The fonds consists of documents of the George Church estate: receipts, dividend statements, insurance policies, and appraisal reports of his farm properties. The UFA Co-op acted as a trustee of the estate on behalf of Mrs. Church.
George Ernest Church, 1890-1961, was born in Ottawa, Ontario. In 1892 his family homesteaded at Balzac, Alberta. George was educated in Calgary and at Alberta College in Edmonton. In 1916 he married Jane Luella Rae, 1891-1964, and they had three daughters, Margaret (Reid), Lois (Rosenberger), and Mabel (Bancroft). He operated a mixed dairy farm in the Balzac area called the Wagon Wheel, and was noted for breeding Percheron horses. He was very active in the United Farmers of Alberta, serving as a director and eventually becoming president in 1945. He was president of the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Limited from 1949 until his death in 1961. In 1975 he was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. .
Saskatchewan Grain Growers' Association collection
4 cm of textual records.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of annual convention programs of the Saskatchewan Grain Growers' Association, bound into one volume. The programs include the presidents' addresses; reports of the Board, the Executive, the Women's Section and the Auditor; convention resolutions; portraits; and statistical compilations of membership of each local association.
The Territorial Grain Growers' Association was founded in 1901, with William Motherwell as its first president. In 1906 the organization was renamed the Saskatchewan Grain Growers' Association while the Alberta members formed the Alberta Farmers' Association. In 1926 the organization merged with the Farmers' Union of Canada to form the United Farmers of Canada (Saskatchewan Section).
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.