The file consists of lists of U.F.A. Locals photocopied from the 1915 and 1916 annual reports of the U.F.A.; list of old U.F.A. Locals (ca. 1960-1966) arranged by sub-district, with names and addresses of their secretaries; names and addresses of delegates and directors; and a printout (1965) listing the Locals in alphabetical order.
Locals of the U.F.A. were grouped into sub-districts which elected delegates. The delegates elected a director from each district of the U.F.A. They also attended the annual conference of the U.F.A Central Co-operative Association. This structure remained in place after the reorganization of the U.F.A. in 1948-1949, but ceased to exist upon the winding up of U.F.A. Central Co-op in 1966.
Ruth McBride was the first president of the Arrowwood local of the United Farm Women of Alberta, formed in 1923. She served as a director of the UFWA for 1934 to 1938, and 1942 to 1944. Mrs. McBride moved to the United States in 1944, and passed away in Glendale, California.
A. Stephenson "The Early Days" in Buried Treasures. The History of Elnora, Pine-Lake and Huxley (Elnora: Elnora History Committee, 1972) p 200 - 202. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=8061
United Farm Women of Alberta
[ca. 1930 - 1935]
E. Hepburn was born in England in 1881 and trained as a schoolteacher. She joined her first husband Leslie Stephenson in the Elnora area in 1908. Mr Stephenson died in 1910, and she married Percival Hepburn in 1912. Mrs. Hepburn served as a UFWA director from 1925 to 1933, as convenor for UFA Junior Branch work from 1929 to 1932, and as 2nd Vice President from 1931-1932.
A portrait of Thomas O. King. Inscription on reverse reads: " T. O. King / 85 screen / size of photo / cut off bottom / as marked"
Hicken, John Orvin. "King, Thomas Owen" in Raymond, 1901-1967 ( Raymond: Raymond Chamber of Commerce, 1967) p 514 - 515. http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/loc_hist/toc.aspx?id=7615
King, Thomas O.
[ca. 1918 - 1935]
Thomas O. King came to Alberta from Idaho in the 1890s, settling and ranching in the Raymond area. When the town was incorporated in 1903, he was elected as a councilor and served in that position for a number of years. King was elected as a Director of the UFA for 1918. King was president of the Alberta Trustees Association for fourteen years.
A portrait of Amy Warr of Waskatenau, Director of the United Farm Women of Alberta from 1920 to 1933, and President of the UFWA from 1929 to 1933. Inscription on the reverse reads "Mrs. A. H. Warr / 13 ems / 85 screen / chg "The U.F.A." / not more than 3 1/2" deep / If longer than 3 1/8" / please phone Mr Rorkley Jr. M2380".
Margaret Sparks Peterson "Dreams and Courage" in Freeway West (n.d.) p. 152-57. http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=3537484
Alberta -- Politics and government
Sparks, Evert Ellsworth
[ca. 1921 - 1930]
Evert Sparks was born at Mound Valley Kansas, and moved to several locations in the United States before coming to the Medicine Hat area to homestead in 1909. Here, he became active with the River Bend UFA Local, and elected Director for Medicine Hat District in 1915-16. In 1919, he moved to a farm southwest of Wetaskiwin and became active with the Lone Ridge UFA Local. Sparks ran in the 1921 election as a UFA candidate in the electoral district of Wetaskiwin, winning the seat. He won another victory in the 1926 Alberta general election, but lost his seat to Liberal candidate Hugh Montgomery.