Fonds med-172 - John William Weir fonds

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John William Weir fonds

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CA MED med-172

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  • [ca. 1880]-1948 (Creation)
    Weir, John William

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8 cm of textual records. -- 4 photographs

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John William Weir was born in DeBert, Nova Scotia, in 1891. His father Frank, and his brother Douglas, came to Medicine Hat and settled on a ranch in the Little Plume district around 1904. Later (ca. 1905), John and his mother Minnie followed with all of the household items, animals, etc. John's health was not good and it was hoped the change in climate would prove beneficial. Minnie's brother, Jay Vance, came later, and stayed with the Weir's until his death in 1949. Emma, John's sister, came west in 1906, seeking a teaching position, and eventually obtained a posting at Elkwater. She married Harry Parker and they had 3 children: Frank, Hal and Winnie (Mrs. Ward). Douglas later bought a ranch on the Milk River, at an unknown date. He married Jennie (nee O'Laughlin) in 1913. They had one daughter, Marie (Mrs. Edgar Turner). John Weir never married. It is unknown how long he ranched in the Little Plume district or when he retired and moved to Medicine Hat. He was a neighbour of Baxter McKinley, who said that John was a good neighbour and a nice person. John William Weir passed away September 29, 1970, at the age of 79, in Medicine Hat. He is buried in Hillside Cemetery. John's mother, Minnie Weir, passed away in July, 1945, and his father, Frank Weir, passed away in November, 1923. Both are buried at Hillside Cemetery.

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William Weir and Mary Isherwood Weir immigrated to Canada, probably from Utah, and settled in the Millet area in the 1900s. They operated a mixed farm at SW-2-48-25-W4 which they named Lane View Farm. They had at least two children, Arol (or Arral) and Hazel.

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The fonds consists of: an autograph album (1899-1904); pocket memorandum (1889); correspondence to Minnie Weir from husband Frank and from Aunt Jessie (1908-1909), to J. Weir from Jas Salmond (1912), to Frank Weiz (sic) from the C.P.R. (1907), and from Tarah Jemus (1897); livestock bills of sale (2) (1907, undated); Northwest Board Rules and Regulations (1940); assorted greeting cards (49) (1892-1903); postcard album (1906-1907); financial ledger (1874-1904); calendars (2) (1907, 1908); 4 photographs of unidentified people in early Medicine Hat.

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Gift of John Wier Estate, June 2, 1971.


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Record No. M71.253;M71.261.1-.7;M71.260-.261;M71.250.1-.5;M71.247-.249;P 0205.0001-0004<br><br>

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