Fonds MSS 155 - Jason Allard fonds

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Jason Allard fonds

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  • 1923-1957 (Creation)
    Allard, Jason Ovid, 1848-1931

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1 cm of textual records

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The son of Ovid Allard, the Chief Trader at the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Langley, B.C., Jason Ovid Allard was born at Fort Langley and joined the company himself in 1866 at age 19. Allard quit the company and joined a Canadian Pacific Railway survey crew in 1871, and later worked as an interpreter in the courts all over the province, as he spoke 5 Indian dialects in addition to French and English. He moved to New Westminster in 1915 in order to be readily available for court appearances, and was an important source of information about the pioneers of the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s for historians Howay, Reid, Nelson, McKelvie and Gibbard before his death in 1931.

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The fonds consists of a scrapbook containing assorted newspaper and journal clippings pertaining to the history of British Columbia and Fort Langley, B.C., letters of condolence regarding the death of Allard's son in battle during World War I, and some articles written by Allard himself.

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BCAUL control number: LCM-2270

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