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Morrison family fonds

1870-1985, predominant 1910s to 1960s

Physical Description:
52 cm textual records. -- 167 photographs

William Morrison, 1891-1970, was born at Kinnears Mills, Quebec. His family moved to a farm south of Okotoks, Alberta in 1905-1906. He attended the University of Alberta and took courses in theology. He served as a summer student Presbyterian minister in Vulcan, Little Bow and Ponoka between 1913 and 1915. He served with the Edmonton Highlanders (194th Battalion) during the First World War. He married Henrietta Eberly, 1892-1966, of Okotoks in 1919, and they had three children, James Absolom, Ian Archibald Warcup and Mary Amanda Gwen. Henrietta's sister, Jessie, ca. 1900-?, lived with the Morrisons, and was a teacher during the 1920s and 1930s. William attended Robertson's Presbyterian College at the University of Alberta from 1921-1925 and was a member of its last graduating class. He was ordained in the United Church in 1925 and served in Abbey and Waldeck, Saskatchewan, and Blackie, Peace River, Airdrie, Gleichen, Carmangay and Medicine Hat, Alberta. In 1935 he was elected as a Social Credit Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) but gave up his seat to William Aberhart for a by-election.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of William's correspondence, certificates and photographs; and records of his family, especially of Henrietta and Jessie. Also consists of postcards, sheet music, and photographs of friends and family.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Gwen Brosz, 1989.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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-8074, PA-3204, PB-778, PE-153, NA-5339

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