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Talbot, H. D.

Mr. H. D. Talbot, a saddle maker, arrived in southern Alberta in 1885, and lived at one time at 511-8th Avenue East, Calgary. He died November 9th, 1936.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD old membership card files.

Talbot, Senator Peter

Peter Talbot came West in 1890, to teach school, at Fort Macleod. He was there for two years and then moved to Lacombe and homesteaded, raising purebred cattle. Peter was born in 1854 in Wellington Co., Ontario and died in 1919 at Lacombe, Alberta. He was married at Guelph, Ontario, in 1879 to Clara Card, who was born there in 1854 and died in 1947 at North Vancouver, B.C. There were four children in the family. Peter was President of the Purebred Cattle Breeders Association, in 1901 and 1902. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories Government. In 1902 he was elected as a member of Parliament for the Constituency of Strathcona. In 1904, he was appointed to the Senate.



Mr. Tanner and his fellow English partner Tyler, rented land in the 1880s and began farming in southern Alberta. In 1887 they sold greenfeed to Tom Lynch to winter 300 heifers. When they moved a few miles north of the Crossing to homestead, they sold their horses and brand. In the 1890's they sold their homestead and moved away.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Leaves from the Medicine Tree p. 239.

Taylor, Charles

Charles Taylor homesteaded in the Mid Lake area in 1888. With the uneasiness after the Riel Rebellion he gave his homestead to his brother, William, and did not return to the area until 1900.

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

Taylor, Edmund

Edmund Taylor came to Calgary in 1889.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD membership application files.

Taylor, Harry (Kamoose)

"Kamoose" built a Stopping place at Fort Macleod in 1881. He was born in 1824 on the Isle of Wight, England and died at Lethbridge, Alberta in 1901. He was a member of the South West Cattle Association. He retired from the Stopping place in 1892, to his farm.


Taylor, Sykes

Sykes Taylor was at Morley, Alberta in 1886. He was born in 1868 at Yorkshire, England and died in 1936 at Cochrane, Alberta. He was married at Morley in 1893 to Annie Maria Smith. She was born in 1875 at Suffolk, England and died in 1962 at Calgary, Alberta. There were eight children in the family.


Taylor, William

William Taylor assisted his brother Charles in building his house on his homestead in the Mid Lake area in 1888. He later became owner of the property when his brother Charles left to return to Ontario.

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

Tedford, Jim

Mr. Tedford came west in the spring of 1888 and homesteaded northwest of Cluney. A keen business man Jim made money in Gleichen boom days. The Tedfords were fortunate in having a good water supply. They raised cattle. It cost next to nothing to produce a full grown steer on free prairie grass and good water. He retired in 1916 to live in Burnaby, BC.


Tetley, Frank

Frank Tetley, along with Mr. Heaton and Malcom Heath, formed a partnership in 1888 and started raising sheep in the Poverty Flats area near Pincher Creek. The sheep were purchased from Fred Morris who was an early settler and a police scout in the area.

2004 Addendum. Ref: History of the Early Days of Pincher Creek p. 7.

Therien, Reverand Father

Father Therien, prior to the building of the old St. Patrick's Church in Medicine Hat in 1887, conducted Catholic services that were held every second Sunday in the home of Superintendent Shields of the CPR.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Early History of Medicine Hat Country, p. 30.

Therriault, Alex

Alex Therriault came from New Brunswick with the Lavasseurs in 1882 and took up a homestead in the Pincher Creek area. He was an able carpenter by trade, and was in great demand as a violin player for local dances. He had a son James who came from the state of Maine in 1894.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Prairie Grass to Mountain Pass, p. 383.

Thew, George William

George Thew and his family were in Fort Macleod in 1885. He was born in 1858 at Toronto, Ontario and died in 1930 at Fort Macleod , Alberta. George married Martha Weatherhog, who was born in England in 1862 and died in 1920 at Peace River, Alberta. They had three children.


Thibaudeau, John

John Thibaudeau came from New Brunswick in 1886 or 1887. He was the first settler to acquire land about 10 miles southeast of Pincher Creek. He never married and when he retired in 1935 he sold his three quarter section and moved to Edmonston, NB where he passed away.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Prairie Grass to Mountain Pass, p. 83.

Thibeautot, Felix

Felix Thibeautot came from Quebec and settled at Lookout Butte in the Pincher Creek area in 1884.

