- 1886-1892 (Creation)
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0.5 cm of textual records. -- 1 photograph
Name of creator
Charles Edward Harris worked in the hardware and ship chandlery business in Halifax. He was married ca. 1878, and he and his wife had three children, Claude, Percy and Joyce. In 1882 a group of Halifax businessmen, including Charles, established the Halifax Ranching Company. The company, headed by J.E. Chipman, leased 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) of land 13 km (8 miles) southeast of Pincher Creek, Alberta, from the Kootenay to Oldman rivers, for the purposes of a horse and cattle ranch. Charles was appointed ranch manager and he travelled west in 1882 to take up his position. The ranch was moved to a location on the Elbow River, just southwest of Calgary sometime before 1888, when the Robinsons bought it out. The Harris family stayed west until their son, Claude, moved to Ontario. By 1961 Charles' widow and daughter, Joyce, had returned to Calgary to retire.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Joyce Harris, 1964.
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Scope and content
The fonds consists of Charles account of the 1882 trip from Halifax to Fort Macleod, written in 1892; and a photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Harris at the hot springs in Banff (1886).
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No restrictions on access.
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The material is in English.
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No finding aid, but the photo has been digitized.
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Existence and location of copies
An edited version of the manuscript was published in the Calgary Herald Magazine, July 22, 1961, p.5.
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Link added to Archives Photographs on July 4, 2018.
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Wednesday, July 04, 2018