Fonds glen-1687 - Moodie family fonds

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Moodie family fonds

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GLEN glen-1687

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  • 1864-1982, predominant 1918-1944 (Creation)
    Moodie (family)

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3.45 m of textual records. -- 1 audio cassette. -- 379 photographs

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Moodie (family) (1878-1958)

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James Francis Melville "Frank" Moodie, 1878-1943, was born near Chesterville, Ontario and was educated at various technical schools. He came to Calgary in 1901 and had a jewelry/watch repair business while at the same time working on local ranches and studying the geology of the local area. Beginning in 1911 he developed the Rosedale Coal Mine in the Drumheller coal field, with the backing of Sir William Mackenzie and the Canadian Northern Railway. After the death of Mackenzie, Moodie turned his attention to the oil industry, first in the Coutts/Sweetgrass field and then in Turner Valley. He formed the Sentinel Oil Company and Anglo-Indian Oils. He married his cousin, Lucy Catherine Moodie, 1869-1965, in 1907 and they had four children, James F., 1908-1909, Margaret (Munn), 1909-1974, Norman Francis, 1911-1995, and Kenneth, 1915-1942. For further information see Feasting on Misfortune: journeys of the human spirit in Alberta's past / David C. Jones. -- Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 1998. See also Catherine Munn Smith's article, "J. Frank Moodie: The Man and the Mine" in Alberta History, vol. 48, no. 2 (Spring 2000), p. 2-9. Lucy's sister, Marion Elizabeth Moodie, 1867-1958, was born in Quebec City and moved to Alberta with her family in 1891. She trained as a nurse at the Calgary General Hospital from 1895 to 1898, and then spent ten years as a hospital and private nurse. During the First World War she served as a nursing sister and became matron of the Ogden Military Hospital. She was in charge of the Nanette Sanatorium in Manitoba ca. 1920 to 1926 and then moved to Montreal to care for an elderly relative. She returned to Calgary in 1951 and entered the Ashelwood Nursing Home. Several books of her poetry were published including Songs of the West and some of her poems were put to music by Clifford Higgin. She also painted. For further information see Catherine Munn Smith's article "Marion Moodie : From Proper Lady to New Woman" in Alberta History. -- vol. 49, no.1 (Winter 2001), p. 9-15; and Beryl Hallworth's article "Miss Marion Moodie, 1867-1958 : Calgary's Pioneer Nurse and Botanist" in Fort Calgary Quarterly. -- vol. 6, no. 1/2 (1986), p. 2-7.

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The fonds consists of Frank's personal papers and business records regarding the Rosedale Coal Mine (including reports from a Pinkerton detective he hired to work undercover at the mine during a time of labour unrest, the Winnipeg General Strike, and the One Big Union) and Sentinel Oils; Marion's correspondence, poems and sheet music; a recorded interview with Norman Moodie about his father and his own career (1982); and extensive photographs of Moodie family, early nursing, the Rosedale Mine and the Drumheller area.

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Gifts of Dr. Angus Munn, Catherine Smith, Margaret Munn, Norman Moodie, Marcella Bell, Janet Graham, and Mrs. C.F. Parks, 1966-2014.


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Marion's poem, "The Mission Bell", is held by Special Collections at the University of Calgary Library.

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