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Alberta, Church, Fun, Homesteader, Pincher Creek, Ranch, Teacher

The Vrooms of the Foothills, Volume 4: Ranching, the Real West
by Bessie Vroom Ellis

Ranching, the Real West is Volume 4 in the series THE VROOMS OF THE FOOTHILLS. Once again and using 5 maps and over 280 photos, Bessie Vroom Ellis vividly illustrates the social history of southwestern Alberta. The captions are memory-filled vignettes highlighting the gritty determination of ranching families and cowboys to tame a new land.

The photos recall ranch work, play and perils, stories of the boys who went to War and the fun of a country Christmas. They are from settlers in the communities of Beaver Mines, Pincher Creek, Fort Macleod, Twin Butte, Mountain View, Caldwell and Waterton Park.

Bessie Vroom Ellis attended one-room country schools for her elementary grades, riding on horseback and making a round trip of nearly nine miles each day. She graduated from Pincher Creek High School and attended Calgary Normal School, graduating with a Wartime Emergency Teaching Certificate.

While teaching at Waterton Park School, she met and married a local resident and raised a family there. Known then as Bessie Annand, the author wrote feature articles and the column Wonderful Waterton for The Lethbridge Herald; she also sent news items and articles to other newspapers and to radio and television stations.

The author returned to her teaching career in 1964, updating her qualifications through night extension classes, Summer School and day classes. She was awarded a Bachelor of Education degree by the University of Lethbridge and a Master of Education degree by the University of Alberta. The author moved to Regina in 1975, teaching there until she retired.

Waterton Park, author was active in the Girl Guide movement and in the Anglican Church. Regina, she was active in politics and in various organizations. In 1992, Ms. Ellis was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, 1867-1992.


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