Fonds MS-36 - John A.L. McDougall Family fonds

Clive McDougall Rev. Alex Grant Edmonton Flood McDougall Family in Front of House A. Buckham Bicyle Shop Clive McDougall Clive McDougall Hunting Deer White Brothers and Clive McDougall Rafting Lumber Down the North Saskatchewan River. Laying Cornerstone of Legislature Building
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John A.L. McDougall Family fonds

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  • [ca. 1890] - 1926 (Creation)
    John A.L. McDougall Family

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2 cm of textual records. - 36 photographs. - 4 objects

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McDougall, Catherine Amanda Free 1861-1942
McDougall, Clive G.R. 1887-1941
McDougall, Douglas A. 1893-1990
McDougall, Enid M.L. 1894-1955
McDougall, John Alexander Leonard 1854-1919
McDougall, Leonard 1883-1968
McDougall, Nora 1902-1989
McDougall, Pearl L.E. 1885-1969
McDougall, Ruby W. 1890-1969
McDougall, Stanley 1906-2000
McDougall, William 1881-1955

John A.L. McDougall was born in Ontario, in 1854 to Margaret and Alexander McDougall. John A.L. McDougall married Catherine Amanda Free about 1880 in Pembroke Ontario. John and Catherine had nine children – William, Leonard, Pearl, Clive, Rubby, Douglas, Enid, Nora and Stanley.

John brought his family to Edmonton during the Klondike gold rush of 1898. Having some experience as a lumberman in Ontario he later set up a lumber business in Edmonton with his sons William and Leonard, known as J.A.L. McDougall & Sons. The family also owned the mining rights to certain property in the Edmonton area. The lumber business existed until about 1909 after which time it ran into financial difficulties and disappeared.

John A.L. McDougall died Jan 1919 in Edmonton.
Catherine Free McDougall died Jan 1942 in Kimberely, B.C.

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Nora MacDougall is the daughter of John A.L. McDougall.

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The fonds consists of business and family records of John A.L. McDougall. The business records cover their land, lumber and coal business activities including sales made by the company, court actions regarding unpaid debts and lands they owned in the other parts of Alberta, specifically Keephills and Telfordville.

The family records include correspondence between family members (copied from the photographic postcards), medals and a souvenir pamphlet from the inauguration of Alberta, 1905.

The photographs include family members, friends, buildings and events in Edmonton, as well as lumber activities.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Nora MacDougall in 1968 and 1971.


The material was arranged by the archivist by family member.
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-34

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Accession numbers: A68-54, A71-37

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The records of former MS-145 Nora MacDougall have been merged into this fonds.

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John A.L. McDougall of this fonds (MS-36) is not related to John Alexander McDougall (MS-140).

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Though the family name originally was McDougall, the family changed to MacDougall in the early 1910's. The fonds title uses McDougall (rather than MacDougall of the donor) to better reflect the records within the fonds.

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