Fonds MG 604 - Hinde Horn Wake family fonds

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Hinde Horn Wake family fonds

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MG 604

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  • 1888-1998 (inclusive); 1910-1950 (predominant). (Creation)

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0.4 m textual records
6 photographs
53 photographic negatives

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Joseph Hinde was born in 1862. He married Martha Wake in Derbyshire, England in 1889 where the family was a member of the Fritchley Meeting (of Quakers). The Hindes were originally situated in Birmingham where Joseph Hinde was a coal worker and furniture mover. They had eight children: Edith, Leonard, Joseph Edward "Bob", Alfred, Winifred, Henry "Harry”, Elizabeth "Elsie" Linell, and Lydia "Daisie" Margaret. The family immigrated to Canada between 1911 and 1912 and settled near Borden Saskatchewan, where they became members of the Halcyonia Meeting of the Society of Friends. Their elder children Edith and Leonard immigrated a year ahead of the rest of the family. Once settled, the family operated a successful livestock business named Valley Springs Ranch. Initially the farm was operated by Bob Hinde (who had previously worked at Cadbury chocolates in England), however after developing severe hay allergy, the operation was taken over by his siblings Harry and Elsie. Jim Olynik (who was raised on the farm) later purchased Harry’s portion and operated it for many years, before selling to the donor, David Horn (also raised for many years on the ranch).

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Henry Thomas Wake was born in Whittlebury, England in 1831. He was an antiquarian bookseller and later ran a school for the young members of the Society of Friends. He had eight children with his first wife, Lydia. His second marriage was to Hannah Sadler, also a widow with children (One of whom, Joseph Sadler Wake, was the donor’s grandfather). The Wakes were related to the Hindes through the marriage of daughter Martha “Pattie” Wake to Joseph Hinde. Martha Wake was born in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England in 1869.

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Edward McCheane was a Saskatchewan landscape artist, married to Edith Hinde. He immigrated to Canada from Birmingham in 1904, homesteading near Borden Saskatchewan. He later became a designer for Bulman Brothers of Winnipeg, and then for Bailey, Banks, and Biddle of Philadelphia. Family lore has it that during this time, Edward designed the sailor logo for Player’s cigarettes, and sold the design for $50. Edward McCheane returned to Saskatchewan to establish Globe Signs in Saskatoon.

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Elsie (Hinde) Ingram was born in 1903 to Joseph and Martha Hinde. She married Wesley Reginald Ingram, a Railway worker and ranch hand in 1951. Together they managed the Valley Springs Ranch outside of Borden, Saskatchewan. The ranch was later purchased by David Horn, the donor, who was raised on the ranch from the age of twelve.

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Joseph Hinde’s daughter Winnifred married Merlin Chamness near West Branch, Iowa in 1920.

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Maiden name of Mary Hinde, who married Henry “Harry” Wake Hinde late in life. Harry was one of the owners of Valley Springs Ranch and managed the local community pasture, receiving a hundred year lease on a portion of the land in payment for his work during the Depression years. Prior to moving to Borden Saskatchewan, Mary was a Dean of Classical studies at the University of Toronto. She also served during the Second World War as a code breaker.

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The family emigrated from Reed City Michigan to Spring Valley Saskatchewan in 1922 and tried to make a go of it during the worst of the Depression years, ultimately having to sell the farm and relocate to the West Coast. Henry O. Horn had four children: Charles (Bill), who died as a young adult, Elizabeth (Bessie), Clyde (David’s father), and Eleanor.

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Raised from the age of 12 on the ranch of Elsie (Hinde) Ingram (a cousin of his mother, Marjorie (Wake) Horn), David Horn purchased the Valley Springs Ranch from Jim Olynik and Wes and Elsie Ingram in the mid-eighties. The materials here include papers left behind on the ranch by Wes and Elsie upon their move to Borden, as well as materials left behind by Mary Needler Hinde when she passed away in 1999. David also inherited the Horn family papers which are included in this fonds. All of these materials were donated to the University Archives and Special Collections by David Horn in 2016.

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This fonds consists of records of the Joseph Hinde and Henry Wake families, members of an English Quaker community in Birmingham who immigrated to Canada in 1912. The records reflect their daily lives and the operation of the Hinde family's Valley Springs Ranch near Borden, Saskatchewan. Materials relating to the Horn family farm at Spring Valley Saskatchewan during the Depression comprise the second series of records in this fonds. The types of records included are diaries, correspondence, photographs, financial records, publications, artifacts and clippings.

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Further materials can be found in F512 at the provincial archives of Saskatchewan.

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