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1964 - 1965 (Creation)
- McFarlane, Douglas Thomas, 1918-1999
1964 - 1967 (Creation)
- Trapp, George Joseph, 1909-2002
1961 - 1964 (Creation)
- Turnbull, Olaf Alexander, 1917-2004
1950-1971, 1983-1984 (Creation)
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4 photographs : prints, b&w
3 audio cassettes (3 hr., 00 min.)
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Joseph Clifford (Cliff) McIsaac was born on August 30, 1930 in Mount Herbert, Prince Edward Island, to Alexander and Barbara Alice (Driscoll) McIsaac. He
graduated from Truro Agricultural College in 1950 and the Ontario Veterinary College in 1955. McIsaac moved to Unity, Saskatchewan, in 1955 and established a verterinary practice there. He later established a second practice in North Battleford.
McIsaac was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1964 and served as the Liberal Party Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Wilkie constituency until 1974. He served in the Ross Thatcher Government as Minister in Charge of the Public Service Commission (1964-1967); Minister of Municipal Affairs (1965-1967); Minister of Education (1967-1971); Minister in Charge of Libraries (1967-1971); Minister in Charge of Saskatchewan Archives Board (1967-1971); Minister in Charge of Saskatchewan Transportation Company (1967-1971); and Minister in Charge of Saskatchewan Research Council (1967-1971).
McIsaac resigned his seat in the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1974 and ran successfully as the Liberal Party candidate for the Battleford-Kindersley constituency in the federal election that year. He served in the Pierre Trudeau Government as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport (1974-1975) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Regional Economic Expansion (1975-1976), as a member on various committees, and as Liberal Party Whip. He was defeated in the federal elections of 1979 and 1980.
After his political career, McIsaac served as commissioner of the Canadian Dairy Commission (1981-1991) and as chair of the National Farm Products Marketing Council (1991-1996). Cliff McIsaac died in Guelph, Ontario, on July 25, 2006.
Cliff McIsaac married Marie Vandervoort on July 29, 1953. They had six children: Catherine, Alexander, Mona, Christopher, Mark and Marjorie.
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Douglas Thomas McFarlane was born on January 4, 1918, in Wolseley, Saskatchewan, to Andrew and Ella McFarlane. He received his education at Summerberry. He worked on his father's farm until 1940, when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He served in the Air Force until 1945 and attained the rank of sergeant. Upon his discharge, McFarlane returned to farming in the Peebles district. He was active in agricultural and community organizations, namely the Saskatchewan Farmers' Union, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Glenavon Board of Trade, and the 4-H Club.
McFarlane was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1956 and served as the Liberal Party Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Qu'Appelle-Wolseley constituency until 1971. He served in the Ross Thatcher Government as Minister of Municipal Affairs (1964-1965) and Minister of Agriculture (1965-1971).
Following his defeat in the 1971 election, McFarlane was appointed to the War Veterans Appeal Board and moved to Ottawa. He later moved to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, when the Board relocated there. He retired in 1983 and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Douglas McFarlane died there on May 6, 1999.
Douglas McFarlane married Frances Davidson on April 15, 1945. They had four sons: Robert, Douglas, Larry and Donald.
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George Joseph Trapp was born on June 5, 1909 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan to Joseph and Caroline (Slamp) Trapp. He moved to the Lipton district with his family in 1915. Trapp received his primary education in the Lipton district and attended Lipton High School and Luther College, Regina. He attended the Regina Normal School from 1929 to 1930 and earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1955.
After graduating from the Regina Normal School, Trapp began his teaching career at McDonald Hills School, a rural school north of Dysart. He then taught at Dysart Village School and Cupar Consolidated School and served as principal of Punnichy School from 1943 to 1964. Trapp served as a councilor with the Govan School Unit and was an executive member and president (1959-1960) of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation. He was named to the Canadian College of Teachers in 1961 and was named a honorary life member of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation in 1971.
Trapp's political career began in 1964, when he was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature as the Liberal member for the Touchwood constituency. He served as Minister of Education in the Ross Thatcher Government from May 22, 1964 to October 31, 1967.
After his defeat in the 1967 general election, Trapp worked as Director of Continuing Education with the Saskatchewan Power Corporation (SaskPower) in Regina until his retirement in 1980.
Trapp died on November 25, 2002.
Trapp married Bess Stewart on February 2, 1933. The Trapps had two children: Marjorie and Murray.
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Olaf Alexander Turnbull was born on December 30, 1917 near Kindersley, Saskatchewan to Harry Gordon and Ingaborg (Swanson) Turnbull. He was raised on the family farm and educated locally. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (Economics) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1943, he returned to farming.
Turnbull served as a councillor for the Rural Municipality of Kindersley and was active in the Saskatchewan Farmers' Union, serving as director and vice-president. He was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1960 and served as the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) member for Elrose until 1964. Turnbull served in the T.C. Douglas and Woodrow Lloyd Governments as Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development (1960-1961) and Minister of Education (1961-1964). After his defeat in the 1964 general election, Turnbull briefly returned to farming before being employed at the Western Co-operative College of Canada in Saskatoon. He was appointed executive director of the college in 1972 and held that position until his retirement in 1982. Turnbull then went overseas with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to educate people in developing countries on the co-operative movement. Turnbull died in Saskatoon on March 15, 2004.
Turnbull married Alice Turner on July 21, 1945. The Turnbulls had five children: Karin, William, Joan, Katherine and Jane.
J.C. McIsaac donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession
in 1984: R84-269 (July 31, 1984).
C.L.B. Estey, Minister of Municipal Affairs, donated
some of these records to the Regina office,
Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions between 1967
and 1969: No Acc. #77 (December 11, 1967); No Acc. #99
(January 16, 1969).
Records created by D.T. McFarlane as Minister of
Municipal Affairs, and by George J. Trapp and O.A.
Turnbull as Minister of Education were identified in
the J.C. McIsaac fonds at the time of
Scope and content
This fonds consists of records created, accumulated
and used by J.C. McIsaac during his political career
as Minister of Municipal Affairs (1965-1967); Minister
of Education (1967-1971); Minister in Charge of Public
Service Commission (1964-1967); Minister in Charge of
Libraries (1967-1971); Minister in Charge of
Saskatchewan Archives Board (1967-1971); Minister in
Charge of Saskatchewan Transportation Company
(1967-1971); Minister in Charge of Saskatchewan
Research Council (1967-1971); and as the Liberal Party
Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Wilkie
constituency (1964-1971). The fonds also includes the
recording of oral history interviews of McIsaac,
conducted in 1983 and 1984, about his political career
in the W. Ross Thatcher Government.
Records created by Douglas McFarlane (1964-1965) as
Minister of Municipal Affairs; and George J. Trapp
(1964-1967) and O.A. Turnbull (1961-1964) as Minister
of Education are included in the fonds.
The types of public records included are
correspondence; memoranda; reports; publications;
statistical data; submissions and briefs; interviews,
legislation; audio cassettes; and photographs.
This fonds contains public, political and private
No series assignment has been applied to the records
in the fonds.
Immediate source of acquisition
The factors determining the arrangement of records in
this fonds have not been documented during the
Records of McIsaac and McFarlane have been interfiled.
Records of McIsaac, Trapp and Turnbull have been
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Clippings File - Biographies: Joseph Clifford McIsaac - contains biographical information on McIsaac.
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