Scotty the T.rex
Casey and Corky Jones would both have loved to know that the excavations they were working on would eventually lead to the discovery of Scotty the T.rex at Eastend, SK.
They shared the same surname—Jones—but both became better known by their quirky nicknames rather than their given ones. Both were born in England, but came to Canada as young men. They both possessed a spirit of curiosity, which led them to become self-taught experts in the rich history that lay beneath their adopted land. Their discoveries helped put the young province of Saskatchewan on the map, drawing interest from archaeologists and paleontologists around the world.
Harold Saunders Jones, better known as “Corky”, was born in 1880 on the Isle of Wight, which lies in the English Channel, south of Portsmouth. He was one of 10 children. Corky immigrated to Canada in 1898, catching a train to Maple Creek where he worked for a local rancher, before setting up his own ranch at Chimney Coulee, near the tiny frontier settlement of Eastend. It was the perfect locale for a young man who, as a boy, went fossil hunting with his father, fuelling his lifelong interest in the stories that petrified bones and fossils could tell. In Eastend, this passion continued to grow, as the young Corky Jones settled in an area rich in geological, archaeological, and paleontological history.
Kenneth Harris Jones was born in Mortlake, Surrey, near London, in 1885. He was one of twelve children in a wealthy family, and may have had royal blood dating back to King James II. As a child, he was fascinated by the Aboriginals of North America, fuelled by sensational stories of the Wild West that he read in the comic book-like “penny dreadfuls” common in England at the time.
Kenneth immigrated to Canada in 1910, working as an apprentice carpenter-joiner with the Canadian Pacific Railway in Moose Jaw. It was around that time that the ballad of the legendary railway engineer, “Casey Jones” became popular, so it was natural that Kenneth was soon better known as “Casey” than by his given name. During his years in Moose Jaw, Casey visited the Sioux encampment south of the city and sketched portraits of band members, which he later turned into oil paintings. He also hopped freight trains to visit Mortlach, 44 kilometres to the west, and liked the town, perhaps because its name was similar to that of the hometown of his youth. Eventually, Casey settled in Mortlach, and practiced his carpentry skills in the growing town and the surrounding area. Like Corky, Casey Jones had settled in a locality that offered a world of discoveries on his doorstep.
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