Coming of Age: From the Archives – The Stampede within the Nineteen Forties

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The Calgary Stampede has lengthy been part of this metropolis’s historical past. In recognition of this yr’s occasion, on 10 weekdays (between July 4 and July 15), we’re sharing archival photograph highlights and and occasions of be aware from the primary 10 many years of the Best Out of doors Present on Earth. This instalment: The Stampede within the Nineteen Forties.

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The War Years of the 1940s were saluted during the Calgary Stampede. Here, double amputee Private Bill Warren rides in the Calgary Stampede parade on July 14, 1945. Calgary Herald Archives.
The Warfare Years of the Nineteen Forties had been saluted in the course of the Calgary Stampede. Right here, double amputee Non-public Invoice Warren rides within the Calgary Stampede parade on July 14, 1945. Calgary Herald Archives.

Nineteen Forties: 1000’s of tourists had been accommodated in peoples’ properties by means of a particular guests’ bureau established within the Nineteen Forties.

1940: Ernie L. Richardson retired from his function as normal supervisor of the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, after 37 years.

1942: The Stampede is opened by 4 servicemen from the military, navy, air drive, and U.S. military.

1944: Stampede attendance hits 267,420 and Calgary’s inhabitants is 97,241.

1944: The Calgary Stampede purchased out the Calgary Synthetic Ice Rink Firm, bringing in Lloyd Turner to handle the Stampede’s enviornment and hockey pursuits.

1946: Patsy Rodgers is called the Stampede’s first queen.

1946: The Calgary Stampeders Hockey Membership received the Allan Cup (nationwide senior hockey championship.)

1947: Area director Jack Dillon died and was changed by Dick Cosgrave, a 10-time chuckwagon racing champion.

1948: When the Calgary Stampeders soccer workforce received the western championship, a contingent of followers in western put on and cowboy hats went to cheer them on within the Gray Cup closing, in Toronto.

— Compiled by Karen Crosby, Norma Marr & Aimee Benoit.

A new Stampede general manager in 1940 brought a renewed emphasis on agriculture and rural life to the event. Calgary Herald Archives.
A brand new Stampede normal supervisor in 1940 introduced a renewed emphasis on agriculture and rural life to the occasion. Calgary Herald Archives.
Patsy Rodgers became the first Stampede Queen in 1946. Calgary Herald Archives.
Patsy Rodgers turned the primary Stampede Queen in 1946. Calgary Herald Archives.
Thousands of people lined the parade route to get a look at the cowboys during the July 6, 1948 Calgary Stampede parade. Calgary Herald Archives
1000’s of individuals lined the parade path to get a have a look at the cowboys in the course of the July 6, 1948 Calgary Stampede parade. Calgary Herald Archives
Reg Kesler competing on July 15, 1949. Calgary Herald Archives.
Reg Kesler competing on July 15, 1949. Calgary Herald Archives.
July 13, 1949 aerial view of the Stampede Grounds. Calgary Herald Archives.
July 13, 1949 aerial view of the Stampede Grounds. Calgary Herald Archives.
A large Brahma bull pushes a barrel in which Stampede clown Jasbo Fulkerson is hiding, as his partner George Mills tries to distract the angry bull at the Calgary Stampede in 1946. Calgary Herald Archives.
A big Brahma bull pushes a barrel during which Stampede clown Jasbo Fulkerson is hiding, as his accomplice George Mills tries to distract the offended bull on the Calgary Stampede in 1946. Calgary Herald Archives.
Betty Ann Hamilton and Dores Kruse show off the puppies they won at the Calgary Stampede on July 17, 1947. Calgary Herald Archives.
Betty Ann Hamilton and Dores Kruse exhibit the puppies they received on the Calgary Stampede on July 17, 1947. Calgary Herald Archives.
Darrell and Lester Hewitt of Okotoks show off their fashions at the Calgary Stampede on July 5, 1948. Calgary Herald Archives.
Darrell and Lester Hewitt of Okotoks exhibit their fashions on the Calgary Stampede on July 5, 1948. Calgary Herald Archives.
The owner of this car scratches his head as he wonders how he will remove the feed box which the wind has blown across his car during Calgary Stampede week in July 1948. Calgary Herald Archives.
The proprietor of this automobile scratches his head as he wonders how he’ll take away the feed field which the wind has blown throughout his automobile throughout Calgary Stampede week in July 1948. Calgary Herald Archives.

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