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MSS SC 149

Title: Walmsley Family fonds

Dates: 1919-1989

Extent: 1 cm of textual records. -- 32 photographs

Biographical Sketch: Edwin Walmsley Sr. was born in Lancashire, England on May 31, 1859. He came to Canada from England with his wife and three daughters, Phoebe, Kathleen, and Ruth, after he retired as an army officer in the British Army in 1908. He had previously spent twenty-one years of his army career in India attached to the Foreign Office. Most of his family had been born in India where he and his wife brought up their family of two sons and three daughters. Of his three daughters, Phoebe was a registered nurse and lived most of here life in Florida, Kathleen was a school teacher in Manitoba and later Florida, and Ruth was a Pay Officer for the Women's Naval Service during World War II, and then worked with the External Affairs Department in Ottawa, Ontario. Edwin's two sons had preceded the rest of the family from England two years before. Henry John and David George returned to England during World War I after enlisting in the Canadian Army, and both returned to Canada in 1918. David brought his wife Effie with him upon his return. By this time Edwin and his wife Lizzie Charlotte had settled in Elm Creek and purchased the Elm Creek Hotel, then known as the Grandview Hotel of Elm Creek. Henry John Walmsley married Mary B. Franzmann of Fannystelle in 1914, and had one son and five daughters; Edwin Jr., Ruth, Norma, Betty, Marie, and Dorothy. David George Walmsley and his wife Effie returned to England with their sons, Robert George and Sidney Arthur, who both migrated back to Canada and reside in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. The four generations of the Walmsley family have been members of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Elm Creek.

Custodial History: The material was donated to Archives & Special Collections in 1996 by Clara Walmsley of Elm Creek, Manitoba.

Scope and Content: The fonds consists of a family history, poem, newspaper clipping, memoirs, legal papers, and photographs of Elm Creek businesses and farm scenes.

Source of Supplied Title: Title based on provenance of fonds.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Finding Aid: Finding aid is currently unavailable.