Fonds F 670 - Anderson family fonds

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Anderson family fonds

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F 670

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  • 1905-2010, predominant 1918-1983 (Creation)

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64.2 cm of textual records

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David Nathaniel (Andy) Anderson was born on September 4, 1895, in Traverse County, Minnesota, to Axel and Anna Anderson. He had nine brothers and one sister. Upon completion of the eighth grade, Anderson left home to live with a brother at White Rock, South Dakota. There he worked as a carpenter and for the local railway. In June 1917, he emigrated to Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and was hired as an accountant with the Weyburn Security Bank. He worked in branches of the Bank located in Midale and Halbrite.

Anderson returned to South Dakota in 1918 while ill from influenza. He received treatment there and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and returned to Weyburn in January 1919. He was re-employed by the Weyburn Security Bank and took the position of accountant at its branch in Vantage. He met Ruth Woodworth while they were Sunday School teachers at the Methodist church in Vantage.

Ruth Woodworth was born on February 6, 1898, at Bear River, Nova Scotia, to Capt. John Edwin and Bertha Louise (Baxter) Woodworth. She had three brothers and nine sisters. Woodworth attended school in Bear River, including Oakdene High School, and completed her eleventh grade studies in July 1918. She also received her teachers' minimum professional qualification in July 1916. In August 1918, Woodworth moved to Regina to attend Normal School. She completed her studies in the spring of 1919, and was immediately hired to teach in a one-room school near Vantage for the Friendship Hill School District #3137. She taught there until December 1920.

Andy Anderson and Ruth Woodworth were married in Regina on January 6, 1921. They remained in Vantage until 1922 when they moved to Tribune as a result of Andy's transfer with the Bank. Ruth Anderson taught on a casual basis for the Salisbury School District #2746 between 1923 and 1924. On June 11, 1925, their son David John was born in Estevan. The family resided in Tribune until early 1928 when they moved to Assiniboia.

While in Assiniboia, Andy was employed as the accountant for the J.B. Smith Auto Clinic, the local General Motors dealership. As the Depression set in, he lost his job and subsequently operated a British American Oil bulk dealership, worked at a flour mill, and established a tannery - all of which closed due to lack of business. Anderson worked odd jobs and made an unsuccessful application for relief work. The lack of employment prompted Ruth and David to move to Bear River in July 1936, where David lived with Ruth's sisters and Ruth secured work as a housekeeper and later a floral arranger in Saint John, New Brunswick. Meanwhile, Andy moved to Regina in search of work and was hired to sell washing machines door-to-door. He was hired by the provincial Department of Agriculture in 1937. In November 1938, Ruth and David returned to Regina. Months after reuniting, the family purchased a home in Regina.

In 1940, Andy Anderson enlisted in the Canadian Army and was hired as a medical accountant with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps at its recruiting depot in Regina. He served there until his discharge in 1945, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was awarded the British Empire Medal on May 22, 1948, in recognition of his exemplary service during the Second World War. After his service in the Army, he was employed by the Saskatchewan Department of Public Health until his retirement in 1958. Ruth Anderson was hired by DeLuxe Florists in Regina and worked there on a casual basis until the mid-1970s. The Andersons were also active in their church and belonged to various community organizations.

The family purchased a farm on the outskirts of Regina in 1947 where they lived and operated a greenhouse, growing bedding plants and vegetables for sale to merchants and residents in Regina. They sold a portion of their land to the Wascana Centre Authority in 1957 and the remainder, including their farmhouse, in 1965. They then purchased another home in Regina and enjoyed travelling throughout the United States and Canada in their retirement.

Ruth Anderson died in Regina on January 23, 1978. Andy Anderson remained in Regina until 1986 when he moved to Victoria, British Columbia, to live near his son. He died there on May 17, 1994.

David John (Dave) Anderson was born on June 11, 1925, in Estevan. He received his education in Assiniboia, Bear River and Regina where he graduated from Central Collegiate in 1943. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1944. He was posted to Gaspe, Quebec, and served until his discharge in 1945. Upon his return to Saskatchewan, he worked in Regina before attending the University of Saskatchewan for one year. He then helped operate his parents' greenhouse and produce farming business.

In 1951, David Anderson was hired by the Saskatchewan Power Corporation. He was employed there until 1976 when he accepted a position with the New Brunswick Power Corporation. Anderson returned to Regina in 1980 and was re-employed with Saskatchewan Power Corporation, retiring ca. 1983 as vice-president of public affairs. Upon his retirement, he moved to Victoria. He died in Victoria on August 10, 2010.

David John Anderson married Jean Isabelle Reid on September 22, 1951; they divorced in 1978. They had six children: David; Patricia; Mark; Guy; Nancy and Lisa. He married Betty Elizabeth (Tunnicliffe) MacIntyre on October 29, 1983.

David Reid Anderson was born on June 25, 1952, in Regina Saskatchewan, to David John and Jean Isabelle (Reid) Anderson. He attended school in Regina. David Anderson married Mary Haywood on June 30, 1978; they divorced in 1985. They had two children: Sarah and Simon. He married Donnie Parker on September 12, 1987. Anderson currently (2011) resides in Regina.

Custodial history

David J. Anderson donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in four accessions between 1995 and 2010: R95-052 (February 23, 1995); R96-492 (September 26, 1996); R2005-286 (August 8, 2005) and 2010-279 (July 19, 2010). David R. Anderson, grandson of David N. and Ruth Anderson, donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 2010: 2010-268 (July 5, 2010).

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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by members of the David Nathaniel (Andy) Anderson family who resided in the Saskatchewan communities of Vantage, Tribune, Assiniboia and Regina between 1921 and 1986. It primarily consists of correspondence between Ruth (Woodworth) Anderson and her family in Bear River, Nova Scotia after her move to Saskatchewan in 1918 and until her death in 1978. In addition to updating family on daily activities and the health and wellness of family members, topics covered in the correspondence include Ruth settling in Regina; her experiences at Normal School; the influenza epidemic of 1918-1919; Ruth's courtship with Andy Anderson; the effects of the Depression on the family; the farm that the Andersons operated from 1947 to 1965; and travel experiences in the Andersons' retirement years. It also contains a small volume of correspondence from Andy Anderson, Ruth and Andy's son David John (Dave) Anderson, and their grandson David Reid (Davy) Anderson.

The types of records included are correspondence; academic records and certificates; invitations; ration books; medical records; publications; and a travel diary.

This fonds also consists of three publications written by David J. Anderson: a biography on his mother, entitled The Seventh Daughter (R-E3954); To Get the Lights: A Memoir About Farm Electrification in Saskatchewan (R-E4846); and All Hours For Public Service: A Memoir About a Career in Canada's Energy Industry (PI-883).

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Records are open for research use.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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SAFA 610 consists of a fonds level description only and is available in paper format.

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Other codes: Textual Records: R-E3954; R-E4846; PI-883

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