Fonds F3228 - James Johnston fonds

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James Johnston fonds


  • 1885 (Creation)

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0.5 cm of textual records

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Name of creator

Biographical history

James Hastie Johnston, 1865-1936, was born in Seaforth, Ontario. He came to western Canada with a survey party in 1884, fought in the 1885 Riel Rebellion, and then settled in the High River, Alberta district. He served in the First World War, worked as a brand inspector with the Department of Agriculture, and was a member of the Southern Alberta Pioneers' and Old Timers' Association. He died in Calgary.


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Gift of R.B. Johnston, 1963.

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The fonds consists of three letters written to his aunt and uncle while he was fighting in the Riel Rebellion. They were written from Guardepuis (15 km east of Batoche) and Fort Pitt, Saskatchewan.

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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 original letters and transcriptions have been digitized.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016




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