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Cowdry Brothers bank cheque
Cowdry Brothers bank cheque
M-1456

Cowdry Family fonds

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Table of Contents

Series 1 Cowdry Brothers papers, Fort Macleod. -- 1888-1904
Series 2 Augustus Cowdry papers, [primarily Vancouver]. -- 1906-1934

Inventory

Series 1 Cowdry Brothers papers, Fort Macleod. -- 1888-1904. -- 25 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of business records of John Cowdry and Nathaniel Cowdry, primarily related to the Cowdry Brothers bank.
M-2244-1 Statements of accounts with Fort Macleod firms. -- 1892-1894. -- Includes some accounts with Calgary and other firms. Records relate to Bain and Hamilton (Calgary), R.B. Barnes, C.N. Campbell, Samuel W. Davis, A.F. Grady, A.C. Hare, Harris and Burne, Hudson's Bay Company, E. McFarquhar, Peter McLaren, E.J. Mitchell, and C. Ryan and Company.
M-2244-2 Statements of accounts with Fort Macleod firms. -- 1895-1897. -- Includes some accounts with Calgary and other firms. Records relate to Alberta Railway and Coal Company, R.B. Barnes, Carson and Shore, Cameron Fraser, A.F. Grady, Gray and Higgins, A.C. Hare, Harris and Burne Hudson's Bay Company, Peter Mclaren, E.J. Mitchell, Reach and Company, C. Ryan and Company, and H.H. Storey.
M-2244-3 Statements of accounts with Fort Macleod firms. -- 1897-1901. -- Includes some accounts with Calgary and other firms. Records relate to Agnes Emma Cameron, C.N. Campbell, Carson and Shore, A.F. Grady, Gray and Higgins, Hudson's Bay Company, E. McFarquhar, Peter McLaren, Reach and Company, and W.W. Tuttle.
M-2244-4 Receipts. -- 1893-1899. -- Consists primarily of receipts issued by Dominion Express Company. Also includes Steele and Company, Lethbridge School District, and receipts of various Fort Macleod firms.
M-1456 Billheads of Fort Macleod businesses. -- 1893-1897. -- 21 items. -- Consists of bills issued primarily to Cowdry Brothers. Records relate to The Alberta Hotel (Calgary), R.B. Barnes, Carson and Shore, A.F. Grady, Macleod Gazette, A.C. Hare, Harris and Burne, E. McFarquhar, G.W. Robinson, C. Ryan and Company, J.G. Templeton, W.W. Tuttle, and Warren Brothers and Boomer.
M-2244-5 Land transfer document. -- 1899. -- Shows purchase of land in Fort Macleod by N.H. Cowdry and J. Cowdry.
M-2244-6 Letter and mining papers of Major S.B. Steele. -- 1897-1898. -- Consists of telegrams and accounts relating to mines at Kaslo, British Columbia. Includes records relating to Black Diamond Mining and Development Company, Ibex Mining and Develpment Company. and Clarence E. Steele
M-2244-7 Ranching records, Fort Macleod area. -- 1897 and n.d. -- Consists of lists of horses sold by Cochrane Ranche, branding expense sheet of the Cornish Cattle Company, and ranch inventories. Includes information re William Henry Moore.
M-2244-8 Court cases documents. -- 1893 and 1897. -- Consists of cases of John Cowdry vs. S.H. Davis re foreclosure, and Maunsell Brothers vs Cowdry Brothers re discontinuance. Case handled by Conybeare and Galliher.
M-2244-9 Property documents. -- 1888-1901. -- Consists of description of Regina land, document re Cecil Denny's property, list of John Cowdry's land, etc.
M-2244-10 Peigan Indian Agency account. -- 1897. -- Consists of ex-agent Harry Nash's final account with the Agency, certified by T.P. Wadsworth.
M-2244-11 Bank deposit slips. -- January 2-April 29, 1904
M-2244-12 Cheques. -- 1890-1904. -- Includes material re C.N. Campbell, A.F. Grady, E.J. Mitchell, and Major Samuel B. Steele.
M-2244-13 Bank pass books. -- 1883-1900. -- Includes material re Bain and Hamilton, Carson and Shore, J.A. Davidson, D.W. Davis, Samuel W. Davis, A.F. Grady, Harris and Burne, R.C. Laurie, Colonel James F. Macleod, E. McFarquhar, Peter McLaren, E.J. Mitchell, Reach and Company, C. Ryan and Company, and Major Samuel B. Steele.
M-2244-14 Crop statistics, North-West Territories. -- 1900. -- Consists of statement compiled from threshers' returns, giving acreage, number of bushels and yields of wheat, oats and barley in the districts of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
M-2244-15 Ship's concert program. -- 1901. -- Consists of a program for a concert on board the "Arabia".
M-2244-16 Officers' mess account book, insurance and miscellaneous notebooks. -- 1879-1902
M-2244-17 Property application form and miscellaneous papers. -- [ca. 1890s-1902]. -- Consists of an application to bring land under the Territories Real Property Act; bank collection form, etc.
Series 2 Augustus Cowdry's papers [primarily Vancouver]. -- 1906-1934. -- 12.5 cm of textual records and other material. -- The series consists of a diary and university papers of Augustus "Gus" Cowdry, as well as miscellaneous papers related to his various business activities in Vancouver. Includes letters written to him by his father John Cowdry.
M-280 Journal of visit to Banff, Fort Macleod and the family ranch. -- 1906. -- [incomplete]
M-6584-1 University of Toronto course notes and exams. -- 1906-1912
M-6584-2 Business papers, Vancouver. -- 1913-1920. -- Consists of papers related to Augustus Cowdry's business dealings with British Columbia Packers' Association, Alert Bay Saw Mills, A.N. Cowdry and Company Importers, North West Trading Company, and with Clarence Baldwin Whitney.
M-6584-3 Business papers, Vancouver. -- 1921-1934. -- Consists of papers related to Augustus Cowdry's business dealings with the British Columbia Department of Land - Forestry Branch, North West Trading Company, British Columbia Electric Railway Company, Dominion Machinery Company, and Gold Peak Gold Mines.
M-6584-4 Business papers, Vancouver. -- n.d. -- Consists of maps and plans of timber lands, lists of outstanding accounts, and other Dominion Machinery related papers.
M-6584-5 Letters to Augustus "Gus" Cowdry from his father John Cowdry (in California). -- October 1920-April 1921
M-6584-6 Augustus Cowdry's letter to his father John Cowdry. -- 1924-1925. -- Primarily about business
M-6584-7 Unidentified family photographs. -- 24 photographs
M-6584-8 Miscellany. -- 1906-1927. -- Includes booklets about Aldro School in Eastbourne (1906); Vancouver Club's constitution and membership list (1908); letters from G.H.Cowdry of Brisbane, Australia (1926-1927); small account notebook; poem, "The Permanent Brand" by Berton Braley; and newspaper clipping about Kootenai Brown (1924).
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