Fonds PR2803 - Speakman family fonds

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Speakman family fonds

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    • 1991 - 1993 (Creation)

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    0.03 m of textual records

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    From 1894 to 1895, Joseph Taylor visited his uncle, James Speakman (1849-1915), at his homestead near Penhold, Alberta located at Section 24, Township 36, Range 27, West of the 4th Meridian (24-36-27-W4).

    Thomas Speakman Barnett, grandson of Joseph Taylor was born in 1909 in Red Deer, Alberta on the family homestead. The family lived in Waskasoo, Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and Duncan, British Columbia. Thomas attended Bridgeport High School in Richmond, BC, and received a degree from the University of British Columbia. Thomas married Ruth Evelyn Piddock (1913-2006) in North Vancouver, British Columbia in 1942, and they had two children: Nancy (Bomsworth) and Paul.

    He worked in saw mills, as an editor for the Well Chronicle in Wells, BC, and an executive member of Industrial, Wood, and Allied Workers of Canada. Thomas served as an Alderman for Alberni, BC from 1958 to 1962, and also served as Mayor for the District of Campbell River from 1976- 1980. From 1953 - 1975 he was a Member of Parliament for the Comox-Alberni electoral district representing the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF)/New Democratic Party (NDP).

    Thomas Barnett passed away in Comox, British Columbia in 2003.

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    The fonds consists of typed transcripts of letters Joseph Taylor wrote to his parents while visiting his uncle, James Speakman, in 1894-1895. Joseph Taylor's granddaughter completed the transcripts in 1993. The fonds also includes reminiscences written by Thomas Speakman Barnett in 1991 recalling his childhood growing up in Waskasoo, Red Deer, and Rocky Mountain House in the early party of the 20th century.

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    In 1993, Thomas Barnett donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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

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        For more material on Alfred Speakman, please see the United Farmers of Alberta fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta and the Glenbow Archives.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the fonds and (Accessed July 26, 2007) Land described according to the Alberta Township System (ATS).

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        Includes accession PR1993.0015.

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