Smoke from the Branding Fire

Joyce Pallister-Bronsch


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Hank Pallister was raised on his father's ranch, at Turner Valley Alberta, the son of a recognized pioneer family. He lived his early life surrounded by the old-time cowmen and a world of fascinating stories. Later, as Coordinator of Brand Inspection for Alberta, Hank came to know many of the personalities that gave so much to the aura of cowboy life in the Canadian west. His experiences and knowledge of Alberta's cattle brand registrations and ranching history, its lore and memorable characters are recorded here in rich detail. Hank passed away in 2005 at the age of 79.