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Reed Family Fonds (P056)
1815-1944. - 90 cm of textual records. - 53 photographs : prints, ambrotype.
Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:
George D. Reed was born in Surrey, England, but his son, Hayter Reed (b.1849) was a native of Canada. In 1871, Hayter went to Manitoba as a militia officer and in 1872 was admitted to the bar of the province. In 1881 he entered the federal civil service as an Indian agent and held several positions within the Department of Indian Affairs, including Commissioner of Indian Affairs (1880-1887). In 1897 he retired from the federal service and later became Superintendent of Canadian Pacific Railway hotels. He married twice, the first time to Georgina Ponton (d. 1889) and the second time in 1894 to Kate Lowrey Armour, eldest daughter of the Hon. John D. Armour, Chief Justice of Ontario, and Eliza Clench. Previously, Kate Armour had been married to Grosvenor Lowrey (d. 1893). Hayter and Kate had at least one son, Gordon, a Montreal architect, and a daughter, Virginia. Kate Armour's mother's parents were Freeman Clench (a cabinetmaker in Coburg, ON) and Eliza Cory.
Scope and Content:
The Reed family fonds provides information on the social and family life of the Lowrey and Reed families. The fonds is divided into five series: Hayter Reed, Lowrey Armour family, Gordon Reed, Edison Reed, Kate Reed. It consists of correspondence, diaries, photographs, a day book, and a journal of Kate Reed's possessions.
Photographs in the Notman Photographic Archives include views of Winnipeg, Lethbridge and Macleod (later Fort Macleod). Also included are portraits and photographs of unidentified native North Americans, and photographic copies of engravings. Portraits are mostly of Kate Reed's family and include her grandparents, Freeman Clench and Eliza Cory, as well as her mother, Eliza Clench, and Kate's daughter, Grace Lowrey.