Fonds PR1780 - Wesley Smith fonds

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Wesley Smith fonds

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    • 1912-1964 (Creation)

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    0.03 m of textual records

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    Wesley Gordon Smith was born April 1, 1897 in Toronto, Ontario, the son of John Coutts Smith (1870-1953) and Letitia Jamieson (1872-1942). He and his parents settled west of Brooks, Alberta in 1910.

    Wesley graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1921. He then became an instructor at the Raymond School of Agriculture. Wesley completed his Masters of Arts in Political Economics in 1937 at the University of Alberta; his thesis was titled “The Development of Grain Inspection in Canada.” He worked for the Canadian Sugar Factories Limited in Picture Butte, Alberta before being transferred to Taber, Alberta in the 1940s. He retired from the Canadian Sugar Factories in 1962.

    He was a chairman of the Taber Library Board and a past master of the Doric Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Taber Lions Club.

    Wesley died April 20, 1970.

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    The fonds consists of copies of Wesley Smith’s weekly newspaper columns for the Taber Times, including his series “Better Crops Under Irrigation” (1946-1947). The fonds also includes issues of the Bassano News for October 17, 1912 and Bassano Mail for November 11, 1915.

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    Laird Smith, Wesley Smith’s nephew, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1988.


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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 taken from the University of Alberta Libraries Library Catalogue,, accessed May 9, 2006, from the April 22, 1970 Taber Times and from the records.

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        Includes accession PR1988.0448.

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