Fonds moth-6 - Sheppard family fonds

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Sheppard family fonds

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42 cm of textual records. -- 4 photographs. -- ca. 1000 slides.

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Henry Norman Sheppard, 1861-1934, was born at Kilnhurst, England, the son of a Church of England minister. After working for three years on a cattle and sheep station in Australia, in 1887 he settled in the High River, Alberta district. Soon after, he married Isabella Beatrice "Bee" Godden, 1859-1913. He was a rancher, and later was appointed Justice of the Peace for High River. He served as a town councilor, school trustee, hospital trustee, and briefly as Mayor. The Sheppards had four children who survived infancy: Edmund Norman "Jay", 1889-1917; Henry Fleetwood, 1890-1954; George Evelyn, 1895-1969; and Herbert Campbell "Bert", 1901-1999. Jay died in action at Vimy Ridge. Henry F. spent most of the First World War as a prisoner of war and became a farmer at the site of the Sheppard Family Park in High River. George was a long-time employee of the High River Motor Company. Bert owned or managed several ranches and authored books on the history of the High River district.

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The fonds came into the possession of Warren and Betty Zimmerman of Longview, Alberta, with whom Bert Sheppard lived during his retirement.

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The fonds consists of diaries of Henry N. Sheppard (1907-1934), Henry F. Sheppard (1919, 1930-1951), and Bert Sheppard (1938-1942, 1947). Includes a letter from Bee to Henry F. (1913), Henry F.'s military paybooks, discharge papers, and Canadian Legion membership cards. Includes miscellaneous correspondence to Bert (ca. 1953-ca. 1963). Includes photographs of Henry F. and his house, Tongue Creek School, and Bert. Includes slides of Bert's vacations and ranching operations.

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Donated by Warren and Betty Zimmerman, 1999-2003, and unknown donor, 1983.


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  • The material is in English.

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Transcripts of some of Henry F.'s diaries are available.

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The bulk of Bert Sheppard's papers are held by the Stockmen's Memorial Foundation in Cochrane, Alberta.

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Record No. 983-071-010, 999-039, 000-038, 002-067, 003-008, 003-026<br><br>

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