Alberta Legislature for Gleichen in 1906 and re-elected in 1909 resigning in 1910.


Riley, Harold William

Born December 15, 1877 at St. Lambert, Quebec Harold Riley died in 1946 at Calgary. He was married in 1907 at St. Marys, Ontario to Alpha Maude Keen, who was born in 1860 at St. Marys, Ontario and died in 1962 at Calgary. They had three children. Harold Riley came to Calgary in 1888. Harold was appointed Deputy Provincial Secretary of Alberta on the formation of the Province in 1905. Resigned to found a Brokerage firm in 1910. Secretary of the University of Alberta 1908-1910. He served with the Canadian Mounted Rifles 1909-1910, as Paymaster 101st Regiment, Edmonton Fusiliers. Alderman in Calgary in 1911. Secretary of The Southern Alberta Old Timers Association.


Riley, J. W.

Mr. J. W. Riley was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge prior to December 31, 1890.

2004 Addendum.

Riley, Thomas

Thomas Riley, born in Derbyshire, England on September 16, 1842, came to Calgary in 1886 after assessing other areas in western Canada. In 1888 he and his wife Georgina and ten children homesteaded the NW 1/4 of Sec.20-24-1-W5M, which contained what is now Hillhurst and West Hillhurst and Hounsfield Heights. Thomas died January 13, 1909, and is buried at St. Barnabas Church in Hillhurst. His wife, Georgina, born in Leeds, England, died January 9, 1907.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD Black Book files.

Riordan, Timothy

He was the C.P.R. Roadmaster in 1886.


Ripley, Robert

Born June 1846 in Nova Scotia, Robert Ripley was married in Nova Scotia to Nancy Angus, who was born in 1856 and died at Lethbridge in 1919. They had five children. Robert was a Homestead Inspector. He worked on the C.P.R. and was a Weighman at the mines in Lethbridge in 1885.


Ritche (Ritchie)

Mr. Ritche was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1888.

2004 Addendum.

Rivers, J. W.

Mr. J. W. Rivers was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1886.

2004 Addendum.

Rivers, Wilford F.

Wilford Rivers took out a homestead down the Bow River in the Calgary area in 1882. He died there on April 11, 1893.

2004 Addendum. Ref: The Calgary Herald Obituary, 1893.

Rivet, John B.

John Rivet a carriage maker and blacksmith, opened a shop on the east side of the Elbow River in Calgary in 1883.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Calgary, Her Industries & Resources March, 1885.

Riviere, Henri Arnous

Henri Riviere, born in Normandy, France in 1867, came to southern Alberta in 1883 and worked on several ranches in the area. He married Nellie Gladstone and they later settled on the headwaters of Pincher Creek, and he became a hunter and mountain man. He was the Alberta Game Warden from 1911-1928. He wrote wildlife stories for such magazines as The Cattleman. He died 30 June, 1956.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Prairie Grass to Mountain Pass, p. 137.

Robarts, Tex

Tex Robarts worked for the Bar U Ranch near Pekisko in 1887, then homesteaded north of the Crossing. When the Irrigation Ditch was built, he met Mrs. Bailley, who ran a rooming house and they were married. They developed a horse ranch which the children took over and Robarts returned to the USA.


Robb, Edward & Christina

Edward Robb was born in 1837 at Moorefield, Ontario and died in 1929 at Kamloops, B.C. He was married in 1877 at Glen Allan, Ontario to Christina McBeth, who was born in 1854 at Glen Allan, Ontario and died in 1935 at Great Falls, Montana. He was in the Pine Creek area in 1881/1882 and homesteaded E 1/2 of Sec.12-22-1-W5M. hey had four children, Maurice, Watson, Isabella and Edna. Edna died at the age of 3 years.

Merged with 2004 Addendum. Ref: Sodbusting to Subdivision.

Robertson, Rev. Angus

Angus Robertson was the first Presbyterian Minister in Calgary in 1883. Services were held in the I.G. Baker store and the NWMP barracks. He established churches at Medicine Hat, Pine Creek, Sheep Creek, Davisburg and High River. In 1885 he held church services at construction camps in the mountains as well as at the Galt Coal Mines at Lethbridge in 1887. Angus was appointed the first Moderator of Calgary Presbytery in 1887. He also homesteaded at Pine Creek. Reverend Angus Robertson died in 1890 of typhoid fever at Medicine Hat.


