THE GOLDEN ROLL


| May/June 1978



It is with deep sorrow that the Board of Directors of the Western Development Museum announces the death February 19, 1978, of DR. GEORGE SHEPHERD, Honorary Museum Curator.

Dr. Shepherd was born in England in 1890, and was 18 years old when his family emigrated to Canada. After many years as a rancher in southern Saskatchewan, he and his wife Irene moved to Saskatoon in 1950. Three years later he was appointed to the position of curator at the Saskatoon branch of the Western Development Museum, a position he held for almost 25 years.

A prolific writer, Dr. Shepherd published numerous feature stories and articles in such magazines as 'The R.C.M.P. Quarterly,' 'Heritage Canada,' 'The Iron Men Album,' and 'Engineers and Engines.' In 1965 he published his first book West of Yesterday, followed in 1967 by Brave Heritage.

He was honored many times for his contribution to the museum field and to the preservation of the Saskatchewan heritage, including in 1974, an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and in 1977, an Honorary Scroll from the government of Saskatchewan. He was also a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association.

The directors, staff members and volunteers of the Western Development Museum deeply mourn the loss of this friend and advisor.

WILLIAM L. CURTIS, 80 years old, of Lehigh, Iowa, passed away December 9, 1977 of sudden illness. He attended many steam shows the past twenty years, attending the Steam Show in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa every year for the last twenty years. He was really an antique buff, with his Edison Phonograph collection -his favorite.