Pearl Brewster

A Western Original 

Pearl Brewster was born on July 25, 1889. Pearl was the fifth of seven Brewster children, and the only girl.

As the only daughter in the Brewster family, Pearl was often tasked with watching her youngest brother Pat. By age twelve, Pearl grew tired of watching her five year old brother and hatched a plan. She repeatedly suggested to her mother that her father, who was at the time at a ranch in Kananaskis, was lonely and that Pat - the only child too young to attend school -- should be sent to Kananaskis to keep him company. Eventually her mother agreed and Pearl's last duty of caring for her brother was walking Pat to the train station. 

Pearl and Pat Brewster, Kananaskis, [ca. 1899]

Moore family fonds, V91/PA - 38, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Pearl Irvine Brewster, two years old. March, 1892

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 182, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

"To our faithful guides Pearl and George, Stony [sic] Squaw. September 1899" 

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 183, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 

Pearl and Pat Brewster, 1904

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 187, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Pearl Brewster, [ca. 1905]

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 184, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Pearl attended school in Banff beginning in 1895. Other students at this early Banff school included her brothers and the children of other early Banff families such as Ada and Rene Wilson, Stella White (cousin of Peter Whyte), and Tressa (Lade) Bagley who would later marry Pearl's brother Jim.

In her late teens Pearl was sent east to finishing schools in Toronto, Ontario and Connecticut. However, despite her years at eastern boarding schools, the mountains remained Pearl’s home and she took full advantage of this mountain home throughout her life.  

Attendance Register for National Park School District #102. 1897-1898

Banff School District No. 102 fonds, M4/2/005, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

[School picture, Banff. Pearl is in the front row wearing a black dress. Jim Brewster is at the top right, ca.1896] 

Jim Brewster family fonds, V90/PA - 472, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Pearl Brewster and Dorothy Hall, Wyckham Rise School, 1906. 

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 278, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Pearl began riding horses and exploring the mountains at a young age. By the time she was a teenager she was an accomplished rider, having trained her horse, Guerney, to walk on two legs. Pearl also held a big game license and the head of a bighorn sheep she shot on Mount Edith hangs in the living room of the Moore home to this day. 

While Pearl enjoyed just getting out in nature she was also fond of more organized sports such as hockey and skiing. Pearl was an accomplished hockey player, playing until well into her forties. Her team, the Calgary Regents, were Champions of Western Canada in 1917, 1919, and 1920. Her love of hockey was an interest she shared with her husband Philip Moore, who played with Bill and Jim Brewster. 

"The

Greatest Horsewoman

in the West"

"At Home." [Pearl on horseback with Tunnel Mountain and Mount Rundle in the background, ca. 190?] 

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 229, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Resident's Big Game License, Mrs. P.A. Moore of Banff, 1911

Moore family fonds, M307/33/138, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 

Pearl on Guerney, the horse she taught to walk on its hind legs, [ca. 190?]

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 239, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Pearl on Pat's donkey "Maude," before 1907

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 215, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 

"Calgary Regents win Alpine Cup from Vancouvers. Lady Hockey Teams Put Up Splendid Exhibition at Banff Carnival." 1921.

Moore family fonds, M307/34/150, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Regents Ladies Hocky [sic] Club, Champions of Western Canada 1917 - 19 - 20, [ca 1920]

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 280, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

[Studio portrait of a women's hockey team. Pearl Brewster Moore at centre, ca. 191?]

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 279, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

[Pearl on skis in the snow, ca. 192?]

Moore family fonds, V439/PD - 358/6/001, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 

Philip A. Moore

In 1902, Bill and Jim Brewster represented the Canadian Pacific Railway at the Sportsman’s show in New York. There they met two young Princeton students, Philip Moore and Fred Hussey. Hussey and Moore arranged a trip to Banff later that year and quickly became friends with the Brewsters. Moore and Hussey each invested $25,000 in the Brewster company in 1904, which was rebranded as Brewster Brothers at that time. 

Working closely with Bill and Jim Brewster, Philip Moore got to know their adventurous sister Pearl. They were engaged in 1906 and on 15 January, 1907, Pearl Evelyn Brewster and Philip Augustus Moore were married at St. George’s Church in Banff. That spring they built their log home at the corner of what is now Banff Avenue and Fox street.

 

Their only child, Edmée Moore, was born on 5 September, 1908 in Banff. 

Pearl Brewster and Philip Moore's wedding party on the steps of John Brewster's residence, 1907

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 417, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

[Philip and Pearl Moore, ca. 193?]

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 432, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

[Pearl and Philip Moore, ca. 193?]

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 430, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

 

[Pearl and Philip Moore, ca. 194?]

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 438, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Runt [Philip Moore] and Edmée [Moore], ca. 1908

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 419, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 

[Studio portrait of Edmée Moore as a toddler, ca. 1909]

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 304, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

[Pearl, Philip, and Edmée Moore, ca. 193?]

Moore family fonds, V439/PA - 435, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 

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