From Dowlais, Wales to Calgary, Canada
Mona and I, [MaD] are members of the Calgary Welsh Society. The following is a summary of a piece to be found in Welsh Heritage in Calgary written by Betty Evans of the Calgary Welsh Society in 1983.
R C Thomas was a young Welshman who emigrated to Calgary in 1883 from Dowlais. He bought a homestead on the Bow River for $10 and settled in the area. During the Riel Rebellion in 1885, this enterprising Welshman served as a teamster and made $1200, a remarkable sum in those days. With the money, he invested in land in Calgary and opened a livery business and later a coal and wood yard. He became a prominent businessman in Calgary, later becoming president of the St David’s Society, now known as the Calgary Welsh Society. A few years later, the Wales Hotel was built on his property. RC Thomas died in 1950.