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Laurie, DeGear family fonds

1859-1965, predominant 1870-1959

Physical Description:
1.51 m of textual records. -- 60 photographs

Patrick Gammie Laurie, 1833-1903, was born in Scotland, and emigrated to Canada in 1842, first to Ontario then to the Red River, and finally in the late 1870s to Battleford, Saskatchewan. In 1878 he founded the Saskatchewan Herald newspaper, the first newspaper published in the North-West Territories. In 1855 he married Mary Eliza Carney, 1833-1912, and they had six children, William, Richard, Mabel (Reid), Jessie (DeGear), Effie (Storer), and Harriet (Gauvreau). For further information see Walter Hildebrandt's entry, "Patrick Gammie Laurie", in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography ( Richard Carney Laurie, 1858-1938, took over as editor of the Saskatchewan Herald. The newspaper ceased publication shortly after his death. Mabel Laurie married John Alexander Reid, who served as Alberta's Agent General in London, England during the First World War. Jessie Laurie, 1868-1970, married Jacob Cicero DeGear, a former member of the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) in 1887, and they had five children, Muriel Rowena (White) and Ruth (Moran), Orpha (Nichol), Gordon DeGear, and Charlie DeGear. The Laurie family, including Jessie, took refuge in the Battleford NWMP post during the 1885 Riel Rebellion. Jessie was keenly interested in the history of the Battleford area and over the years compiled many scrapbooks related to the events and people of the district. For further information see Walter Hildebrandt's article, "P. G. Laurie : The Aspirations of a Western Enthusiast". -- University of Saskatchewan : unpublished MA thesis, 1978.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of P.G. Laurie's Owen Sound diary (1859), correspondence, accounts, and business records related to the Saskatchewan Herald newspaper (1878-1891); Jessie DeGear's brief autobiography, correspondence, and 15 extensive scrapbooks about Battleford, Saskatchewan, pioneers, and the Riel Rebellion (1890-1965); Mabel Reid's wedding certificate and three scrapbooks which include memorabilia and war articles compiled while the Reids lived in London, plus articles about the Laurie family and western history (1888-1948); R.C. Laurie's correspondence; William Laurie's reminiscences; Mary Eliza Laurie's recipe and sermon book; and J.C. DeGear's letters and diary extracts. Includes a photograph of P.G. Laurie, and views of the Battleford area.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift and purchase from Jessie Degear, 1965-1967.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Other Jessie Degear records are held by the Saskatchewan Archives Board, Saskatoon.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-314, M-3934, PA-780, NA-1138

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