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Fonds F1795 - Percival Timms fonds

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Percival Timms fonds


  • 1902-1965 (Creation)

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1.72 m of textual records. -- 194 photographs

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Biographical history

Percival J. Timms, 1886-1969, was born in England. He came to Calgary in 1910. He ran the Central Meat Market, 1911-1912, and the Mission Bridge Feed Store, 1913-1926, before forming a brokerage firm with Harry M. Mack in 1927. Mack and Timms Ltd. operated until 1943. In the 1930s, Timms became involved in the oil industry. He was manager, and later president, of Highwood-Sarcee Oils Ltd. He was also involved with Highwood Northern Oils and many other oil companies. He was active in many organizations. He founded the St. John's Cricket Club, was involved with the Calgary and District Cricket League, was president of the Calgary Horticultural Society for many years, and was secretary of the Alberta Provincial Poultry Association and the Alberta Provincial Checker Association. He was married to Alice Cartwright, and had one son, Richard.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Timms, 1969 and Earle Gray, 2005.

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Scope and content

  • The fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, reports and share certificates pertaining to his business ventures; constitutions, minutes, correspondence, programs and newsclippings of organizations in which he was active; and photographs and postcards of family, business and organizational activities. Includes some Cartwright family papers.
  • RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Ainsworth Oils Ltd., Allegheny Oils Ltd., Anaconda Oil Co., Bituminous Sand Extraction Co., Black Diamond Oil Fields Ltd., Brock Petroleum Ltd., Calgary Checker Club, Calgary Gladiolus Society, Calgary Poultry Association, Calmont Oils Ltd., Canada Southern Oil and Refining Co., Davies Petroleums Ltd., East Crest Oil Co, Elbow Oil Co., Fleetwood Petroleum Ltd., Masonic Lodge, New Valley Oil Co., Pacalta Royalties, Pacific Oil and Refining Co., Phillips Petroleum Co., Rainier Oils Ltd., Ranchmen's Gas and Oil Co., Roberta Oils Ltd., Rockland Oils Ltd., Sam Drumheller Oil and Gas Co., Stockmen Oils Ltd., temperance (songs), and Zenith Companies Ltd.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Title based on provenance of records.


NA-5060 are copy negatives.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Wednesday, September 06, 2017




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