Attendant of the first 1912 Calgary Stampede

My mother, Lucy Krem, was an attendant of the first 1912 Calgary Stampede.

I am enclosing a copy of an old postcard/photo of my mother which was taken in Calgary by Chazin Studio, 117A - 8th Avenue, West.

She appears to be a very proud Calgarian of about 4 or 5 years old.

According to her younger sister Carol Byers of Castlegar, BC - Her older sister 'Lucy' was born at #11 Fleet Street, England on December 13th, 1907.

Lucy sailed with her Mum and Dad to Canada (almost lost her life on board but for a quick handed sailor who caught her dress before she hit the waves)

The small family arrived in Halifax and rode the train on what was then called the slat cars which apparently were very basic - allowing for the people to cook at one end of the car and somehow sleep along the sides. Can you imagine? With children?

It was a very cold and bleak day in March of 1910 when they arrived in Calgary. Grandmother stepped off the train and took a look around. Having just recently left the bustling city of London, nothing could have prepared her for her first view of Calgary. Bald headed prairie, no sidewalks, the natives with their travois, and a bitter cold wind blowing. Apparently, she sat down on the CPR platform and cried.

Grandma (Ada Krem nee Livermore) passed away in 1954.

Ada's husband, my grandfather, William Krem, and their children have all contributed in some way to serve this great city and country, including their sons whose military service is acknowledged on a special plaque at the Cathedral of the Redeemer in Calgary.

My own mother, Lucy, grew up to be a gaduate of the first 'Normal School' where she achieved her Teachers Cerficiate and went on to become a pioneer school teacher in the little white school houses of southern Alberta. Her first students will remember her as Miss Krem. When she married my father, Don Swain, a CPR station agent, her name became Mrs. Lucy Swain.

The above is only a very brief summation of my mother's life. However, we are talking about the Calgry Stampede, so...

Mum and Dad always tried to see the parade - whether we lived at the CPR station house in Exshaw or whether we lived in Calgary. Watching the parade was MANDATORY!

I have a few special Stampede Parade memories. The pipe bands always scared the wits out of me but I love them to this day. I especially enjoyed seeing all the beautiful Stampede Queens on their horses and viewing our colourful native people in their beaded costumes - wow.

I do miss one float - the March of Dimes - when all the children took their best aim and tossed their coins into the slow moving appeal.

On Children's day at the Grandstand, when I was trying so hard to win a pont or a puppy (Mum was so grateful that I was not that lucky).

We all sang this stampede song:

Calgary, Calgary - with you I will stay
River clear, mountains near, sunshine every day
Give us a 'C' 'A' 'L' 'G' 'A' 'R' 'Y'
And that spells Calgarhreeeeeeee!

To the Calgary Stampede....I say yahoo! Bring on the next 100 years!

Dawn Swain