Fonds PR-2226 - Ernest Baynes Cale fonds

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Ernest Baynes Cale fonds

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  • textual record
  • graphic material
  • architectural drawing
  • cartographic material
  • multiple media

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  • 1891-1935; predominantly 1911-1935 (Creation)
    Cale, Ernest Baynes

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6 cm of textual records and other material

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Ernest Baynes Cale was born in Stratford, Ontario, in October 1871. As a furniture salesman he travelled to western Canada and eventually decided to move to British Columbia. In 1908 he purchased a city block on 3rd Avenue in East Burnaby, and lived here with his family from Jun 1, 1908 to March 12, 1914. He also established a poultry ranch called “Baynescroft” at 1st Street and 3rd Avenue, where he raised exhibition poultry and bred Airedale terriers. Cale assisted in the formation of the B.C. Poultry Association in 1910 and was its first president. He purchased a share in, and eventually became owner, manager and editor of the magazine Successful Poultryman, “the official organ of the British Columbia Poultry Association”. He also served as treasurer of the B.C. Terminal City Kennel Club and on the Board of the Vancouver Exhibition. The depression of 1913 affected Cale's poultry business and advertising in the magazine. He moved his family to a 4 ½ acre property on The Kingsway in Central Park (Burnaby), where he continued his poultry business and ran the magazine from an office in his home. A printer's strike, together with the effects of the war, eventually forced him to give up the magazine. In about 1918 Cale joined the firm of McClelland and McCarter Ltd. (Mc & Mc), suppliers of animal feed, and he remained with them until his death. He held the patent on a recipe for chicken mash, and was responsible for purchasing the ingredients and overseeing preparation of the mash for the company. During the 1930's Cale owned land on Coughlin Road in Langley where he raised poultry using hired help, but he eventually sold his stock and rented out the ranch. Ernest Baynes Cale died in Vancouver on 6th April 1947.

Custodial history

In 1989 Miss Marian Gardner, grand daughter of Ernest Baynes Cale, donated a portion of her grand father's records to the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The Ministry retained some material and late in 1989 transferred the remainder (textual records, drawings, architectural drawings and maps), which represents the bulk of this fonds, to the British Columbia Archives and Records Service (BCARS). The records were formally acquired by BCARS in 1990. Only three maps were retained (24243C, 24244B-24245B) and these and the architectural drawings were transferred to the map collection, map accession M90-010. The drawings were transferred to the Visual Records collection, accession 90-9578. Miss Gardner donated additional records of Ernest Baynes Cale to BCARS in September 1990 (accessioned as manuscript accession 90-044). Of these, 3 maps only were retained by BCARS and incorporated into this fonds. The maps were registered as 24374B-24376B and transferred to the map collection (map accession M90-043).

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The fonds consists of records generated by Ernest Baynes Cale in Burnaby from 1911-1935 in the course of his activities as a breeder and exhibitor of poultry, as manager and editor of the magazine Successful Poultryman, as a member of the BC Poultry Association and as an employee of the firm McLellan and McCarter, Ltd. The fonds includes contest lists, draft advertisements, graphic designs (some by Frank Eastman), correspondence, certificates, a list of ingredients and a nutritional analysis of animal feed, chick records, invoices, blank stationery for Successful Poultryman, certified copies of poultry pedigrees, a booklet by McLellan & McCarter Ltd., an invitation, two “BC Poultry Association Egg Record and Account Books” and a photograph of the “Yesterlaid” poultry ranch in Nanaimo. The fonds also includes 13 drawings of poultry drawn in 1914 by Frank Eastman as illustrations for Successful Poultryman. Also included are plans to accompany “An open-air poultry home” by Dale R. Van Horn of Milton, Wisconsin; 2 maps of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta (1917); 1 map of Northern Alberta (1917); 1 map of Burnaby Municipality [19--]; 1 map of the BC Railway Belt (1907) and 1 map of a portion of Osoyoos District (1891).

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Archives code(s): 24243C, 24244B-24245B, 24374B-24376B [cartographic records] MS-2776 [textual records] PDP 9541-9553 [graphic material] 24258A-24261A [architectural drawings].

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Accession number(s): 90-002; 90-9578; M90-010; 90-044; M90-043

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Includes 13 drawings, 4 architectural drawings, 6 maps and 1 photograph. 5 drawings : chalk, ink and graphite on card ; 35 x 39 cm and 40 x 32 cm or smaller. 1 drawing : graphite and ink on paper ; 31 x 29 cm. 4 drawings : chalk, ink and graphite on paper ; 33 x 34 cm and 43 x 27 cm and 42 x 32 cm or smaller. 2 drawings : ink on paper ; 19 x 37 cm or smaller. 1 drawing : halftone print on paper ; 31 x 23 cm .

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