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Senator Matthew Henry Cochrance, [ca. 1885-1888]
Senator Matthew Henry Cochrane, [ca 1885-1888]
NA-239-25

Cochrane Ranche Company Ltd. fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Letterbook. -- 1884-1885
Series 2 Frank White's ranching notebook. -- [ca. 1881-1889]
Series 3 Photographs. -- [ca. 1881-1889]

Inventory

Series 1 Letterbook. -- 1884-1885. -- Consists of letters regarding a wide variety of ranch operations. Includes weekly ranch reports.
M-234-page 5 To W. D. Kerfoot. -- December 10, 1884. -- Re arrangement to move horses.
M-234-page 6 Weekly ranch report. -- December 13, 1994. -- Includes weather statistics and ranch activities.
M-234-page 7-9 To James Cochrane. -- December 19, 1884. -- Re genereal conditions, mention of uselessness of Dry Fork police outpost.
M-234-page 10 To Frank White. -- December 19, 1884. -- Re account with Harry Raikes.
M-234-page 11 Weekly ranch report. -- December 20, 1884.
M-234-page 12-13 To J. M. Browning, Secretary-Treasurer, Cochrane Ranche Company, Montreal. -- December 21, 1884. -- Re cold weather conditions affecting cattle; police protection against Indians raiding cattle.
M-234-page 14 Weekly ranch report. -- December 27, 1884.
M-234-page 15 To Charles Kettles, Pincher Creek. -- December 30, 1884. -- Re payment of account.
M-234-page 16-18 To J. M. Browning, Montreal. -- January 3, 1885. -- Re accounts such as payment of wages; mention of keeping a man at Stand Off to watch cattle against Indians.
M-234-page 19 Weekly ranch report. -- January 3, 1885.
M-234-page 20-22 To Senator M. H. Cochrane. -- January 4, 1885. -- Re burned range over the Kootenai; unsatisfactory accounting system of Mr. Browning; agreement with Indians for cattle to cross reserve.
M-234-page 23 Weekly ranch report. -- January 10, 1885.
M-234-page 24-25 To M. H. Cochrane -- January 14, 1885. -- Re cattle situation.
M-234-page 26-28 To J.H.B., Montreal- January 14, 1885. -- Re accounts, cattle situation.
M-234-page 29 To the Calgary Herald. -- January 14, 1885. -- Re termination of F. White's employement with the Cochrane Ranche Company.
M-234-page 30 To Sun River Publishing Company, Montana. -- January 14, 1885. -- As above.
M-234-page 31 To Robert Whitney, Blood Reserve. -- January 20, 1885. -- Re cattle crossing river on reserve.
M-234-page 32 To W. D. Kerfoot -- January 22, 1885. -- Re general ranch matters.
M-234-page 33 Weekly ranch report. -- January 17, 1885.
M-234-page 34 To William Pocklington. -- January 22, 1885. -- Re arrangement to move cattle across river.
M-234-page 35-37 To M. H. Cochrane -- January 24, 1885. -- Re moving cattle, skins, accounting arrears.
M-234-page 40-43 To J. M. Browning -- January 24, 1885. -- Re ranch accounts, cattle, still no police at Stand Off, breaking land for crops.
M-234-page 44 Weekly ranch report. -- January 24, 1885.
M-234-page 45-46 To J. M. Browning -- January 28, 1885. -- Re agreement with Indians allowing cattle to graze on the reserve; negligible cattle losses; visit of Kootenai Brown.
M-234-page 47-48 To M. H. Cochrane -- January 28, 1885. -- Re agreement with Indians; cattle, government stopping Indian rations, scarcity of grey wolves in southern Alberta, purchasing more cattle.
M-234-page 49 To S. Goltman, Montreal. -- January 28, 1885. -- Re clothes and samples of cloth.
M-234-page 50 To G. C. King and Company, Calgary. -- January 28, 1885. -- Re supplies for ranch.
M-234-page 51 Weekly ranch report. -- January 31, 1885.
M-234-page 52-54 To M. H. Cochrane -- 1885. -- Re weather, accounts, cattle losses.
M-234-page 55-57 To J. M. Browning -- February 7, 1885. -- Re accounts including payroll, trouble with Red Crow re agreement, subscription to Macleod hospital.
M-234-page 60 Weekly ranch report. -- February 7, 1885.
M-234-page 61-62 Accounts. -- January 31, 1885.
M-234-page 64 Weekly ranch report. -- February 14, 1885.
M-234-page 65-69 To J. M. Browning -- February 15, 1885. -- Re accounts, supplies, police at Stand Off, weather, cattle feeding, cattle on reserve.
