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Burness and Nicol Family Fonds

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Date Range
1875-1979
Material Type
Mixed Media
Accession No.
20011107000
Physical Description
41 photographs approximately 17 cm of manuscript material
Scope and Content
Photographs, expense records and personal papers of James Nicol, James Burness Senior, Catherine Burness (nee Nicol) and James Nicol Burness. They include expense accounts, Mr. Nicol's diaries, family birth and marriage certificates and other items.
Material Type
Mixed Media
Date Range
1875-1979
Physical Description
41 photographs approximately 17 cm of manuscript material
Physical Condition
Excellent
History / Biographical
James (Jim) Nicol Burness Junior was born in the Van Haarlem Hospital at Lethbridge on 11 May 1918. His parents were James Burness Senior and Catherine (Katie) Burness [nee Nicol]. His maternal grandparents were James Nicol and Helen Nicol [nee Henderson]. James Burness Senior was an employee of the Canadian Western Natural Gas Company (CWNGC). The family lived at the Coste measuring station six miles from Burdett, Alberta where Mr. Burness Sr. measured and reported gas pressure and flow on the Bow Island – Calgary pipeline. The reports were made to the CWNGC office in Calgary every hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When demand for gas was high, the employees walked into the coulee to turn on more wells. When James Jr. was eight years old, the family moved to the main station three miles from Burdett. In 1932 Mr. Burness Sr. was transferred to Brooks, Alberta as the company’s representative in the town. From about 1934 until his retirement in 1937, Mr. Burness Sr. worked in Foremost, Alberta. He died in 1961. On 10 July 1916 James Burness Senior married Catherine (Katie) Nicol in Lethbridge. Mrs. Burness was born in the Falkland Islands, but returned to Scotland with the rest of her family after her mother died on 13 September 1889. Mrs. Burness was raised by her uncle John and his family, and worked as a teacher’s aid in Scotland until coming to Canada in 1906. On 14 April 1914 Catherine arrived at Burdett, Alberta to care for her father Jim Nicol, who had been injured when thrown from a horse the previous year. When her father was well again, Catherine moved to Lethbridge and worked as a housekeeper until she married James Burness Sr. Mrs. Burness lived in CWNGC camps until 1935, when she moved onto her father’s homestead after his death. Later a second house was acquired, this one in the Village of Burdett. Mrs. Burness was a noted gardener and supporter of the United Church. She also was active in the Victory Loan campaigns during World War 2. James Nicol Burness went to school until Grade 11, then spent five years working on the farm that had been his grandfather’s - James Nicol. At age 22 Mr. Burness had a revelation that influenced the rest of his life. He resolved to devote his life to God and humanity. During World War 2 Jim Burness served as a stretcher bearer in the Canadian Army, mainly in North Africa and Italy. After the war, in 1949, Jim Burness married Ann Josephine Yanota of Blairmore. Ann Burness died on 15 August 2006 and is buried in Mountain View Cemtery in Lethbridge. Also after the war, Jim Burness took a carpentry course and worked in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Calgary and Banff during the following 10 years. From 1955 to 1979 he worked at the Lethbridge Post Office as a mail sorter. Following that, Mr. Burness worked as a Commissionaire for two more years until retiring. James N. Burness died on 16 February 2005 and is buried in Mountain View Cemtery in Lethbridge. James Nicol was born in western Scotland in 1855, the oldest of seven children. He worked with cattle and sheep in Scotland before moving with his wife Helen (nee Henderson) to the Falkland Islands in 1879 to work for the Falkland Islands Company as a shepherd and herder. When James' wife Helen died in 1889, the Nicol family moved back to Scotland. In 1890 James Nicol left his children with family members in Scotland and emigrated to Miles City, Montana. Mr. Nicol had a ranch along the Tongue River southwest of Miles City. In 1901 Mr. Nicol moved to Bassano in what was then the Northwest Territories. In 1910 he moved to Burdett, where he established his own ranch. Mr. Nicol died in 1935. Sources: Biographical notes prepared by the donor, in file 20011107062 Burdett Prairie Trails (Lethbridge, 1981), pages 144-146
Language
English
Custodial History
The donor acquired most of the items in this fonds from his mother, Mrs. Catherine Burness.
Scope and Content
Photographs, expense records and personal papers of James Nicol, James Burness Senior, Catherine Burness (nee Nicol) and James Nicol Burness. They include expense accounts, Mr. Nicol's diaries, family birth and marriage certificates and other items.
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Accession No.
20011107000
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J.F. Dormaar fonds - documents and maps

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Date Range
1870s-2006
Material Type
Mixed Media
Accession No.
20111068
Physical Description
.34 m of textual records, 17 maps
Scope and Content
2011.1068/1 Correspondence of J. F. Dormaar related to his research on Milk River and Sweet Grass Hills country (1993-2003) 2011.1068/2 Photocopies of 3 topographical maps of the area around Bow Island and the Forks: from Rocky Buttes to Sweet Grass Hills (U.S.A), published by the Burland Lithograp…
Material Type
Mixed Media
Other Title Info
Johan Frederik Dormaar
Date Range
1870s-2006
Fonds No.
