Fonds PR3036 - Donald Graham fonds

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Donald Graham fonds

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    PR3036

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    • [196?] (Creation)

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    0.09 m of textual records

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    (1848-1944)

    Biographical history

    Born in Scotland, Donald Graham came to Canada in 1863. He left Canada for Buffalo, New York and joined the United States Army.

    After several years in the Army, he returned to Canada and lived in Manitoba. In 1870, he joined a group of volunteers involved in the Riel Rebellion. In 1872, he worked at a saw mill in Fort Garry. In 1872, he traveled from Winnipeg to Edmonton. In 1873, he worked at Fort Whoop-Up (later Fort Macleod).

    After working on the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) survey in 1874 and moved to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia to start farming. He was a justice of the peace for thirty-five years and was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for the East Yale electoral district, serving from 1894-1898. He also served as the first reeve of Armstrong, British Columbia. He moved to Edmonton, Alberta around 1931.

    He married Adelaide Genia (1858-1949) in Vernon, British Columbia in 1885, and they had five children: David Macgregor (1885-1951), Donald Joseph (1887-1944), Catherine (Durrand) (1889-1978), Rose Mary (1890-1900), Adelaide Genia (Durrand) (1892-1973).

    He died in Edmonton in 1944.

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    The fonds consists of handwritten, transcribed, and bound reminiscences written by Donald Graham recalling his life in Western Canada in the 1880s. The material discusses hunting, the Riel Rebellion, crime, farming, and wildlife. Donald Graham's grandson, Gordon Graham, transcribed the material.

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    In 1969, Ada Durrand, Donald Graham's daughter, donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the fonds. A section of these reminiscences appeared in the Alberta Historical Review (Winter 1956).

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        Includes accession PR1969.0352.

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