Cancelled Bison

Buffalo Stamp

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Whose Dinner?

George Lane Charles Russell

George Lane was a rancher in Alberta, Canada, who came upon a pack of wolves feeding on one of his beef cows. The wolves had formerly lived upon the buffalo, but since the white settlers had exterminated the buffalo in order to exterminate the indigenous tribesmen, the wolves had turned to the settlers’ cattle. Lane rode into the midst of the wolves to send them a message, but, totally out of character, the pack’s largest male turned and charged Lane. You can’t blame him.

Lane survived to tell the tale, and western artist C.M. “Charlie” Russell, did a picture of the event (above), which inspired Alberta artist Rich Roenisch to do a bronze sculpture of George Lane and the wolves (below) for the Bar U Ranch Historical Site.

Nancy Chow

Photo of the Rich Roenisch sculpture by Nancy Chow, Calgary, Alberta

Funeral Trolley Cars

Elmlawn Trolley

If Buffalo, N.Y., was famous only for wings and the Goo Goo Dolls, that would be enough, but behold “Elmlawn,” one of three funeral trolley cars used in the Queen City of the Great Lakes by the International Railway Company (IRC) of New York. As some cemeteries had a trolley line passing by the gates, trolley-car funerals became popular; they were less expensive than renting horses and carriages, yet still considered dignified. On the “Elmlawn” car above, the casket doors are toward the front, under the smaller windows. The car was built by the J.G. Brill Co. in 1895, but lost in a fire in 1915, along with another funeral car, “Greenwood.” A note for locals: The car would not have been named for Elmlawn Cemetery in Kenmore, which wasn’t opened until 1901.