Robertson, James

James Robertson was born in 1849 at Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland and died in 1917 at Calgary. He was married in 1900 at Cochrane, to Margaret McDonald, who was born in 1869 at Airsaig, Scotland and died in 1933 at High River. There were four children in the family. James arrived in the Ghost River area in 1885 and in 1895 homesteaded W 1/2 14-28-2-W5th. In 1902 he obtained the E 1/2 10-28-2-W5th. His brand was A/C.


Robertson, Dr. James

Dr. Robertson came to Calgary in July of 1884.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD membership application files, Re: James Robertson Francis.

Robertson, Peter

Peter Robertson was born in 1846 at Stellerton, Nova Scotia and was married in 1874 in Nova Scotia to Georgina Slack. He was a locomotive engineer coming to Medicine Hat in 1886 and working for the C.P.R. until 1899. He raised sheep until 1905 when he sold out the sheep interests and began to raise horses. He owned the Crystal Ice Co. in Medicine Hat.

Merged with 2004 Addendum. Ref: Early History of Medicine Hat Country.

Robertson, Peter

Peter Robertson joined the Medicine Hat Masonic Lodge No. 2, AF&AM in July 1887 at the age of 58. His original Lodge was at Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

2004 Addendum.

Robertson, Robert Henry

Robert Robertson, born in Toronto in 1857, came to Alberta with his wife in 1890 to run the first CPR station in High River. He was married to Emma Jane Snell and they had eight children. Mrs. Jane Robertson operated the CPR dining hall for passengers, crews and cowboys.

2004 Addendum. Ref: The Albertan, July 28, 1890.

Robertson, Thomas Wilkinson

Thomas Robertson was born in Rothbury, England on August 13, 1857. He was educated in England and entered the Diplomatic Service being sent first to Germany then to Russia where he spent some time at the Court of St. Petersburg. In 1886 he rode to Alberta from Cheyenne, Wyoming with a Trail Herd for the "Powder River Cattle Co.", an all English concern. After the herd was delivered, Robertson went to the Cochrane, Midfor area and was employed by Tom Cochrane. Then, in 1889, he went to High River and joined J. Limoges in business, forming the High River Trading Company. In 1894 he married Eva Marie Alphonsine Limoges and bought land and started the Highwood Ranch. They had one daughter, Evelyn and twin sons, Jack and Joe. Mr. Robertson died on January 29, 1903, just four weeks after the birth of his twin boys.

Merged with 2004 Addendum. Ref: Big Hill Country, p. 139. Submitted by S. Higgins.

Robertson, William D.

William Robertson was born in 1860 at Glenn Allen, Ontario and died in 1936 at Calgary. He was married in 1885 to Helen Markle who died in 1936 at Calgary. They had two children. On coming to Calgary in 1883, he was employed by the Freeze General Store. He later founded the Calgary Clothing Co. He was a brother of the Rev. Angus Robertson, who was the first Presbyterian Minister in Calgary.


Robertson-Ross, Col. P.

Col. Robertson-Ross was the Commanding officer, adjutant general of the Militia of Canada. In 1872 he made a reconnaissance trip through Western Canada to determine the control of the whiskey trade as well as to establish law and order.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Our Foothills-Priddis, Kew, Millarville.

Robinson, Arthur

Arthur Robinson was born at Mountain, Ontario in 1864 and died in 1941 at Barons, Alberta. He married Annie Smith, who died in 1931 at Barons. He homesteaded the NE 1/4 14-24-3-W5 and took pre-emption SE 1/4 14-24-3-W5th. Arthur came to Calgary in 1885.


Robinson, David

David Robinson was born in 1844 at Rowden, Quebec and died in 1946 at Calgary. He married Jemima Smiley who was born in 1854 at Sherbrooke, Quebec and died in 1931 at Calgary. There were eight children in the family. David came to Calgary in 1886 and was here until 1898. He then moved to ranch in the Nose Creek Valley on 25-29-W5th. This ranch was taken over by James Hay in 1892.


Robinson, George T.

George Robinson was born in 1869 at Durham, England and was married in 1889 at Calgary to Alberta Jane Van Wart, who was born in 1874 at Woodstock, New Brunswick. George worked for A. Allen & Co., for seven years, then bought the company. He was Alderman for the City of Calgary in 1907 and 1908.


Robinson, Issac

Issac Robinson established a cheese factory on the old Chipman Ranch in 1889.

