Fonds glen-1473 - Sam Livingston fonds

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Sam Livingston fonds

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GLEN glen-1473

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  • 1849-1931, predominant 1849-1898 (Creation)
    Livingston, Sam

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3 cm of textual records. -- 30 photographs

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Samuel Henry Harkwood Livingston, 1831-1897, was born in Ireland and came to North America ca. 1848. He prospected in California and Washington Territory, USA and in British Columbia before coming to the Fort Edmonton area of Alberta in 1865. He married Jane Mary Howse in 1865 and they had fourteen children. The family moved to southern Alberta in 1872 and by 1874 Sam had a trading business on the Elbow River. In 1876 he established a farm near the recently-built North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) post, Fort Calgary. As one of the first farmers in the area, he brought in the first pigs, threshing machine and binder. He was a founding director of the Calgary Agricultural Society in 1884. Sam Livingston School in Calgary was named in his honour in 1972. For further information see Sheilagh S. Jameson's entry, "Samuel Henry Harkwood Livingston", in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. XII. -- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1990, p. 567-568; and Deanna Pedersen's article, "Jane Livingston ... she founded a family", in Fort Calgary Quarterly, vol. 1, no. 2 (Spring, 1980), p. 8-12.

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The fonds consists of letters to family in Ireland (1849-1850), homestead documents (1885-1892), notebook (1890) and family photographs. Includes program for dedication of monument to Sam Livingston (1898) and a few letters about Howse family genealogy (1931).

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Gifts of Mary Dowler, Frank Dowler, Mrs. M. Miles, Marjory Livingston, Walter K. Miles, K.E. Livingston, Maureen Peckham, Marion Hansen and Daniel Stark, 1960-2009.


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Call numbers M-680, M-681, M-682, M-726, M-3063, M-4045, M-7440, M-9066, M-9104, M-9107, PA-238, PA-1802, PA-3656, PA-3671, PB-209, NA-94, NA-129, NA-214, NA-300, NA-3162, NA-3930

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