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Bartsch family fonds


Physical Description:
16 cm of textual records. -- 39 photographs

Christian "Chris" Bartsch, 1869-1959, was born in Chur, Switzerland and emigrated to Wisconsin, USA in 1888. In 1897 he made the first of seven trips ferrying cattle to the Klondike. Grace Graham Bartsch, 1871-1959, was born in Chicago, Illinois and taught school in Oregon. In 1899 the two were married and she made three trips to Dawson City, Yukon with her husband. In 1903 they settled in Calgary where Chris worked as a buyer and manager for Pacific Cold Storage. In 1910 they moved to Gleichen, Alberta where Chris managed the PCS ranch. He later opened a butchering business and ranched at Hussar. In 1928 they moved to Peace River where they operated the Gundy Ranch. They retired to Calgary in 1937. They had three children, Lewis, Alice and Ted.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence related to grain inspection, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) land purchases (1906-1932) and the management of the Hussar farm (1925-1928); business records and account books (1901-1958); Grace's diary (1901); notes regarding Ted's Calgary Stampede horse team; and reminiscences by the Bartsch's on the Klondike in 1897-1901. Includes photographs of the Klondike (1899-1902).

Source of Acquisition:
Purchased from and gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. Bartsch, and gifts of Ted Bartsch and Dorthea Calverley, 1956-1976.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:

An interview with C. Bartsch is in the Drybelt Pioneers Oral History Project at Glenbow (M-4074).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-62, M-63, M-174, PA-211, PB-59, PC-12, PE-6, NA-25, NA-905

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