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1925-1975, predominant 1956-1975 (Creation)
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Everett Irvine Wood was born on the family farm in the Flats District, near Swift Current, Saskatchewan on October 4, 1910 to William B. and Bertha (Yeomans) Wood. Educated at the Flats School, Swift Current Collegiate and the Canadian Pentecostal Bible College in Winnipeg, Wood became a farmer in the Swift Current area.
Wood served in municipal affairs as a councillor for the R.M. of Saskatchewan Landing from 1947-1950, and as Reeve from 1952-1956. He also was secretary of the South West Saskatchewan Surface Rights Association, secretary and chairman of the Success Wheat Pool Committee, president of the Swift Current Rotary Club and a member of the Surface Rights Arbitration Board, the Saskatchewan Farmers' Union, and the Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association.
First elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature as CCF Member for the Swift Current constituency in the 1956 general election, Wood was re-elected in 1960, 1964, 1967 and 1971. Appointed Speaker of the House in February 1961, he served in that capacity until November of that year when he was appointed to the portfolio of Minister of Municipal Affairs (November 1961-May 1964) in the Woodrow Lloyd Government. He chaired the Public Accounts Committee from 1968-1971. Wood also held the following portfolios in the Allan Blakeney Government: Minister of Public Works, (June 1971-January 1972) and Minister of Municipal Affairs (June 1971-June 1975). He retired from political life in 1975 due to ill-health but continued to be active in Pentecostal church and community affairs.
Everett Wood married Madelaine (Yvonne) McLeod of Edmonton, on January 22, 1955. They had one son, Duncan Everett McLeod.
Wood died on March 20, 1983.
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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Everett Wood between 1956 and 1975 in his role as a Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for the Swift Current constituency, and records created as a Minister-of-the-Crown in the W.S. Lloyd and Allan Blakeney Governments. Also included is material related to his years as an opposition Member. Public and political/private records are found in the fonds.
The records are described in two series: Constituency and Personal Matters and Municipal Affairs.
The Constituency and Personal Matters series relates to constituency concerns regarding agriculture; education; mineral rights, leases and land allocations; roads and local infrastructures; health care and administration of health services; industrial development; licensing; taxation; religious issues; personal matters of individual constituents; congratulatory messages for anniversaries, birthdays and awards; local municipal affairs, recreation and the regional environment.
Also contained in this series are election campaign material, CCF and NDP party correspondence, congratulatory messages sent to Wood upon election and re-election, correspondence with other MLAs and with premiers Douglas, Lloyd and Blakeney, and Wood's letter of resignation in 1975. Limited amounts of personal family correspondence and genealogical records are found in this series, as well as correspondence regarding Wood's views on the CCF, NDP, communism, Christian missions and his activities with the Swift Current Full Gospel Church.
The types of records include letters, memoranda, correspondence, minutes of meetings, petitions, complaint files, invitations, addresses and speeches, pamphlets and reports. Also included are poetry, resumes, transcripts, applications for employment and letters of appointment.
The Municipal Affairs series relates predominantly to the first occasion in which Wood held this portfolio (November 1961 to May 1964). Only one group of files "Expense Accounts" includes records from the later period in which Wood was Minister of Municipal Affairs, (June 1971 to June 1975). Included in this series are correspondence and memoranda with other Ministers-of-the-Crown, various individuals, interest groups, associations and organizations; reports, briefs, petitions, submissions, minutes of meetings, legislation, studies, resolutions, clippings, statistical data, surveys and orders-in-council. There is also some Cabinet material, including correspondence, reports and minutes.
Records in the Municipal Affairs series related to cities, coterminous areas, local improvement districts (L.I.D.s), rural municipalities (R.M.s), towns and villages are arranged alphabetically or by L.I.D./R.M.number. Numerous maps have also been left in these files.
There are no records associated with Wood's portfolio as Minister of Public Works (June 1971 to January 1972). As well, records related to Wood's role as Speaker of the House were not included with the records transferred to Saskatchewan Archives.
Additional material created and accumulated by Wood as Minister of Municipal Affairs, 1971-1975 is located in F 420 Gordon MacMurchy fonds. See SAFA 210.
The records in this fonds were described in an old format which involved an inventory of file contents. Extents of each file were not indicated at the time of description. Files are described alphabetically according to subject matter. Maps exist primarily within Municipal Affairs files and were not counted at the time of arrangement.
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- Wood, Everett I., 1910-1983 (Creation)