2004 Addendum. Ref: History of the Early Days of Pincher Creek p. 36.

Thibert, Moise

Moise Thibert, born in 1872 at Gatineau Quebec, was two years old when his father died and his mother remarried (La Fontaine) and moved to Washington State. In 1887 the La Fontaine family moved to Canada, settling at French Flats near Cowley. Moise initially worked wrangling horses, later worked at a sawmill as camp cook, and tried prospecting around Fort Steele. In 1892 he took a homestead south of Lunbreck and later obtained land in the French Flats district. In 1903 he Married Emma Carriere and the couple had a family of seven children, four boys and three girls. Moise remained in the Cowley district until his death in 1947. Emma died in 1946.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Prairie Grass to Mountain Pass, p. 347.

Thiboutot, Felix A.

Felix farmed in the Pincher Creek area, in 1889, coming in advance of his family, who came in 1891. He was born in 1855 at Cacouna, Quebec and died in 1923 at Pincher Creek, Alberta. He married Mary Ann Bellefleur, at Green River, N.B., in 1881, who was born at Green River in 1857 and died in 1913 at Pincher Creek. They had three children.


Thomas, A. M.

Mr A. M. Thomas was recorded as a charter member of the Masonic Lodge, Bow River No. 1, Calgary which was instituted in 1884.

2004 Addendum.

Thomas, Charles

Charles Thomas, along with Joe Kipp built Fort Stand-Off in the early 1870's. It was located at the confluence of the Belly and the Waterton Rivers.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Nineteenth Century Lethbridge, p. 11-12.

Thomas, Percy G.

Percy Thomas came to Calgary in 1889.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD membership application files.

Thomas, Robert Cadogan

Thomas came to Calgary in 1881 and settled at the mouth of Pine Creek, seventeen miles southeast of Calgary, for ten years. He was born in 1862 at Bridgend, Glamorganshire, South Wales, U.K and died in 1950 at Calgary, Alberta. In 1887 at Midnapore, Alberta he married Agnes Egerie Louise Shaw, who was born in 1866/7 at Kent, England and died in 1947 at Calgary. They had four children. He moved into Calgary to engage in the Thomas Ice and Fuel Co. with money earned as a teamster during the Riel Rebellion in 1885. He bought the northeast corner of what became 2nd street west and 8th avenue which would become the Cadogan Block. From there he started a livery business, a coal and wood supply outlet and also dealt in sales of farm machinery and lumber. He obtained land west of Bowness and started an ice supply company. Later he was in Real Estate, erecting the Thomas block. Years later his Wales Hotel towered across the street from his Royal Hotel. He was a City of Calgary Alderman in 1905.

Merged with 2004 Addendum. Ref: History of the Province of Alberta, p. 629-30.

Thompson, Charles

Mr. Thompson arrived in Lethbridge in 1885.


Thompson, David

David Thompson was born in Wales in 1770. His father died when he was two, his mother placed him in a charity institution called Grey Coat School. At age fourteen he joined the Hudson Bay Co. as an apprentice and arrived in Churchill in 1784 and was under the governorship of Samuel Hearne. In 1788 he broke his leg and while recuperating he studied under P. Turnor, the HBC's surveyor where he learned map making and became one of the best navigators and astronomers in Canada. He married Charlotte Small who was part Cree and raised a family of eleven children. In 1897 he left the employ of the HBC and walked seventy five miles to the North West Trading Co. at Reindeer River. He spent the next twenty seven years in their employ. They spent the remaining years of their lives in Quebec where David continued to make maps. His view of Indians bordered on reverence. He blamed Europeans for everything and every wrong committed in the New World. The red man had a perfect balance until the fur traders came and desecrated their natural paradise.

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Thompson, J. R.

His name is affixed to the Cane of Remembrance which includes names of pioneers from the Calgary area who arrived before December 31, 1883.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Cane of Remembrance, Glenbow museum.

Thompson, John

John Thompson homesteaded the S 1/2 of Sec.21-21-28-W4M located in the Davisburg district In 1885.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Sodbusting to Subdivision.

Thompson, John Thomas

John Thompson, born in Yorkshire, England, came to Ontario, at age 16, married Janet MacDonald, of Mount Forrest and had two daughters there. He came to Alberta in May of 1888 and his wife and family joined him in August. They homesteaded west of Okotoks where he built a frame house where seven more children were born. He worked at the Quorn Ranch where he helped to build corrals etc. In 1911 he sold his land and retired to Victoria, B.C. John died in 1936 and his wife Janet died in 1945.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Leaves from the Medicine Tree.

