Fonds F0295 - William Brown fonds

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William Brown fonds


  • 1880-1919 (Creation)

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12.5 cm of textual records.
36 photographs

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William Brown, ca. 1840-1921, was born in Scotland, and was in charge of breeding livestock on a number of estates before emigrating to Queenstown, Alberta in 1889 with his family. In 1869 he married Susan Aymer, 1849-[after 1932], and they had eight children including Willie, David, Eliza Jane (Wilson), Susan, Veenie and Austin. The family was sponsored by the British-owned Canadian Pacific Colonization Company and had a homestead on the south side of the Blackfoot (Siksika) reserve at Gleichen. It was adjacent to the company's ranch. William soon became Manager of Ranche and Lands for the company, but within the year the company went into receivership. William was appointed manager of the ranch until it was disposed of ca. 1893. William continued to ranch his own land, the Arbuthnott Ranche.

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Gifts of Austin and Susan Brown, 1959-1975.

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The fonds consists of letterbook kept while employed by Canadian Pacific Colonization Company, and while running Arbuthnott Ranche (1890-1898, 1906-1907). Includes photographs of Brown family (ca. 1900-1919), round-ups and threshing at Queenstown (1912, 1914), and threshing at the company farm at Namaka, Alberta (ca. 1880s).

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The original letterbook is restricted due to fragile condition. Transcripts are available for research purposes.

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      The material is in English.

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      The papers of his daughter, Eliza Jane Wilson, are also held by Glenbow.

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      Wednesday, November 01, 2017




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