The file includes a transcript of Andy Silver's diary kept during his tour of mainland China in 1964; an issue of The United Farmer featuring a news item and photograph about Andy Silver's service award (1973); a covering letter; a souvenir postcard; a pamphlet about the Rochdale pioneers of the cooperative movement (1934); a textbook for directors of agricultural marketing businesses (1972), and fragments of UFA Co-op documents.
Andrew F. Silver was born in St. Cyrus, Scotland. He farmed in the district of Huxley, Alberta for many years. He and his wife Vi had five children, Ian, Evan, Greig, Irene, and Esther. Andy was an active volunteer in several community organizations and in the governance of UFA Co-op. He was one of its Directors from 1961 to 1973 and served as a Vice-President from 1964 to 1970.
The fonds includes minute books of Kerndale U.F.A. Local No. 775, 1918-1941, including financial and membership records. Includes a transcription of the 1918-1927 minute book produced in 2003. Includes the By-laws of the North Peace Purchasing Committee (ca. 1935).
The Kerndale U.F.A. Local No. 775, located in the district of Kerndale near the village of Berwyn in the Peace River region of Alberta, was founded in 1918. It became inactive in 1941.
The fonds had been in the possession of Jim and Eileen Allan.
The file consists of Lindy Lunty's United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative share certificates and news clippings about Glenn Lunty.
Lindy Lunty, d. ca. 2003, of Forestburg, Alberta, was a member of United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative. His brother Harold "Glenn" Lunty, 1922-2005, also farmed in the Forestburg district and was a Director of United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative.
United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative
Article on Glenn Lunty in the August 1969 The United Farmer
The file consists of the UFA Co-op membership card of the Municipal District of Paintearth No. 53.
The Municipal District of Paintearth No. 334, located in east-central Alberta surrounding the town of Castor, was formed in 1944 from the amalgamation of the Municipal Districts of Coronation and Progress and part of the Municipal District of Stocks. In 1945 it was renumbered No. 53. In 1962 it became the County of Paintearth No. 18. In the 1950s it was a member and customer of the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd.
The file consists of prints from digital scans of Co-op stores in Milo, Chinook, Youngstown, Drumheller, Three Hills, and Oyen (ca. 1940-ca.1947); a group portrait of UFA co-op managers (ca. 1946); views of the U.F.A. store, service station, and office in Calgary (1946); a floor plan, drawn from memory, of the U.F.A. store and office in Calgary in 1942-1943; and sections of a panoramic view of the main intersection of Milo (1928).
Robert Shore was an employee of U.F.A. Central Co-op store in Calgary, ca. 1941-ca. 1945. His father Eric Shore was manager of the Co-op store in Milo, Alberta, 1933-1942, and manager of the U.F.A. Central Co-op store in Calgary, 1942-1948.
The United Farmers Historical Society collection includes an interview with Bob Shore, recorded in 2002.
The fonds consists of the Society's newsletter for 1944 and 1947-1951.
In March 1944 a group of five UFA Co-op employees began publishing a monthly staff newsletter, provisionally titled You Name It?? By 1946 the newsletter was titled UFA Sco-ops, and it was the official organ of the U.F.A. Staff Co-op Society. Doug Thornton of the Educational Department of UFA Co-op served as its editor during most of its history. The Society organized social and recreational activities and produced the newsletter. In 1949 the Society's name was changed to U.F.A. Co-op Staff Society and the newsletter's title was changed to Sco-ops. In 1951 the Society disbanded and the newsletter ceased publication. A later staff social and recreational association known as ECHO (Employees of the Co-op Head Office) existed from the 1970s onward.
The newsletters had been collected by Doug Thornton.
The collection consists of membership cards, petroleum cardlock cards, membership certificates, share certificates, certificates of completion of training, training manuals, award certificates, receipts, patronage dividend statements, correspondence, receipt books, advertisements, advertiques, articles, reports, speeches, photographs, retirement presentations, and other items or small collections of material from members, employees, or agents of United Farmers of Alberta, U.F.A. Central Co-operative Association Ltd., United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd., and local consumer co-ops.
The United Farmers Historical Society was established in 2002 to document and disseminate the history of the United Farmers of Alberta and the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd. It was interested in collecting examples of membership cards, share certificates, receipts, patronage dividend statements, and other documentation of transactions of members, employees, and agents of United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative and its predecessor and affiliated organizations. These records, if they only consisted of only one or two files, were compiled into the UFA Members' Collection beginning in 2010.