Honouring the memories of
James Colvin
&
George Clift King

On the afternoon of June 22, 2000, serving members of the RCMP, members of the RCMP Veterans Association, Members of The Independent Order of Oddfellows, along with local historians and the general public gathered at Calgary's union Cemetery to pay tribute to two of the city's founders - George Clift King and James Colvin - by installing markers on their graves. The graves of these two North West Mounted Police veterans had remained unmarked for some years, but through the efforts of Al Muise-Benner (a distant relative of James Colvin who spear-headed the fundraising), monuments were purchased and the two men were honoured as part of Calgary's 125th anniversary celebrations.

The Fort Calgary Historical Park organised the celebration which was preceded by a performance of the famous Musical Ride at the site of the original Fort. Donors for the monuments included Canada Post, The Canadian Pacific Railway, Sommerville Monuments, The City of Calgary, The Independent Order of Oddfellows, and the two RCMP organisations already mentioned. Descendants of both George King and James Colvin were in attendance for the celebrations. Their epitaphs read as follows

 

 

 George Clift King, O.B.E.
April 23, 1848 - July 18, 1935
Acting Constable (Corporal)
F Troop
North West Mounted Police
(1874 - 1877)
*
Original Member of the NWMP during the 1874 March West (to Fort Macleod)
Member of F Troop, founders of Fort Calgary, and the first to stand on that site
Calgary's Postmaster 1885-1921
Mayor of Calgary 1886-1887
Calgary Alderman 1889, 1891, 1892, 1909
Businessman and Civic Promoter

James Colvin
December 12, 1846 - June 1, 1885
Sergeant
F Troop
North West Mounted Police
(1875 - 1880)
*
A Member of F Troop, The NWMP, founders of Fort Calgary
Indian Agent at Cypress Hills (Fort Walsh) until 1882
Veteran of the Grand Trunk and Canadian Pacific Railways, who helped to see the rails through Calgary
First I.O.O.F. burial in Alberta
Civic Promoter

 

 The Great Grandson of James Colvin, Mr. James Morrison, at the Colvin Gravesite (photo by Chris Morrison)