M-234-page 70 List of receiipts enclosed to J. M. Browning -- no date.
M-234-page 71 To Rogers and Grant, Calgary. -- February 15, 1885. -- Payment of bill.
M-234-page 72 To Sun River Publishing Company, Montana. -- February 15, 1885. -- Re advertisements.
M-234-page 73 To Calgary Herald. -- February 15, 1885. -- Re advertisements
M-234-page 74 To M. H. Cochrane -- February 15, 1885. -- Re cattle, feed, etc.
M-234-page 75 Accounts. -- February 15, 1885.
M-234-page 76-77 To J. M. Browning -- Febuary 21, 1885. -- Re supplies, discrepancy in cattle count, police at Stand Off, poisoning coyote and wolves.
M-234-page 78 Weekly ranch report. -- February 21, 1885.
M-234-page 79 To Inspectors Tweed and Ewart, Medicine Hat. -- February 21, 1885. -- Re orderiing supplies from Medicine Hat.
M-234-page 80 Order list of supplies to Medicine Hat. -- no date.
M-234-page 81 To S. A. Ramsay and George Murdoch, Calgary. -- February 27, 1885. -- Payiment of bills.
M-234-page 82-85 Accounts. -- February 28, 1885.
M-234-page 86 Weekly ranch report. -- February 28, 1885.
M-234-page 87-88 To J. M. Browning -- February 28, 1885. -- Re accounts, cattle losses, ordering supplies.
M-234-page 89-92 To M. H. Cochrane -- March 1, 1885. -- Re ordering supplies from Medicine Hat, taking cattle off reserve, condition of cattle.
M-234-page 94 Weekly ranch report. -- Saturday.
M-234-page 95 Weekly ranch report. -- March 14, 1885.
M-234-page 96-97 To J. M. Browning -- March 15, 1885. -- Request for supplies, payment of accounts.
M-234-page 98 To M. H. Cochrane -- March 15, 1885. -- Re general ranch matters.
M-234-page 99 Authorization for F. S. Stimson to take horses. -- March 17, 1885.
M-234-page 100 To Sun River Publishing Company, Montana. -- March 17, 1885. -- Re advertisement.
M-234-page 101-103 To M. H. Cochrane -- March 21, 1885. -- Re salary, Halifax cattle, visit.
M-234-page 104-105 To J. M. Browning -- March 22, 1885. -- Re accounts, letter from Sam Livingston.
M-234-page 106 Weekly ranch report. -- March 21, 1885.
M-234-page 107 To W. D. Kerfoot -- March 22, 1885. -- Re agreement to buy cattle from Sam Livingston.
M-234-page 108 To. W. B. McArthur, Winnipeg. -- March 28, 1885. -- Re ordering tents.
M-234-page 109 To ? Williard, Stand Off. -- March 28, 1885. -Re dead cow.
M-234-page 110 To Phillip Carr, Fort Macleod. -- March 28, 1885. -- Re request to settle on land.
M-234-page 111 Weekly ranch report. -- March 28, 1885.
M-234-page 112-113 To J. M. Browning -- March 29, 1885. -- Re accounts, Indians killing cattle.
M-234-page 114 To Rogers and Grant, Calgary. -- March 28, 1885. -- Re ordering supplies.
M-234-page 115 Accounts. -- March 31, 1885.
M-234-page 119 Weekly ranch report. -- April 4, 1885.
M-234-page 120-122 To J. M. Browning -- April 6, 1885. -- Re accounts, cattle, fear of Indian attack, beef killed.
M-234-page 123-124 To M. H. Cochrane -- April 6, 1885. -- Re Indian situation.
M-234-page 125 Weekly ranch report. -- April 11, 1885.
M-234-page 126-127 To J. M. Browning -- April 12, 1885. -- Re Indian situation, supplies, horses for Mounted Police.
M-234-page 128 To Tweed and Ewart, Medicine Hat. -- April 17, 1885. -- Re supplies.
M-234-page 129-130 To M. H. Cochrane -- April 18, 1885. -- Requesting suit and other supplies, Mounted Police force.
M-234-page 131 Weekly ranch report. -- April 18, 1885.
M-234-page 132 To Tweed and Ewart, Medicine Hat. -- April 18, 1885. -- Re supplies.
M-234-page 133-134 To J. M. Browning -- April 18, 1885. -- Re Rocky Mountain Rangers and Indian situation.
M-234-page 135 To W. D. Kerfoot -- April 25, 1885. -- Re order for supplies.
M-234-page 136-138 Weekly ranch report. -- April 25, 1885. -- Re cattle losses, John Rathwell, stray cattle, acconts, North West Rebellion.
