Fonds P085 - Louis C. Wurtele fonds

Louis Wurtele Acton Bible Reading Circle pledge card

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Louis C. Wurtele fonds

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  • 1854-1919 (Creation)

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0,6 m of textual records. - 3 photographs.

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Louis C. Wurtele was born in Quebec City on 1 September 1831. He was the son of Sophia Campbell and Jonathan S. Wurtele, Seigneur of the Rivière David in the County of Yamaska. In 1860, Wurtele married Emily Towle of Lennoxville, with whom he had a daughter, Mary. Emily died in 1872; Wurtele remarried in 1874, to Isabella T. Hunter of Richmond, Maine, with whom he had two sons. Louis C. Wurtele studied first with a tutor in Rivière David, then entered University of Bishop's College in Lennoxville in 1853, where he earned a B.A. in 1857. He spent time in England studying science in 1858; returned to Quebec and was ordained a deacon of the United Church of England and Ireland in 1858; obtained an M.A. from Bishop's in 1860; and was ordained priest in 1861. From 1860 to 1862, he was a travelling missionary in the District of Saint Francis; in 1862 he was assigned to the mission in Acton Vale and worked there until 1917. Wurtele remained fascinated by science. After several years' membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he was made an honorary member. He died in Acton Vale on 4 April 1919.

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The fonds contains source material on the daily life of Louis C. Wurtele from 1854 to 1919. It consists primarily of diaries but also includes correspondence, a financial ledger, a certificate, memoirs, photographs and newspaper clippings. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Diaries (1855-1919), Correspondence (1858, 1909-1916), Memoirs (1872-1909), Vivian C. Wurtele (1855-1860), and Miscellaneous (1877-1919).

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The fonds was donated in two accessions: some documents were donated in 1980 by Alain Guilbert through Gary Richards, and a significant portion of the diaries were donated in 2002 by David Eaves and Marie-Paule LaBrèque.


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The documents are in English, except one in French.

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Extracts from the Wurtele diaries were published in Journal of Eastern Townships Studies/Revue d'études des Cantons de l'Est, Fall 1993 (No. 3), 87-143.

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Researchers may also consult the archives of the Quebec Diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada, also located at Bishop's University, which contain documents relating to Louis C. Wurtele.

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Researchers may also be interested in the following articles: "Incursion dans le journal de Louis Campbell Würtele," Les Six Cantons: bulletin de la Société d'histoire de la région d'Acton Vale, vol. 15, no. 2 (2013) and "Madame Marie-Paule Rajotte LaBrèque (1920-2016) une vie consacrée à la culture et à l'histoir," Les Six Cantons: bulletin de la Société d'histoire de la région d'Acton Vale, vol. 18, no. 1 (2016).

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28 janvier, 2016

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