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Jeff Murphy compiling Fort Macleod Fish and Game history

Jeff Murphy is combing The Macleod Gazette’s archive to compile the history of the Fort Macleod Fish and Game Association, which plans to publish a book.

A Fort Macleod man is on a mission to compile the history of a long-time volunteer service organization.
Jeff Murphy is using The Macleod Gazette’s archive to bring together the history of the Fort Macleod Fish and Game Association.
“It’s really interesting,” Murphy said of reading the old newspapers to find items about Fish and Game.
This is the second time Murphy has researched the history of Fish and Game, which was founded in 1950.
The material Murphy gathered several years ago was passed through several hands and was eventually lost during a house sale.
Rather than letting that loss discourage him, in mid February Murphy undertook the same process.
“I had to start from scratch,” said Murphy, who can be found at the newspaper on Wednesday, Thursday and sometimes Friday.
He estimates he has spent 1,200 to 1,500 hours in the back room at the Gazette, flipping through the pages and photocopying the news and feature items about Fish and Game.
Murphy puts the photocopies into binders, along with photographs and other information people have provided relating to Fish and Game.
Murphy has been a Fish and Game member most of his life and has enjoyed learning the club’s early history.
The names of people involved in Fish and Game, many of whom have passed on, is a highlight for Murphy.
“Julius Moltzhan was a really interesting guy,” Murphy said of the long-time Fish and Game member. “He was a mentor to me and it’s kind of fun to read about the things he did.”
A few bits of club history stand out.
“In the early days Fort Macleod Fish and Game had a junior Fish and Game,” Murphy said. “That was kind of cool.”
Another interesting event was when fire destroyed the Kingston shop downtown, someone had the presence of mind to rescue the Fish and Game trophies that were in the building.
Some club history is close to home for Murphy, who discovered a photograph of Ken Hart Jr. helping Murphy’s brother Andrew shoot a bow.
Anyone who has photographs or information about Fort Macleod Fish and Game to add to the project is encouraged to call Jeff Murphy at 403-715-0577.
“This is all going to be made into a history book,” Murphy said.
Fish and Game plans to publish a history book in conjunction with its 70th anniversary in 2020.