Fonds wet-58 - Angus, French family fonds

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Angus, French family fonds

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WET wet-58

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1 m of textual records. -- 12 photographs. -- 10 glass negatives

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H.R French was born in Scotstown, Quebec, on March 10, 1890. In 1909, Mr. French moved to Wetaskiwin to work in C.C. Bailey's jewellery store. In 1914, Mr. French partnered with a Mr. Thomas and bought the jewellery store. In 1921, after returning from serving overseas, Mr. French bought out Mr. Thomas and took over sole proprietorship of the store, renaming it French's Jewellery Store. Mr. French also practiced as an optometrist. In 1920, Mr. French married Anne Angus, the daughter of R.M. Angus, a prominent local citizen and former mayor of Wetaskiwin. The French's had two sons, Charles Roderick (Rod) and Malcolm (Mac). Rod took over his father's optometrist business while Mac took over the family jewellery store. H.R. French died on May 25, 1984. Annie French died October 18, 1986, at the age of 90.

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Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by the Angus and French families in the Wetaskiwin area from 1892-1985. The fonds consists of these series: 1. Financial (1901-1981) Consists of financial ledger books relating to the operation of the French family jewellery store, the R.M. Angus Implement Dealer (1909-1910) and the records of the Northern Alberta Fox Co. Ltd. (1930). 2. Personal (1892-1950) Consists of correspondence, photographs, glass negatives, certificates and other materials relating to the personal life of various members of the Angus and French families. 3. Ephemera (1899-1981) Series consists of newspapers, programs, photographs, and other materials relating to Wetaskiwin and Wetaskiwin area community organizations collected by the Angus and French families.

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Gifts of R.D. Angus, 1979,1981; Mrs. H.R. French, 1979-1980; Mrs. Dorothy French (C.R.),1980, 1982; Dr. C.R. French, 1983, 1986, 1987, 2001; Mr. M.A. French, 1988 and 1997.


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  • The material is in English.

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Inventories available for most accessions. Accessions 79.37, 79. 51 and 79.59 are item level accessions that do not have inventories. Consult the accession register for further details.

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Dorothy French was chairman of the Health Units Association of Alberta when they commissioned the writing of the monograph "Health Units of Alberta" by Adelaide Schartner in 1981.<br><br>Record No. 79.37; 79.51; 79.58; 79.59; 80.10; 80.43; 81.49; 82.27; 82.32; 83.13; 86.3; 86.33; 87.5; 87.11; 87.25; 87.48; 88.37; 88.44; 97.31; 00.31<br><br>

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