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Title Letters from Roy and Verna Benson, 1909
Author Benson, Roy (1881-1953)
Date 3 Apr 1909 - 25 July 1909
Document Type Correspondence
Reference M-87-1
Library / Archive Glenbow Museum
Collection Name Roy and Verna Benson Fonds
Description Letters from Roy Benson to his father Fred regarding his emigration to Canada. He describes his reasons for going and what he expects to find there. The letters note he has been given advice by a friend who had been there for seven years and made a good profit from his farm. Later letters describe what he finds on arrival, a tour of local farms to assess what can be grown/farmed and the huge rush at the local land office. A letter from Verna to her parents describes life on the farm in Ohio, the progress of her 15 month old daughter, the health of their animals and packing up belongings to ship to Canada.
Series Description The fonds consists of letters written to Roy's father in Minnesota about the family and homesteading (1909-1920).
Biographical Note / History Roy Benson (1881-1953) emigrated to Canada from Michigan, USA in 1909. He homesteaded near Munson, Alberta. He and his wife, Verna (d. 1965), had three children, Fred, Beatrice (Mitchell) and Mildred (Fear). He farmed until 1948 when he retired due to poor health, and moved to Calgary.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations; Motives for Emigration
Country (from) United States of America
Country (to) Canada
Places Michigan, United States; Munson, Alberta, Canada
Nationality American
People Benson, Roy; Benson, Verna
Keywords agriculture, land, settlement, immigration, animals, living conditions
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 Letters from Verna Benson, 1910
Copyright Glenbow Museum