Fonds whyte-812 - Woodworth family fonds

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Woodworth family fonds

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WHYTE whyte-812

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  • [ca.1890]-1973 (Creation)
    Woodworth (family)

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9.5 cm of textual records. -- 355 photographs (294 prints, 61 negatives)

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The Woodworth family was a pioneer family of Banff, Alberta, Canada. Benjamin Franklin Woodworth, 1861-1920, and Fred Woodworth, 1860-1923, came to the Banff area in 1883, and established a homestead at the base of Cascade Mountain. They were sons of Douglas B. Woodworth, member of parliament in Nova Scotia who came to Banff briefly in 1883 regarding a claim on the hot springs at the Cave and Basin. Fred Woodworth became postmaster in Banff before returning to Nova Scotia some time after 1890. His only child, A.M. [Anna Maud?] Woodworth, died in Banff in 1890. Ben Woodworth remained in Banff, working for the CPR on railway construction and later as stable foreman for the Banff Springs Hotel. He continued as stable foreman at the Sanitarium Hotel in 1892, moving to the Bankhead coal mine in 1905. In 1910 he became caretaker of the Buffalo Paddock, remaining in the position until his death in 1920 as a result of a horse-related accident. In 1888, Benjamin Franklin Woodworth married Elizabeth Anne McIntyre (McIntire), 1868-1936, who had come to Banff in 1887 from Burnley, England. The Woodworths had eleven children: 1) Ethel, 1890-1958, married to Jack Edwards; 2) Benjamin Douglas, 1891-1956, a road builder with the federal government in Banff; 3) Joseph F., 1892-1976, a civil servant and realtor in Banff; 4) Ella Maude, 1894-1977, first married to Jack MacAulay who was killed in 1917, and later married to Forest H. Kidney; 5) Frederick A., 1895-1916, an electrician at the Bankhead Mine; killed in action in First World War; 6) Annie Elizabeth, 1897-1977, married to Ulysses LaCasse; 7) G. Percy "Beef", 1899-1966, Banff national park warden from 1921 to 1963; 8) Mary, 1900-1981, married to Howard J. Deegan; 9) Adelia "Day Day", 1902-1977, married to Nick Nickerson ; 10) Robert G.,1904-1904; 11) John H.,1907-1953, a member of the Calgary City Police for 25 years

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Fonds consists of four series:;I. Percy Woodworth series, ca.1908-1966, 3 cm of textual records, 212 photographs (prints, negatives). Consists of warden diaries, 1924-1927, and photographs pertaining to family, friends, warden activities, hunting, and camping. II. Joe Woodworth series, ca.1890-1973, 94 photographs, 1 cm of textual records. Consists of photographs, trip accounts, autobiographies and other textual items. III. Annie Woodworth (LaCasse) series, 1912-1971, 5 cm of textual records. Consists of autograph book and scrapbooks of Annie Woodworth. IV. Woodworth family series, ca.1890-1930, 49 photographs. .5 cm of textual records. Consists of family photographs of Ben, Ethel, Mary, Maude, Adelia, Fred A. and John Woodworth and of Howard Deegan; Fred Woodworth papers; and other material.

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Scrapbooks are in fragile condition : photocopies for reference use. Textual records include oversize items

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Acquired by donations, 1967-1995


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  • Language is English

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Related material may be found in the Kidney family fonds

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Record No. M286 / V628<br><br>

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