Fonds 031 - Secord family

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Secord family

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CA MtA 031

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  • 1860-1961 (Creation)
    Secord family

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1.4 m of textual records and other material

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(Branch begins in 1836)

Biographical history

Annie (Arbing) (1838-1923) and Henry Secord (1836-1917) lived in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and may have also lived in Bedeque. He was a colporteur or travelling book seller, working in Prince Edward Island and the Magdalene Islands. They moved to Sackville, New Brunswick, with their son J. Hedley and family in 1900.

J. Hedley Secord, MD, CM, (1869-1940) received his early education in Summerside and later studied medicine at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. He moved to the Brantford, Ontario, area where two of his father's brothers lived. And where he married Mary Louisa Westbrook in 6 October 1896. They returned to Prince Edward Island, settling in Orwell, Queen's County. He practised medicine at Summerside and Vernon River until October 1900 when he moved to Sackville, New Brunswick, taking over the practice of George Carruthers MD. They lived on York Street, next to Ford St (now #24 York). He was physician at the Mount Allison Male Academy from 1911/1912 to 1920/21, and 1922/23, and was the occasional Lecturer in Bacteria in relation to diseases at the school of Domestic Science, Mount Allison Ladies' College (1903/04 to 1925/26). He was president of the Sackville Black Foxes Ltd. and president of the Pure Canadian Black Fox Co., Ltd., Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

Mary Louisa (Westbrook) Secord (1875-1961) was a member of the Langford Literary Society (after 1892 known as the Hazel Hill Literary Society) in the area of Brantford, Ontario. As a married woman student, she attended the Mount Allison Ladies' College (1922/23 to 1929/30), probably taking classes in Stenciling and Interior Decorating. She also attended classes at the University (1925/26). Mary was a member of the Sackville Women's Civic Council and the Westmorland County Sunday School Association.

Gurney Wilmot Secord (1897-1899) their son, died at the age of 1 year 7 months.

Irene (Secord) Smith (1904-198-?), the daughter of J. Hedley and Mary Secord, was born in Sackville and attended the Mount Allison Ladies' College (1916/17 to 1925-26, 1927/28, and 1931/32), and the University (1927/28 to 1930/31), graduating in May 1931 with a BSc degree with honours in French. She taught school at Minudie and Bayfield, Nova Scotia, and then at Sackville. She traveled extensively, taking particular interest in Scandinavian countries and Iceland. Later in life she married H. Lindsay Smith, a machinist employed by the Enterprise Foundry, probably during the 1970s. Photography and wood sculpture were his main interests.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of family records, most of which relate to the female members: Mary Louisa Westbrook series consists mainly of personal records and records related to student career. Files contain diary, 1895-1896, which includes references to events leading up to wedding day; Langford Literary Society minutes, 1891-1893; correspondence, 1910-1933; student notebook on interior decorating, 1928; scrapbooks containing material on colour and design; term reports 1912, 1923; membership cards, invitations, ration books.

Irene Secord Smith series consists mainly of records related to student career and church work. Files contain student notebooks and tests in psychology, English, mathematics, biology, religious knowledge, education, 1918-1930; art exercises in watercolour, costume design; scrapbooks, 1916-1926 containing memorabilia, oratory selections, programs, clippings, C.G.I.T. memorabilia, photographs; student reports; teaching certificates; correspondence which includes material from classmate and missionary Jean Stewart from Chungking, China, 1948-1951; Sackville United Church Sunday School and Young Men's Bible School records, 1904-1955; photographs, publications; artifacts which include Mount Allison pennant, dish, academic gown and mortarboard.

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Donated by the estate of Irene Secord Smith and Donald Cameron, 1987


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  • English

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