Fonds MJ-006 - Sons of England Benefit Society fonds

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Sons of England Benefit Society fonds

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  • 1904-1907 (Creation)
    Sons of England Benefit Society

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3.50 cm of textual records

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The Sons of England Benefit Society was founded by George Clatworthy in Toronto in 1874 originally to provide cooperative insurance and purchase of burial plots. The society was organized into local lodges and served mainly working class families. It became a society to encourage patriotism, to promote loyalty to the monarchy and to provide assistance to particular settlers within the Society’s mandate.

The organizing meeting of the Sons of England Benefit Society in Moose Jaw was held on May 28, 1904. Twenty Englishmen were present. The first executive elected were J. Crookall, president; R.F. Jackson, vice-president; E.B. Pragnell, secretary; E. Dean, chaplain; W.H. Wardell, treasurer. It was decided to name the lodge “The Moose Jaw Lodge #263 of the Sons of England Benefit Society”. Meetings were held every second and fourth Saturday.

The Society in Canada ceased to exist in 1971.

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This fonds contains a single series of a minute book of the Moose Jaw Lodge of The Sons of England Benefit Society that was kept from 1904 to 1907.

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Accession Number 6.BA donated to the archives by Ralph Bamford.


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  • English

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This fonds was re-foldered in 2004.

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Box H-2

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