Missionaries among Miners, Migrants, and Blackfoot

The Vantighem Brothers Diaries, Alberta 1875-1917


Missionaries among Miners, Migrants, and Blackfoot

Using valuable primary source material, most of which is previously unpublished, and some of which has been translated from the Flemish-Dutch and French, editors Mary Eggermont-Molenaar and Paul Callens introduce the Van Tighem brothers to today's reader.

Missionaries Among Miners, Migrants, and Blackfoot : The Vantighem Brothers Diaries, Alberta 1875-1917, contains the transcribed diaries of brothers Leonard and Victor Van Tighem, Belgian Catholic missionaries in Alberta between 1874 and 1917. Leonard, an Oblate priest, served in a number of parishes in southern Alberta, some of which he helped establish. Victor, a member of the Belgian Van Dale congregation, served on the Peigan and Blood reserves, in the southern part of the province. Their diaries are interspersed with letters from family and friends and letters and articles by contemporary bishops and fellow priests and lay-brothers. The Van Tighems' diaries offer a fascinating glimpse of life during Alberta's early settlement and growth -- the immigration boom, the development of Lethbridge and the Peigan reserve, railroads, the mining industry, and the impact of World War I are all part of the historical backdrop of the brothers' diaries.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Title Page 4
Bibliographic Information 5
Dedication 6
Table of Contents 8
List of Illustrations * Captions 10
Preface 16
Acknowledgements 20
Leonard's Codices: 1875-1917 24
Map of West Flanders 25
Leonard's Old World 26
A Brief Introduction to Leonard's Codices 38
Leonard's First Codex, Builder, priest and uncle" 44
Leonard's Second Codex, "Complaints of an old missionary" 200
Postscript,"Pioneer, carver, and fruit grower" 252
Victor's Diary * 1886-1917 256
Victor's Old World 258
Victor's New World 268
A Brief Introduction to Victor's Diary 272
Victor's Diary, "Short description of my journey and adventures in North America" 276
Postscript: Sparkling tales fire out of cow dung" 340
Appendix A: Van Tighem family tree 353
Appendix B: "American letters" by Jules Boone 356
Bibliography 378
Endnotes 392
Legacies Shared Series Information 449
Back Cover 450