Charles Mallory Hatfield: The “Rainmaker” -The Story of a Infamous American Character Who Once Plied his Trade in Medicine Hat

The history of Medicine Hat is full of interesting characters and events but no one individual has received more “publicity” and has been the subject of more newspaper accounts than Charles Mallory Hatfield. His brief but historic visit to Medicine Hat in the 1920’s has resulted in numerous stories or accounts of his efforts to bring rain to the “parched” land of Southern Alberta following several years of drought conditions in the area.

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“All Hell for A Basement”- A Historical Vignette about the Discovery of Natural Gas in Medicine Hat

There is probably no singular circumstance or event which has attracted more world wide attention or brought Medicine Hat more notoriety than the discovery of natural gas beneath its surface. This resulted in the declaration made at the turn of the century, by a world renowned author and poet of the time, that Medicine Hat was “the town that was born lucky” and that it had “all hell for a basement”.

This is that story!

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The “Royal” Connaught Golf Club-“The History of One of Medicine Hat’s Premiere Golf Courses”

A 100th anniversary is a significant milestone and an admirable accomplishment under any circumstances and it is most worthy of great celebration. 

In 1922, the Connaught Golf Club at Medicine Hat, Alberta was founded and it will celebrate it’s one hundredth anniversary this year. As a tribute to its storied past, it is important to recount and document its history in some meaningful and appropriate way. Here is a look back at the history of one of Medicine Hat’s Premiere golf courses.

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“The Divine Trench”: The Story of One of Medicine Hat’s Most Celebrated Sons-Pvt. James Peter Robertson VC

I have always enjoyed reading about history and more recently, I became fascinated with the history of WWI. This was prompted by the discovery of pictures of my wife’s grandfather and great uncle, Thomas and Edward Medlicott, who were members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and who served gallantly overseas in the Great War. Another young man from Medicine Hat who joined the CEF and fought gallantly overseas became one of Medicine Hat’s most celebrated sons. His name is -Pvt. James Peter Robertson.

This is his story embedded in the greater context of the First World War for which many are unaware.  READ ON

 

“Angels of Mercy”- The Story of Nursing Sister Matilda Ethel Green and her Unique Connection to Medicine Hat and her Role During the Great War (1914-1919)

More than 2,800 nurses served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps, as fully-enlisted officers in the specially-created all female rank of “Nursing Sister”, during World War I. Nicknamed “bluebirds” because of their blue uniforms and white veils, Canada’s nursing sisters saved many lives by caring for wounded and sick soldiers during this horrific conflict in France and Belgium during the Great War (1914-1919). Their valour and dedication to the war effort, however,  is often overlooked. One of these Nursing Sisters has a unique connection to Medicine Hat and her story is one that should be told as part of another interesting chapter in the history of Medicine Hat.

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The Florence Nightingale of Medicine Hat -The Life Story of Mary Minor Mills (1911-2006)

On June 16th, 1945 Major Mary Minor Mills, R.C.A.M.C was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal by King George VI at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Major Mills has a unique and special connection to Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta and Southwestern Saskatchewan and her story is a story worth telling as it forms another interesting chapter in the history of Medicine Hat.

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The Medlicott Brothers Go To War

On Remembrance Day, we Canadians pause to honour the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict, and peace. Many of us where a red poppy to symbolize our respect to those that served and paid the ultimate price in service to their country. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae beautifully captured this symbolism of the blood-red flowers in his 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem which has received international acclaim, was written to honour those who had fallen during the Battle of Ypres in WWI, as he noticed how quickly the poppies grew over the graves of soldiers who had earlier died during this battle. It is a moving tribute and a reminder that their sacrifice should always be remembered.
Here is my second article in my effort “not to break faith” but to REMEMBER…..
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields”