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Chritchley family fonds

1879-1990, predominant 1879-1950

Physical Description:
1 m of textual records. -- 343 photographs. -- 1 audio cassette

Ernest Thomas Chritchley, 1880-1963, was born in England. He taught high school there until 1903 when he travelled to Canada to look for his younger brother, Harry, who had left home at sixteen. The brothers were reunited in Calgary and together they hauled hay for Pat Burns. Harry went to the Peace River country in 1904 and worked as a trader. He served in First World War and died in Calgary in 1923 of wounds suffered in the war. Ernest boarded on a farm east of Olds, 1903-1904, and worked at various jobs. In 1905 he began working for the Crown Lumber Co. yard in Olds, and the following year he moved to the Calgary yard as yard foreman, bookkeeper and manager. He became managing director in 1915, a position he held until his retirement in 1950. He married Anna Ellithorpe, 1884-1981, in 1907. Anna was born in Illinois, USA and raised in Iowa. Her father was Nathaniel S. Ellithorpe, a farmer. Her mother was Annias E. Stirling (or Sterling), ca. 1869-1886, from New York, who was adopted and renamed Annie Rose Pearce. Anna moved to a homestead east of Olds with her father in 1904. She was a charter member and president of the American Woman's Club and active in their Domestic Science Department. They had one son, Harry F. Chritchley, 1908-1991. Harry F. received a degree in commerce from the University of Alberta in 1930, and worked until 1933 as a teller for the Bank of Commerce in Calgary. He married Marion Gwendolyn Hornibrook, 1910-1987, and they had one son, John H. Chritchley, 1937- . Gwen's parents were T.A. Hornibrook, a former Calgary alderman, and Hazel McKeown. Harry F. became hardware superintendent at Crown Lumber in Calgary in 1935. He served overseas in the Second World War as a lieutenant and captain in the 1st Battalion, Calgary Highlanders. He later became a lieutenant-colonel. In 1950 he was promoted to treasurer and assistant manager at Crown, and secretary and managing director in 1954. He resigned in 1956 and became vice-president of finance at Motor Car Supply Co. He worked for the Glenbow Foundation from 1967-1970, managed the Riveredge Foundation from 1970-1977, and until his retirement in 1979 was a consultant for the Devonian Group and Riveredge.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Ernest Chritchley's tax returns (1917-1940, 1949), notes on the history of Crown Lumber Co. (1955), and correspondence (1950); Anna Chritchley's diary of packages sent to Harry F. (1941-1946), correspondence (1938, 1963), scrapbook of menus (1934-1941), recipes, cooking lessons, and newsclippings; Annie Rose Pearce's correspondence (1879-1894) and autograph book (1883); Gwen Chritchley's scrapbook of trip to England and France (1939); and Hornibrook family accounts, certificates and newsclippings (1913-1943). Also consists of Harry F. Chritchley's photographs (with commentary) about life as a student at the University of Alberta (1926-1930); shareholder statements (1936-1950); programs; newsclippings; invitations; correspondence and notes on Calgary streetcar routes, lumber companies and Alberta personalities; a recording describing the 1920s Bronco Custers singing group (1973); correspondence (1963); legal agreement (1951-1952); and Crown Lumber director's report (1956). Also includes photographs of the Chritchley, Ellithorpe and Hornibrook families (1883-1950), of Harry F. with the Calgary Highlanders (1940s), and of Alberta and Calgary.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of H.F. Chritchley and Hazel Hornibrook, 1965-1990.

The material is in English.

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

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-211, M-212, M-213, M-214, M-215, M-217, M-538, M-1532, M-2390, M-2585, M-2879, M-2904, M-2966, M-3179, M-3812, M-3813, M-4645, M-5807, M-5835, M-6030, M-6093, M-6395, M-6858, M-8135, PA-846, PA-847, PA-961, PA-999, PA-1001, PA-1027, PA-1289, PA-1302, PA-1561, PA-1611, PA-1697, PA-2208, PB-274, PB-346, PB-415, PE-139, NA-1290, NA-1522, NA-1610, NA-1635, NA-1651, NA-1693, NA-2809, S-85, RAT-13

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