Doug Richards

Canadian Rockies in the 30s

This interview with Mr. Richards provides primary source information about his grandfather moving to the area near Richards Road in the early 1900s to operate a sawmill, raising seven young children as a widower, the difficult times during the depression, his uncle bringing home a war bride, homesteading in the 1930s and his father meeting his mother.

Mr. Richards talks about his parents working for horse outfitters in the Canadian Rockies and life on Richards Road during the 30s.

Doug Richards. December 17, 2012

Doug Richards

Growing Up on the Land

Mr. Richards describes life growing up on the land and how he and his sister were educated and how they kept busy with the 4-H Club and helping out with the milk cows. As a teenager Mr. Richards was paid to ride bucking horses no one else would ride; the beginning of a lifetime of rodeo business. Mr. Richards describes celebrations, social life in the country and their friendship with their Stoney neighbours.

Mr. Richards talks about meeting his wife Jill and raising their two boys, building their log home and their challenges of raising cattle. The interview is a window into the past 100 years of the Richards family being in the rodeo business and ranching at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.


Municipal District of Bighorn Interview highlights of Doug Richards - December 17, 2012.
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Doug Richards - Rodeo Buck riding