The fonds consists of photographs, correspondence, and other records documenting Milton Ward's involvement in the co-operative sector.
Milton Henry "Milt" Ward, 1890-1994, was born in Nogies Creek, Ontario. In 1905 he migrated with his family to Arrowwood, a community east of High River, Alberta. He assisted his father, and established his own homestead in the district at an early age. He also worked as a ranch hand and blacksmith. He became a manager in the Crowsnest Pass coal mining industry during the First World War, but returned to farming and ranching in the Arrowwood district. He served on the council of the Municipal District of Marquis from 1916 to 1941. He was an active member of the United Farmers of Alberta, serving as a director from 1932 to 1969, a delegate to the Alberta Wheat Pool, and a director of the Arrowwood Co-operative Association. In 1977 he was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. He was married twice, to Lena Steiner, ?-1923, and to Myrtle Foreman, 1903-1995. He had six children: Ruby Della (Fletcher), Audrey Helen (Neubauer), Shirley Margaret (Hood), Jack Foreman, George Alan, and Beverly Joan (Weeks).
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.
File consists of handwritten notes related to vertical integration, farm producers management and marketing, farm credit and expansion, the future of farming and immigration policy [possibly notes from speeches/speakers at FUA meetings]. Also included is a budget form, information on budgets; an "Income Statement and Brief Business Analysis of Four Farms Participating in the Leduc-Wetaskiwin Farm Management Study for the Year 1953"; and a document titled "The Process of Wise Decision Making in Farm Business Management".
Farmers' Union of Alberta
1953 - 1958
Some documents are inscribed with the name Margaret House. Records were stored in an envelope addressed to Mr. Forrest H. House, Arrowwood, Alberta, Canada from L.P. "Cy" Tonner, Representative House of Representatives, Helena, Montana. - postal stamp dated Feb 9 1957.