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Ted Hills fonds


Physical Description:
6 cm of textual records

Edward F.J. Hills. 1863-ca. 1955, born in Littlehampton, England, came to Canada in 1883. He spent a year in Ontario before joining a Dominion Land Survey party which surveyed several townships near Carlton, Saskatchewan. He arrived in Calgary, Alberta in November 1884, and for many years worked as a cowboy on various southern Alberta ranches. He acquired his own ranch near High River, called the Echo Glen Ranch. He and his wife, Nora Griffin, returned to England ca. 1908 for several years, operated a coffee plantation in Kenya until the early 1930s, then retired once more to England where he died.

Custodial History:
The letters were inherited by Ted Hills' niece, Mrs. Geraldine Lamaison of West Sussex, England. She, in turn, sent them to her sister-in-law, Mrs. Jean Matthews of Calgary, in order to return them to their country of origin.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of 48 letters written to his family in England, which record Hills' impressions and experiences as he moved west through Canada.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: John J. Barter, Carlton (Sask.), chinooks, Cree, Oswald A. Critchley, Fish Creek (Alta.), F.L. Foster, F.W. Godsal, George Lane, John Lineham, Little Bow Cattle Co., Mount Head Ranch, North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), Northwest Cattle Co., Quorn Ranch, 1885 Riel Rebellion (North West Rebellion), St. George's Ranch, Sheep Creek Ranch, Walter Skrine, snowshoes, Frederick S. Stimson, John Ware and Edwin John Winterbottom.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Jean Matthews, 1989.

The material is in English.

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

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

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