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Accession Number: 72-1002


Minne E. McHolm fonds. -- 1876-1978. -- 10 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Minnie McHolm (nee Ayres) was born May 14, 1876 in Diveyis, Wiltshire, England, and grew up in the town of Frome, Somerset, England, with her paternal grandparents. In early March, 1913, she sailed from Liverpool, England, to St. John's, Newfoundland. Minnie then set out across Canada by train to Regina, Saskatchewan. The purpose of her journey was to accept a position as a housekeeper for a large grain farm near Tyvan, Saskatchewan. In 1917, she married her husband, Mr. McHolm, and they had their son John the following year. The young family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1920, where, for several years, they managed the stock farm of John Graham, M.P. for Winnipeg. The McHolm's later moved east to Port Hope, Ontario, and settled on a small farm on Rosebury Hill, near the hamlet of Morrish. Since 1967, Minnie McHolm published five booklets of poetry, and on November 7, 1971, at the age of 95, she received a certificate of merit from the Board of Editors of the "International Who's Who in Poetry." McHolm died in Port Hope, Ontario in 1978 at the age of 102.

Custodial History

The fonds was created by and in the custody of Minnie McHolm before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of the typescript memoirs of Minnie E. McHolm of her life in Frome, Somerset, England, to March 1913, then the memoirs of life as a domestic on the Canadian prairies, outside of Regina, to December 1920. The fonds also includes two booklets of Mrs. McHolm's poetry, The Indiscretion of Mary Jane and Sunset at Golden Hill. Additional material received in 2003 includes another book of poetry, Singing With a Swing, and newspaper clippings regarding Minnie McHolm. Also included are 2 Christmas cards featuring McHolm poems signed by Minnie McHolm and a newspaper obituary.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

The fonds was donated by Minnie McHolm in 1972. Additional materials donated in 2003 through the kindness of Audrey Armstrong.

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