Fonds 1988.137, 1988.191, 1991.05, 1992.68, 1994.04, 1994.51, 1994.84, 1996.37 - FRED AND MILLIE SWITZER FAMILY fonds

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CA CPA 1988.137, 1988.191, 1991.05, 1992.68, 1994.04, 1994.51, 1994.84, 1996.37

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  • [ca. 1928]-1981 (Creation)

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.1 of textual records. – 17 photographs

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Fred Switzer (1917-2002) took photographs of the Carberry, Manitoba area. He was born in Petrel, Manitoba and died in Carberry. He married Millie Dempsey and had children Joanne and John. His parents were Blanche and Jim Switzer. As a child, after his father's death, he and his mother moved to Gilbert Plains and at times in Carberry. He had been educated at Carberry. He worked in Carberry general store before becoming an air-frame technician during World War II. He later became a recreational pilot. After the War he became a storekeeper in Carberry, many years later selling to move to Winnipeg to work for the Federal Government Weights and measures and Manitoba Agriculture. He retired to Carberry. Mildred Margaret (Millie) (Dempsey) Switzer (1913-) collected photographs and other memorabilia of the Carberry, Manitoba area. She was born in Carberry to Thomas Hicks Dempsey and Eliza Delia May Craig. She had siblings Effie Alida May (Dempsey) Balfour (1901-1993) and Frank. Further biographical information is unknown. Esther Ann (Burns) Switzer (1846-1928) was one of the first settlers to the Carberry Plains area. She was born in Collingwood, Ontario and died in [Petrel], Manitoba. She was married to Daniel Switzer in Ingersoll and they had thirteen children. Prior to that she had moved with her family to homestead in the Petrel District in 1878.

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Records have been presented to the Carberry Plains Archives in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996 by Fred and Millie Switzer of Carberry, Manitoba. Record was presented to the Carberry Plains Museum by persons on dates unknown which transferred it to the Archives in 1988. The Miss Abbott photograph had been presented by Fred Switzer to the Museum in 1980. The family histories were presented in 1994 by Millie Switzer.

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Fonds consists of black and white photographs showing the Switzers in front of their grocery store, a retirement party at the Modern Bakery for Effie Balfour (1969), Carberry's Main Street (ca. 1940), a Canadian Pacific Railway train wreck (1946), Esther Switzer (ca. 1928), Miss Abbott, a schoolteacher on a Switzer horse. Textual materials include an income tax form (1944), news clippings of the Switzer brothers harvesting (1913), a beard growing contest, the Daniel Switzer family, a family chart on this and the Esther Burns Switzer families, a certificate for Century Farm Award (1981) for the Daniel Switzer farm, a Samuel Craig family history written by Lloyd J. Bowen of Victoria, British Columbia in 1982, a "Kerfoot History: Canadian Branch" written by J. M. Morris (1856-1936) in 1953 and compiled by Winnifred (Morris) Mair, his daughter.

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Related material: Effie Balfour fonds, vertical file for Craig family

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