Fonds F0375 - Beer family fonds

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Beer family fonds

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  • 1914-1919 (Creation)

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0.06 m of textual records
38 photographs

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(fl. 1810-1920)

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The Beer family was established in Ontario by Christopher Beer, a retired commander in the British navy, who was granted several hundred acres of land in Metcalfe Township in the early 1800's. In the early 1900's, Jacob Beer, a descendent of Christopher Beer, lived in Strathroy, Ontario, and had five children: Christopher, Joan, Walter, Vivien and Winlow. Private Walter Beer was a soldier with the 48th Regiment (Highlanders) during World War I and was killed in action in France. Vivien Beer was engaged to Captain James R. Allan, who was also killed in action in France in 1916.

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Mrs. Hazel Moses of Strathroy inherited the possessions of Joan Beer including documents relating to World War I which she (Moses) collected together and sent to Prof. Jack Granatstein in 1994 for deposit in the archives.

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Fonds consists of correspondence between Captain James R. Allan and Vivien Beer of Strathroy, Ontario before Captain Allan, was killed; press clippings and photographs of Captain Allan and Private Walter Beer while serving in World War I and scenes of various members of the Beer family.

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Records received from Hazel Moses via Professor Jack Granatstein in September, 1994.


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The fonds comprises the following accession: 1994-031. No further accruals are expected.

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Selected photographs and letters available in "First World War Love Story", part of a virtual exhibit within ARCHEION, Ontario's Archival Information Network.

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2002/04/03 Marie-JoseeLevesque:. WordPerfect (Creation)
2002/04/03 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2002/11/20 Shannon MacDonald. Revised biographical sketch and scope and content, and updated accruals, access restrictions and finding aid wording.
2003/01/29 S. Dubeau. Added immediate source of acquisition information.
2003/05/01 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid.
2014/09/24 Anna St.Onge updated authority records, linked in additional information, published in AtoM.

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  • English


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