Edmontonians in the Spotlight – James Keith Simpson Part 1

1846 Fort, Edmontonians In The Spotlight

Was there a time when you saw true leadership? Was there a time you showed it? James Keith Simpson was his own man. There are many stories we could tell about him but there are just as many stories we can’t tell. We don’t know how he met his wife, or how he came to become a stepfather to her …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – James Keith Simpson, Part 2

1846 Fort, Edmontonians In The Spotlight

Welcome back to our Spotlight Blog Series, where we shine on little-known Edmontonians, such as James Keith Simpson. In our last installment, James was brought up within the Hudson’s Bay Company power structure. This was a time when one of the largest companies held a waning trade monopoly over most of what is now the world’s second largest country and beyond. …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – J.E. Brazeau, Pt 1.

1846 Fort, Edmontonians In The Spotlight

If you’ve ever driven through west central Alberta, you’ve probably been to Brazeau County. Last time I passed through, I wondered aloud about this eccentric fur trader who had so many things named after him. Thus this week’s addition to our Spotlight series! Our question: what makes a man remembered? Our period: the mid-19th century, when fur traders in Aboriginal …