Fonds F 288 - George B.C. Sharpe family fonds

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George B.C. Sharpe family fonds

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F 288

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  • 1888-1990 (Creation)

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6 cm of textual records
96 photographs
3 maps

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George Benjamin Cubitt Sharpe was born in Ashmanhaugh, Norfolk, England on May 16, 1864 to Benjamin George and Naomi (Cooke) Sharpe. He had eight sisters and three brothers. Sharpe immigrated to Canada in 1886 and applied for a homestead on NE 20-17-25-W2, near Moose Jaw, North-West Territories (now known as Saskatchewan) on December 14, 1888. He was declared the legal owner of the land in 1893. Sharpe later moved into Moose Jaw, where he worked in various occupations, including as partner in a lumber business. Active in the local community, Sharpe served as a municipal official, was involved with the Methodist Church and was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 3, A.F. and A.M. and Independent Order of Foresters. Sharpe died in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 30, 1949.

Georgina Reynolds was born in Ontario on August 31, 1861. She married George B.C. Sharpe in Moose Jaw on December 31, 1888. The Sharpes had two children: Ernest Wesley Cubitt (born March 1, 1891) and Walter (1894-1901). Georgina Sharpe died in Markham, Ontario on October 12, 1945. Ernest W.C. Sharpe, often referred to as Cubitt, practiced law in Vancouver. He died on December 9, 1975. He and his wife, C. Jane Devitt, did not have any children.

Custodial history

C. Jane DeVitt, wife of Ernest Wesley Cubitt Sharpe, donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1990: R90-129 (May 18, 1990).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by members of the George B.C. Sharpe family of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Records relating to George B.C. Sharpe include handwritten and typed copies of his reminiscences of his early life and experiences in Western Canada; financial records; a notebook and photographs. Records relating to Georgina Sharpe include photographs and a marriage certificate. Records relating to Walter Sharpe include photographs. Records relating to Ernest W.C. Sharpe include postcards; photographs; certificates; diplomas issued by the Saskatchewan Department of Education and yearbooks of Moose Jaw Collegiate Institute. The fonds also contains photographs of the Sharpe family residences in Moose Jaw and various publications, maps and photographs relating to Moose Jaw in the early 1900s.

No series assignment was 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 are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 571 (old guide GR 463) consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and some item descriptions of photographs. The paper guide consists of fonds description and file listings only. For additional descriptions, see Threshold CD #15, SAFA 571.

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Related material: The Saskatchewan homestead records include two files for George Sharpe (file nos. 331350 and 259382).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records:old guide GR 463 (R-1277.1); Photographs: GM-PH-1391 to GM-PH-1430

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