Freeze, Isaac Sanford, 1847-1936
Isaac Freeze was born in 1847 in Penobsquis, New Brunswick. Originally trained as a teacher, he was soon involved in business, and in 1883 left behind his wife, Evelyn, and two children to follow the lure of the West. A prolific writer of letters home to his wife, Freeze described in detail the adventures that he experienced on his way to the western frontier.
On his arrival at the tent city of Calgary in 1883, Freeze and a partner decided to build a store, I. S Freeze & Co. The following spring, Evelyn and the children joined Freeze. The local entrepreneurs drew lots to see where they would build their businesses in the frontier town of Calgary. Freeze drew the 50th lot out of 60 draws, but soon moved his store to a more prosperous Stephen Avenue location. In 1889, he journeyed north to the Klondike to prospect for gold, and stayed for five years, eventually returning to Calgary and his prospering general store. In 1884 Freeze served as a member of Calgary's first town council and developed national fame as one of the best shots in the West. He died in 1936.