Charles Wellington Fisher

Charles Wellington Fisher's political career began on February 4, 1903 when he was elected to the legislature of the North West Territories as the member from the Constituency of Banff. He subsequently became the first Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly when Alberta became a province, a position that he held until his death from Spanish Influenza in 1919.

In 1907, Fisher purchased land near Cochrane, Alberta where he built a substatial sandstone house where the family lived until 1931 when it became the "Just Home Guest Ranch" operated by the McConachies. The house and land was partially sold, and partially donated to the Franciscan Monastic Order who now operate the Mount St. Francis Retreat. Fisher's original sandstone ranch house still forms a part of the retreat.