Bryson and Rena Patenaude
Around 1921, Bryson (J.P.’s grandson) and his wife Rena Fielding Forsyth Chandler steered away from ranching and opened the Bluebird Inn, a rustic accommodation where Bryson hired himself out as a hunting and fishing guide.
When the Depression hit, the Bluebird Inn became Patenaude’s Pool Room, offering cheap meals and beds. Bryson also worked as a surveyor, cutting trails and installing survey monuments on mountain tops. He proved adept at gold panning, bringing home nuggets that still grace the family’s jewelry.
Edgar Harold “Rusty” — Bryson and Rena’s grandson — became a hockey star, leaving the ranch at age 14 to play in the Junior league.
From 1972 to 1978, he played in the World Hockey Association for the Alberta Oilers, the Edmonton Oilers and the Indianapolis Racers. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft, but due to ongoing injuries caused by the game, he retired. His value on the ice has not been forgotten: Rusty was one of five players — including Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier — invited to the opening of the new hockey arena in Edmonton, since he was the first player to score 100 goals in that city.
Enjoy this interview with Rusty Patenaude with a transcript. To view EN or FR subtitles, click on the gear wheel at bottom right of screen while the video is playing.