The file consists of John Erickson's UFA Co-op business card (ca. 1961), a newspaper reproduction of a United Grain Growers receipt for shipment of beef livestock, a photocopy of a hand-writtten autobiography, and a biographical article from the Lethbridge Herald.
John U. Erickson, 1909- , was born in a railway construction camp in the Prairies to Swedish immigrant parents. He grew up on a farm in the Camrose district of Alberta, and received a post-secondary education in accounting and management. He married Ada "Babs" Renville. He held managerial positions in the retail lumber business, in large-scale farming, and in the provincial parks system of Alberta. He was also an active volunteer in agricultural and community organizations and the Lutheran Church. From 1961 to 1964 he was a Director of UFA Co-op. In 1965 his career in the parks system took him to Lethbridge, where he eventually retired.
8 cm of textual records. -- 43 photographs. -- 1 technical drawing.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of site plan of the Nobleford UFA agency (1963); Joe Konynenbelt's UFA Co-op share certificates, agent's correspondence (1965), Equipment Lubrication pamphlet for UFA member-customers (ca. 1971), agent's commission agreement (1972), instructions for sales and servicing of Atlas tires and batteries, daily stock report and sales ledger (1973), promotional calendar/daily farm record ledger (1977), bulletins from UFA on prices of products (1977-1982); blank receipt books (ca. 1990s); speech given by Henry Konynenbelt to the Historical Society of Alberta (1995), photos reflecting Randy Konynenbelt's life and his career as a UFA agent, and biographical notes on Randy Konynenbelt .
Joe Konynenbelt, ?-1987, became the petroleum agent for 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.
Many of the materials were contributed by Joe Konynenbelt's wife Johanna Konynenbelt.
Announcement of Randy and Pauly Konynenbelt's retirement from the Nobleford Agency in Fonds 1, Series 16, File 11.
The fonds consists of four issues of the Grain Growers' Guide (1909-1913), a blank farm account book (published by Grain Growers' Guide, 1922), and a promotional notebook (ca. 1960).
United Grain Growers Ltd. was formed in 1917 from the amalgamation of the Grain Growers' Grain Company (founded 1906) and the Alberta Farmers' Co-operative Elevator Company (founded 1913). It was headquarted in Winnipeg and had operations across the Prairie region. It was a producers' co-op specializing in marketing grain, but at various times it was also involved in publishing; marketing livestock and specialty crops; and retail sales of farm supplies, coal, feeds, fertilizers, and agricultural chemicals. Its publishing subsidiary, Public Press Ltd., published the Grain Growers' Guide (established in 1908 by the Grain Growers' Grain Company, renamed Country Guide in 1928). In 1992 it became a publicly-traded corporation. In 2001 it acquired Agricore (a corporation formed in 1998 from the amalgamation of Alberta Wheat Pool and Manitoba Pool), and was renamed Agricore United. In 2007 it was acquired by Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. The new firm was named Viterra Inc.and expanded to become a multi-national agri-business.
The file contains an agreement by UFA Co-op to secure its guarantee to United Grain Growers by mortgaging its lands in Medicine Hat, Drumheller, Calgary, Coronation, Fairview, and Beaverlodge (1950); an agreement (not executed) regarding ownership of United Feeds Ltd.(1967); and correspondence regarding promissory notes (1966-1973).
The file consists of memoranda announcing appointments of new petroleum agents, retirements of petroleum agents or alterations to the physical plants of agencies. Includes organization chart of the Petroleum Division in 2010.
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