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Harland, Kreiser family fonds

[ca. 1900]-2010

Physical Description:
25 cm of textual records. -- 2 film reels. -- 8 photographs

Edwin Harland, 1845-1923, was born in Guelph, Ontario. He operated a milling business in Highgate, Ontario, and married Harriet Ann Scott there in 1877. The family migraged to the Pincher Creek, Alberta district, and established the Bar X Ranch near Twin Butte. They had five children, Eva Maud (Burns), 1878-1951; Arthur Scott, b. 1884; Stanley Wilson, 1885-1957; Murton Shore, b. 1890; and Bessie Beulah, 1892-1992. Murton took over the operation of the Bar X Ranch upon the retirement of Edwin in 1920. Stanley Harland married Mary Eloise Tolson (d. 1978) of Highgate, Ontario. Stanley and Mary had four children, Eleanor Ida Grace (Kleven); Phyllis (Smith); John Tolson, 1924-2010; and Marion (Dommer). Eleanor became a teacher and later married Mr. Joy Kleven. Eleanor and Joy had children including Ida Lou (Schober) and Eleanor (Kreiser). John was apparently unmarried but had one son, Roy, and five grandchildren. John and his mother jointly operated a farm in the Twin Butte area. Eleanor Kreiser settled with her husband Brian in Youngstown, Alberta. Brian's parents, Joe, 1908?-1982, and Agnes operated a garage and electrical shop in Altario, Alberta before moving to Youngstown in 1960. There, Joe worked as a mechanic for the Special Areas local government, and Agnes worked as a cook.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal papers: a brief family history, family greeting cards, correspondence, certificates, tax records, brand registration, Eleanor's teaching memorabilia, tickets and photos of a K.D. Lang concert, records relating to oil and gas development on the ranch, and photographs of the sawmill at Winfield, floats in the Stampede parade and the Keith Sanatorium. The fonds also contains two silent, colour home movies featuring Banff vacation, family garage business, earth-moving machinery, pipeline construction, cattle drive, airplane, Compeer Sports Day, and a parade in Consort.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Brian and Eleanor Kreiser, 1988-2015.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material

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The Kreiser family's movie camera is held in the Glenbow Cultural History collection.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-9516, F-143, PA-4027

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