2004 Addendum. Ref: The Calgary Herald, July 8, 1950.

Robinson, John & Mary

John and Mary Robinson came from Montana to the Midnapore district in 1882. John homesteaded 1.5 miles west of Midnapore. They had eleven children. Mary died in 1910, and John died in 1916.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Sodbusting to Subdivision.

Robinson, Joseph

Joseph was born in 1861 at South Mountain, Ontario and died in 1922 at Calgary. He was married in 1890 at Calgary to Elizabeth Harding McPherson (Lily), who was born in 1871 at South Mountain, Ontario and died in 1941 at Calgary. There were eleven children. Joseph came to Alberta in 1885 driving an Ammunition wagon from Montana during the Riel Rebellion. He settled in the Elbow Valley area.


Robinson, R.

Mr. Robinson homesteaded the SW 1/4 of Sec.34-22-2-W5M in the Red Deer Lake district before 1887. There is a John Robinson listed on this property in Land Grants of Western Canada, 1870-1930.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Sodbusting to Subdivision.

Robinson, Richard George

Richard Robinson was born in 1850 at Greenlands, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England and died at Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1934. He was married at San Francisco, California in 1876 to Mary Zammitt, who was born at Boston, Mass., in 1856 and died in 1947 at Klamath Falls, Oregon. There were eleven children in the family. Mr. Robinson arrived in Calgary in March 1888 and went to the Chipman Ranch. He was the first to ship cattle from the West to England. He also imported horses from Ireland and England. He lived at the North Camp Ranch on Nose Creek for several years.


Robinson, Robert W.

Robert Robinson was born in 1870 at South Mountain, Ontario and died in 1953 at Calgary. He arrived in Calgary in 1888 and in 1903 married Nora Elizabeth Long who was born in Ontario. They had three children. Robert's second wife was Alma Adelia Drucella (Della) Henry who was born in 1879 on Prince Edward Island, and died in 1953 at Calgary.


Robinson, Thomas (Tom)

Tom Robinson, born in Nova Scotia, came west to Edmonton in 1874 where he joined Rev. John McDougall visiting various Indian tribes in Alberta for some years. In 1882 he was working on the Cochrane Ranch, building corrals etc. He settled just north of the Ghost River on SE1/4 of Sec.8-27-6-W5M. Tom was a bachelor who's name was given to Robinson Creek which flows into the Ghost River.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Big Hill Country, p. 111.

Rodbourne, Charles James

Charles was born in 1861 at Castleton, Wiltshire, England and died in 1948 at Calgary. He was married in 1898 at Lydney, England to Mary Ann (Polly) Palmer, who was born in 1873 at Albertan, England and died at Bassano, Alberta in 1937. They had six children. Charles worked for the C.P.R. construction in 1885 at Calgary, Medicine Hat, Cassels and Crowfoot until 1905. He later farmed and ranched at Crowfoot.


Rodgers, Alfred

Alfred Rodgers was born in 1871 and died in 1929. His brother was James Dublin Rodgers.


Rodgers, Edward

Edward Rodgers was a brother of James Dublin Rodgers. He was born in 1876 and died in 1901.


Rodgers, Henry

A brother of James D. Rodgers, Henry was born in 1873 and died in 1951.


Rodgers, James Dublin

Mr. Rodgers was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1865 and died of injuries from playing Polo in 1904. In 1892 he married Maud Hull Pinkerton, who was born in 1862 and died in 1931. They had five children: James, Edith, William Jasper (Jappy), Marjorie and Robert (Paddy). James and his brother Joseph came to Canada in 1885 via New Orleans. They got passage on a sternwheeler up the Mississippi River to Fort Benton, Montana. From there they worked their way to Calgary on an I.G. Baker Bull Team. James worked at the Quorn Ranch and was also in the Riel Rebellion in 1885 where he received a medal. He homesteaded eight miles west of Okotoks in 1886. He raised Polo ponies as well as cattle. He was a keen Polo player as well as being one of the first fifty-eight people to form the Sheep Creek Agricultural Society, later known as the Okotoks Agriculture Society. He was also President of the Sheep Creek Irrigation Co.

Submitted by Kathleen Parsons.


Rodgers, Joseph

Joseph Rodgers was a brother of James D. Rodgers and was born in 1869 and died in 1920.


Rodway, Joseph

Joseph Rodway was the son of Joseph Sr. a member of the 21st Warwickshire Light Infantry. Joseph arrived in Calgary in 1884 to open a tinsmith and hardware business. He was one of the first members of the Fire Department in 1885. He was part of a militia group formed to take part in the Riel Rebellion.


