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John H. Ure Agency fonds


Physical Description:
9.13 m of textual records. -- 9 architectural plans. -- 8 photographs

In 1905 Daniel P. Hays and his brother, Thomas E. Hays, originally from Missouri, USA established Hays Brothers Real Estate in Carstairs, Alberta. The agency dealt in farm, ranch and town properties, and represented a multitude of insurance and mortgage companies. It served the area encompassing Acme, Airdrie, Carstairs, Cremona, Crossfield, Didsbury, Dog Pound, and Olds. In 1915 Daniel took over his brother's share of the firm and it was renamed the D.P. Hays Agency. John H. Ure, who had worked for the firm since 1913, became the owner in 1931 and renamed it the John H. Ure Agency.

Custodial History:
This fonds, except the photos, was found above the safe in a Carstairs building owned by S.B. Alcorn. The building originally housed the D.P. Hays/John H. Ure Agencies.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of general correspondence; extensive land case files related to the sale, purchase and lease of primarily agriculture properties (arranged alphabetically by name of client); extensive loans case files related to farm mortgages; hail insurance applications; insurance company correspondence; sheriff's bailiff correspondence; and financial records. Includes photographs of the exterior and interior of Hays Brothers Office, and architectural plans for the office and rural schools.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of D.P. Hays and Stede Alcorn, 1970, 1987.

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-7661-(1-1143 & vols 1-5), M-7750, PA-2938, NA-2182

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