A Trapped Trapper

When a large bear took over his cabin, Jim Fells of Bezanson retreated to the attic, where he was trapped until the next day. His rescuers didn’t believe there was a big bear in the cabin which wouldn’t leave, so Jim shot at the bear with his .22. When the bear attempted to leave the cabin through a window, the visitors believed him!

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger
The Herald Tribune – Jan 31, 1946

Photo description – Cabin in Winter, [1915]
A cabin in winter showing icicles along the roof edge.
Location: 0344.02.07

This Week in History – Best Joke Ever!

posterAs practical jokes go, this one was a doozy! My thoughts on reading this account were how much fun it would have been to see, but that something like this sure wouldn’t happen now!oie_26174037BXC8H3VH

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Grande Prairie Herald,
Feb. 24,1918 pg.5

SPRA 0032.08.07.15: Corona Hotel. Early stages of the fire, taken from the street in front of the hotel. Horses, sleigh and men in foreground, February 1936.

SPRA 0032.08.07.15: This photograph is no joke!  The Royal George – which later became the Corona Hotel. Early stages of the fire, taken from the street in front of the hotel. Horses, sleigh and men in foreground, February 1936.