Fonds F1671 - Short, Knupp family fonds

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Short, Knupp family fonds


  • 1884-1975 (Creation)

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51 cm of textual records. -- 104 photographs. -- 1 audio cassette

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Charles Conklin Short and his siblings, Edith (McIntosh), Julia "Lulu" (Asher), May (Rice), Elwood, William and Alice came from Woodstock, Ontario, and lived in Illinois and Iowa, USA as children. The family moved to Selkirk, Manitoba in 1881 and High River, Alberta in 1884. Edith, 1873-1964, married Walter W. McIntosh, ?-1924, in 1892, and lived in High River for eighty years. Julia "Lulu", [?-after 1960], became a school teacher, married E.J. Asher in 1903 and lived the rest of her life in Vernon, British Columbia. Charles, 1870-1958, homesteaded west of High River in 1889 and married Margaret Blennerhasset, ?-1950, in 1904. They had three children, Lillian (Knupp), Katie (Brown) and Charles.

After their marriage Charles and Margaret moved into High River where he was involved in real estate, local politics, and the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA). They moved to Calgary in 1926 but returned to the family farm in the 1930s, retiring to High River in 1949. Lillian, 1911-1999, was born in High River and educated there and in Calgary. She married Dr. Charles S. Burchill, 1904-1989, and they had two children, C.A. and Eric. After they divorced Lillian married Alexander Davis Knupp, 1923-1972, and they adopted two sons, Allan and Stewart. Lillian was a long-term employee of the High River Times and wrote a regular column. She was also an active local historian, and was involved with the Conservative Party in Alberta.

For further information see History of a Pioneer Family : Joseph and Julia Anna Short / edited by Lillian Knupp. - High River, Alberta : Highwood Heritage Books, 1987.

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Gifts of Lillian Knupp and Don King, 1959-1992.

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The fonds consists of Lulu's reminiscences, excerpts from her diary (1884-1888), and excerpts from Edith's diary (1892-1894) (typescripts); Lillian's files as member of the Conservative Party (ca. 1965-1975); and a recorded interview with Charles by Don King (1950s). Also consists of photographs of Charles' farm, the High River and Calgary areas and the Short family.

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      The material is in English.

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      Other Short and Knupp family records are held by the Museum of the Highwood, High River. Lillian Knupp's photographs relating to Mount Royal College were donated to the College.

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      Wednesday, January 24, 2018




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