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Extracts From the Immigration Report of 1887 Pretaining to Settlement in the West

In the Sessional Papers of 51 Victoria (4) 1888 p. 201, is the annual Immigration Report from the various Agents. The following shows the number of ranches in operation:-- [these are in the North-West Territories which would later become Alberta and Saskatchewan]

# of

Ranche

Name of Lessee Area in Acres # of

Ranche

Name of Lessee Area in Acres
1 Mount Head Ranche Company 44,000 142 Thomas McKay 50,000
2 North-West Cattle Company 59,000 143 T.P. McHugh & Co 9,700
3 Ryan & Whitney 3,000 144 P.H. Logan 100,000
6 Durham Ranche Company 33,000 145 George Scheetz 100,000
11 Alexander Begg 1,440 147 E. Hausman 100,000
15 Sir F.W. de Winton and A.J. Williams 15,000 148 H.M. Taylor 100,000
16 D. McEachran 29,000 149 P. Doyle 60,000
16a D. McEachran 30,000 150 Potter & Petapiece 5,100
22 Stewart Ranche Company 23,000 151 F.W. Craig 11,000
25 Cochrane Ranche company 73,000 152 John J. Sullivan 23,000
26 do (ditto) 60,000 154 D. McEachran 16,640
28 Jones, Inderwick and McCaul 100,000 157 Allen r. Macdonell 20,800
30 Orrin F. Main 32,000 160 J.K. Kerr 42,700
31 Military Colonization Company 70,000 161 Lafferty & Martin 7,000
33 G.F. Wachter 7,000 163 Ingram & Chambers 1,280
34 Cochrane Ranche Company 33,000 165 A.C. McKay 76,000
35 North-West Cattle Company 55,000 167 Glengarry Ranche Co 52,320
35a Moore & Martin 33,000 176 McDermid & Ross 60,620
36 C.W. Martin 59,270 180 John H. Conrad 89,300
38 Allfrey & Brooke 10,000 183 Samuel Spencer 22,000
40 Jacob Erratt 5,000 185 Herbert Samson 40,000
42 British American Ranche Co 100,000 186 T.C. Power & Bro 24,500
43 do 34,600 187 C.A. Bigger 11,000
44 do 55,000 189 Greely & Wood 8,960
45 Wells & Brown 12,000 193 Cypress Cattle Co 38,750
48 New Oxley (Canada) Ranche Co 80,000 195 W. Riddell 13,400
55 Winder Ranche Co 50,000 197 Walter C. Skrine 8,700
56 Bell Brothers 5,000 198 D.C. Plumb 66,000
57 Ives & Sharp 5,000 201 A. Adsit 1,920
59 New Oxley (Canada) Ranche Co 100,000 206 H.D. & F.E. Beveridge 4,160
60 John Hollies 29,000 209 Lt-Col Irwin 33,000
62 Brunskill & Geddes 13,000 217 W. Carter 100,000
64 Moore & Macdowall 23,000 219 C.W. Saunders 3,040
65 Bell & Patterson 6,000 225 Medicine Hat Ranche Co 17,000
66 Michael Gallagher 2,600 227 W.L. Nicol 4,000
66a William Julius Hyde 3,900 233 G.W. quick 5,972
67 E.H. Maunsell 4,480 236 E.W. Murphy 66,000
74 Sir John Walrond 100,000 240 W.G. Conrad 32,580
77 New Oxley (Canada) Ranche Co 100,000 243 Dorr Clarke 22,000
80 Vicount Boyle 5,000 245 Curry Brothers 11,000
82 Walrond Ranche Co 100,000 246 F. Barnard 44,000
87 W.S. Lee 25,000 247 G. Alexander 2,232
92 W.G. Conrad 100,000 248 A.E. Cross 11,000
93 Garnett Brothers 20,000 251 G.L. Broderick 4,000
94 F.W. Godsall 20,000 252 Thynne & Hole 5,120
96 W.F.N. Scobie 12,000 257 A. Niedringhaus 33,000
99 Joseph McFarland 13,000 259 T.B.H. Cochrane 39,300
100 Alfred Lynch Staunton 8,000 260 John Lawrence 640
101 Alberta Ranche Co 27,750 261 G.M. Annabel 5,700
104 W. Bell Irving 5,280 262 D.C. Plumb 33,000
107 Thos. B.H. Cochrane 51,000 264 G. Alexander 2,250
108 D. McDougall 6,000 265 Jonathan Henderson 1,250
109 S.E. St. Onge Chapleau 100,000 266 Dixon, Gow & Co 6,560
111 J. Walter Ings 1,920 267 P. Robertson 3,200
114 Thorpe & Bedelle 24,500 268 F.W. & J.W. Ings 7,040
119 North-West Land and Grazing Co 24,500 272 W.R. Abbott 1,280
120 M. Oxarart 11,000 273 F.G. Niedringhaus 100,000
122 George Alexander 44,000 277 A.P. Patrick 2,560
123 Walter C. Skrine 8,200 278 R. Deacon 2,880
124 B.M. Godsall 3,600 280 H.D. Beveridge 16,650
129 Rev. John McDougall 7,680 282 Dorr Clarke 18,000
130 Union Ranching Co 10,000 284 B. Vanvolkenburgh 30,000
131 Hand-in-Hand Ranching Co 100,000 287 S.L. Bedson 880
132 J. Ick Evans 66,000 290 A. Caswell 1,920
136 A.J. McKay 88,000 297 Dorr Clarke 26,000
137 Brown Ranche Company 33,500 305 John C. Slater 320
140 E. Meek 88,000 307 John Quirk 11,000
141 P. McLaren 7,500 Total area in acres 4,466,844

By an Order in Council dated the 7th of April, 1887, leases of grazing lands in Manitoba and the North-West Territories can be granted only after public competition, excepting in cases of actual settlers, to each of whom may be leased, without public competition, a tract of land not exceeding four sections in area, which tract must, however, be contiguous to the settler's homestead.

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