Fonds
Physical Description
.34 m of textual records, 17 maps
Physical Condition
Excellent
History / Biographical
Johan Frederick Dormaar was born in Holland in 1930 and immigrated to Canada in 1954. He worked for one year on a farm and then attended the University of Guelph to do his bachelor degree. He later entered the University of Alberta, where he gained his PhD in Organic Chemistry. Starting in 1960s he worked at the Lethbridge Research Station as a soil scientist. Mr. Dormaar had interests in local history, geography and archeology and wrote five books. - The Alberta Stretch of the Milk River (2010) - Alberta's 49th Parallel (2009) - Oil City (2007) - The Lethbridge Research Centre (2006) - Sweetgrass Hills (2003) Johan Dormaar was active in the local Historical Society and Archaeological Society of Alberta, Lethbridge Centre. He died in 2011.
Language
English
Scope and Content
2011.1068/1 Correspondence of J. F. Dormaar related to his research on Milk River and Sweet Grass Hills country (1993-2003) 2011.1068/2 Photocopies of 3 topographical maps of the area around Bow Island and the Forks: from Rocky Buttes to Sweet Grass Hills (U.S.A), published by the Burland Lithographic Co., Montreal [1885-1905] 2011.1068/3 “Navigating from History into the Future: The Water Management Plan for the South Saskatchewan River Basin in Alberta.” By Alan Pentney and Dough Ohrn. Canadian Water Resources Journal. Vol. 33(4), 2008. 2011.1068/4 International St. Mary – Milk Rivers Administrative Measures Task Force: Report to the International Joint Commission (April 2006) 2011.1068/5 Articles on tree species in the Milk River basin, incl. cottonwood vs. Russian olive. 2011.1068/6 “Meandering Channel Response to Altered Flow Regime: Milk River, Alberta and Montana.” By Cheryl Bradley and Derald G. Smith. Water Resouces Research, vol. 20, #12, 1984. 2011.1068/7 Dr. E. Alyn Mitchner. The Development of Western Waters 1885-1930. Department of History, University of Alberta (1973). 2011.1068/8 The Milk River: International Lifeline of the Hi-Line: A Guidebook [1999?] 2011.1068/9 Milk River Canyon Resource Evaluation. By C. Wallis. Alberta Recreation, Parks and Wildlife (1976) 2011.1068/10 Flood/Dam Failure. State of Montana Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (November 2001) 2011.1068/11 In the Matter of the Measurement and Apportionment of the waters of the St. Mary and Milk Rivers and their Tributaries in the United States and Canada. Order and recommendations of the International Joint Commission. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1923 2011.1068/12 Dr. R. G. Forbis. The Manyberries Cairn. Unpublished archaeological report (1967). 2011.1068/13 Bob Henderson. Mysteries on the Milk (1998) 2011.1068/14 Collection of materials o the Pine Coulee Project, incl. 2 toporgraphic maps of the Claresholm-Stavely area. (1950-1999) 2011.1068/15 Climatic Change in Canada 5: Postglacial Pollen and Paleoclimate in Southwestern Alberta and Southeastern British Columbia (1985) 2011.1068/16 Effects of Agriculture on Forage Production and Soil Quality of Native Grasslands in Southern Alberta. Research Centre, Lethbridge (1999). 2011.1068/17 Materials on the Milk River Aquifer water conservation project (1999) 2011.1068/18 Assorted articles: fragment from “Lakes, Peaks and Prairies” by Thomas O’Neill; “Writing-on-Stone and the Boundary Patrol” from book “Men in Scarlet” by Hugh A. Dempsey; “Water Supply , Southwestern Alberta” by D.B. Dowling; “Final Treaty of Peace” ed. By Hugh A. Dempsey 2011.1068/19 Assorted Images on Milk River and Sweet Grass Hills Country, incl. a photocopy of sketch map of Sweet Grass Hills (1888) and photocopy of map “The Prairies as of 1875” 2011.1068/20 Early Coal Mining in Southern Alberta – articles, survey of mines 2011.1068/21 Materials on the Crowsnest Pass, incl. soil survey [1970s] 2011.1068/22 49th Parallel Project – assorted images 2011.1068/23 Materials on Oil Exploration in Southern Alberta (1906-1937) 2011.1068/24 49th Parallel Project: Canada-US border – issue of precise location (1900-2010) 2011.1068/25 49th Parallel Project: Land Survey (photocopies) (1908-1913) 2011.1068/26 49th Parallel Project: Explorations of George M. Dawson (1875-1999) 2011.1068/27 49th Parallel Project: Whiskey Gap, Del Bonita – Uranium Project (1975-2005) 2011.1068/28 49th Parallel Project: National Register of Historic Places: Upper Missouri River Corridor, and Whoop-Up Trail (1993) 2011.1068/29 Materials on Nicholas Sheran 2011.1068/30 Coal Mines in Lethbridge: newspaper clippings and inventory (1995-2004) 2011.1068/31 Field Trips – Southern Alberta (1991) 2011.1068/32 Early Explorations of Southern Alberta – native tribes, mounted police, etc. (1874-2006) 2011.1068/33 49th Parallel Project: George M. Dawson, Charles S. Noble, Thorbergur Thorvaldson 2011.1068/34 Exploration of Two Passes through the Rocky Mountains by T.W. Blakiston 1858 (photocopy) 2011.1068/35 Blood Tribe Big Claim Inquiry (1994-2007) 2011.1068/36 Castle River Valley: Pilot Study. Oldman River Regional Planning Committee, 1977 2011.1068/37 The Sweetgrass Hills – Cultural Landmarks (1992-1994) 2011.1068/38 Indian Maps Recorded by P. Fidler. By Judith H. Beattie. 