Roech, Jessie H.

Jessie Roech died in 1937 at High River Crossing. She came from Scotland in 1888 to High River. Jessie had a cattle ranch on the Little Bow and made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Tom Henry. Her brand was the "OK" connected.


Rogers, Major Albert Bowman

Major Rogers was born in 1829 and died in 1889. He was an American Surveyor hired by James Hill as Explorer and Surveyor to determine the location for the C.P.R., which was in the planning stage. Despite competition from other surveyors, Rogers chose the Kicking Horse route and the Rogers Pass. He then returned to the United States to work for Great Northern Railway. He died from a serious injury and of cancer.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography


Rogers, Alfred Burnham

Alfred Rogers was born in 1864(5) at Peterborough, Ontario and died in 1936 at Calgary. He was married in 1890 at Shepard, to Margaret Allison Black, who was born in 1872 at Scarborough, Ontario and died in 1916 at Calgary. They had three children. Alfred came to Calgary in 1885 with the Midland Regiment. He ranched at Red Deer Lake. He joined the Calgary Fire Dept. in 1908 and after twenty-two years of service, retired as Chief.


Rogers, E. R.

Mr. E. R. Rogers was the Fire Chief of Calgary from 1889-1896.

2004 Addendum.

Rogers, Frederick Mabyn

He came to Innisfail April 5, 1889.


Rogers, S.S.

A shareholder of the MCC Ranch, in 1887, becoming the manager.


Rouleau, Edward Hector M.D.

Dr. Rouleau was born in 1843 at Isle Verte, Quebec and died at Calgary in 1912. He was married in 1883 to Catherine O'Meara (Kate) who was born in 1863 and died in 1932 at Calgary. They had four children. Dr. Rouleau came to Calgary in 1887 and practiced there for many years. He was in charge of the Holy Cross Hospital and was Assistant Surgeon for the NWMP in Calgary. In 1888 he was appointed Belgian Consul for the N.W.T., receiving the Title of Chevalier de l'orde de Leopold and the Cross of the Order in reward for his services.


Rosaine, Charles John

Charles Rosaine was born in Sweden and he came to Lethbridge in 1886 to work in the coal-mines. He later returned to Sweden and brought his wife, Wilhelmina, and six children to Lethbridge where he worked for the Pot Hole Mines and was an official of the Miners Union. Charles died December 11, 1899, and his wife Wilhelmina died Marc 26, 1915 in Lethbridge.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD Black Book files.

Ross, Alex

Alex Ross died at Calgary in 1894. He was married at Pictou, N.S. to Mary McArthur, who died at Calgary, in December, 1934. Alex Ross was the first Calgary Photographer, in 1883. He also had a horse ranch, raising Standard Bred Horses, north of the Bow at Spy Hill. After Alex's death, Mrs. Ross lived on the ranch and proved up SE 1/4 16-25-2-W5th, as her homestead. She sold the property in 1906. She was married to Thomas Edworthy in 1897.


Ross, Colin George

Colin Ross was born in England and died in California. He came to High River in 1886 and founded the Ace of Spades Ranch. Ross purchased Henry Drew's hotel in 1892. In 1896, Ross sold his cattle to George Lane and moved to California. The land was sold to the Moir brothers from Iowa and the ranch was renamed the "Hawkeye".


Ross, H.

Mr. H. Ross is recorded as a resident of Little Red River in 1887.

2004 Addendum.

Ross, Hector F.

Hector Ross was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1889.

2004 Addendum.

Ross, Horatio

Horatio Ross spent 1887, '88 & '89 on the ranch of his brother, Colin George Ross, at the Little Bow. He built the S.S. Assiniboia, at Medicine Hat and started down the river for Winnipeg, but before reaching there the boat ran aground. In 1898, he built a large row boat at the Eau Claire Mills, in Calgary and proceeded down stream to Medicine Hat. He built the Assiniboia Hotel, in Medicine Hat. In 1906-07 he built the S.S. Medicine Hat, an eighty foot steamer, which plied the river between Medicine Hat and Bow Island for two years. Horatio formed the Ross Navigation Co. at the Pas, Manitoba. Horatio drowned in the North Saskatchewan River, near the Pas, Manitoba and was buried at the Big Eddy.


Ross, John

John Ross, drove horses from Colorado in 1886 and settled in the valley on Ross Creek in the Pincher Creek area.

