Fonds F0830 - Gilbert and Luella Goddard fonds

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Gilbert and Luella Goddard fonds


  • 1888-1946 (Creation)

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501 photographs. -- 7 cm of textual records

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Gilbert Edwin Goddard, 1861-1931, was born in England. He travelled to California in 1881, and came to Canada in 1888 as bookkeeper at the Bow River Horse Ranch, a ranch occupying part of the former Cochrane Ranche near Calgary, Alberta. In 1891 Gilbert was appointed manager, and in 1893 he formed a partnership with E.H. and W.P. Warner, of England, and acquired control of the ranch. The ranch bred French Coach and Clydesdale horses to sell to the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) and the English market. In 1900 Gilbert married Luella Grasse, 1882-1968 and they had four children, including Victor Llewlyn, 1900-?, and Gilbert George, 1901-1965. Luella's father, Peter Lewis Grasse, 1859-1940, was farm instructor at the Saddle Lake Indian reserve from 1888 to 1891, and at the Morley Indian reserve from 1891 to 1897. Luella was an accomplished horsewoman and with her husband showed pedigree horses. In 1918 the Goddards moved to Victoria and in 1925 they sold the ranch to Endre and Josef Csavossy. Gilbert later started Goddard Chemicals Ltd. in Washington, under the management of his son.

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Gift of Luella Goddard and Mrs. M. Bartkow, 1968-1970, and the Provincial Archives of British Columbia, 2007.

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The fonds consists of photographs of the Bow River Horse Ranch, ranching activities, the Morley reserve, and the Goddard and Grasse families. Also consists of Bow River Horse Ranch records: agreements, financial statements, brand lists, correspondence, and land descriptions; records pertaining to the Goddard's horses: horse show awards, registration and inspection certificates, pedigrees, prescriptions, newsclippings, and programs; and family certificates and memberships.

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      The material is in English.

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      M 422 should be amalgamated with M 421.


      NA 2084 (78 photonegatives) consists of copies of PD 101, PA 1156 and the 38 original prints in the NA box.


      PC-90, originally part of this fonds, was given to Heritage Park.

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