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Cooper family fonds


Physical Description:
2.44 m of textual records

Robert Cooper, 1827-1911, was born in Ontario. In 1863 he married Mary Ann Allen, 1837-1912, and they had nine children, Archie, 1864-1896, Enura, 1865-1866, William Stanley, 1867-1950, Annie (McTavish), 1869-1938, Sydney, 1871-1923, John Thomas, 1873-1964, Hugh, 1875-1957, Robert, 1878-1945, and W. Allen, 1881-1950. The family moved to Calgary in 1892. In 1907 Hugh Cooper married Isabella Edith Ralston, 1887-1965, who was from Paullina, Iowa, USA. He began farming on Nose Creek near Airdrie, Alberta in 1900 and continued until his retirement in 1954. Hugh and Edith had two children, Hugh Harold and George Sydney. Hugh H. Cooper, 1910-1969, farmed in partnership with his father and brother George. He never married. George Sydney Cooper, 1912-1993, married Eleanor Marion May, 1920-2008, of Central Butte, Saskatchewan in 1945 and they had two children, Elizabeth Ann and John Sydney. He was active in Unifarm, Alberta Wheat Pool and the Airdrie United Church. He farmed until his death. Much of the family land was annexed by Airdrie in 1986. Eleanor was active in bringing Vietnamese refugees to Alberta. E. Ann Cooper, 1946- , married Garry Hollands and they had three children, Stephen, Christine and Roger. She received her BA from Athabasca University and wrote a book on hyperactivity in children. John Sydney Cooper, 1952- , earned his BA (honours) in history at the University of Regina in 1979. He farms at Macrorie, Saskatchewan. Hugh's brother, John Thomas Cooper was born in Ontario. He worked in western Canada with a Dominion Land Surveyor in the 1890s. In 1901 he married Annetta Warren, 1878-1964 and they had nine children. In 1903 they settled in Nanton. J.T. ranched on Mosquito Creek, had an insurance firm and founded Cooper Oil. He was Nanton's first mayor in 1907. In 1932 he moved to Vancouver.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of account books, grain and livestock sales records, brand applications, property tax notices, insurance and other farming records of Hugh, Hugh H. and George S. (1900-1978); Hugh's correspondence (1900-1958), will and files on estates of Sydney and W. Allen; Edith's correspondence (1941-1965), chicken, egg and butter accounts (1919-1947), certificates and will; George's correspondence (1938-1987), and records pertaining to education (1920s-1941), Airdrie annexation (1980-1986), Airdrie United Church (1957-1961), investments (1969-1987) and Airdrie Farmers' Union of Alberta/Unifarm (1960-1984); Eleanor's journals about Vietnamese immigrants (1980-1985), and miscellaneous correspondence and programs; John S.'s personal papers and poetry (restricted), Rhinoceros Party returns (1980), university essays on the farm movement, and miscellany; Ann's book (1983) and miscellany; John T.'s diaries (1895-1924) and miscellany; and family photographs and newsclippings.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Eleanor and John S. Cooper, 1993, and Barry Cooper, 1994.

The material is in English.

Some of John S. Cooper's papers are restricted until 2023.

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

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The records of W.S. Cooper's company are also held by Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M 8371, M 4807

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