Moore, Philip A.

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Moore, Philip A.

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  • Moore, Philip. A. Colonel

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Col. Philip A. Moore, 1879-1951, was one of the first citizens of Banff, Alberta. He was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1879 and educated at Princeton Military College where he was intercollegiate pole-vault in 1901 and parallel-bar champion in 1902. Phil Moore has been a railway surveyor, actor, mountain scout, guide, naturalist, author, archer, soldier, storyteller, athlete, ethnologist and explorer. The Moore family resided at Banff, Alberta and Yoho Valley, British Columbia, Canada. In 1907 Phil married Pearl Brewster Moore, 1889-1973, a homemaker and tourist lodge operator. Pearl Brewster, born in Banff, was an active sportswoman. In 1905, she met Philip Moore, who had joined Jim and Bill Brewster in the packing business. The Moores made their home in Banff in 1907; their log home was built “out on the Bankhead Road” (at the corner of Banff Avenue and Fox Street). Daughter, Edmee Brewster Moore (Reid), 1908-1971, was a homemaker and wife of Charles Reid. A trained soldier, Philip Moore distinguished himself in France in the First World War and served with the Calgary Highlanders during the Second World War. The Moores were both diminutive and Philip’s nickname was “Runt." The Moores ran various Canadian Pacific Railway facilities, including Yoho Valley Bungalow Camp, during the 1920s and early 1930s. Col. Moore lectured widely during this period using motion pictures and lantern slides. During the 1930s, the Moores travelled extensively and were active in the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies. Pearl Moore was instrumental in the Banff-Jasper fund during the Second World War. In July, 1948, Pearl and Philip were taken into the Stoney Tribe, for their friendship to the Indians, for their appreciation of Stoney culture, and for their help in administering Banff Indian Days. In 1971, Pearl Moore gave their log home, a showcase of Stoney Indian artifacts and art, to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Philip Moore passed away in Banff November 1, 1951. He was a member of the Rotarians, the R.R.G.S. in London and the American branch of the Newcomen Society of England. Philip Moore was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion and was also a member and past master of the Masonic Lodge in Banff, and was accorded full Masonic funeral rites.


Banff, Alberta, Jasper, Alberta

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