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Hays and Company Ltd. fonds


Physical Description:
1.63 m of textual records

In 1907 W.H. Hays, 1847-1931, and his family moved from Missouri, USA to Carstairs, Alberta and established a dairy farm. In 1913 Hays and Company Ltd. was incorporated to handle the expanding operations, with W.H. Hays' son, Thomas E. Hays, 1876-1968, as the manager. The Hays bred purebred Holstein cattle, and by 1920 had one of the largest Holstein herds in Canada. In 1913 the company acquired a retail outlet in Calgary for its dairy products. Hays Dairy operated under the management of another son, Claude I. Hays, until it was sold to the Union Milk Company in 1919. In 1924 the dairy farm was relocated to Turner Siding on the south edge of Calgary. In 1943 it was purchased by Thomas' son, Harry. For further information see Hays Brothers : Real Estate Entrepreneurs, 1905-1930 / Christine Barr. - University of Calgary : unpublished MA thesis, 1994.

Custodial History:
This fonds was found above the safe in a Carstairs building owned by S.B. Alcorn. The building had originally belonged to the Hays family.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of dairy farm correspondence, livestock registrations, financial statements, and general ledgers; and Hays Dairy correspondence, milk sales records, cashbooks and customer accounts ledgers. Includes correspondence, membership lists and reports of the Carstairs Red Cross Society (1918-1921), and the Carstairs Hotel inventory and ledger (1927-1930).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Stede Alcorn, 1987.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Later records of Hays and Company are in the Harry Hays fonds at Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-7661-(1144-1224 & vols 6-25)

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