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Isaac Sanford Freeze fonds


Physical Description:
1 cm of textual records. -- 35 photographs

Issac Sanford Freeze, 1847-1936, was born in Penobsquis, New Brunswick. He came to Calgary, Alberta in 1883 and opened a grocery store. In 1884 he became alderman for the first council in the town of Calgary. He ran his business until he retired and passed it on to his son, Stanley. He was married to Evelyn A. Lewis and they had six children, D. Herbert, Winnie, Edna A., 1880-1884, Stanley G. 1885-1971, Edith and Ernest C., 1888-1925. Ernest and his wife, Annie, ?-1981, had one child, Audrey Gertrude (Pettigrew), 1915-1996. For further information see "Isaac S. Freeze : A General Merchant" in Eye on the Future : Business People in Calgary and the Bow Valley, 1870-1900 / Henry C. Klassen. -- Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2002, p. 100-105.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal letters to his wife, and family photographs. The letters were written to his wife Evelyn in New Brunswick, before she came to Calgary to join him. The letters describe his trip across Canada, his early life in Calgary, the establishment of his grocery store, and the arrival of the railway to Calgary (page 32). Some letters are missing pages.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Audrey Pettigrew, 1981 and Tanny Vermeulen, 2017.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
An edited version of the Freeze letters were published in Alberta History. -- vol. 51, no.1 (Winter 2003), p. 2-26.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-6141, NA-4298, PB-1028

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