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Accession Number: 93-018

Title

Edward A. Partridge fonds. -- 1914-1962. -- 13 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Edward A. Partridge (Ed) was born in 1862 at Barrie, Canada West, into a large family with 9 brothers and 4 sisters. Edward, at age 21, and one brother went west where they homesteaded in Sintaluta, Saskatchewan in 1883. In 1885 Edward taught school in Broadview, Saskatchewan and he participated in the Riel Rebellion of 1885 with the Yorkton Rangers. He was author of "A War On Poverty" and was the founder and first president of the United Grain Growers' of Saskatchewan in 1906. He was the "father" of the co-operative grain growers marketing system and of the Canadian Council of Agriculture. He was also the first editor of the Grain Growers Guide which was later named "The Country Guide". Partridge was honorary president of the United Farmers of Canada. He and his wife had five children: May (who died while swimming), Edna, Enid, Charles and Harold. Both sons died in France during World War I. In a binder accident Edward had to have one leg amputated which caused him to live in pain for the rest of his life. Shortly after his wife died he moved, with his youngest daughter, to Victoria in British Columbia. Edward A. Partridge died from a room filled with gas August 3, 1931 in Victoria, British Columbia. In 1962 a portrait of E.A. Partridge was unveiled at the the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto and to be housed later in the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Custodial History

Unknown

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of correspondence, poetry, diaries and newspaper clippings relating to Edward Partridge. The letters include one commenting on the death of his son in France during World War I. Also included are his writings on vegetarianism and the Masonic order.

Notes

Title based on the content of the fonds.

Handle with care as the paper is becoming brittle on the majority of documents. Do not photocopy.

This fonds was donated from an unknown source.

Restrictions: N

Associated material located in the Saskatchewan Archives Office in Saskatoon and the National Archives of Canada.