Garry Allison was born in Lethbridge in 1940. During his career, he served as the Sports Editor of the Lethbridge Herald, as well as the District Editor, City Editor and finished his journalism career as the Outdoors Editor. He worked fulltime in the Herald's Sports department in 1974 after working in the Printing Department.
Allison was an avid rodeo fan and spent much of his career covering local rodeos throughout Southern Alberta, beginning in the mid-1960s until his retirement in 2002. He received numerous awards for his coverage of rodeos, high school sports and the outdoors, including the Max Bell Memorial Award for outstanding coverage of amateur sports in Alberta. Because of his achievements in Southern Alberta sports, he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame.
Allison was heavily involved in the local community, including coaching the high school girls’ basketball in Coalhurst and Winston Churchill for ten years. Family was a central priority to Garry Allison: he and his wife, Mary, were married for 55 years and had cared for foster children for 32 years.
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2 Essays written by Avice Frayne Anderson:
"The Sherans: Nicholas, Marcella, Michael, James", and
"Early Schools In North Lethbridge".
The Seventh International Dry Farming Congress was held in Lethbridge from 21 to 26 October 1912. Approximately 5,000 delegates and guests attended the event from all over the world. Lethbridge at the time had a population of only 8,400, and delegates were accomodated in hotels, private homes, tents and railway cars. The City of Lethbridge spent about 1.5 million dollars in municipal improvements for the Congress: paving downtown streets, a street railway system, water treatment plant, buildings on the Exhibition Grounds, and other improvements.
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View of 5 Street South decorated for the Seventh International Dry Farming Congress. The view is looking south from about 1 Avenue South.
Photograph of 5th Street south near the corner of 3rd Avenue looking north from the Dallas (Coalbanks) Hotel with streetcar (street car) on the background. The man in the horse drawn dray in the foreground is Charles W. Tillack who operated a dray business in Lethbridge from about 1912-1920, when t…
Photograph of 5th Street south near the corner of 3rd Avenue looking north from the Dallas (Coalbanks) Hotel with streetcar (street car) on the background. The man in the horse drawn dray in the foreground is Charles W. Tillack who operated a dray business in Lethbridge from about 1912-1920, when the family returned to Stirling, Alberta. The horses are identified as Prince (left) and Jim. Information was provided by Charles Tillack's son, G.D. Tillack in July 1997.
Photograph was originally part of an album compiled by the British and Colonial Photographic Company owned and operated by Arthur Rafton Canning. Photograph was removed from album as a conservation measure.