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Billy and Evelyn Cochrane fonds


Physical Description:
12.5 cm of textual records. -- 140 photographs

William Edward "Billy" Cochrane, 1858-1929, was born and educated in England. (Note: his nickname was sometimes spelled "Billee".) In 1885, along with Hugh Graham, Ted and Frank Jenkins, and T.B.H. Cochrane, he purchased cattle in Montana and started the Little Bow Cattle Company in the Mosquito Creek area near Cayley, Alberta. It was also known as the CC Ranch because the brand was two C's back to back. The ranch specialized in Galloway cattle. In 1886 the ranch house was built, and in 1887 Billy's wife, Evelyn Constance Clementine Lamb, ?-1910, arrived. They had one son, Arthur Fitzgerald, 1888-?, who was sent to England in 1900 to be educated. The Cochranes travelled to England every fall, returning to Alberta in the spring. In 1909 they sold the ranch to Jack V. Drumheller and moved back to England permanently. For further information see Simon M. Evans' entry, "William Edward Cochrane", in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. XV, online at Reprinted in Canada's Entrepreneurs / edited by J. Andrew Ross and Andrew D. Smith. -- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2011.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of ranch employees wage book (1886-1895); stock record book (1885-1903), including ranch manager's diary (1886-1887); Evelyn's diaries (1902-1907); photographs of the family and ranch; and miscellaneous family letters, greeting cards, newsclippings and recipes.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Edward Allen, Harry Baines, Malcolm Beaton, Adam Blackburn, George Blake, Peter Bradley, William Brodie, David Bryant, John Carmichael, Frank Channels, Chinese in Alberta, William Conklin, Pat Daly, William Dawson, James Doland, Edward Prince of Wales, Charles Erb, W.J. Ellis, H. Graham, John Graham, John A. Grant, Mow Gung, Ted Hills, William Herrick, Frank W. Jenkins, G.H. Johnson, William Lang, Edward London, James Lowery, Archibald McCallum, Dan McDonald, John McEwen, R. McGregor, George McPherson, Tom Meehan, Henry Minesinger, John Mortimer, Michel Penrose, F. Perry, William Playfair, Albert Prain, recipes, George Ross, Frank Simpin, E. Sandilands, G.H. Schneider, John Sissons, Robert Stewart, William Sverdrup, Green Walters, Tony Walters, Charley Wang, Philip Weinard, and James Young.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Peter W.F. Cochrane, 1983.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
Also available on microfilm.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:

Extensive letters written by Billy Cochrane to A.E. Cross from 1894 to 1929 are in the Cross family fonds at Glenbow (M-9190-(22-39)).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-6552, PA-2464, PB-605, PC-214a, PD-193, NA-4571, AR-22, Microfilm-Cochrane

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