Fonds PR0271 - Wagar family fonds

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Wagar family fonds

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    • 1899-1939 (Creation)

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    0.90 m of textual records. – 8 photographs. – 4 maps

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    Anson Wagar was born on November 28, 1879 in Yates County, New York. He attended Yale University with the class of 1903, and after his graduation was appointed the Commissioner of the United States Government in Gregory, South Dakota in 1905. During this time he was involved in land development schemes in Tripp County and on the Rosebud Indian Reserve in South Dakota.

    He married Deedie Sallee in the summer of 1906, and around 1912 he and his wife applied for homesteads in the Lake Saskatoon area.

    In 1914 Deedie and Anson Wagar became directors and principal shareholders of the North-Western Telephone Company Ltd. The company served the area between the Smoky River and the town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, and extended from Grande Prairie north to the villages of Sexsmith and Buffalo Lake. Anson Wagar was also the official spokesman for a group of farmers and businessmen pressing for a railway outlet from the region to connect with the Canadian National Railway main line at Brule Lake, near Hinton, Alberta.

    Custodial history

    The records in this fonds were discovered in an abandoned building by a graduate student

    Scope and content

    Fonds consists of personal and business records belonging to Anson and Deedie Wagar, as well as records pertaining to the North-Western Telephone Company Ltd. These records include correspondence, photographs, maps (including one of the Rosebud lands), financial records, legal documents, newspaper clippings and notebooks. The fonds has been divided into the following series: Anson Wagar records; Deedie Wagar records; North-Western Telephone Company Ltd. records; and Brule Lake railroad records.

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    Physical condition

    The ink on some of the correspondence is beginning to fade and some of the papers have been damaged by mildew. Some of the Telephone Company records written before August 1916 reveal fire and smoke damage.

    Immediate source of acquisition

    The records were deposited at the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1969.


    Arrangement note: The arrangement of the papers is largely artificial since the circumstances of their discovery and collection have destroyed almost all indication of their original order. Only a few legal documents and letters, some of Anson Wagar’s correspondence with the Department of the Interior, and portions of the Telephone Company and Railroad correspondence appear to have been kept in separate bundles.

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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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