File MS-4-239, SF Box 48, Folder 16; OS Box 12, Folder 1 - Oscar Hanson's correspondence and daybook

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Oscar Hanson's correspondence and daybook

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MS-4-239, SF Box 48, Folder 16; OS Box 12, Folder 1

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  • 1874 - 1877 (Creation)
    Hanson, Oscar

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1 volume. - 2 pages of textual records.

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(ca. 1827-1910)

Biographical history

Oscar Hanson of Little Lepreau, New Brunswick, was a descendant of John Hanson—a pre-Loyalist settler on Minister's Island—and the great-grandson of Quaker Loyalist Joshua Knight of Beaver Harbour and Pennfield. Oscar's father, Robert Varden Hanson (1795-1884), first settled at Little Lepreau in 1836, where he built a sawmill that he later sold to sons Oscar and Gideon.

Oscar has many concurrent careers and activities: landowner; sawmill owner and operator; canning factory owner; ship's merchant and charterer, shipowner, storekeeper; postmaster of Little Lepreau (until 1898); justice of the peace; active organizer for the Liberal Party; member of at least four fraternal organizations; holder of various offices in the parish of Lepreau; and Baptist Sunday school superintendent. He and his brother Gideon owned lands leased to New Brunswick Anthracite Coal Company

Oscar and his wife Helen (Lomax) had seven children who for many years maintained summer residences at Little Lepreau.

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Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in accession (64-95) in December 1995 by John Townsend.

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File contains a letter and a daybook with entries dating between 1874 and 1877.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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See the Hanson family fonds at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Oscar Hanson's correspondence and daybook, MS-4-239, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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November 2013 (creation)
March 2020 (revision)

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  • Box: SF Box 48
  • Box: OS Box 12