M-234-page 139 To Will Hanks, Sun River Publishing Company, Montana. -- April 26, 1885. -- Re advertisement in paper.
M-234-page 140 To M. H. Cochrane -- April 26, 1885. -- Re Rocky Mountain Rangers and Indian situation.
M-234-page 141-143 Accounts. -- April [1885].
M-234-page 144 To W. D. Kerfoot -- May 2, 1885. -- Re losses in storm.
M-234-page 145 To D. C. Robertson, Calgary. -- May 2, 1885. -- Returning stray cattle.
M-234-page 146 Weekly ranch report. -- May 2, 1885. -148
M-234-page 147-148 To J. M. Browning -- May 2, 1885. -- Re salaries, annual meeting of Stock Association, Sam Livingston.
M-234-page 149 To M. H. Cochrane -- May 3, 1885. -- Re cattle, Captain Stewart's Rocky Mountain Rangers.
M-234-page 150-153 To M. H. Cochrane -- May 5, 1885. -- Re cattle, Indian situation, Cecil Denny.
M-234-page 154 To J. M. Browning -- May 17, 1885. -- Rouinding up strays, Sam Livingston.
M-234-page 161-162 To M. H. Cochrane -- no date. -- Routine ranch matters.
M-234-163 Weekly ranch report. -- May 23, 1885.
M-234-page 164-166 To J. M. Browning -- May 24, 1885. -- Re ranch horses.
M-234-page 167 To Rogers and Grant, Calgary. -- May 24, 1885. -- Re repairs to wagon.
M-234-page 168 To Tweed and Ewart. -- May 24, 1885. -- Re spoiled supplies.
M-234-page 169-170. To M. H. Cochrane -- May 24, 1885. -- Re Riel's capture, Macleod roundup.
M-234-page 171 Weekly ranch report. -- May 30, 1885.
M-234-page 172-173 To J. M. Browning -- no date. -- Re squatters, government contracts, bulls on reserve, French soldiers.
M-234-page 174 (Top half of page missing). -- Re cattle tenders.
M-234-page 175 (Top half of page mssing). -- Rounding up strays.
M-234-page 176-177 (Top half of page missing). -- Re expenses.
M-234-page 178-179 Accounts. -- May 31, 1885.
M-234-page 180 To J. M. Browning -- June 1, 1885. -- Re accounts.
M-234-page 181 Weekly ranch report. -- June 6, 1885.
M-234-page 182-183 To J. M. Browning -- June 8, 1885. -- Re accounts.
M-234-page 184 To M. H. Cochrane -- June 8, 1885. -- Re high rivers, general ranch matters.
M-234-page 185 To W. B. McArthur, Winnipeg. -- June 8, 1885. -- Re payment for tents.
M-234-page 188-190 To J. M. Browning, Montreal. -- June 13, 1885. -- Re accounts, horses.
M-234-page 191 To M. H. Cochrane -- June 13, 1885. -- Re beef contract.
M-234-page 192 To M. H. Cochrane -- June 13, 1885. -- Re supplies.
M-234-page 193 To Tweed and Ewart. -- June 13, 1885. -- Re supplies.
M-234-page 194 Weekly ranch report. -- June 13, 1885.
M-234-page 195 To J. M. Browning -- June 22, 1885. -- Sale of steers.
M-234-page 196 Weekly ranch report. -- June 20, 1885.
M-234-page 197 Weekly ranch report. -- June 27, 1885.
M-234-page 198 Authorization to take horses. -- June 30, 1885.
M-234-page 201-202 Accounts. -- June 30, 1885.
M-234-page 203 Weekly ranch report. -- July 4, 1885.
M-234-page 204-205 To J. M. Browning -- July 7, 1885. -- Re accounts, hay contract.
M-234-page 206 To J. M. Browning -- July 10, 1885. -- As above.
M-234-page 207 To Rogers and Grant, Calgary. -- July 10, 1885. -- Re payment of account.
M-234-page 208 Weekly ranch report. -- July 11, 1885.
M-234-page 209 Weekly ranch report. -- July 18, 1885
M-234-page 210-211 Accounts. -- July [1885].
M-234-page 212 Weekly ranch report. -- July 25, 1885.
M-234-page 213 Weekly ranch report. -- August 1, 1885.
M-234-page 214 To Tweed and Ewart. -- August 4, 1885. -- Re supplies.
M-234-page 215-217 To J. M. Browning -- August 4, 1885. -- Re accounts, hay contract, Geddes and Kettles' cattle.
M-234-page 218-219 To M. H. Cochrane -- August 4, 1885. -- Re branding cattle.
M-234-page 220 To W. Farthorn, Pincher Creek. -- August 4, 1885. -- Re misplaced trunk.
