Fonds A-24; A-25; A-31; C-118 (PHO Box #1). - Mary and William Craik fonds.

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Mary and William Craik fonds.

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CMC A-24; A-25; A-31; C-118 (PHO Box #1).

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  • [ca. 1865] – [ca. 1940]. (Creation)

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127 photographs and other materials.

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William Craik and Mary Anderson were married in Elgin on August 20, 1873. They came, with three small children to Manitoba from Athelston, Quebec stopping in Purves, Manitoba in 1879 and moving on to Dry River in the R.M. of Argyle in 1885. In Dry River they took up a homestead and over the years farmed on various parcels of land in the Greenway district. Between 1906 and 1909 William represented Ward 1 as a counsellor for the R.M. of Argyle then, in 1909, William and Mary opened a store in Greenway. In 1925 William turned over operation of the store to his son Ira. The Craiks had eight children. This included Alexander (b.1875-1962) married to Bella Eliza Wilson; Jessie (1876-1961), married to James McClellan; Christina (1879-1951) married to Stewart Robinson; Fred (b.1881), married to Jessie Urquart; George (b. 1884) married to Elsie Dillabough in 1917; Lillie (1885-1949) married to Charles Tisdale in 1923; Mary (1887-1967) married to Andrew Embury; and Ira Donald (1890-1981), married to Cordelia Young. Most of the family lived all their lives in the Greenway and Baldur area. William died in December of 1929 aged 81 and Mary died in November of 1936 aged 85.

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The items described here were donated to the Costume Museum by Ira and Cordelia's daughter, Jean Down, in 1992 and 1995.

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Included in this fonds are 3 albums containing a total of 127 items. The album designated as A-24 contains 15 items: 1 carte de visite, 11 tintypes and 3 gift cards dating from 1865 - 1870. The album itself is dated by an inscription to ca.1869. None of the subjects in A-24 are identified, however, the album is stamped William Craik inside the front cover and likely belonged to him.

The album designated as A-25 contains 32 items: 14 cartes de visites, 11 tintypes and 7 gift cards dating from 1860-1875. Most of the subjects are not identified, however, they are consistent with those found in other family albums of the period. The identified subjects in A-25 include several with the surname Anderson and the album likely belonged to Mary. Many of the photographers imprints on photographs in this album are from studios in the United States.

The album designated as A-31 contains 80 items: 77 black and white photographic prints, ca.1914-1921, on 9 leaves. Also in the album is a newspaper clipping pertaining to the death of Corp. W. King, son of the minister of the Union Church in Glenboro, a silk postcard (ca.1914-1918), and a five mark note with the inscription "R. Johnston, Vimy Ridge, April 27, 1917" The subjects in this album are, for the most part, unidentified. However, most images are dated. A number of images feature WW I military personnel. The name of Craik family member who compiled this album is not known, however, William and Mary appear in a number of the photographs.

Also found here are 9 photographs designated as C-118. These include: a photograph of the store opened by William and Mary in 1909; a photograph of Bella (wife of Alexander) Craik and Jessie (Craik) McLellan, ca. 1910; 2 photographs of William and Mary, ca.1910; 3 photographs of a woman identified as Grannie Anderson, possibly the mother of Mary Anderson, ca.1910; and a snapshot photograph of four men and four women, possibly the Craik siblings, ca. 1940.

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No use or reproduction without prior permission.

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