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LEVEL OF DESCRIPTION: Fonds
No.: PR1096
TITLE: Hugh Allen fonds
CREATOR: Allen, Hugh
DATE RANGE: 1900-1974, predominant 1930-1966
EXTENT: 0.20 m of textual records. – 14 photographs. – 2 maps
ADMINISTRATIVE
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Hugh Wright Allen was born on April 30, 1889 in Stella, Amherst Island, Ontario to William Allen and Mary Wright. He attended public school and Kingston Collegiate Institute and was trained as a schoolteacher, but worked as a chemist with the Ontario Powder Company in Tweed, Ontario for three years. He married Mable Sills of Tweed, Ontario on January 8, 1911 and they moved to a farm in an area near Beaverlodge, Alberta located at Section 3, Township 71, Range 9, West of the 6th Meridian (3-71-9-W6). In 1929 the farm and environs were named Huallen in honor of Hugh Allen. Allen was a United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) candidate for nomination for the Peace River constituency in the provincial election of 1921 and was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the Peace River constituency in the general election of 1926. He was re-elected in the election of 1930 and appointed Minister of Lands and Mine and Municipal Affairs in 1934, but lost his re-election bid in 1935. Allen was active in various agricultural organizations and, after losing in the 1935 election, served as a director of the UFA for a time. He was a founding member and director of the Grande Prairie Co-operative Livestock Marketing Association, and a founding member and the first president of the Alberta Livestock Cooperative, serving from 1940 to 1949. Allen was appointed as a director on the board of the United Grain Growers Limited in 1946, a position he retained until 1964 and he was also a director in the Alberta and Canadian Federations of Agriculture. Allen was also active in his community and was a member of the South Beaverlodge Rural Electrification Association, a trustee for the Lower Beaver Lodge School District No. 2812, and a subscriber to the Lower Beaver Lodge Mutual Telephone Company. Allen sold his farm in 1964 and moved to a house on 95th Avenue in Grande Prairie, Alberta with his second wife, Lulu Sherk Edgerton, and was inducted to the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1967. He died on March 3, 1972, survived by his wife.
CUSTODIAL HISTORY:Mrs. Lulu Gertrude Allen deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1975.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: Fonds consists of the personal records of Hugh Allen and contains records that pertain to his farm, his involvement with various agricultural associations, and his time as an MLA, and includes correspondence, insurance policies, receipts, electoral results and voters lists, memorandum, resolutions, petitions, telegrams, UFA newspapers, radio broadcast transcripts, speeches, a daily journal, greeting cards, driver’s licenses and registrations, gas ration coupons, school exams, a family genealogy, newspaper clippings, tax notices and receipts, permits, income tax returns, farm employee records and grain and livestock records. Fonds also contains correspondence, financial records, wills, and inventories relating to the settlement of the estates of Marjorie McKenzie and Sarah Anne Jackson, a transcript of diary entries by Mrs. Percy Clubine, maps depicting sites of various agricultural operations in Alberta and the main natural resources in Canada, and photographs which depict bridges, roads, Hugh Allen, various agricultural association members, and the Alberta Relief Commission Labour Camp Number (No.) 115. This fonds has been divided into three series: Personal Papers (1900-1974); Farm Account (1927-1961); MLA Papers (1926-1935)
DATE NOTE: Included in this fonds is some correspondence dated after the death of Hugh Allen.
ARRANGEMENT NOTE: Any records not readily identifiable as belonging to any particular series, or which seem to fit into more than one series, have been included in the Personal Papers series.
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL: Other records pertaining to Hugh Allen can be found in the Hugh Allen fonds and the United Farmers of Alberta Oral History Project collection, both located at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta.
RELATED RECORDS: Records related to Lulu Gertrude Allen can be found in accession PR1970.0030. Other records deposited by Lulu Gertrude Allen can be found in PR1123 United Grain Growers, PR1109 Lower Beaver Lodge Mutual Telephone Company, PR1110 Lower Beaver School District No. 2812, and PR0971 Alberta Livestock Co-operative fonds.
GENERAL NOTE: Some photographs from this fonds can be found in A File under location numbers A.4254-A.4257. This fonds was donated at the same time and in the same accession as records belonging to the following fonds: PR1123 United Grain Growers, PR1109 Lower Beaver Lodge Mutual Telephone Company, PR110 Lower Beaver School District No. 2812, and PR0971 Alberta Livestock Co-operative fonds. The location of Hugh Allen’s farm is represented according to the Alberta Township Survey (ATS) system. Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the records and from the 1935 Canadian Parliamentary Guide.
RELATED ITEMS: A4254 (Stooked Wheat Crop)
A4255 (Belly River, Near Glenwood, Alberta)
A4256 (Belly River, Near Glenwood, Alberta)
A4832 (United Grain Growers Executive)
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