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Wine Glass Ranch fonds

1927-2013, predominant 1950-1984

Physical Description:
1 m of textual records. -- 9 photographs

Francis Towers, 1848-1936, and his wife Elizabeth Glover, 1853-1941, established a ranch on Jumping Pound Creek, near Cochrane, Alberta, in 1885. They had seven children, four of whom grew to adulthood, Walter, Leslie, 1884-1963, Harold, 1891-1971 and Vera (Shaw), 1884-1963. Francis and Elizabeth retired to Vancouver in 1914 and in 1928 divided the Towers Ranch between their sons Leslie and Harold. Harold married Dorothy Fitch in 1915 and they had three daughters, Kathleen, Betty and Shirley. In 1946 Harold sold his part of the ranch and moved to Calgary. Leslie married Edith Callaway in 1917 and they had one daughter, Alice Vernice Towers, 1920-2018, who in 1941 married Hugh Hamer Wearmouth, 1917-2005. The Wearmouths had three children, Doug, Irene (Aasen) and Edith (Eklund), 1953- . When Hugh became Leslie's partner in the 1950s, the ranch was renamed the Towers and Wearmouth Ranch. Edith married Lindsay Eklund in 1973 and they had three children, Travis, 1977- , Shane, 1979- , and Lori-Anne, 1981- . The Eklunds took over the ranch in 1980 and renamed it the Wine Glass Ranch, after the brand the ranch had always used. They received a Master Farm Family Award in 1989. They divorced in 1994 and Edith then ran the ranch on her own.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of financial records of the Towers and Wearmouth Ranch / Wine Glass Ranch (1950-1984); a history of the Wearmouth family (1996); newspaper clippings about the ranch and its owners (1914-2013); and photographs of the ranch and family (1927-1960).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Edith Towers, 1975, and Edith Wearmouth, 2008.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

Edith Eklund's brief history, "The Towers Ranch, 100 Years", is in the Glenbow Library (636.01 W362t pam). There are chapters about Vernice Wearmouth and Edith Wearmouth in A Voice of her Own / edited by Thelma Poirier. -- Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2005 (Glenbow Library 636.01 V889).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-9297, NA-3047

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