Fonds MS-231 - Nicholas D. Beck fonds

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Nicholas D. Beck fonds

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  • 1893 - 1906 (Creation)
    Beck, Nicholas D.

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1 cm of textual records

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Nicholas Dominic Beck, son of Georgiana Boulton and John Beck, was born in Coburg, Ontario on 4 May 1857. He received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1881 and practiced in Ontario, Winnipeg, and Calgary before moving to Edmonton in 1891. He was made a Queen's Council in 1893. He served as Town and City Solicitor from 1892 to 1907, when he was appointed to the bench.
Nicholas Beck married Mary Ethel Lloyd on 17 Nov 1886 in St. Boniface, Manitoba. They had a daughter Beatrice Marguerite Beck born on 21 Mar 1888 in St. Boniface, a son Philip (1890-1890) and daughter Mary Marjorie Beck, born 5 Apr 1891 in Calgary. The family moved to Edmonton, where Nicholas and Mary had two more children - Cyril Stephen Beck, born 9 Jan 1893 and Hubert Francis Beck, born 4 Apr 1894.
Mary Lloyd Beck died 30 Apr 1894.
Nicholas married Louise Adelaide Teffy on 9 Jan 1906. Louise Teffy Beck died in Oakland, California, 9 Dec 1927.
Nicholas married Jeanne Cecile Tilley on 10 Apr 1928 in Vancouver, B.C.
Nicholas Beck died on 14 May 1928 in Seattle, WA. He is buried in Edmonton.

Custodial history

Alan Macdonald was City Solicitor with the City of Edmonton. Mr. H.T. Emery was with the City of Edmonton Legal Department. Marguerite Watson is the granddaughter of Nicholas Beck.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of personal papers of Nicholas Beck, including:

  • 8 pages of Beck's account with John Cameron General Wholesale and Retail, from 9 Feb 1893 to 1 Aug1894 (itemized list with the prices each item)
  • 2 pages of Beck's account with John Cameron General Wholesale and Retail for August & September 1894 (itemized list with the prices each item);
  • 2 cancelled cheques, Imperial Bank of Canada, 1906;
  • employment contract between the Town of Edmonton and Nicholas Beck, as Solicitor and Advocate for the Town of Edmonton, dated 28 Feb 1900.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Alan Macdonald in 1971, Mr. H. T. Emery in 1973 and Marguerite L. Watson in 1996.


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  • English

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See also:
Nicholas Beck fonds at the Legal Society of Alberta Archives
In this repository, see also:
RG-8 Contracts A96-59 File 8 – Memo of Employment Agreement between Beck & Town of Edmonton, 1895;
RG-8 Contracts A96-59 File 15 – Memo of Employment Agreement between Beck & Town of Edmonton, 1897

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No further accruals are expected.

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Accession numbers: A71-33, A96-39

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Formerly known as the H.T. Emery fonds.

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City of Edmonton Archives

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  • Box: MS Room