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It Beats the Devil – [1923?].

Collection/Fonds
William Arthur Milan Fonds
Source
Archival Descriptions
Collection/Fonds
William Arthur Milan Fonds
Hierarchy Level
File
Collection/Fonds Number
50
Series Number
1
File Number
1
Material Format
textual records
Scope and Content
Item consists of a poem titled It Beats the Devil, compiled by the Mount Vernon Local of the United Farmers of Alberta at Three Hills, Alberta, and thought to be written by UFA member William Arthur Milan.
Administrative History
W. Arthur (Art) Milan was a member of the Mt. Vernon U.F.A. credited with compiling the poem, It Beats The Devil. While there is no proof that Arthur penned this poem, its meter, style, vocabulary and perspective are manifested in his collective work. It Beats The Devil depicts a turning point in Alberta's political history, ushering in the U.F.A. as the provincial government 1921- 1935. Part 1 of It Beats The Devil was recited by Three Hills resident, N.F. McKinley, at the U.F.A. 1923 Annual Conference. At that time, print copies of the poem could be purchased though the U.F.A. central office for 25 cents (information provided by the Milan family).
Creator
U.F.A. Mount Vernon Local
Subjects
Poetry
Names
Milan, W. Arthur
Mt. Vernon U.F.A.
Places
Three Hills
Accession Number
UF 2022.003.01
Date
[1923?]
Notes
Two print copies of the poem were included in W. Arthur Milan's personal collection. The second copy, with edits by W. Arthur Milan, has been kept with the collection of W. Arthur Milan works at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, Edmonton.
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U.F.A. Co-op Staff Society fonds – 1944-1951.

Collection/Fonds
U.F.A. Co-op Staff Society fonds
Source
Archival Descriptions
Collection/Fonds
U.F.A. Co-op Staff Society fonds
Hierarchy Level
Fonds
Collection/Fonds Number
18
Material Format
textual records
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of the Society's newsletter for 1944 and 1947-1951.
Administrative History
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.
Custodial History
The newsletters had been collected by Doug Thornton.
Creator
U.F.A. Co-op Staff Society
Subjects
Staff associations
Newsletters
Names
U.F.A. Co-op Staff Society
Places
Calgary
Accession Number
UF 2003.0133
Date
1944-1951
Source
Archival Descriptions

W. Arthur Milan Fonds – [1923?, 2022].

Collection/Fonds
William Arthur Milan Fonds
Source
Archival Descriptions
Collection/Fonds
William Arthur Milan Fonds
Hierarchy Level
Fonds
Collection/Fonds Number
50
Series Number
1
File Number
1-2
Material Format
textual records
electronic record
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of an original copy of the poem titled It Beats the Devil, and a digital compilation titled Rambles of a Rube of Arthur William Milan’s written works.
Administrative History
William Arthur (Art) Milan (1882-1947) was born December 5, 1882, at Hancock Minnesota. Art homesteaded in the Mt Vernon / Ghost Pine Creek area of Alberta, and married Laura McGhee on January 29, 1913. He was well known in his community as a poet and musician. In 1923 W. Arthur Milan was a member of the Mt. Vernon UFA local 858, credited with composing the poem, It Beats The Devil. (See Rambles of a Rube for a more complete biography. Additional information provided by the donor Laura Smith, granddaughter of William Arthur Milan).
Custodial History
Following the death of W. Arthur Milan in 1947, James Wyatt Milan, his eldest son inherited a collection of his father's writing. The poem, It Beats The Devil was found among W. Arthur Milan's collection of writing. In 1959, the folder of Arthur's papers was given to James's eldest daughter, Laura E. Milan [Smith]. In 1921-22 [2021-2022?] Laura with the assistance of her cousin, Gerald Roden, digitalized the collection titled Rambles Of A Rube. This digital PDF file, along with an original copy of It Beats the Devil was donated to the UFHS archives in March 2022.
Creator
W. Arthur Milan / [UFA Mount Vernon Local?]
Related Material
Collection of works by W. Arthur Milan is located at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, Edmonton.
Subjects
Poetry
Names
Milan, W. Arthur
Mt. Vernon U.F.A.
Places
Three Hills
Accession Number
UF 2022.003.01
UF 2022.003.02
Date
[1923?, 2022]
Notes
Preferred name is Arthur or Art.
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