Fonds P196 - Speid-Motyer family fonds

Interview with Arthur Speid, part A Interview with Arthur Speid, part B Ned Henry and Arthur Speid College house in Lennoxville Margaret McKindsey Doctor Robertson's house John Bird's house A. T. Speid The Square, Lennoxville Catharine and Janet Speid Tennis players Play Old Cronies Ice jam on St. Francis river St. Francis river overflow Sherbrooke Street Railway company Janet Speid Clara and Nettie Wymen Lindsay Justin Foss Alina Louise Shephard Tennis players Toboggan club Mary White and Dorothy White Ice jam on St. Francis river Construction on a barn Men at Camp Laze Massawippi Group at Lennoxville Camp Group of person on a boat The Square, Lennoxville

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Speid-Motyer family fonds

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  • 1803-2011 (Creation)

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0,49 m of textual records. - 134 photographs. - 24 postcards. - 2 audio reels. - 1 audio tape cassette.

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Arthur Theodore Speid was born in 1882 in Montreal, Que. to Henry Speid (of Ardovie) and Helen Sievwright. Around 1893, the family moved to Lennoxville, Que. Arthur T. was well educated, a teacher at Bishop's University, served two terms as Mayor of Lennoxville, and involved in local theatre. He married Mary White in 1912 and had three daughters; Janet Speid-Motyer (1919-2012), Catharine (Speid) Bensley (1915-2009), and Lorna (Speid) Stewart. Around 1919, Arthur purchased Uplands from Canon Archibald Campbell and his wife Julia (nee Paddon) and remodelled it. He passed away in 1974, followed by Mary in 1979.

Janet Speid continued to live in the family home until 1987, when she and Catharine sold it to the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society and the Town of Lennoxville. Janet Speid married Arthur John Motyer in 1955 and they had two children; Dr. Michael Motyer and Gillian Allen (Motyer). Arthur Motyer was born in 1925 in Hamilton, Bermuda. He attended Mount Allison University and furthered his studies at Oxford. He returned to Canada, where he taught English and Drama at Bishop's University from 1950-70. While at Bishop's, he led the developement of Centennial Theatre. Arthur died the 23 June 2011.

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The fonds contains primary source material on the activities of the Speid-Motyer family from 1803 to 2011. It consists of correspondence, photographs, playbooks, travel memorabilia, and genealogical research.The fonds is comprised of the following series; Janet Speid-Motyer (1902-2011), Robert Speid (1828-1846) , James Speid (1852), John Speid (1853-1861), Henry Speid (1806-1887), Arthur T. Speid (1902-1961), Margaret Speid (1836), Isobel Speid (1803-1857), Mike Motyer (1978-1983), Stephen Motyer ([2003?]-[2004?]), Music and choir groups ([2001?]-2008), Sketches ([199-?]), Other families (1658-1983), Obituaries and death notices (1847-[1995?), Petition (1771), Eastern Townships pamphlets ([1889?]-[1977?]), Heritage Lennoxville (1996), Newspaper clippings (1872-1896), Misc. ([19--?]), and Photographs (1885-2008).

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Researchers may also want to consult the Speid family fonds at the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society (Sherbrooke, Quebec).

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28 janvier, 2016

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