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Henry Alexander Cooper (1853-1899)

(1885-1953)
Calgary town enjoyed a circus in 1899.  It left a few days later, on its way to Edmonton, but left behind a giant of a man.  The “tallest man in the world”, Henry Alexander Cooper, known as "Harry" by his friends, had fallen ill and had to stay behind.  Harry passed away in the Calgary General Hospital and is buried in Union Cemetery. Born in England in 1853, there was nothing special about Harry as a baby.  Later in life, as a young man, he worked underground in the iron ore mines nearby.  Harry was then stricken by a severe fever and confined to bed for 13 weeks.  During his sickness, he grew an astonishing 18 inches.  His adult height was reported as 8 feet 6 inches!
Vera Dick

Vera Dick

(1885-1953)
Newlywed Calgarians Vera Dick and her husband Bert boarded the ill-fated Titanic on April 10, 1912 as First Class passengers. 17 year old Vera enjoyed her time on the ship, even having dinner with Thomas Andrews, the ship’s designer. Her husband, a wealthy farmer, had given her a heart shaped ruby gem, which unfortunately went down with the ship. The lifeboat carrying Vera and Bert was one of the last to leave the sinking ship. Vera was the inspiration for the storyline of the character “Rose” in James Cameron’s movie “Titanic”, according to historian Wyn Craig Wade.
William Aberhart (1878-1943)

William Aberhart (1878-1943)

(1885-1953)
William Aberhart, also known as “Bible Bill” for his outspoken Baptist views, was a Canadian politician and the seventh Premier of Alberta (1935 to his death in 1943). He was the founder and first leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party. He was born December 30, 1878, in Tuckersmith Township (now part of Huron East, Ontario) to William and Louisa Pepper Aberhart. His father had immigrated to Canada from Germany with his family at the age of seven, while Louisa Pepper was born in Perth County, Ontario. At school, Aberhart was a hard-working but average student. He was not a social child but was a capable athlete. In the fall of 1901 Aberhart was hired as a teacher at the Central Public School in Brantford. He fast won a reputation as a strict disciplinarian…
Guy Weadick (1885-1953)

Guy Weadick (1885-1953)

(1885-1953)
Guy Weadick was an American-Canadian cowboy, performer and promoter. An American city kid turned ranching entrepreneur, he is best known as the founder of the Calgary Stampede. Guy Weadick was born in Rochester New York to an Irish family. He became captivated by the cowboy lifestyle portrayed by pop culture growing up and wanted to learn what being a cowboy was all about, so he headed west. Weadick was presented the opportunity to perform on the Miller Brothers’ 101 Ranch Wild West Show based out of Oklahoma. Guy learned the ins and outs of showmanship and eventually became quite popular with the crowd because of the impressive displays he put on show as a trick roper. In 1908 Weadick visited Calgary for the first time as part of the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch Wild West Show. The group performed at the Dominion Exhibition, a travelling fair which was awarded to Calgary by the federal government.