Fonds F 296 - Arthur F. Best fonds

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Arthur F. Best fonds

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F 296

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  • 1896-1968 (Creation)

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12 cm of textual records
93 photographs and postcards

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Arthur Frank Best was born on August 19, 1886 in Cleveland, Ohio to Willard Sherman and Annie Riggs Best. Following the death of his father, Best returned to Toronto, Ontario with his mother. Best assumed the surname of his stepfather, James R. Brown, and became known as Arthur F. Brown, but later reverted to using his birth name.

In 1904, Best applied for a homestead on SE 30-8-17-W2, near Weyburn, North-West Territories (now known as Saskatchewan). During his residence in Saskatchewan, Best farmed; worked as an agent for various lumber companies; and served as a commissioner for oaths, notary public and issuer of marriage licences for the Province of Saskatchewan. He spent time in the communities of Radville, Jansen and Truax.

Around 1915, Best returned to Toronto. During World War I, he travelled through Ontario and Quebec inspecting wood for use in the construction of airplanes. Around 1918, Best began his employment with the Canadian Underwriters' Association as an engineer and inspector of fire protective devices. During World War II, Best was an inspector of munitions and war supplies. He remained with the Canadian Underwriters' Association until his retirement in 1951. Best moved to Etobicoke, Ontario in 1956 and continued to reside there as of 1968.

Best married Elma Sophia Hamel on January 9, 1909 in Toronto. They had one daughter: Lorena.

Custodial history

Ralph Parker, grandson of Arthur F. Best, donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1990: R90-296 (November 5, 1990).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by former Saskatchewan resident Arthur F. Best (also known as Arthur F. Brown). The records relate mainly to Best's activities as a homesteader; a commissioner for oaths; a member of various organizations in Ontario; and an inspector during World Wars I and II.

The types of records included are an address book; correspondence; certificates; membership cards; gasoline ration books; newspaper clippings; postcards written by Best to his wife and family; and photographs mainly of Saskatoon, Weyburn, Yellow Grass, Radville, Jansen and Truax in the early 1900s.

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

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Records are open for research use.

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

Finding aids

SAFA 586 (old guide GR 477) consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of some photographs and postcards. The paper guide consists of fonds description and file listings only. For additional descriptions, see Threshold CD #14, SAFA 586.

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Related material: The Saskatchewan homestead records include a file for Arthur Frank Best Brown (file 762945).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records:old guide GR 477 (R-1320); R-OS91; Photographs and postcards: GM-PH-1123 to GM-PH-1185; GM-PH-1387 to GM-PH-1390

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