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Lorne Proudfoot fonds


Physical Description:
5.4 m of textual records. -- 43 photographs. -- 6 posters. -- 20 maps

Lorne Proudfoot, 1880-1977, was born on a farm near Vankleek Hill, Ontario. He came west on a harvest excursion in 1903, and attended Normal School in Regina. He subsequently came to Alberta and taught in rural schools near Carstairs and Didsbury before homesteading at Chinook in 1909. He married Hilda Mary Roberts, 1899-1972, of Chinook in 1917 and they had five children, Kathleen Frances (Bingeman), James Albert, Eileen Margarite (Burkinshaw), Robert George, and William Arthur. He was a lifelong advocate of the principles of cooperation as a means to community building, and was very active in community and political affairs. He was secretary-treasurer of the Independent Political Association, Constituency of Acadia, a group aligned with the Non-Partisan League, and in the 1917 provincial election he ran unsuccessfully as its candidate. He was elected to the Legislature as the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) member for Acadia in 1921, and sat in the House until 1935. He served as the secretary of the Independent Electors of the Acadia-Coronation Constituency in 1940 and 1944 when they backed G. N. Johnston as an independent candidate; and he was secretary of the Handhills-Acadia Independent Political Association which backed independent candidate Lyall Curry in 1963. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of several local governments: Peyton School District No. 2855 (ca. 1913); Municipal District of Collholme (1914-1921); Chinook Consolidated School District No. 16 (1916-1961); and the Village of Chinook (1943-1968). He was a representative on the Special Areas Board Advisory Committee (1939-1954) and a member of the Board of the Acadia School Division No. 8 (1951). He was active in farmers' organizations and co-operatives, and was manager of the Goose Lake Livestock Co-op (1941-1955). Though Proudfoot came close to bankruptcy in 1932, his farming activity became successful. Specializing in raising sheep, the farm grew to 18,000 acres by the time he sold it to his son in 1962. It was still being farmed by his descendants after 100 years.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Lorne Proudfoot's personal papers; business records of his farm; and records of the governments, co-operative businesses, and organizations he was involved with. Includes corporate records of Buffalo Plains School District No. 2316 (1910-1916), the Village of Chinook (1913-1968), Chinook Consolidated School District No. 16 (1916-1961), Chinook Consolidated Snow Plow Club (1953-1970), Chinook Credit Union (1944-1945), Chinook Mutual Telephone Company (1935-1970), Chinook U.F.A. Co-op Local (1950-1963), Goose Lake Livestock Co-operative Ltd. (1941-1955), Handhills-Acadia Independent Political Association (1962-1970), Independent Electors of the Acadia-Coronation Constituency (1940-1944), Independent Political Association, Constituency of Acadia (1916-1917), Peyton School District No. 2855 (1913), Popular School District No. 2631 (1911-1916), Special Areas Lease Rental and Economic Committee (1960-1963), and Cereal Local of United Grain Growers Ltd. (formerly Cereal Local No. 53 of the Alberta Farmers' Co-operative Elevator Company Ltd., 1914-1947). Includes notes from caucus meetings (1934-1935) and records of the Members' Trust Fund (1928-1935) from Proudfoot's period as an MLA in the UFA government. Includes personal and estate papers of Martin S. Carscallen, John E. Cooley, George A. McDonald, Malcolm A. McTavish, and Theodor Middleton, for whom Proudfoot acted as executor, administrator, or trustee. Includes records of Proudfoot's own estate following his death. Includes most of the list of electors for Hand Hills-Acadia constituency (1963).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Acadia Hotel (Chinook, Alta.), Acadia U.F.A. Co-operative Association, George and Ingeburg Aitken, Alberta Department of Agriculture, Alberta Department of Municipal Affairs, Alberta Government Telephones, Alberta Hail Insurance Board, Alberta Livestock Co-operative, Alberta Sheep Breeders' Association, Alberta Wheat Pool, Big Country Health Unit, Muriel and Bertin Bjorsbik, John Brownlee, Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers, Canadian National Railways, Canadian Utilities Ltd., Cereal Agricultural and Industrial Association, Cereal Hospital, John C. Charyk, Harry Chiliak, Chinook Cemetery, Chinook Restaurant, Cooley Bros. Garage, Co-terminous Boundary Commission (Alta. : 1953-1956), Lyall Curry, Eastern Alberta Wool Growers Association, Esler Hospital Society, Edgar Gerhart, Gospel Chapel of Youngstown, E. L. Gray, Hanna Municipal Hospital, Imperial Building Supplies Ltd., George Johnston, Russell Johnston, Laughlin School, London, Liverpool & Globe Insurance Co., O. S. Longman, J. F. Lymburn, Mah brothers' restaurant, Ernest Manning, J. V. H. Milvain, Royal Commission on Education (Alta. : 1958), Service Garage, Lee Sims, Southern Alberta Sheep Breeders, J. K. Sutherland Memorial Scholarship, Union of Alberta Municipalities, Western Stock Growers' Association, Youngstown-Cereal Rural Electrification Association.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Lorne Proudfoot, 1959-1964 and Robert Proudfoot, 2008.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Tax rolls of the Village of Chinook are held by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in the John C. Charyk fonds.
Interviews with Lorne Proudfoot are in the Drybelt Pioneers Oral History Project (M-4074-6), and United Farmers of Alberta Oral History Project (RCT-22 and M-9288-3), at Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1011, M-2001, M-2018, M-4311, M-4616, M-4698, M-9288, PA-180, PB-958, NA-562

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