Item IHM.2020.0216 - E. J. Brooks Letters to His Wife

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E. J. Brooks Letters to His Wife

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  • Continuation of title: 29 Apr. 1882 - 21 Dec. 1882 Part One; Part Two December 21st 1882 - March 11, 1884; Pioneer Days An Article Written by E.J. Brooks

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  • 1882 - 1884 (Creation)
    Brooks, Edwin Jackson
    Indian Head (Sask.)

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4 cm of textual records (108 p.) (Typed copies)

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Edwin Jackson Brooks was born in Lennoxville, Quebec, in 1949. He and his twin brother Edward arrived in July, 1882 and chose land just west of Indian Head, only to be told that the land had already been reserved by the Qu'Appelle Valley Company (Bell Farm). He later chose land north of Indian Head (Wide Awake District). He became a prominent citizen and merchant in Indian Head. In 1885, he was selected to serve on the jury for the trial of Louis Riel.

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The full collection of E. J. Brooks's letters to his wife Helena (Nellie) in Sherbrooke, Quebec. It also contains a 1-page biography written by his son, Murray; a reprint of an article written by E. J. Brooks titled "Pioneer Days" that he wrote for the Vidette newspaper - December 19, 1900.

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The original letters were donated by their son, Murray, to the Saskatchewan Provincial Archives in Regina.

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They were published in three parts in the magazine, Saskatchewan History, in 1957-1958.

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Brooks family tree, a CD and hard copies of 5 photos of E.J. Brooks in his store and portraits of his sons.


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