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Title Contents of the Letters in Cameron Family Fonds and Correspondence – Willie Cameron, 1898-1899
Author Cameron, William (1876-1956)
Date 11 Jan 1898 - 24 Jan 1899
Document Type Correspondence
Reference M-177-4
Library / Archive Glenbow Museum
Collection Name Cameron Family Fonds
Description Consists of a summary of the contents of the papers, compiled by Roy Gilbertson, the antiquarian book dealer who sold the letters to Glenbow. He uses excerpts from the letters to trace the activities of family members. Also contains letters from Willie Cameron to his mother from Rat Portage, Ontario, where he worked at Cedar Island Mine (1898); and from Anaconda, Montana, where he worked on an irrigation ditch (1899).
Biographical Note / History The Cameron family, originally from Great Britain, were "wanderers". James Cameron, 1859-1892, was the son of John Cameron and Isabella Linton Cameron, 1836-1915. He was a sailor who made ten trips, two of which were to Canada. He became a member of the Royal Naval Reserves in 1881 and died at sea in 1892. James was the eldest of nine siblings who survived childhood, including a sister, Isabel, and four brothers: A. William "Willie" Cameron (1876-1956); Alne E. Cameron (1878-1964); John Julian "Jack" Cameron (1869-1960); and Walter R. Cameron(1874-1928). In 1898 Willie travelled to Canada, worked at Rat Portage, then drifted west to Montana. In 1900 Walter and Alne fought in the South African War, from which Walter appeared to have deserted. Alne was at the relief of Mafeking, then took a ship to Australia. During the same time Willie was in the Philippines. Only Jack remained in Great Britain, where he was a teacher at Kilmarnock, Scotland. Walter later travelled to Hong Kong as a sailor, while Alne and Willie returned to England. In 1905 Alne homesteaded at Last Mountain, Saskatchewan, where Jack joined him later in the year. In 1906 Willie also came to Canada. Alne trained as a veterinarian, gradually leaving Jack with full responsibility for the farm. Willie married in 1909, Jack in 1910, and Alne somewhat later. In 1911 Walter arrived from Hong Kong with plans to homestead in the Peace River country. About 1913 their mother died. Both Alne and Willie served in the First World War and survived. After the war Alne settled in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Walter returned to Hong Kong in 1919 and to England in 1927.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Places Rat Portage, Ontario, Canada; Montana, United States
Nationality English
People Cameron,Willie
Keywords agriculture, mining, family
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Glenbow Museum catalogue.
Language English
Document(s) linked to Cameron Family Correspondence – Various, 1905
Copyright Glenbow Museum