2004 Addendum. Ref: History of the Early Days of Pincher Creek p. 10-12.

Ross, Walter

Walter Ross established a large ranch in Southern Alberta around 1887.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Calgary Herald, July 13, 1943.

Ross, William Edward

William Ross, born September 12, 1862 at Baddock, Nova Scotia, came to the Calgary-Canmore area in mid 1880s. He married Elizabeth MacKay on Nov. 25, 1889 at Calgary and they had ten children. He married a second wife, Mary Anne Whiddon Aug. 17, 1908 and they had three children. He died September 15, 1913 at Edmonton, Alberta.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD Black Book and membership application files, Re; M. M. and J. E. Bliss.

Rouleau, Archilles (Arthur)

Archilles Rouleau from Quebec, was with the NWMP (reg. No. 497) stationed at Fort Macleod likely in the 1870s and took his discharge in September, 1885. He was at the detachment on Dry Forks. He became a pioneer settler of that district. In a partnership with W. H. Metzler, he homesteaded the NE 1/4 of Section 27 in the Pincher Creek area. Having never married, he retired to Pincher Creek and died in the early 1930s and is buried at Fairview Cemetery.

Merged two 2004 Addendum records. Ref: Prairie Grass to Mountain Pass, p. 450. 2004 Addendum. History of the Early Days of Pincher Creek p. 46.

Rouleau, Hon. Charles Borromee

Charles Rouleau was born at Isle Verte, Quebec, December 13, 1840, was called to the bar in 1868, and was appointed Stipendary Magistrate for the NWT in 1883 and died on August 25 1901 in Montreal, buried in Calgary. He married Elvina Dumouchel, who was born in 1840 and died on March 27, 1901 at Calgary. They had three children. After settling at Battleford, his duties took him to Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, and Prince Albert. Judge Rouleau was appointed to the Board of Education for the Territories in 1884. He was eventually transferred in around 1886 to Calgary and in 1887 was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of the N.W.T. He was a Grand Deputy of the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association. He came to Calgary in 1883.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography

Merged with 2004 Addendum. Ref: Sagas of The Canadian West, June 1971., p. 21.

Routhier, Jean Charles

Jean Charles Routhier was born in 1866 at Quebec City, Quebec and died in 1936 at Pincher Creek. He came to Fort Macleod in 1885. In 1892 at Fort Macleod he married E. Pelletier, who was born in 1869 at St. Basil and died in 1963 at Pincher Creek. They had six children.


Rowe, Amos

Amos Rowe was a charter member of the board of the first hospital established in Calgary in October, 1890. He was appointed the first sub-collector of Customs at Calgary in 1885. He was agent of Dominion Lands for the Calgary district, NWT in 1885 and was also President of the Fair Board, 1888-1891.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Calgary Daily Herald, November 18, 1933 and Glenbow newsletter February, 1971.

Rowland, Arthur

Born in Wales in 1850, Arthur Rowland came to Ontario as a baby. In 1883 he traveled by rail to Medicine Hat, then moved on to the Calgary area. He filed for a homestead south of Sheep River, near the Calgary-Macleod Trail (near present-day Aldersyde). During the Riel Rebellion he freighted supplies from Calgary to Edmonton and scouted for the NWMP. Returning to his farm, Arthur Rowland dug some of the first irrigation canals in the area. He was also a stonemason and built the High River Trading Post in 1893. In 1892 Arthur Rowland married Ada Fisher who was born in Peterborough in 1869 and came to Calgary in 1889. They established a stopping house and store in 1908 and a townsite, Rowlandville, soon developed. However, since the proposed rail line did not materialize, the town ceased to grow. Arthur Rowland died in 1922 and his wife in 1955. There were eight children in the family.

Submitted by Dixie Rowland Shah


Rowland, David

David Rowland came to Calgary in 1883. He was married to Catherine. They had one son, Louis Sidney, who was born in Calgary in 1909. Mr. Roland was a boiler maker with the C.P.R. and was killed on a C.P.R. bridge in Calgary.


Rowles, (Rolls) Thomas

Thomas Rowles was born in 1834 in Ontario and died in 1922 at Okotoks. He was married in 1854 at Collingwood, Ontario to Margaret Muriel Schmucker, who was born in 1840 at Buffalo, N.Y., and died in 1923 at Sumas, Washington. They had thirteen children. Mr. Rowles homesteaded W 1/2 24-20-29-W4th. He owned and operated the Alberta Hotel at Okotoks. He arrived in Calgary in 1883. Mrs. Rowles and twelve of the children came to Okotoks in 1884.


