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[191-?]-1971, 2009 (Creation)
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1 album : (86 photographs)
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Wilson Brothers Financial & Insurance Agents was established in Limerick, Saskatchewan in 1912. It was operated by Charles and John Thomas (Tom) Wilson, brothers who emigrated from County Wicklow, Ireland to Canada in 1905 and 1907, respectively. Prior to moving to Limerick, the brothers held homesteads in the Dana district at SE and SW 22-38-26 W2.
The business originated with Charles Wilson establishing a real estate and insurance office along with a collection agency for the M. Rumley Company, a manufacturer of farm machinery. Tom Wilson moved to Limerick in 1913 and Charles and Tom established Wilson Brothers Financial & Insurance Agents. The business offered insurance surety bonds and real estate loans for area residents. In 1915, Charles Wilson was also appointed as General Agent for the Victoria Trust and Savings Company, with the Wilson Brothers business managing its accounts. Tom Wilson served in the First World War from 1916 to 1918. In 1921, he sold his interest in the business to Charles Wilson and moved to Saskatoon. He continued as an agent for the Canada Life Insurance Company and operated a pig farm in the Pleasantvale district. Tom Wilson moved to Vancouver in the 1950s where he died.
Along with continuing to operate the Wilson Brothers business, Charles Wilson was also appointed in 1922 as Provincial Manager for the Victoria Trust and Savings Company (later the Victoria and Grey Trust Company). He managed the company's accounts throughout Saskatchewan. From 1936 to 1943, Charles Wilson was appointed as the Farmers' Representative on the Board of Review for the federal Farmers' Creditors Arrangement Act, 1934. In his absence during this period, the Wilson Brothers business was run by his son Kevin (1936 to 1941) and later J.H. Grundy (1941 to 1943.)
Wilson Brothers Financial & Insurance Agents remained in operation until December 31, 1963 upon the retirement of Charles Wilson. Wilson sold the business to George Darrah, who established Darrah Agencies. Charles Wilson died in Limerick on April 14, 1970.
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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Wilson Brothers Financial & Insurance Agents, of Limerick, Saskatchewan in its operations between 1912 and 1963. The records are primarily financial, dealing with the particulars of the loans that the business provided and managed. The fonds also includes business records of The Victoria Trust and Savings Company of which Charles Thomas was General Agent for Saskatchewan and later its Provincial Manager. Also included are records related to Charles Thomas' appointment to the Board of Review of the Farmers' Creditors Arrangement Act of 1934. As well, biographical information for Charles and John Thomas (Tom) Wilson, proprietors of Wilson Brothers Financial & Insurance Agents, and correspondence sent from Tom Wilson to Charles Wilson in 1917 while serving in the First World War are included.
The types of records included are ledgers, account books, photocopied correspondence, a photo album, photographs and electronic records.
No series arrangement has been assigned to the fonds.