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.
0.06 m textual records – 43 photographs: colour – 1 architectural drawing.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of family photographs, agency related agreements and correspondence, and advertising materials relating to the Konynenbelt family and their work as petroleum agents at the UFA Co-operative Agency in Nobleford. Notable items include a site plan of the Nobleford UFA agency (1963); Joe Konynenbelt's UFA Co-op share certificates, a speech given by Henry Konynenbelt to the Historical Society of Alberta (1995), and biographical notes on Randy Konynenbelt (2004).
Joe Konynenbelt [? - 1987], became the petroleum agent for the UFA Co-op in Nobleford, Alberta in 1965. After his death, his son Randy [1949 - ?] and daughter-in-law Paulette took over the agency. Randy and Paulette retired in 2004. Joe’s cousin Henry Konynenbelt was a Director of UFA Co-op.
The records were retained by the Konynenbelt family, and relate to Joe and Randy Konynenbelt’s work as petroleum agents at the Nobleford UFA Cooperative. Many of the materials were donated by Joe’s wife Johanna Konynenbelt.
Announcement of Randy and Pauly Konynenbelt's retirement from the Nobleford Agency in Fonds 1, Series 16, File 11.
Photos of Joe and Ron Konynenbelt in Fonds 4, Series 17, File 141-142.
Contracts & Agreements
United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative
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