Fonds MJ-149 - Ellis Family fonds

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Ellis Family fonds

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  • 1864-1888, 1907-1953 (Creation)
    Ellis Family
    Moose Jaw

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5.1 cm of textual records and 3 b&w photographs.

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Austin Thomas Ellis was born September 24, 1913 in High River, Alberta. He came to Moose Jaw in 1932 when he took a job at Wimpster’s Hardware. Ellis later purchased the hardware store and renamed it Turner & Ellis Hardware. He married Kathleen “Kay” Jane Clarke on September 19, 1939. Kay was born May 20, 1917 in Moose Jaw. She attended King George and Central Collegiate and received her associate Degree from the Toronto Conservatory of Music. She taught piano and organ in Moose Jaw. Austin and Ellis had six children: Ronald, Ruth, Margot, Lucille, Ross, and Jim. The couple spent a lot of time sailing Buffalo Pound Lake. Austin was a member of the Lions Club and director of the Moose Jaw Art Museum. Kay was a member of the Zion United Church and past-president of the Canadian Club of Moose Jaw and the Music Teacher’s Association of Saskatchewan. Austin died May 28, 1998 and Kay died on January 15, 2002. They are both buried at Sunset Resthaven Cemetery in Moose Jaw.

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This fonds contains three series: Financial Records, Memorabilia and Correspondence. It includes financial records belonging to the Ellis’, such as an account book, shares and a land title. It contains memorabilia of family and events in Moose Jaw as well as letter sent and received by the Ellis’.

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This material was donated to the archive by Austin Ellis in 1994.


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  • English

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This fonds was re-boxed and refoldered in 2013.

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Boxes V-194 and V-195

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