The latest from Forgotten Alberta

As paid work and personal commitments keep me more than busy, my time for contributions to Forgotten Alberta has been nearing non-existent.

However, despite the fact I haven’t had an original thought in months, I have been honoured to have my previous works featured in a couple of Alberta publications during the past month.

Alberta Views magazine featured my piece on Dr. Alexander Scott of Bassano, renowned as Western Canada’s first flying doctor, in the November issue. You can read the original Prairie Post column here.

The Oyen Echo also ran my vignette on Cavendish casualty, Pte. John Harold Fenton, on the cover of their Nov. 8 edition. Check out the original here.  Thank you to David McKinstry for making this happen.

I was also fortunate to be asked to contribute several articles to the most recent Lomond and District History Book, most of which are based on posts and articles originally published on this site. In the coming weeks I will republish some of these, the first being an updated history of the C.P.R.’s ill-fated Suffield Subdivision.

In other news…

Heritage hero Cody Kapcsos is looking for support in his quest to commemorate the ghost town of Maybutt (see below):

Any help, support, and suggestions are appreciated, so be sure to stop by his Facebook page, and let him know what you think.

A bit of bad news for Alberta history buffs – it appears the website, which was home to a host of historical resources for southern Alberta, in particular the Lethbridge region, is no longer live. I was one of many who frequented the site often over the past decade or so to access its collection of Cummins Map Co. township-range maps for southern Alberta. I was fortunate to have downloaded the maps I needed some time ago, but for those who weren’t as fortunate, a valuable resource no longer appears to be unavailable… for now.

Any tips, questions, or suggestions pertaining to Alberta history can be forwarded to me, Jonathan Koch, at

All for now!

4 thoughts on “The latest from Forgotten Alberta”

  1. Hi Jonathan – I sent you an email, hopefully it can help you out a bit. Thanks for all the great work.

  2. Hi Jonathan
    Stumbled on your site while investigating the Hand Hills. Any chance that you are related to the Kochs around Edenwold, Sk. My mother’s side was Koch.

  3. Hi Russ,
    Thanks for stopping by! There’s plenty of our people across the plains, but my branch is pretty thin, having come from Luxembourg originally, and later the U.S. Midwest over a century ago. My family is mostly in southern Alberta now, but no ties to Edenwold as far as I know.

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