Stanley William Bird fonds. — 1918. — 12 pp. — 1 photographs.
Stanley William Bird was born in Dorset, England ca. 1899 and came to Canada with his parents in 1908. The family lived in Nakomis, Saskatchewan until 1914, when Mr. Bird took a homestead about 20 miles south-west of Watrous, Saskatchewan. There is little information about Stanley Bird’s youth, just that he worked for the Texas cattlemen who grazed their herds in southern Saskatchewan.
In 1918, Stanley filed on a homestead in the Northfield/LaGlace area of the Peace Country, on the SW of section 6, Township 75, Range 8, West of the 6th Meridian. This was “about 40 miles from Prairie City, 4 miles from a post office, and 3 miles from a store”. After spending the summer on his homestead, he returned to his father’s home in Saskatchewan for the winter. Somewhere along the way he contracted the Spanish Flu and died on Christmas Day, 1918.
The records were deposited at South Peace Regional Archives in 2014 by Murray Dovauo, the son of Peg Bird, Stanley Bird’s sister, to whom one of the letters is written.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of a photograph of Stanley William Bird, and two letters which he wrote to his sister and father in 1918. The letters describe what was happening in the local area, and what he was doing. He mentions the 1918 murders, attending Sports day, and going hunting.
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