Thompson, John Thomas

John Thompson was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge, Bow River No. 1, Calgary which was instituted in 1884.

2004 Addendum.

Thomson, Edmund Fulton (Fult)

Edmund Thomson, born in 1870 at Darnley, PEI, came to the Highwood River Crossing in 1889. His first job was running the ferry across the Highwood River for Buck Smith. He formed a partnership with his brother-in-law and they brought in many cattle from Washington state. With dissolution of the partnership he retained two sections. He married Florence MacMillan in 1906 and had two children, Gertrude and George. They lived in High River until 1939 when he moved to his ranch and raised polled herefords. He sold out his ranch in 1945 and moved to Calgary to retire. He died in 1948.

2004 Addendum.

Thomson, John V.

John Thomson, born in Scotland in 1861, emigrated to Ontario with his parents in 1881. He worked for six years and saved enough to marry Ellen Verth and rent a 60 acre farm. In March of 1889 he came to Springbank, but then decided to join his father and brother at Gladys Ridge. He built a house there and brought his wife and son from Ontario in 1890. John played an important role in initiating the local mail service, building the Ridgeview School and promoting missionary church services in the area. Mrs. Thomson died in 1943 and Mr. Thomson died in 1950.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Leaves from the Medicine Tree p. 338.

Thomson, M.P.

M.P. Thomson was in Calgary in 1885. He operated the Thomson Bros. Books and Stationery store that opened in April 1884.


Thomson, Thomas

Thomas Thomson, born in Scotland in 1855, came to Ontario in 1880. He was joined by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas and family in 1881. In 1889 the family came west to Springbank and then took up residence at Gladys Ridge in 1890. Elizabeth Willoughby came west to marry Thomas on June 1, 1897. They had one daughter Mary Elizabeth, born Dec. 6, 1900. Thomas died in 1932 and his wife died in 1936.

2004 Addendum.

Thomson, William

The Thomson family came to Gladys Ridge district in 1889, where they homesteaded on the SE1/4 32-20-27-W5th. They had emigrated to Ontario from Scotland in the early part of 1880. William was born in 1829 at Buckhaven, Scotland and died in 1894 at Gladys, Alberta. He was married in 1853 in Scotland to Elizabeth Thomson, who was born in Scotland in 1827 and died at Gladys, Alberta in 1918. They had three children. William was killed falling from a haystack in 1894. Mrs. Thomson remained on the farm until her death in 1918.


Thorburn, David

David Thorburn was at Calgary in 1882, as an Agent of Eastern Investors. In 1885, he returned to settle on a homestead NW 1/4 4-21-28-W4th, (Davisburg) which was named "Anchor T" He fought in the Riel Rebellion. David was known for his judging at large horse shows.


Thorburn, Captain William

William first arrived in Calgary in 1882 with his brother David, as agents of eastern investors. He also returned in 1885 and homesteaded at Davisburg, with his brother and in conjunction with Ed. Quinn, they ran six hundred head of sheep on the south side of the Highwood River. He later moved to Pine Lake and ranched there until he retired to Elnora, Alberta where he died in 1937. He had two sons with his first wife (a Miss Ross). His second wife was Mrs.Rawlinson and they had one daughter.


Thorlakson, Gudmunder

Mr. Thorlakson came by mixed human-cattle boat from Iceland in 1887 and homesteaded SE 20-7-2-5. In 1888 he married Gubjorg Bjornson. They had three children. Mr. Thorlakson played an important part in the Hola district, building the first school, organized the Markerville Tindastoll Butter and Cheese Association, the Iceland Literary Society, Good Templars Lodge and any community project.


Thorne, Wilfred Bevin

Wilfred Thorne came West in 1888 and was a cook at Lineham's Lumber Camp in 1890-91. He was born in New Brunswick in 1848 and died at Aldersyde, Alberta in 1927. He was married in Eastern Canada. His wife died there. They had three children.


Thornton, Catherine

Catherine Thornton, born in London, Ontario in 1858, came to Medicine Hat to visit her sister and brother-in-law, William Cousins, in 1886. After a brief return to Ontario she came back to stay. She contributed much to the community being one of the original members of St. John's Presbyterian Church and active in various charitable societies. She worked for the Red Cross and the I.O.D.E. during both World Wars I & II. Catherine died in 1945 at Medicine Hat. She never married.

Merged with 2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD files, Grace W. Cousins.

