Fonds C-120 (PHO Box #2); Box 600-1. - McFarland Family fonds.

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McFarland Family fonds.

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CMC C-120 (PHO Box #2); Box 600-1.

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  • [ca.1865] - [before 1960]. (Creation)

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375 black & white photographs plus other material.

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Most of the items comprising this fonds pertain to the McFarland and Howden families who settled in the Rapid City area of Manitoba ca.1880. William McFarland came from the Jarvis area, near Simcoe, Ontario with his brother Alfred to homestead near Cardale, Manitoba. He was soon followed by his parents, Francis and Mary McFarland and his sister, Isabelle. In 1903, William married Ethel Jane Howden, the eldest child of William Howden and Lucinda Munn. The wedding took place at the Howden family farm near Totonka with the bride's sisters Maud and Mina providing the music and serving as attendants. William Howden had also come from Ontario (as did his brother Alexander, a prominent Brandon lawyer), settling in the Moline area in 1879. William and Lucinda Howden's other children included Florence, Eva, and Albert. The only boy, Albert was killed in action on November 9, 1918. William and Ethel McFarland had two children, Sanford and Lorne.

Custodial history

Items were donated to the Costume Museum by Lena McFarland in 1992. Sanford McFarland was Lena McFarland's second husband. Her first husband, Albert Rockall, had died some time previously. It is presumed that the items that comprise this fonds were in the custody of Lena McFarland and her husband Sandford for some time prior to donation.

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Items that comprise this fonds primarily consist of photographs that feature members of the McFarland family and Howden families. Many of the photographs have notes written on the reverse identifying the subjects but it is not known who wrote the notes. The work of a variety of Manitoba photographers is represented, both from Winnipeg and from rural areas. A number of Ontario photographers are also represented and based on their stamps, it can be seen that a significant number of photographs originated in the Mt. Forest and Durham areas of Ontario. In addition to a significant number of 19th century photographs, the fonds also includes a large number of small format, black and white snapshots dating from ca.1915 to 1950. The subjects of these photographs include men, women, and children, largely unidentified.

Items also include a set of Stereo Cards dating from ca.1910 and depicting the Winnipeg operations of the T. Eaton Co. These cards have detailed captions on the reverse. The set would have included 50 cards and 3 cards are missing form the set.

Items found among this fonds also include miscellaneous family papers (a list may be found in the first folder) including a number of items which had belonged to Mary Janet (Saunders) Burnett. Her relationship, if any, to Lena and Sandford McFarland is not known and it is possible that these items were mixed in with the McFarland materials at the time of accession. These items include a certificate documenting the marriage of James D. Stewart and Jennie M. Saunders in Normanby, County Grey, in 1895. James and Jennie were the parents of Mary Janet (Saunders) Burnett's first husband, James Stewart. The subjects of a number of photographs are identified as members of the Saunders family who were relatives of Mary Janet (Saunders) Burnett.

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Items have been arranged in the order in which they were accessioned; there is no reason to believe that the order of arrangement has any significance. A mass produced cardboard print of Queen Victoria has been discarded.

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No restrictions on access.

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No use or reproduction without prior permission.

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No further accruals are expected.

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