Fonds F1654 - John Smith Shanks fonds

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John Smith Shanks fonds


  • 1897-1970, predominant 1897-1917, 1943-1946 (Creation)

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124 photographs. -- 6 cm of textual records

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John Smith Shanks, 1874-1946, was born in Dumbartonshire, Scotland and came to Fernie, British Columbia in 1908 as a miner. In 1910 he became manager of Coal Creek Mines with the Crows Nest Pass Coal Company. Between 1914 and 1945 he lived in Nordegg, Alberta and was the general manager of Brazeau Collieries Ltd. He retired to Calgary in 1945. He and his wife, Catherine, had two children, Margaret (Armour) and David S.

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Gift of Margaret Armour, 1970-1978.

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The fonds consists of photographs of family, mining and personalities in British Columbia and Alberta, correspondence pertaining to mining career, blueprints of mine equipment, certificates, biographical data, and a trust deed and mine specifications for Brazeau Collieries.

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      The material is in English.

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      Tuesday, March 06, 2018




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