Thorp, John

John Thorp, born in Ellingham, England in 1863, arrived in Calgary in 1888. He moved to High River with Stimson in 1889 and bought a cabin 9 miles west of the Bar U, on Pekisko Creek starting the D Ranch. In 1900, he worked for Edwin Aubrey Cartwright and in 1907 he entered into full partnership with him until 1909. They bought the "D" brand in 1909. He died in High River in December of 1950.

Merged with 2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD membership old card files.

Thorpe, Bernt John & Mathea

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Bernt Thorpe, born October 30, 1855 in Fredrikstad, Norway, married Mathea Ollsen on November 12, 1876 at Borge Kirk, Frederikstad, Norway. Mathea was born October 10, 1854. They both immigrated to Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1880, Mathea with her first child Bessie. After their sons Jack and Alfred were born. Bernt worked for John Prince at Porter's Lumber Co. and then traveled to Calgary by train in 1886 with the Eau Claire Lumber Co. Mathea and their three children arrived in Calgary in 1887. Five more children Harry, Frank, Myrtle, Lillian and Roy were born in Calgary. Bernt & Mathea became Canadian citizens on 5 March 1891. Bernt died October 12, 1931 and Mathea died June 3, 1940. The Thorpe residence was moved to Heritage Park, in 1970.

Merged with 2004 Addendum.

Thurber, James

James Thurber arrived in Calgary in 1889.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD membership application files.

Thurston, Wallace

Wallace Thurston, born in Colburne, Ontario in 1862 and celebrated his 21st Birthday at Fort Macleod in 1883. He worked on construction projects and hauled freight on the Whoop Up Trail for a period of time. He next went to Fort Steele BC prospecting but returned to the foothills of Alberta where he homesteaded land where he raised pure bred cattle and horses. On January 2nd, 1900 he married Emma Sharpe. Wallace was always a conservative, active sportsman and community worker. He passed away on August 11, 1956 .

2004 Addendum. Ref: Prairie Grass to Mountain Pass, p. 406.

Tims, Archdeacon John William D.D.

Archdeacon John Tims, was at the Blackfoot Crossing, in 1883. He was sent to open a Mission amongst the Blackfoot Indians, where he served to 1895. He was born at Oxford, England in 1857 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1945. He was married at Gleichen, Alberta in 1890, to Violet Winnifred Wood, who was born in 1866 at London, England and died in 1945, at Calgary. They had three children. John was ordained in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England in 1883. He then went to the Sarcee Reserve, to serve for thirty-five years. Archdeacon Tims held Pastorates at St. Peter's Glenmore and St. Paul's at Midnapore, for an additional twelve years.


Tollinger, Joe

Joe Tollinger, a US Army veteran and whiskey trader, came to Alberta from California likely in the late 1870s.. In about 1880 he settled down with a Blood Indian wife, Lucy. He had a stopping house on Mosquito Creek about half way between Fort Macleod and Calgary. They had a fine vegetable garden and Lucy prepared good meals for travelers. One Christmas Joe received a advising he had inherited a considerable estate in California. He and Lucy agreed upon a life time allowance, she returned to the reservation and Joe retuned to the USA.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Leaves from the Medicine Tree p. 432.

Tom, William

William Tom, born in 1873, is mentioned as a contractor who built most of the earliest buildings in1883 in Medicine Hat.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Early History of Medicine Hat Country p. 33-38.

Topp, Frederick George

Frederick Topp came to Calgary in 1885. He and his wife, Flora, had five children. Topp ran a Butcher Shop. He was an Alderman in 1891 and a School Trustee in 1893-94. He left Calgary in 1890's and died at Toronto, Ontario. He was born in England in 1861.


Toshach, Christina Anderson

Christina had been orphaned in the East and came to an Aunt, Mrs. J.C. McNeill, in 1889. She was born in 1871 at St. Alemonte, Ontario and died in 1947 at Banff, Alberta. She was married in 1897 at Calgary, to William Alexander, who was born in 1870, at New Market, Ontario and died in 1955, at Calgary. Her husband, William, was an early Jeweller, in Calgary in 1890.


Towers, Francis Harriman

Francis Towers was in Calgary in 1883. Born in 1850 at Birmingham, England, he died at Vancouver, B.C. in 1936. He was married at Toronto, Ontario to Elizabeth Glover, who was born in 1855 on Gurnsey Island and died at Carstairs, Alberta in 1940. They had seven children. In 1866, Francis came to Canada, where he worked for a Dairy farm, then as a Foreman of a crew laying rails for the C.P.R. between Winnipeg, and Calgary. He was in Vancouver before coming to Calgary in 1883. He was Foreman at Cheadle, Alberta when the Riel Rebellion started. He later built up a herd of cattle and took a homestead on NW 1/4 20-25-4-W5th.


