Fonds PR3229 - Frank H. and George W. Keefe fonds

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Frank H. and George W. Keefe fonds

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    • 1911-1990 (Creation)

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    0.31 m of textual records. - 3 photographs. - 11 circuit drawings.

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    Frank H. Keefe was born in Minnesota in 1893. He worked for Canadian National Railways (CNR) in Minnesota and throughout Western Canada, eventually becoming General Manager of the CNR's Western Region. He married Neva Mae Oaks (1893-1950) in Biggar, Saskatchewan in 1917, and together they had six children: Blanche "Bonnie" (Pinchaud) (1917-1994), George William (1918-1991), Warren (1921-2016), Joyce (Pryor) (1924-2020), Joan (Chandler), and James (1932-2015). Frank died in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1974.

    Born in Biggar, Saskatchewan in 1918, George W. Keefe worked as an operations manager for the Canadian National Railways. He married Ethel Ruth Collier (1926-2021) in Edmonton, Alberta in 1948, and together they had children: Terry, Timothy, Dennis, Lynne (McGoldrick), Neva (Pasemko), and Judy (Dowhaniuk). George died in Edmonton in 1991.

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    The records were given to Bob Richard by Ruth Keefe, the widow of George W. Keefe.

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    The fonds consists of three photographs regarding CN and the Keefes, numerous Rail Operating Instruction and rule books and other trade manuals, ledgers detailing day to day train operations, newspaper articles related to railway history, two union constitution manuals and a labour relations manual, Instructions and Schedule for the CNR Royal Tour in 1939, a folio of folded circuit designs, and numerous CN time tables.

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    Bob Richard deposited the records at the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2008.


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        The material is in English

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

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch was sourced from the accession.

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        Includes accession PR2009.0141.

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