Beaver Club medal
This medal belonged to Sir George Simpson, governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company. It was given to members of the Beaver Club –– fur traders who had spent at least one year on the frontier. The Montreal-based club was founded in 1785 by the HBC’s rival, the North West Company. Simpson received his medal in 1820, one year before the merger of the two companies.
In The Beaver…
90 years ago - And the beat goes on
In October 1920 The Beaver magazine was launched as a “full-fledged institutional magazine” for Hudson’s Bay Company staff. The inaugural issue cost ten cents a copy. On its cover is an engraving of a beaver gnawing a stick and the words “A Journal of Progress,” along with a portrait of the company’s governor, Sir Robert M. Kindersley.
60 years ago - A wilderness journey
The joys of travelling along the historic Voyageur’s Highway in the Quetico-Superior border region is eloquently described by Florence Page Jaques in the March 1950 Beaver magazine feature “Wilderness Treasure.” With accompanying artwork by her husband Francis Lee Jaques, you can almost feel their canoe slip through the crystal-clear water along the Ontario-Minnesota border.
30 years ago - Anniversary time
The Beaver celebrated its sixtieth anniversary in the autumn of 1980. The first featured article in this issue is “Eskimo Life A Century Ago,” by Margaret Mead. The distinguished American anthropologist had originally written this story as a chapter of a children’s book, drawing heavily upon scientist Franz Boas’ first systematic study of Inuit culture in 1883. Through words and photographs, she documented the Inuit of Cumberland Sound, whose mode of living remained relatively unchanged until after World War II.