Fonds CR-42 - John and Douglas Honeyman fonds

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John and Douglas Honeyman fonds

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  • 1883-1944 (Creation)
    Honeyman, John and Douglas

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48 cm of textual records;2 photographs

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John Honeyman was born in Scotland in 1845 and, after travels to New Zealand and the death of his father John Honeyman, arrived in Canada with his brothers, James and Robert, and his sisters in 1873. In 1878, John Honeyman moved to Eden, Manitoba, to establish a farm and where he married Helen Nichol. They had four children: Gordon (1884 - 1950), Douglas Ramsey (1886 - 1968), Elspeth (1890 - 1964) and Stuart Nicol (1893 - 1966).

In 1896 John and Helen Honeyman moved their family to Delta, acquiring a farm at Gulfside in Delta near Port Guichon. In 1902 John Honeyman sold the Gulfside farm to Mr. Gibbie and bought a new farm in Section 32 in East Delta. John's three sons helped work the family farm. Douglas acquired title to the farm from his father when he died in 1926. Gordon Honeyman and his wife Gertrude farmed in Alberta, and Stuart and his wife Olga farmed near Kamloops from 1920 to 1926, returning to Delta to farm at 7838 River Road.

Douglas Ramsey Honeyman was born in Eden, Manitoba. His family moved to Delta, B.C., during the 1890s and established a farm in East Delta. Honeyman and his brother Stuart joined the 29th (Vancouver) Battalion in 1914 and served in Great Britain and Europe for the duration of the war. Honeyman arrived back in Canada in 1919 and after his discharge returned to farming in East Delta, where he remained until he sold his farm in 1960.

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The fonds was in the custody of the City of Vancouver Archives before being transferred to the Delta Museum and Archives. Some of the material was retained by the City of Vancouver Archives pertaining to the First World War.

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The fonds consists of an accounts journal and seventeen daily journals kept by John Honeyman (1845-1926) and his son Douglas Ramsey Honeyman (1886-1968) from 1883 to 1944, which describe farming the Honeyman family farm at Eden, Manitoba, from 1883 to 1895, the farm at Gulfside near Port Guichon from 1896 to 1902, and the East Delta farm from 1903 to 1914 and 1920 to 1944. Entries from 1883 to about 1905 were made by John Honeyman, and from 1906 to 1944 by Douglas Honeyman. John Honeyman's daily entries are more detailed than those made by Douglas and record farm work and family activities, especially those of the Honeyman children. The journals describe visits with family and neighbors, trips to New Westminster and Vancouver, weather observations, illness, entertainment and social activities. Entries about farm work record seasonal activities for tilling, planting and harvesting grains and potatoes; raising livestock; improving and building farm buildings, fences, etc.; and employing workers such as East Indians and Chinese and their wages. Entries also refer to community political events and frictions, and to work done on shared community infrastructure such as dykes, drainage ditches and roads.

Fonds has been arranged in the following series:
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Revised June 20 2014

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