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Magnusson, Anderson family fonds

1887-1961, predominant 1911-1961

Physical Description:
62.5 cm of textual records. -- 30 photographs

Andrew Anderson, 1871-1945, was born in Sweden. He emigrated to the USA in 1894, and moved to the Alsask area in 1910 to homestead. Although his post office address was Saskatchewan, his land was in Alberta. His holdings, called Fogelvik Farms, grew to 1736 hectares which were almost totally devoted to grain. In 1931 he received a Master Farmers of Canada award. The farm was sold in 1932 and he and his wife, Hannah, ?-1973, retired to Calgary. In 1934, however, he bought land at Innisfail and started the second Fogelvik Farm. His only child, Helen, and her husband, Knut Magnusson, took over the farm in 1947. Magnusson, 1909-1970, was born in Sweden. He studied engineering and land economics in Stockholm, and worked for the Swedish government until he moved to Alberta. He married Helen Anderson in 1936 and they had three children. The Magnussons turned Fogelvik Farm into one of the highest producing farms in Alberta, and are credited with introducing Landrace pigs and Viking ponies to Canada. Nels Benson, 1873-1951, came to Canada from Sweden in 1910. He worked as a hired man on Fogelvik Farms in both Alsask and Innisfail. For further information see Fogelvik Farms : Hannah Anderson Remembers the Early Years / Elna Magnusson Scheinfeld. -- Santa Barbara : the author, 1998.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of farm accounts (1918-1945), inventories, leases, and business correspondence (1947-1961); income tax returns of the Andersons and Magnussons (1917-1957); Andrew Anderson's certificates, correspondence and speeches; Knut Magnusson's citizenship application and various personal papers; and Nels Benson's immigration papers, income tax returns, and miscellaneous personal papers. Includes photographs of the farms.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Knut Magnusson, 1958-1965.

The material is in English.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-802, PA-108, PA-759, PE-28

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