The story unfolds in the Rocky Mountain Forest Reserves of Western Canada. Most of the action takes place in the North Fork Gap of the Oldman River and in the McGillvray and Allison valleys of the Crownest Pass. The main character, Rad Harker, raised in the cow country of southern Alberta, makes li…
Edward Fredrick "Teddy" Hagell was born June 20, 1895 in Coaldale, Alberta. His father, Edward Hagell, arrived in Lethbridge from England in about 1890. He started the first newspaper called “Lethbridge News”. He came with his wife, who died with the birth of her first child, Cora. Edward and Ellen (2nd wife) had four children: Violet, Freda, Albert, and Edward Fredrick “Teddy”.
Growing up in southern Alberta, Hagell roamed the prairies sometimes working as a cowboy, indulging his love of horses and the prairie. Thoughout his life he pursued passion of visual art and writing. The major artistic themes in his work were the prairie landscape, animals and the pioneer era of western Canada. He studied in New York and Los Angeles, and lived in Vancouver and on a farm near Toronto before returning to southern Alberta in 1952 to live in Pincher Creek. During his lifetime Ted Hagell produced about 1,500 works of art, wrote poetry and short stories, and published one book.
He began writing in 1930. His first works was a collection of poems and short stories. Later a chapter book entitled “When the Grass was Free…” published in January 1954. The "Harker of the Fiddleback" has never been published.
The manuscript was created when the author lived in Ontario.
Donated by Dalton Hagell
Scope and Content
The story unfolds in the Rocky Mountain Forest Reserves of Western Canada. Most of the action takes place in the North Fork Gap of the Oldman River and in the McGillvray and Allison valleys of the Crownest Pass. The main character, Rad Harker, raised in the cow country of southern Alberta, makes living as a ranch hand. He leaves his first good job for the 2-bar-reverse-K outfit in the Milk River Ridge country because of the "bold infatuation" on the part of the foreman's daughter. After making his way west, he finds job at the Fiddleback ranch, where he is hired by the Honeysett brothers. Rad developed affection for the owners' daughter - Iris Honeysett who return from their college schooling for the summer vacations. The story develops into a contest between quiet unassuming Harker and the boastful unprincipled Sam Parks for the heart of Iris. When Parks is exposed and defeated, Harker leaves the ranch believing he has nothing to offer to a ranch owners' daughter but eventually, with the help of friends, the young people find their happiness.