Fonds PR3783 - McConkey family fonds

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McConkey family fonds

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    • [195-? - 201-], predominantly 1992-[201-] (Creation)

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    0.01 m textual records. -- 5 photographs.

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    Howard Hudson McConkey was born May 30, 1878 and his father died of appendicitis when he was a small boy, leaving his mother with six young children. He was sent to live with his aunt and uncle for some years and left school to help on the farm when he was in grade five. At age 17, he left the family farm and worked at a mill, then at his sisters' farm, then went on to Winnipeg where his brother lived, and also to Montana. He got work with CPR Telegraph and attended Winnipeg Business College while he was laid off in the winter months.

    Howard was offered the job of Telegraph Construction Inspector from Winnipeg and Kenora with headquarters in Rat Portage and continued to work westward until 1908. At Hardisty, Alberta he was seriously injured when a timber being hoisted by a crane dropped and hit him in the head. He spent months in the hospital recovering and was lame in one leg for the rest of his life. After he recovered he went to Calgary and started a partnership with Sam Maud and John Bowey to establish Maude, McConkey and Bowey General Merchants, a general store in Munson.

    In 1911, Howard went to Ontario where he met Florence Green. Florence was born March 26, 1885 and the two were married June 11, 1913 in New Dublin, Ontario. They first lived in rooms over the store in Munson, then built a house in 1914, and later built one on a farm north east of Munson. They had 3 daughters; Mary “Arloa” Hanna, Margaret Miriam, and Hilda Maude. The girls attended White Rose School near Michichi Creek as children.

    Arloa married Donald Alexander McRae on July 21, 1953 and they had two children, Howard and Douglas. Margaret married Dexter H. C. Beach who was from Ernfold, Saskatchewan. They had three children, Miriam, Arloa, and Cheryl, and they eventually moved to Nipawin, Saskatchewan. Hilda married James Cochrane Warwick.

    Howard and Florence moved off the family farm in 1965 to live with Margaret and her husband.Florence died May 7, 1966 and Howard died October 21, 1971.

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    The fonds consists of a history of the McConkey family written by Howard and Florence’s granddaughter Cheryl Silverthorne and a write-up by Margaret Beach about attending the White Rose School. The photographs show the family farm and family members at different times.

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    Records were donated to the Provincial Archives in 2012 by Arloa Beach, granddaughter of Howard and Florence.


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        The material is in English.

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        Includes accession PR2012.0633.

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