Fonds 387 Lake Saskatoon Agricultural Society fonds

Lake Saskatoon Agricultural Society fonds. — 1930-1931. — 1 cm.

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The Beaverlodge and Lake Saskatoon Agricultural Society was founded in 1912, with Esdale Gaudin as the first President and Herman Trelle as the first Secretary-Treasurer. Founding members of the society also included James McFarlane, W. G. Johnson, and A. Sherk and Sons. By 1914 Rede Stone, Paul Flint, Charles McNaught, and W. D. Albright were also involved. The Society held its first fair at Lake Saskatoon in 1912, fall fairs from 1916 to 1931, and seed fairs from 1916 to 1932. In 1919 the Society became the Lake Saskatoon Agricultural Society, giving the Beaverlodge area the legal option to form its own society.The venue of the fairs was changed to Wembley when much of the Lake Saskatoon settlement moved there in 1926. The Lake Saskatoon Agricultural Society became defunct likely in the mid-to-late 1930s.

Custodial History

According to a notation on the front cover of the Entry Book, the records were given to Mrs. Pearl Longson of Beaverlodge by Mr. Abbott of Beaverlodge. Later, the records were donated to Grande Prairie Public Library with the Isabel Campbell collection. In 2008 the Library donated them, as part of the Gerald V. Carveth collection, to South Peace Regional Archives.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of records relating to the operation of the Agricultural Society and the annual exhibition and fair. The records include administrative forms relating to members and accounts for 1930 and 1931, an entry book (ca. 1930), and blank competition entry forms.

The fonds is divided into two series: Administrative records and Competition records.


Title based on contents of the fonds.

Table of Contents

Series 387.01 Administrative records
Series 387.02 Competition records
Series 387.01 Administrative records. — 1930-1931. — 0.1 cm.The series consists of records relating to the operation of the Lake Saskatoon Agricultural Society from 1930 to 1931. By this time the Society was being run out of Wembley. The Society has used generic printed forms designed for use by agricultural societies and filled in their own information. The records include several completed forms: Returns re. Exhibition, Statement of Assets and Liabilities, and Statement of the Agricultural Society for 1930; List of Members and Statement of Assets and Liabilities for 1931; and an undated rough accounting sheet.
Series 387.02 Competition records. — [ca. 1930]. — 1 cm.The series consists of records relating to the competitions run by the Lake Saskatoon Agricultural Society, ca. 1930. The records include a general entry form for 1930, a Field Crop Competition score sheet, and an Entry Book. The first section of the Entry Book is alphabetical by last name and lists all of the exhibitors, their place of residence and any fees they were charged. The second section of the Entry Book is organized by divisions of entries. Individual classes with the prize amounts awarded are listed under each division.
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