Sous-fonds 005 - Tom Lamb fonds

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Tom Lamb fonds

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CA SWM RG4-005

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  • [photocopied before 1984] (Creation)
    Lamb, Tom

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1.5 cm textual records

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Tom Lamb was born June 29th, 1898 in Grand Rapids, Manitoba. He grew up in Moose Lake, where his family operated a fur-trading post. He bought out his father’s business in 1927. He was a dedicated conservationist. In 1932 Tom Lamb started to develop an area where muskrat, beaver and moose could be protected and harvested in time. This ‘Muskrat Ranch’ was some 54,000 acres of swampy island, 10 miles from the post and bounded by the Saskatchewan and Summerberry Rivers. Dams were built to raise the water levels in areas, and waterways cut into in others to regulate depth. Log cabins were erected at strategic points and ‘No Hunting’ signs were posted. The ranch had the desired effect: muskrat, beaver and moose populations grew noticeably greater. Lamb harvested the muskrats to gratifying return and the Provincial Government followed suit, developing other trapping areas. Tom Lamb’s flying career began in 1935, when he learned to fly after frustration with ground transportation for transporting commercially caught fish in the North. Lambair was incorporated in 1935 and operated until 1981, with bases at The Pas, Thompson and Churchill. Tom Lamb personally flew hundreds of mercy flights and airlift medical evacuations. He was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Manitoba in 1969 in recognition to his contribution to northern development. Tom Lamb died in December, 1969. (Source: The Pas: Gateway to the North, 1983, pgs. 327 – 331)

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Records PA84.5.1-4 were donated to the Sam Waller Museum by Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Lamb in November, 1984.

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The Tom Lamb fonds consists of photocopies of Tom Lamb’s writings on his family history and anecdotes of life in the north.

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The original and a copy of a map of the muskrat ranch operations and a key to improvements made (original map donated at a later date PP2001.12.1, copy PP2011.9.1, originally part of this fonds) and VHS: The Flying Lambs (PA2001.6.1)

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Sam Waller Museum

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Created October 6, 2011

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