Item iw-glen-150 - Bob Edwards' letters

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Bob Edwards' letters

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GLEN glen-887-iw-glen-150

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  • 1907-1922 (Creation)
    Edwards, Bob

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25 pages

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Edwards, Bob

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Robert Chambers Edwards, 1860-1922, was born and educated in Scotland. He came to North America in 1895 and lived in Wyoming, USA before coming to Alberta in the late 1890s. He published the Wetaskiwin Free Lance for a few years, then in 1900 went to Manitoba to work for the Winnipeg Free Press. He returned to Alberta and published the first issue of the infamous Eye Opener in High River on March 4, 1902. He moved to Calgary in 1904 and from then until his death published the Eye Opener intermittently, with a two year break from 1909 to 1911 which he spent in Ontario and Manitoba. He was well known for his bold, caustic and witty style of journalism. He married Kate Penman of Scotland in 1917. He was elected an independent member of the Alberta Legislature in 1921. Bob Edwards School in Calgary was named in his honour in 1971. For further information see The Wit and Wisdom of Bob Edwards / edited by Hugh Dempsey. - Edmonton : Hurtig, 1976; and Diane Howard's entry, "Bob Edwards", in Encyclopedia of the Great Plains / David J. Wishart, ed. -- Lincoln/London : University of Nebraska Press, 2004, p. 511-512; and Hugh A. Dempsey's entry, "Robert Chambers Edwards" in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography at

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  • General note: Consists of letters written by the notorious editor of the Eye Opener newspaper. Included are letters to the Calgary Board of Trade re misleading advertising to entice settlers to the west (1907); re Eye Opener subscriptions (1911, 1912); to Isaac Cowie re Hudson's Bay Company oldtimers (1913); to Jessie McCauley Ross (nurse) re personal activities and his drinking problems (1915); and to Vancouver newspaperman George Murray re marriage, personal life, and publishing (1915-1922). Also includes Edwards' obituaries (1922).

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