1985 2011.1068/39 Alberta Ecological Survey: A Profile [1978] 2011.1068/40 2 maps (photocopies): Southern Alberta, Dept of Interior, 1915; hand-drawn map showing places and routes by Verendrye 1931-53 by M. Kavanagh (1952) 2011.1068/41 Assorted Maps of Southern Alberta (OVER-SIZE STORAGE) - Canada Dept of Mines and Technical Surveys. “Claresholm, Alberta” [map]. Edition 2. 1:50,000. Canada 1:50,000, sheet 821/4 West. Ottawa, 1959. - Canada Dept of Mines and Technical Surveys. “Claresholm, Alberta” [map]. Edition 2. 1:50,000. Canada 1:50,000, sheet 821/4 East. Ottawa, 1959. - Coal Mines of the Lethbridge District (1874 – 1982) - Canada Dept of Lands and Mines. “Province of Alberta” [map]. 1:1,108,000. Canada. Ottawa, 1937. - “Arctic Regions with All the Discoveries to 1853” [facsimile] George Philip & Son, Liverpool [1853]. As reproduced by the Association of Canadian Map Libraries, ACML Facsimile Map Series #111, 1986. SEE ALSO: 20111048 for additional J.F. Dormaar documents and maps
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20111068
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J.F. Dormaar fonds - Joe Cosley documents and maps

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Date Range
1870s-2006
Material Type
Mixed Media
Accession No.
20111048
Physical Description
.34 m of textual records, 17 maps
Scope and Content
2011.1048/1-Research File "Joe Cosley" trapper, ranger, veteran 1980-2003 2011.1048/2-Various maps and plans: Copy of "Post Map Fort Assiniboine, Montana compiled and drawn by 2nd. Lieut. R.G. Hill, 20th Inf. ..." circa 1887 Copy of a street map of Oil City. 1908. Source: Alberta Land Titles. Cop…
Material Type
Mixed Media
Other Title Info
Johan Frederik Dormaar
Date Range
1870s-2006
Fonds No.
Fonds
Physical Description
.34 m of textual records, 17 maps
Physical Condition
Excellent
History / Biographical
Johan Frederick Dormaar was born in Holland in 1930 and immigrated to Canada in 1954. He worked for one year on a farm and then attended the University of Guelph to do his bachelor degree. He later entered the University of Alberta, where he gained his PhD in Organic Chemistry. Starting in 1960s he worked at the Lethbridge Research Station as a soil scientist. Mr. Dormaar had interests in local history, geography and archeology and wrote five books. - The Alberta Stretch of the Milk River (2010) - Alberta's 49th Parallel (2009) - Oil City (2007) - The Lethbridge Research Centre (2006) - Sweetgrass Hills (2003) Johan Dormaar was active in the local Historical Society and Archaeological Society of Alberta, Lethbridge Centre. He died in 2011.
Language
English
Scope and Content
2011.1048/1-Research File "Joe Cosley" trapper, ranger, veteran 1980-2003 2011.1048/2-Various maps and plans: Copy of "Post Map Fort Assiniboine, Montana compiled and drawn by 2nd. Lieut. R.G. Hill, 20th Inf. ..." circa 1887 Copy of a street map of Oil City. 1908. Source: Alberta Land Titles. Copies of a set of nine maps, nos. 19 through 27, showing the land immediately north and south of the 49th Parallel from the British Columbia-Alberta border to the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. International Boundary Commission. An index sheet to the maps accompanies the series. 1913 and 1921 Copies of 15 plans: three of Township 1, Range 6, W4M (1904-1915); one of Township 2, Range 5, W4M (1904); 11 of Township 2, Range 6, W4M (1887-1930) Copy of "Map of Frank and Vicinity Shewing Landslide" by R.G. McConnell and R.W. Brock. edited by D.M. Cruden, University of Alberta. no date Index to Topographic Maps of Montana. 1980 Copy of "Milk River & the Lands Irrigable Therefrom from the Surveys by B.L. Saunders". 1901 SEE ALSO: 20111068 for additional J.F. Dormaar documents and maps
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20111048
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