Roy, Angus

Angus Roy was born in Manitoba and came to Lethbridge in 1887. He was a conductor for the C.P.R. railroad until his retirement in 1946. He married Anna; they had one son, A. Leonard Roy.


Royce, Josiah Robert

Josiah Royce was born at Emosa, Ontario and died at Calgary. He was married at Toronto, Ontario to Harriett E. Cobbett. Josiah was a member of the NWMP contingent that escorted the Marquis of Lorne, when he was Governor-General and journeyed across the N.W.T. He came to Calgary in 1881 and had a ranch on the Banff road. He was a Justice of the Peace in Calgary in 1908 and in 1913 joined the Children's Aid Department as a Probation Officer, then a Juvenile Court Judge.


Ruers (Rivers) W.T.

Mr. W. T. Ruers was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1885.

2004 Addendum.

Rundle, Rev. Robert Terrill

Rev. Rundle was born in 1811 at Mylor, Cornwall, England and died in 1896 at Garstang, Lancashire, England. He was the first Protestant Missionary to work in the area of the N.W.T. His Ministry was with the Stoney, Blackfoot and Cree Indians. He left Edmonton in 1848 broken in health and returned to England. Mount Rundle in Banff National Park, was named in his honor. He came to Edmonton on 18th Oct. 1840.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography


Russell, Charles M.

Charles Russell arrived in Alberta in May of 1888, a member of the Weinard expedition. He spent the summer and a mild winter visiting various camps in the area and returned to Montana with sketches and memories that he later painted.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography

2004 Addendum. Ref: Leaves from the Medicine Tree.

Russell, George F.

George Russell arrived in Fort Macleod in 1882 as a part of the Survey Party, where he worked to 1885. He was born in 1860 in Birmingham, England. He came to Ottawa and attended school. He apprenticed for mechanic Tool Maker at the Lethbridge Blacksmith Shop. He married Isabella Anne Bell, in Ottawa. They had six sons: Harold George, Andrew James, Frank Haliburton, Ernest Hope, Frederick Alexander and Percy J. and one daughter, Florence M. Mr. Russell ranched south of Lethbridge on the St. Marys River near Pot Hole Creek in 1882. He returned to Ontario, to fruit farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake.


Russell, James & Mary

James Russell and Mary, married in October of 1883 in Portage La Prairie, and moved to Tilley, Alberta with the CPR during the same year. They resided in Tilley until 1885 when they took land in the Longlaketon district and moved to Craven, Saskatchewan in 1901.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD files, Obituary of Mary Russell.

Russell, W. R.

Mr. Russell was the Station Agent at Fort Macleod in 1886.


Rutherford, William

William Rutherford was born in Scotland and died in 1897 in Scotland. He was married to Anne Young, who was born in Scotland in 1837 and died in 1921 at Medicine Hat. They had four children. William arrived in Calgary in 1883 and moved to Medicine Hat in 1889, where he was associated with the Sir Lester Kaye Farms.


Rutherford, William (Billie)

William Rutherford was born in 1865 at Jedbourgh, Scotland and died in 1917 at Medicine Hat. He was married in 1892 at Medicine Hat to Isabella Young Rutherford, who was born in 1871 at Durham, England and died in 1950 at Medicine Hat. They had eight children. Mr. Rutherford came to Medicine Hat in 1883.


Ryan, Charles

Charles Ryan arrived in Fort Macleod in 1874, as a member of the NWMP under Colonel Macleod. Charles was born in Delhi, India in 1849. He left the force in 1880 and ranched for a few years and later was employed by the I.G. Baker Co. in Fort Macleod. Mrs. Ryan arrived in 1888, she was the former Bridget Meagher. There were five children in the family. He died January 16, 1916.

Merged with 2004 Addendum.

Ryan, John Sr.

John Ryan was born in 1827 at Callam, Kilkenny, Ireland and died in 1913 at Fort Macleod. He was married at Melbourne, Australia in 1857 to Annie Wray, who died at Fort Macleod. They had four children. In 1883, the Ryan family came west by rail from Ottawa to Dunmore Junction, then overland to Fort Macleod where the eldest son, Charles, a member of the NWMP was serving. The son had arrived in 1874 and the family arrived in 1883.


Ryan, W.J.

Mr. Ryan was in the Lethbridge area in 1883. He died October 1898.