M-234-page 221-222 To J. M. Browning -- August 10, 1885. -- Re calves, Pincher Creek cattle.
M-234-page 223 Weekly ranch report. -- August 8, 1885.
M-234-page 224 Weekly ranch report. -- August 15, 1885.
M-234-page 225-227 To J. M. Browning -- August 18, 1885. -- Re hay contract, Indians killing cattle, prairie fires.
M-234-page 228 To M. H. Cochrane -- August 19, 1885. -- Re haying and Indians.
M-234-page 229 Weekly ranch report. -- August 22, 1885.
M-234-page 230-231 To J. M. Browning -- August 26, 1885. -- Re roundup on the Red Deer River, accounts.
M-234-page 232 To M. H. Cochrane -- August 26, 1885. -- Re ordering sed from Charles Kettles.
M-234-page 233 Weekly ranch report. -- August 29, 1885.
M-234-page 234-235 Accounts. -- August [1885].
M-234-page 236-237 To J. M. Browning -- September 1, 1885. -- Re expenses, stock detective.
M-234-page 238-239 To J. M. Browning -- Septgember 7, 1885. -- Re accounts.,
M-234-page 240 To Tweend and Ewart. -- September 7, 1885. -- Payment of account.
M-234-page 241 To H. S. Cayley, Editor, Calgary Herald. -- Septembere 7, 1885. -- Re payment for advertising.
M-234-page 242 Weekly ranch report. -- September 7, 1885.
M-234-page 243 Weekly ranch report. -- September 12, 1885.
M-234-page 244 To J. M. Browning -- September 12, 1885. -- Re general ranch matters.
M-234-page 245 To Superintendent John Cotton. -- September 21, 1885. -- Re meeting.
M-234-page 246 Weekly ranch report. -- September 19, 1885.
M-234-page 247-249 To M. H. Cochrane -- September 29, 1885. -- Re Governor-General's visit to ranch; Pincher Creek roundup.
M-234-page 250-251 To J. M. Browning -- September 29, 1885. -- Re accounts, Governor-General's visit to ranch.
M-234-page 252 Weekly ranch report. -- September 26, 1885.
M-234-page 253 To W. D. Kerfoot -- September 30, 1885. -- Re bull sale.
M-234-page 256-258 Accounts. -- September [1885].
M-234-page 259 Weekly ranch report. -- October 3, 1885.
M-234-page 260-261 To J. M. Browning -- October 7, 1885. -- Re accounts and ranch matters.
M-234-page 263 Weekly ranch report. -- October 5, 1885.
M-234-page 264-265 To J. M. Browning -- no date. -- Re cattle (first page missing).
M-234-page 266-268 To M. H. Cochrane -- October 13, 1885. -- Re repairs, general ranch matters.
M-234-page 269-270 To W. D. Kerfoot -- October 13, 1885. -- Re routine ranch matters.
M-234-page 271-272 To M. H. Cochrane -- October 21, 1885. -- Re fire on the range.
M-234-page 273-275 To J. M. Browning -- October 20, 1885. -- Re accounts, fire.
M-234-page 276 Weekly ranch report. -- October 17, 1885.
M-234-page 277 To H. Bleeker, Calgary. -- October 24, 1885. -- Inquiry re assessment on company buildings in Calgary.
M-234-page 278 To Frank White. -- October 24, 1885. -- As above.
M-234-page 279 To Tweed and Ewart. -- October 24, 1885. -- Payment for supplies.
M-234-page 280 To J. G. Fitzgerald, Calgary. -- October 24, 1885. -- Re taxes on company buildings.
M-234-page 281 To James Walker, Calgary. -- October 24, 1885. -- Re supplies.
M-234-page 282-284 To J. M. Browning -- October 27, 1885. -- Re supplies, taxes, stock detective.
M-234-page 285 Weekly ranch report. -- October 24, 1885.
M-234-page 286 To M. H. Cochrane -- October 28, 1885. -- Re account.
M-234-page 287 Weekly ranch report. -- October 31, 1885.
Series 2 Frank White ranching notebook. -- 1881-1882.
M-1303 Frank White's notebook, recording livestock inventories, livestock brands, Kerfoot's employment contract, beef sales contracts, and cattle purchase contracts. -- 1881-1882.
Series 3 Photographs. -- [ca. 1881-1889]. -- 38 photographs

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NA-239-(1-32) Views of British American and Cochrane ranches. -- [ca. 1880s]. -- 32 photographs.
NA-1743-(1-6) Pages from W. D. Kerfoot notebook, Cochrane ranche. -- 1881-1882. -- 6 photographs.
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