Towers, Vincent

Vincent Towers was at Cochrane in 1884 and Radnor in 1887. He was born in England in 1858 and died at Victoria, B.C. in 1936. He was married in England to Sarah Ketland, who was born in England and died in 1909 at Canmore, Alberta. They had a family of eight children.


Traunwieser, Al

Al Traunwieser was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1889.

2004 Addendum.

Travers, E. C.

Mr. E. C. Travers was recorded as a member of the Calgary Odd Fellows Lodge in 1889.

2004 Addendum.

Travis, Jeremiah

Jeremiah Travis a recently appointed stependiary magistrate was sent to Calgary to enforce the very unpopular liquor law in 1885. In November 1885 he sentenced a local saloon keeper and town councillor, Simon John Clark to six months in jail. Shortly after he jailed Hugh Cayley, editor of the Calgary Herald for making comments in the press. In a final act of dubious legal merit, Travis disqualified the recently elected mayor and town council from holding office. In 1886 there was an absence of civic government as the officials installed by Magistrate Travis were unable to find any of the pertinent records. A civic delegation was sent to Ottawa and Travis was suspended and later superannuated. Travis returned to Calgary in retirement and became one of the town's best know citizens. He died in 1909. He had one daughter.


Trevenen, William

William and his wife Lucy came to Calgary in 1889. He was born at Cornwall, England in 1865 and died at Victoria in 1936. He was married at Cornwall in 1888 to Lucy Ann Genn, who was born at Falmouth, England in 1865 and died at Victoria, B.C. in 1928. They had four children.


Trimble, Andrew Hill

Andrew was five miles south of Calgary, for eighteen months before going to Red Deer, in 1889. He organized the Red Deer Dairy Products Co. Andrew was born in 1846 at Carlton, Ontario and died at Red Deer, Alberta in 1936. He was married in Ontario in 1871 to Cynthia Ann Wright, who was born in Ontario and died there in 1887. His second marriage was to Lidia, who died in 1909. There were thirteen children.


Trivett, Rev. Samuel

In 1881, Rev. Samuel Trivett, went to the Blood Reserve, Fort Macleod, as an Anglican Missionary. He was born in England in 1852. Samuel was ordained in 1878 by the Bishop of Saskatchewan. He homesteaded on Big Island just off the Reserve. Rev. Samuel Trivett, accompanied Archdeacon Tims to the Blackfoot Crossing, in 1883. He opened the first Pincher Creek, Anglican Church, in 1884. He had two sons.


Trott, Samuel W.

Samuel Trott, born in 1847, was well established in his own pharmacy in Winnipeg when in 1883 he traveled west to examine the NWT as far west as Morley. In the spring of 1884 he returned to Calgary where he opened the city's first retail drugstore (Trott Brothers Drug Store) on Stephen Avenue. He sold the business in 1888 to become a rancher and during that same year he Married Elizabeth J. Tragedy struck when their 6 month old son died of cholera during early 1891. A few months later in November 1891, Samuel caught cold and died.

Merged with 2004 Addendum. Ref: History of Pharmacy in Alberta, p. 42-43.

Truswell, John

John was in Medicine Hat, in 1885. He was born in 1863 at Sawbridge, England and died in 1915 at Taber, Alberta. He was married at Calgary, Alberta, in 1891 to Edith Maude Walker, who was born at Hull, England in 1869 and died at Victoria, B.C. in 1954. They had six children. John worked for I.G. Baker and the Hudson Bay Co., at Fort Macleod, Alberta. He moved to Wetaskiwin and later to Lethbridge, finally to Taber, to operate a General Store. He was the first Mayor of Taber in 1907.


Turnbull, Andrew

Andrew and his wife, Mary Jane came to Calgary in 1880. Andrew was born at Teeswater, Ontario in 1841 and died at Banff, Alberta. He married Mary Jane Hall, who was born in 1851 in New Brunswick and died at Banff, Alberta. They had three children.


Turnbull, George

Arrived in Fish Creek in 1885 as reported on the SAP application file.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD membership application files.

Turnbull, James T.

James Turnbull was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge, Bow River No. 1, Calgary which was instituted in 1884.

