Fonds - Swanwick family fonds

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Swanwick family fonds

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  • 1917-1945 (Creation)
    Swanwick (family)

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21 cm of textual records

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Henry John Swanwick (Harry) was born in Staffordshire, England on December 13, 1884. Swanwick emigrated to Calgary, Alberta in 1911. There he enlisted in the Second Canadian Mounted Rifles in January, 1915. Swanwick served four years overseas. He returned to Calgary in Feb. 1919 and one year later relocated to B.C. Swanwick farmed at Silver Creek from 1922 until 1961, when he moved into the village of Salmon Arm. While farming, Swanwick supplemented his income by working as a road foreman. Each spring he organized farmers to work on roads in exchange for credit towards their property taxes.

Swanwick was active in staging the Salmon Arm Fall Fair and the Silver Creek 4H Poultry Club. Swanwick was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 62 for more than fifty years. Swanwick died in 1977.

Annie Marie Swanwick (maiden name unknown) came to Salmon Arm from England in 1923. She married Harry at Mrs. Wall's home and after the ceremony went home to milk the cows. The couple had their honeymoon in 1950, a trip back to England.

Mrs. Swanwick was interested in White Leghorns and entered regional fairs taking top prizes in birds, jams, jellies, vegetables, preserves, dried beans, peas, grains, and flowers. In 1946 and 1947 Mrs. Swanwick won the "Lady Exhibitor with the Most Points" trophy donated by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada. Mrs. Swanwick was active in the Silver Creek 4H Poultry Club. Mrs. Swanwick died in 1985.

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The fonds consists of World War I records, road foreman records, correspondence related to poultry courses, income related correspondence, records of production, discussion papers, certificates, bank books, blank forms and prize tags.

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