Fonds 0586 - Charles McNaught Family fonds

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Charles McNaught Family fonds

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CA GPR 0586

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  • 1908 - 1980 (Creation)

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29 cm of textual records
116 photographs
46 negatives
20 postcards

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Charles and Eliza McNaught arrived in the Peace Country from Glen Morris, Ontario in 1912 with Marion and Betty, two of their five children. Son John was then teaching at Carberry, Manitoba, and daughters Margaret and Isabel had stayed behind in Ontario to continue their education.
The McNaughts had come on the recommendation of Charles’ brother Samuel McNaught, who settled in the Beaverlodge district in 1909 with a Methodist group called the Bull Outfit. Charles and Eliza purchased land with South African Scrip in the Halcourt area south of Beaverlodge. In 1913 Charles' sister Jane McNaught brought the girls Margaret and Isabel west, traveling by train to Edson where Charles met them, and then continuing up the Edson Trail. John McNaught joined his family after serving in World War I, traveling over that same trail.
Charles, Samuel and Jane were the three surviving children of Samuel McNaught Sr. and his wife Euphemia “Jane” Crosby, who had immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1834. They had purchased land on Burford Rd. in Glen Morris, Ontario, and were living there when Jane was born ca. 1845, Samuel in 1855 and Charles in 1857. Jane McNaught never married and passed away in Beaverlodge. Samuel McNaught's family consisted of his wife Elizabeth Brown and their two children, Mary and Crosbie. Mary married Percy Hunkin in 1932. In 1936 Crosbie was president of the Monkman Pass Highway Association, led by Alex Monkman. Elizabeth McNaught died in 1958, and Crosbie moved to the Northwest Territories for work. He died there in 1962.
The McNaught family was very involved in the establishment of the communities of Appleton and Halcourt, south of Beaverlodge, as well as many of the local groups and societies associated with those communities.

Custodial history

The original (accession 2011.25) was deposited by Kathy Pfau, a friend of Noel McNaught, in 2011. She had received this material (consisting mostly of correspondence received by John McNaught, financial records from the farm, and family photographs) from Noel before she returned to New Zealand after John’s death. In 2012, an accrual was deposited by Gary & Marilyn Snell, tenants of the McNaught homestead house. The accrual (accession 2012.57) consisted of McNaught family letters, written or received by the other McNaught family members.

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The fonds consists of the correspondence, personal records, financial records, and photographs of the Charles McNaught family. The material is arranged in files for each member of the family and general files for photographs and miscellaneous records. The correspondence is mainly from one family member to each another, but also includes extended family members and friends. The financial records for the McNaught farm are with John and Noel McNaught's records. There is one artwork, a pencil sketch done by Euphemia (Betty) McNaught when she was about 11 years old.

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The original (accession 2011.25) was deposited by Kathy Pfau, a friend of Noel McNaught, in 2011. In 2012, an accrual was deposited by Gary & Marilyn Snell, tenants of the McNaught homestead house.


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No further accruals are expected.

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Accession numbers 2012.057, 2011.25

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South Peace Regional Archives

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