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Title Diary of Patrick G. Laurie, Owen Sound, Ontario, 1859
Date Jan-Dec 1859
Document Type Personal Account
Reference M-314-1
Library / Archive Glenbow Museum
Collection Name Laurie, DeGear Family Fonds
Description Diary of Patrick Laurie recording his daily activities, whom he has paid or owes money to and prices. Some entries appear to be written in code.
Series Description From Series 1 – Laurie and DeGear family papers, 1859-1959.
Biographical Note / History Patrick Gammie Laurie (1833-1903) was born in Scotland, and emigrated to Canada in 1842, first to Ontario then to the Red River, and finally in the late 1870s to Battleford, Saskatchewan. In 1878 he founded the Saskatchewan Herald newspaper, the first newspaper published in the North-West Territories. In 1855 he married Mary Eliza Carney (1833-1912) and they had six children: William, Richard, Mabel (Reid), Jessie (DeGear), Effie (Storer) and Harriet (Gauvreau). Richard Carney Laurie (1858-1938), took over as editor of the Saskatchewan Herald. The newspaper ceased publication shortly after his death. Mabel Laurie married John Alexander Reid, who served as Alberta's Agent General in London, England during the First World War. Jessie Laurie (1868-1970) married Jacob Cicero DeGear, a former member of the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) in 1887, and they had five children, Muriel Rowena (White) and Ruth (Moran), Orpha (Nichol), Gordon DeGear, and Charlie DeGear. The Laurie family, including Jessie, took refuge in the Battleford NWMP post during the 1885 Riel Rebellion. Jessie was keenly interested in the history of the Battleford area and over the years compiled many scrapbooks related to the events and people of the district. For further information see Walter Hildebrandt's article, "P. G. Laurie: The Aspirations of a Western Enthusiast", University of Saskatchewan: unpublished MA thesis, 1978.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Canada
Places Ontario, Canada
Nationality Scottish
Keywords emigration, newspaper
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Glenbow Museum catalogue.
Language English
Copyright Glenbow Museum