A.E. Cox family fonds
1885-1973, predominant 1885-1913
2 m of textual records. -- 45 photographs. -- 1 audio cassette
Arthur Edgar Cox, 1856-1946, was born in England. He emigrated to the USA, and in 1882 journeyed from there to Winnipeg to join a Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) construction crew. He spent 1883 with a Dominion Land Survey party near Maple Creek, and in 1884 moved to Pincher Creek, Alberta where he became the town's first school teacher. He taught there until 1891. He married Mary Elizabeth Willock in 1887 in Fort Macleod, and they settled on a ranch near Pincher Creek. Mary, 1868-1940, was born in Ontario, and came with her family to the Pincher Creek area in 1883. A.E. and Mary had thirteen children, Margery Caroline May, 1888-1973, Eva Cicely, 1890-1980, George Francis, 1892-1972, Millicent, 1894-1983, Dorothea Isabella, 1895-1979, Arthur Edgar, 1897-1976, Mabel Gertrude (Sykes), 1900-1999, Thomas William, 1902-1969, Florence Emily, 1904-1997, Alfred Charles Linney, 1906-[died as infant], Norma Alexandrina (Goodwin), 1908- , infant daughter, 1911-1911, and Vera Irene, 1912-1996. In 1897 A.E. was appointed the Dominion Lands sub-agent at Pincher Creek. He also acted as a land agent for the Calgary and Edmonton Land Company (on behalf of Osler, Hammond and Nanton), and the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). He continued to ranch while running the office in town. Their daughter, Mabel, was a nurse at the Calgary General Hospital from ca.1920 until 1943 when she married Thomas E. Sykes. For further information see Sheilagh S. Jameson's article "Trials of a Dominion Land Agent" in Glenbow [magazine]. -- vol. 3, no. 4 (July 1970), p. 8.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of A.E.'s teaching certificates and agreements, and homestead documents; photographs of the Willock and Cox families, and Pincher Creek area and personalities; recorded reminiscences of Mabel Cox Sykes about her family and nursing (1973); and A.E.'s extensive correspondence as Dominion Land sub-agent (1897- 1907) and as agent for the Calgary and Edmonton Land Company (1899-1911). Includes minutes of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, Castle View Lodge No. 43 (1903-1905). Also includes list of lands for sale on the Peigan reserve (1913).
Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Millicent Cox, Mabel Sykes and Mrs. George Cox, 1969-1977.
The material is in English.
Originals and Reproductions:
Also available on microfilm.
No restrictions on access.
Inventory and interview outline available. Please consult before requesting material.
View finding aid / scanned documents:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M 281, M 2815, RCT 102, PA 1853, NA 2001, NA 2361, NA 3216, AC Cox