Collection red-2942 - Lorene Frere's St. Ann Ranch Trading Company collection

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Lorene Frere's St. Ann Ranch Trading Company collection

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RED red-2942

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  • 1990-1994 (Creation)
    Frere, Lorene

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40 cm of textual records

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The St. Ann Ranch was established by Armand Trochu in 1903 one mile east of the present town of Trochu, Alberta. In 1905 the ranch was incorporated as the St. Ann Ranch Trading Company Ltd. by Armand Trochu, Joseph Devilder, and Leon Eckenfelder. It was part of a colonization scheme intended to attract immigrants from France. The company was disbanded in 1953. The ownership of the ranch site was sold successively to Edgar Papillard, Ernest and Martha Frere, and Louis and Lorene Frere. Lorene Frere did research on the ranch site initially for a local history book, and later to have the ranch designated as an historic site and to develop the ranch house as a bed and breakfast and teahouse, which began operating in 1989

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The collection includes photocopies and transcripts of historic documents relating to the St. Ann Ranch, the town of Trochu, and the French families that initially settled there; includes brochures, news clippings, and magazine excerpts about the St. Ann Ranch Bed and Breakfast

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Donated by Lorene Frere, 1991-1994


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  • The material is in English and French

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The Glenbow Archives, Calgary, also has records of the St. Ann Ranch and Lorene Frere's research collection


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Record No. MG 277<br><br>

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