Fonds F0714 - Edworthy, Ross family fonds

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Edworthy, Ross family fonds


  • 1880-1973 (Creation)

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2 cm of textual records
81 photographs

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Biographical history

Thomas Edworthy, 1855-1904, was born in Devon, England and came to Calgary, Alberta in 1883. He settled near Calgary in the area now known as Spruce Cliff and Wildwood. Edworthy farmed and operated a sandstone quarry and many early Calgary buildings were constructed of his product. In 1896 or 1897 he married Mary McArthur, 1856-1934, and they had two children, T. Percy, 1888-1966, and George Edward, 1899-1977. George was for many years manager of the Western Division of United Grain Growers and a long-time director of the Calgary Stampede. George and his wife, Myrle, had two sons, Jack DeVoe, 1928-2010 and George, Jr. George's memoirs were published as Memories: George Edward Edworthy, 1899-1977/ George Edward Edworthy. -- Calgary, ca. 1997. Before her marriage to Thomas Edworthy, Mary McArthur had been married to Alexander J. Ross, 1851-1894, who operated a photo studio in Winnipeg from 1884 until 1886 when he moved to Calgary. He became well-known for his mountain views, native subjects and studio portraits.

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Gifts of George Edworthy and George Edworthy, Jr., 1957-1985.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of business correspondence of Thomas Edworthy (photocopies); historical articles by George Edworthy about the history of Wildwood, his family and Bragg Creek; photographs taken by Alexander Ross; and views of the Edworthy family and early Calgary.

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      The material is in English.

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      The original correspondence is held by George Edworthy, Jr.

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      Some of Alexander J. Ross' Indian negatives were acquired by Harry Pollard and are in the Provincial Archives of Alberta. Other Edworthy family records are also held by the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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      NA 1494 copied from PA 473 and PA 1690.

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      Thursday, December 07, 2017




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