Fonds F 314 - William Gerrard Dow family fonds

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William Gerrard Dow family fonds

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F 314

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  • 1793-1992 (Creation)

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6 cm of textual records

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William Gerrard Dow was born on September 21, 1849 in Whitby, Ontario to John and Catherine Isabella (Ball) Dow. He served in the militia during the Fenian Raids around 1865 and then travelled west with Colonel Stoughton Dennis in 1869 as part of the surveying party at Red River. Dow farmed at Whitby until around 1889, when he moved near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba to take up farming. In 1903, he moved to the Ruddell, North-West Territories (now known as Saskatchewan) district, where he farmed until his death on January 8, 1937.

William Dow married Annie McAllan on September 24, 1873 in Whitby. William and Annie Dow had six children: Isabella; Marion; Margaret; Annie; John and James. Isabella Dow, born on June 15, 1875, died in 1948. Marion Kathleen, born on February 23, 1877, was a teacher and married Thomas Pain, with whom she had three children: Harold, Thomas and Arthur. Marion died in 1960. Margaret Josephine, born on September 17, 1878, was a teacher and married Carney Ferry, with whom she had two children: Marion and William. Margaret Josephine died in 1922. Annie Jardine, born on March 23, 1880, died on December 10, 1974. James, born on March 15, 1882, is believed to have died in infancy.

John Dow was born on March 15, 1882. Around 1904, he homesteaded in the Ruddell, Saskatchewan district. He served in World War I and married Marjorie Rake in 1918 while overseas. The Dows returned to the Ruddell district in 1919 and resided on the farm until 1938, when they moved to Saskatoon. The Dows had four children: Herbert J. (born 1920); Nora; David and Marjorie Elizabeth. John Dow died in September 1969 and Marjorie Dow died on December 30, 1974. Herbert Dow worked in the insurance and financial management industries in Regina until the mid 1990s, when he and his wife, Frances, moved to Saskatoon. Herbert J. Dow and his sisters, Nora and Marjorie (Delahey), currently (2018) continue to reside in Saskatoon.

Custodial history

Herbert J. Dow, grandson of William Gerrard Dow, donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1992: R92-256 (September 29, 1992).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of original and photocopied records created, accumulated and used by members of the William Gerrard Dow family relating to their activities in Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The fonds includes correspondence; photographs; newspaper clippings; genealogical information; certificates; and a poetry book.

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.

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SAFA 582 consists of a fonds description and file listings of textual records and is available in paper format.

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Related material: The Saskatchewan homestead records include files relating to land transactions involving William G. Dow and John Dow.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records: old guide GR 502 (R-729.1), R-OS109

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