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. .
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.
Includes articles by Francis Marion Beynon, Fred W. Green, P.P. Woodbridge, R.C. Henders, Mrs. John McNaughton, Dixie Patton, and editorials by George F. Chipman or John W. Ward. Features news from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.