Fonds PR2787 - Richard Secord fonds

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Richard Secord fonds

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    • [ca. 1912] (Creation)

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    Richard (Dick) Secord was born in Brant County, Ontario July 19, 1860, the son of James R. Secord (1832-1897) and Jane Manley (1835-1909). His great-great-aunt was Laura Secord. After graduating from Brantford Collegiate Institute, he decided to move to the Canadian Northwest. Secord traveled from Chicago to Winnipeg in May, 1881. From Winnipeg, he continued by Red River ox carts to Edmonton, arriving on September 1, 1881. After various odd jobs, he taught in the Pakan district and returned to Edmonton in 1883 and taught in Edmonton for four years.

    Richard Secord helped to survey the first townsite of Edmonton and assisted in building a school. After Secord's teaching career, John A. McDougall employed him as a store clerk. In 1888 Secord left Edmonton, and he established a fur and trading post at Athabasca Landing. In 1897 he returned to Edmonton and formed the partnership McDougall & Secord Ltd, a general merchandising business which operated as fur dealers, outfitters, traders, and dealers in land scrip. The general merchandising part of the business was sold in 1907 but they continued in the fur business. McDougall and Secord Limited eventually focused on real estate and mortgages.

    He served as an Alderman for the City of Edmonton in 1899, as a member of the Northwest Territorial Assembly from 1902-1904; he resigned in 1904 to run against Frank Oliver in the federal election but was defeated by Oliver.

    Richard Secord married Annie York of Edmonton in 1891, and they had five children: Lillian Laura (1893-1894), Annie Helena (Lena) (McFadyen) (1895-1993); Imogene (Keltie) (1897-1981), Richard York (1900-1987), and Isobel (1902-1993). Dick was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Mystic Shrines and the Scottish Rite.

    Richard Secord died January 12, 1935 at the age of 75 years.

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    The fonds consists of 1 portrait photograph of Richard Secord cica 1912.

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    In 1993, Dave Leonard of the Provincial Archives of Alberta donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. The provenance of the material prior to 1993 is unknown.


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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the Athabasca Archives' Richard Secord fonds description. The image can be located under the number A21095 in the photographic reference section of the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

        For more material on the Secord Family, please see the Richard Secord fonds at the Athabasca Archives, and the Richard Y. Secord fonds and the McDougal and Secord Limited fonds at the City of Edmonton Archives.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the Athabasca Archives' Richard Secord fonds description

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        Includes accession PR1994.0143.

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