Fonds PR0602 - Henry Stelfox fonds

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Henry Stelfox fonds

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    • 1905-1972 (Creation)

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    0.04 m of textual records. – 30 photographs. – 2 negatives

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    Henry Stelfox was born ca. 1883 in England. He received his schooling in Manchester and ca. 1902 moved to South Africa where he became a member of the South African Constabulary in E Division under Lord Baden-Powell. He received his discharge in 1906 at Monument Hill, Bloemfontein, Orange River Colony and then moved to Canada, arriving in Calgary, Alberta in 1906.

    In 1907 Stelfox purchased a homestead at Battle Lake but spent the winter working at log running. In 1909 his brother John moved to Alberta and together they began ranching and selling cattle. Stelfox purchased another homestead in 1910 and by 1915 was the owner of four different farms, making his home at Springdale. He married Janet Katherine Glyde (1889-1958) in 1916 and together they had nine children, Margaret, Henry, David, John, Hilda, Katherine, Helen, Gertrude, and Janet.

    In 1917 Stelfox fell ill and so the family moved to Victoria, British Columbia where Stelfox recovered and worked for a time at Yarrows Limited shipyards in Esquimalt before returning to Alberta in 1918 and moving to Rocky Mountain House.

    During his life Stelfox worked in many occupations, among them farming, road and bridge building, auctioneering, real estate, ranching, and mountain guiding. He was a volunteer Game Warden for the Provincial Government for 40 years and a founding member of the Alberta Fish and Game Association. Stelfox was also a trustee of the Springdale School District No. 219 for ten years, a council member for the Battle Lake Local Improvement District, and a Justice of the Peace. Stelfox was also a volunteer Indian agent for many years, and helped to secure the first treaties and reservations for the Cree, Ojibwa, and Nakoda Nations in the Rocky Mountain House area. Stelfox wrote a number of poems and essays about pioneer life and was very active in conservation, for which he received the Julian Crandall trophy in 1954 and was made an honorary member of the Royal Society of Canada.

    Stelfox died in 1974, pre-deceased by his wife and survived by his son, Dave Stelfox.

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    Fonds consists of a memoir entitled Rambling Thoughts of a Wandering Fellow, 1903-1968, and a book of poems entitled When the Sawflies Mate in Summer and other Alberta poems, both written by Henry Stelfox. Fonds also includes photographs depicting Stelfox family members, farming, the lumber industry, and various First Nations people and scenes.

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    Mr. Henry Stelfox deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1972.


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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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        An oral history by Henry Stelfox can by found in accession GR1967.0219 and an oral history by Dave Stelfox can be found in accession GR1980.0013.

        Other records pertaining to Henry Stelfox can be found at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, and in the Henry Stelfox fonds located at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta.


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        Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the records and from the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library information files. Three published works by Henry Stelfox can be found in the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference library.

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