Fonds PR1150 - Winifred Ross fonds

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Winifred Ross fonds

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    • 1921-1967 (Creation)

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    0.44 m of textual records

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    Biographical history

    Winifred Thompson was born in Germania, Ontario in 1886 to George and Zelia Thompson. She attended business college, graduating in 1904.

    She worked for a time at the Winnipeg Grain Exchange before coming further west, arriving in Alberta in 1911, and marrying Harold Ross (1890-1917) in Edmonton, Alberta. They had one daughter: Jeane Alberta (Thompson) (1914-1977). Harold was killed at Vimy Ridge in 1917, and Winifred joined her two brothers, Wilfred John Thompson and Keith Thompson, in a farming partnership near Millet, Alberta.

    Winifred became highly involved in the United Farmers of Alberta, and more specifically the United Farm Women of Alberta, being the latter's director, vice-president and finally president (1940-1946). She also served as president of the Farm Women's Union of Alberta for a period in 1951. Winifred was also involved in a number of other committees and organizations; these include: the National Farm Forum, the Canadian Research Committee on Practical Education, the advisory committee to the Schools of Agriculture, the University of Alberta's Board of Governors (1948-1954), the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, and the Alberta Board of Industrial Relations.

    Mrs. Ross was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1974. She died in December 1974.

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    The fonds consists of records, including radio transcripts, newspaper clippings and other information, related to Winifred Ross's interests in agriculture and education, as well as records, including reports and minutes, relating to her involvement with the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, Alberta Health Survey Committee, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Alberta Division of the Canadian Red Cross, Alberta Council of Women, Canadian Association for Consumers, Board of Industrial Relations, the University of Alberta's Board of Governors, Women's Regional Advisory Committee of the Consumer Branch.

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    Mrs. Winifred Ross (PR1971.0420), Jeane Thompson, Winifred Ross's daughter, (PR1975.0520) and John O. Thompson, Winifred Ross's grandson, (PR1977.0113) deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1971 and 1977.


    Due to the disorganized nature of the records, those records not directly relating to the United Farm Women of Alberta or the Farm Women's Union of Alberta were included in Winifred Ross's personal fonds.

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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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        Also see the United Farmers of Alberta fonds, United Farm Women of Alberta sous-fonds and the Farmers' Union of Alberta fonds, Farm Women's Union of Alberta sous-fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is from Tales and Trails of Millet, which can be located in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.233 M619t PAA, and from the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame website,$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/info2057?opendocument, accessed September 8, 2004. Included in accession PR1971.0420 are records belonging to the United Farm Women of Alberta sous-fonds, the Farm Women's Union of Alberta sous-fonds and the U.F.A. and U.F.W.A. Independent Political Association of the Strathcona Federal Constituency sous-sous-fonds. Included in accession PR1977.0113 are records belonging to the United Farm Women of Alberta sous-fonds, Junior United Farmers of Alberta sous-fonds, Farm Women's Union of Alberta sous-fonds (including the Hillside Local No. 906 sous-sous-fonds), the Alberta Federation of Agriculture fonds, the Millet Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society fonds, the Millet Home and School Association fonds and the Jeane Thompson fonds

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        Includes accession PR1971.0420, PR1975.0520, and PR1977.0113.

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