- 1881-1920 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
8 cm of textual records. -- 23 photographs
Name of creator
Francis "Frank" White, 1844-1924, was born in Birmingham, England, and emigrated to Canada with his family in 1860. He worked for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in Quebec for several years. He married Christina Ross and they had three children, Frank, William, and Jessie (Munro). Christina died when the children were young. In 1882 he was hired as treasurer of the Cochrane Ranche Company. He worked at the Cochrane Ranche at Big Hills (now Cochrane, Alberta) for a year, then became manager of the ranch when it moved southwest of Fort Macleod in 1883. He resigned at the end of 1884. In 1885 he married Annie Anderson, 1853-1941, and they had one son, Harold, 1888-1949. Frank started a sheep ranch west of Big Hill in 1885. By 1890 the Merino Ranch ran ca. 5000 head of sheep. In 1901 the ranch was sold to C.W. Fisher and the Whites moved to Fernie, British Columbia where Frank was land commissioner for the Crows Nest Pass Coal Company.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gifts of the Southern Alberta Pioneers' and Old Timers' Association, and Mrs. Harold White, 1967, 1980.
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Scope and content
The fonds consists of diaries (1881-1890), photographs of the Merino Ranch, and photographs of the White family in Fernie.
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Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
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Language and script notes
The material is in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
No finding aid, but some of the photos have been digitized.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Excerpts of his diaries were published in Canadian Cattlemen, December 1945 to May 1950.
Related units of description
Title based on contents of records.
A photocopy of the Canadian Cattlemen version of the diaries is in M 1302, file 2, but has not been included in the scope note.
Link added to Archives Photographs on April 10, 2018.
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Tuesday, April 10, 2018