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Letter to father from Calgary, 1883
Letter to father from Calgary, 1883

Frank M. Crosby fonds

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Series 1 Personal papers. -- 1863, 1879-1885
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1879-1883


Series 1 Personal papers. -- 1863, 1879--1885
M-288-1 Correspondence. -- 1863. -- Consists of letter from his grandfather Isaiah to his father John Crosby, regarding prices of commodities in New England and a request that John not go to the American Civil War.
M-288-2 Correspondence. -- January-September 1879. -- Consists of letters about his trip to Montana; description of gold mines near Helena; his work for Demers and McCormick in Missoula; and organ tuning in Western Montana.
M-288-3 Correspondence. -- October-December 1879. -- Consists of letters about piano tuning trips to Butte City, Sun River Crossing, Fort Shaw and Fort Benton; also work in Helena and vicinity.
M-288-4 Correspondence. -- 1880. -- Consists of letters about work in Fort Benton, Bozeman and Helena as a piano tuner and salesman.
M-288-5 Correspondence. -- 1881. -- Consists of letters describing life in Fort Benton, including railroad [railway] activity and mining.
M-288-6 Correspondence. -- 1882. -- Consists of letters describing pioneering in Fort Benton, Montana and Calgary, Alberta. Includes material related to I.G. Baker and Company.
M-288-7 Correspondence. -- 1883. -- Consists of letters about life at Fort Calgary. Includes description of a sun dance and arrival of railway. Includes material related to I.G. Baker and Company.
M-288-8 Correspondence. -- 1884-1885. -- Consists of letters about life and work at Calgary, and travel in Oregon and California.

Invoices. -- 1883-1884. -- Consists of statements for goods received by F.M. Crosby from the following merchants:

James Walker (Bow River Mills)
Dunne and Wright
Winder and Company
John Woltz
Rankin and Allan
McLean and Thomas
Pioneer Stable
C.J. Soule
Kechan Dentan and Martin
Alberta Laundry
J.B. Thomas
C.S. Armstrong
G.E. Jacques
I.S. Freeze
Murphy and Martin
Fort Macleod Gazette
G.C. King and Company


Receipts. -- 1883-1884. -- Consists of money received from F.M. Crosby or I.G. Baker for Crosby's expenses while in their employ:

L Beaupre
James Reilly
S. Galligher
J.S. Deane
H. Bleeker
John Woltz
William White
W. Sharples
I.G. Baker and Company
Denton and Martin
John Peterson

M-288-11 Accounts for Citizens' Committee Ball. -- January 25, 1884. -- Consists of invoices for materials purchased for a ball given for the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP).
M-288-12 Bills of sale, etc. -- 1883-1884. -- Consists of records of sale of horses to F.M. Crosby; fire insurance policy for lumber company; promisory note to I.G. Baker and Company.
M-288-13 Account books. -- 1884. -- For ranch on Nose Creek and lumber business in Calgary.
M-288-14 Envelopes for letters in files M-288-1 through M-288-8 above.
M-288-(15-23) Photocopies of the material in files M-288-1 through M-288-13 above.
M-288-24 Account of a journey from Fort Benton, Montana to Fort Calgary, Alberta made by Frank Crosby and told to his son Frederic. Also includes a poem, "All Glory To" re pioneering in Alberta.
M-3266 Extract from Canadian Illustrated News, featuring sketches of Blackfoot from photographs by W.E. Hook. -- 1882. -- 1 item
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1879-1883. -- 3 photographs

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NA-2349 Fort Missoula and the Flathead Agency, Montana. -- 1878. -- 2 photographs
NA-2503 Copy of a letter written to his father about the railway arriving soon into Calgary. -- July 7, 1883. -- 1 photograph

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