By Donald B. Smith
"Calgary's Grand tale" is a heritage of the town as informed throughout the tale of the Grand Theatre and the Lougheed development, of Calgary's so much sought after ancient icons. Commissioned by way of Senator James Lougheed, and his spouse, Belle Hardisty Lougheed, the Lougheed construction opened to the general public in February of 1912 to a lot fanfare and nice anticipation. This was once a definitive second for Calgarians and might mark the start of a golden period within the city's historical past. With the addition of a cutting-edge theatre at the flooring ground underneath workplaces that might quickly turn into Calgary's ultimate company handle, this development might anchor the improvement of the downtown middle good into the Nineteen Fifties. by way of blending company and cultural background, the writer sketches a desirable city biography of Calgary from 1912 as much as Alberta's one hundredth birthday in 2005.
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92 R. B. Bennett, British-to-the-core, had fanned the ﬂames of Yankee-phobia in the election campaign of September 1911. But Senator Lougheed, while also publicly voicing pro-British sentiments and opposing free trade with the United States, acted more discretely, not wishing to burn any bridges with Calgary’s American community. Already he maintained close economic relationships with two Americans in Calgary— his theatre partner Bill Sherman and, apparently, Jim Davidson. 93 On the evening of 5 February 1912, Calgary’s British-Canadian and American elite forgot their free trade skirmish.
The Eye Opener came out irregularly due to its editor’s love of the bottle. 47 Regardless of its irregular appearance his readers loved the Calgary Eye Opener and made it the most widely read newspaper in Alberta. 48 Bob’s caustic wit and total unpredictability were essential parts of the Eye 10 Calgary’s Grand story Lydia Case Winter. Glenbow Archives/ NA-4530-1. Bob Edwards, editor of the Calgary Eye Opener, 1910s. Glenbow Archives/ NA-450-1. Cast of the “Mikado” on stage at the Lyric Theatre, February 23, 1911.
He and Sam both had the carpenter’s broad powerful hands. They both knew how to do hard physical work and how to relate with those who did. But what separated James from Sam was an excellent education giving him additional marketable skills. His knowledge of the law, his ability to draft contracts, including Richard Hardisty’s contacts, helped him advance in the hamlet, which two years after his arrival boasted a population of roughly one thousand. 86 Seven years later it became the rail gateway to Edmonton with the opening of a branch line to Edmonton.