Collection PR1047 - Len Dutton collection

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Len Dutton collection

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    • 1975-1980 (Creation)

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    0.01 m of textual records

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    Len Dutton's parents, Joe and Margaret Dutton, arrived in Canada from Yorkshire, England in 1912. They had responded to an advertisement placed by Maitland Hirst to work on a farm in the Sedgewick District of Alberta. In the spring of 1914, they worked for Louis Anderson, and from 1915 to about 1918 rented his home while Louis returned to Sweden to be married.

    During this time, Joe and Margaret purchased land in the Killam District of Alberta. They had two children, Len and Daisy. Len married Margaret Munro in 1942, and they moved to Killam, Alberta. They had three children: Len (1945), Ron (1947) and Peggy (1950).

    In Killam, Len built a service station and a bulk oil sales warehouse. He sold the service station in 1960, and in 1961, with two partners, started Alberta Propane Distributors Limited (Ltd.). Len bought out the partners, and operated the company for a number of years before selling it to Canadian Propane. Len was a member of the Killam Historical Library Committee

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    The collection includes a copy of a fictionalized article entitled "A suit for Herbie," by Terence Thompson, relating to banking in "Rose Valley," along with Thompson's account of how he came to Killam, Alberta as a Bank of Montreal employee and a letter addressed to Dutton from Thompson; and a copy of a biographical sketch entitled "The Saga of My Paternal Grandparents: Thomas and Margaret Henderson," by Ada Elizabeth Law, an account about the Henderson family's journey from Maple Ridge, British Columbia to Fort Edmonton, North-West Territories, in 1880 and their years homesteading in the Rabbit Hill area of Alberta, and an accompanying letter to Dutton from Irene Gillespie, Ada Elizabeth Law's cousin, who gave Law's article to Dutton.

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    Len Dutton deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1981.


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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 biographical sketch is from the records and from The Pleasant Country: Killam and District, 1903-1993, which is located in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.233 P723 1993 PAA.

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        Includes accession PR1981.0175.

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