Fonds MG 173 - Helen Shirriff Alexander fonds

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Helen Shirriff Alexander fonds

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MG 173

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  • [ca. 1860s]-1932 documented (Creation)

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6 cm of textual records

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Helen Emmeline Shirriff was born 10 January 1898 in Brandon, Manitoba. She married Robert Alexander in 1919; together they farmed at Portreeve, Saskatchewan, until Robert's death in 1955. Helen remained actively involved in the management of the farm until her death. In addition, Helen was a schoolteacher. Her long career in education began in 1916, and took her to various locations throughout the north and west, including Athabaska Landing (1918), Whitehorse (1956), and the Glidden Hutterite Colony (1967). She died in Saskatoon on 6 April 1992.

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Upon Helen Alexander's death, this material was transferred to the custody of her daughter, Betty Alexander Huckabay; Mrs. Huckabay subsequently donated this material to the Archives.

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This fonds contains a bound typescript copy of Helen's memoirs, The Unforgotten Years. These memoirs document the Shirriff and Alexander families, and are particularly descriptive of life in Western Canada between the 1860s and 1932.

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