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Ralph C. and Kenneth R. Coppock fonds


Physical Description:
57 cm of textual records. -- 272 photographs

Ralph Clifton Coppock, 1874-1943, was born in Kansas, USA, where he ran a dairy and feedlot operation as a young man. He married in 1902 and had four children, Ralph, Kenneth, Dorothy (Bugge) and Gerald. In 1912 he moved to High River, Alberta and bought a ranch 30 km west of town. He sold this ranch in 1918 and in 1920 leased land at Madden, west of Crossfield. He sold his stock and moved to California in 1929, but returned to Alberta in 1931 and bought the Merino Ranch near Morley. It had originally been part of the Cochrane Ranche. When he died his son, Kenneth, took over operations until 1946 when the land was sold to the Department of Indian Affairs. Kenneth, 1904-1979, started Canadian Cattlemen magazine in 1938 and was the first editor. He sold the magazine in 1953. He was secretary of the Western Stock Growers' Association for many years. He founded Kenway Saddle and Leather Company in Calgary in 1949, and ran it until retiring to California ca. 1967. Kenway Saddle bought out the Visalia Stock Saddle Company of California in 1958. Kenneth Coppock was married to Elyse Gertrude Preston, 1912-1991, and they had two children, Allan J., 1948-2013, and Carolyn (Relyea). For further information see "This Cattleman...the founder of Canadian Cattlemen" in Canadian Cattlemen. -- vol. 26, no.6 (June 1963), p. 3, 8, 52-55.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of cashbooks and ledgers of Coppock ranching and business operations (1904-1908, 1921-1950); Kenneth's 1956 manuscript, "Alberta Horse and Cattle Brands"; Visalia saddle order book (1892-1899); and photographs of Kenneth, Riel Rebellion personalities, the Coppock family and ranching. Includes manuscripts and reminiscences submitted to Canadian Cattlemen by Fred Ings, Phil Weinard, W.B. Cameron and others. Also includes account book of Frank Courtenay of Cluny, recording Blackfoot (Siksika) accounts (1887-1892).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Kenneth R. Coppock, 1956-1972 and purchased from Aquila Books, 2014.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-264, M-265, M-2393, M-3356, M-4543, PA-465, PA-4004, PB-126, PB-215, PB-253, PC-61, PD-409, NA-551, NA-1193, NA-2312, NC-25

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