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J.H.W.S. Kemmis fonds

1881-1952, predominant 1884-1928

Physical Description:
21 cm of textual records. -- 37 photographs

John Henry William Shore Kemmis, 1867-1942, was born in India of Irish parents. He came to Canada ca. 1883 and studied at the agricultural college in Guelph, Ontario. During the 1885 Riel Rebellion (North West Rebellion) he served with the Moose Mountain Scouts. After demobilization he moved to Alberta where he worked for the Elton family. In 1896 he married Maude Elton, 1871-1962, and they had two daughters, Margaret and Anne (Pinder). They ranched at Todd Creek. He was elected as the Conservative Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Pincher Creek in 1911 and sat in the Legislature until his defeat in 1921. He was very active in the Masons. The Kemmises moved to Calgary in 1924.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of John's letters from Maude (1896-1897), personal correspondence (1884-1908, 1920-1928), masonic papers (1901-1928), ranch account book (1908-1916), annotated brand book (1889-1891), and photographs of the ranch, family, and Pincher Creek area and personalities.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Robert Eldo Campbell, Cowley, Cecil William Stuart Elton, Henry Frantz, Frederick Haultain, Kenneth M. Johnson, Prosperity League of Canada, and Frederick S. Selwood.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Anne Pinder and B.O.K. Reeves, 1969-1982, and purchased, 1998.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-972, M-973-(1-56, o.s.), M-6295, M-8596, PA-466, PA-1073, PA-1605, PA-3446, NA-945-(1-20, 48-49), NA-1755, NA-1853

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