Fonds MSS 255 - Len and Isabella Rowlatt fonds

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Len and Isabella Rowlatt fonds

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  • 1874-1972 (Creation)
    Rowlatt, Len

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37.5 cm of textual records and other material

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Leonard Rowlatt, known as Len, was born to Arthur and Mary (ne Hall) Rowlatt on 22 May 1887 in Spaldwick, Huntingdon, England. The Rowlatt family lived in Easton. Len came to Canada with his older brother Joe around 1907. Around 1914, Len moved to the Langley District. In 1914 the long distance engagement between Len Rowlatt and his fiance Effie, who was living in England, ended. Len Rowlatt married Isabella Maddison, then living in Halls Prairie, on 29 Oct. 1917 in New Westminster, BC. Isabella Maddison, periodically called Bell, was born on 1 Sep. 1874 to Thomas and Margaret Ann (ne Weddle) Maddison in, Earsdon, Northumberland, England. The Maddison family lived in Seaton Delavel. After marrying, the couple lived on Campbell River Road (later 8th Avenue) in Langley, BC. Len farmed in Langley, predominantly as a milk producer. In addition to farming, Len earned a reputation as a water diviner (well witcher). Len also participated in the Cloverdale Rodeo and other events, such as parades, in the Langley area during which he would bring his surrey (four-wheel two-seated horse-drawn carriage) out for public use. People throughout British Columbia asked Len for assistance in finding water. Isabella Rowlatt died in Langley on 31 May 1964. In 1968 Len began to sell his land. Len Rowlatt died in Murrayville, BC on 5 Apr. 1973.

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Fonds consists of 6 series: announcements series, 1917-1971, which includes birth, marriage, and death announcements; diary series, 1972, which includes a diary of Len Rowlatts daily activities; fiscal records series, 1919-1972, which includes pension records, ration books, Turners Dairy Ltd. milk counts, mortgage records, bank correspondence, a victory bond certificate, savings bonds, Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association annual statements, agricultural subsidy records, and bank books; legal records series, 1874-1972, which include deeds and information regarding property, funeral records, birth certificates, a marriage certificate, and records related to the Rowlatt will; correspondence series, 1913-1972, which includes correspondence from Len s fiance Effie and correspondence sent to both Len and Isabella from family, including family in England, and friends; and ephemeral series, which includes recipes and an airline and rail pass stub from Lens 1969 trip to England.

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BCAUL control number: LCM-2337

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