2004 Addendum.

Turner, James

James Turner arrived at Calgary in 1886. He was born in Scotland. He homesteaded SW 1/4 10-21-3-W5th, in the Millarville district, in 1887. In 1896, he acquired land south of Calgary, which it is claimed gave the name to Turner Siding. This is now the Haysboro district of Calgary. The name of Turner Siding is also claimed by his cousin, John A Turner. James was a brother of Robert Turner and cousin of John A Turner and Peter Turner-Bone.


Turner, Rev. James

The first resident Pastor of the Methodist Church in Calgary, Alberta, in 1883.


Turner, John A.

John Turner came to Calgary in 1886. Born in 1867 in Scotland, he died in 1935. John was married in 1895 to Wilhelmina (Minnie) Dawson. They had four children. With his cousins Bryce Wright and Peter Turner-Bone, he established the Ailsa (Al) Ranch at Turner Valley. He later established his own ranch "Balbreggan Stock Farm", east of the Sarcee Reserve, on the Elbow River. He raised Clydesdale horses, Shorthorn cattle and Pedigreed Shropshire sheep. His extensive shipments through Turner Siding was probably the cause of its name. John was President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Horse and Cattle Breeders Association of Alberta, for a number of years.


Turner, John Henry

Mr. Turner arrived in Calgary in 1890. He had three children; John, Albert and Harry.


Turner, Robert

Robert and his brother James, joined their cousin, John A. Turner, at Calgary, Alberta in 1886. Robert was born in Scotland in 1861 and died in 1951 at Vancouver, B.C. In 1888 at Montreal, Quebec he married Catherine (Kate) Gardiner Dawson, who was born in 1861 in Scotland and died in 1963 at Vancouver, B.C. They had one child. Robert homesteaded the SE 1/4 10-21-3-W5th. He also had a number of other quarter sections in the same area. He raised Clydesdale horses, Shorthorn cattle and Sheep. He was a Gazetted Captain of the 15th Light Horse, in 1905.


Turner-Bone, Peter

Peter was at Medicine Hat and Calgary in 1883. He was born in Scotland in 1859 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1945. In 1892, in Scotland , he married Elizabeth Lusk Allan. She was born in Scotland in 1866 and died at Calgary in 1929. They had two children. Peter was a C.P.R. Surveyor and worked for them from 1883 to 1886. With his cousins, the Turner Brothers and Bryce Wright, he established the "Ailsa" ranch at Turner Valley. He also worked as a Surveyor on the Calgary to Edmonton rail line, and was an Engineer on the C.P.R. irrigation projects. Author of "When The Steel Went Through".


Tweed, Thomas

Thomas Tweed arrived in Medicine Hat in 1883. He married Helen Sutherland and they had one child. Thomas was a partner in the firm of Tweed and Ewart, at Medicine Hat, Alberta. In 1888, he was elected by acclamation to the N.W. Territorial Assembly. He was Head Table Guest at a reception for the Hon. Lt.. Gov. Edgar Dewdney, at Calgary in 1888.

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Mr. Tyler and his fellow English partner Tanner, rented land in the 1880s and began farming in southern Alberta. In 1887 they sold greenfeed to Tom Lynch to winter 300 heifers When they moved a few miles north of the Crossing to homestead, they sold their horses and brand. In the 1890's they sold their homestead and moved away.

2004 Addendum. Ref: Leaves from the Medicine Tree p. 239.

Tyrrell, Joseph Burr

Joseph Tyrrell came west in 1883 with the Canadian Geological Survey who were mapping and exploring the western territories. He explored the Crowsnest Pass area, west to the Rogers Pass and then east where he came to the badlands. He was an expert revolver shot and once accepted a wager, saying that he could shoot 12 rabbits in succession while sitting on his saddle horse. He won and shot the thirteenth to emphasize his skill. On June 9, 1884 while working in the Red Deer River valley he saw a strange looking brown hump on the hillside. On his knees he began to dig out what he soon saw to be a fossilized bone. This was the first discovery of the Alberta dinosaur remains. A month later July 4, 1884 he made another startling discovery, which he described this way. He had turned to look up the valley and saw "a great ugly face with rows of ugly spikelike teeth", staring at him. Underneath the skull was a complete skeleton which was the first found in the valley.


Tyson, Thomas B.

Thomas Tyson arrived in Pincher Creek in 1890.

2004 Addendum. Ref: SAPD membership application files.