Fonds PR-311 - Lewis Family Collection

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Lewis Family Collection


  • [186-] to [1993] (Creation)

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24 cm textual records; 3 photograph albums; 37 photos; 5 war medals; 1 coin purse; 1 metal order of elks membership card; 1 mini notebook; 3 license

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([186-] -[1993])

Biographical history

Arthur Eben Lewis (1866-1947) was born in Hasting, Ontario. He married Silena Hull (1873-1957) in in Cardston, Alberta in 1895, before coming to live at 1145 Rock St, Saanich. Silena and Arthur had five children together: Mary Louisa (1896-1978), Ethel Kathleen (1897-1899), Frederick Roberts (1899-1924), Arthur Eben Jr. (1900-1984) and Ella Elizabeth (1905-1993). Arthur Eben Jr. attended Queen's university, where he studied medicine and was an avid football and rugby player. Frederick was a teacher at Princeton, but died young in a train incident in 1924. Mary Louisa was a teacher who taught in England between 1935-1940, before coming back and marrying William H. Muncy of James Bay. Ella Elizabeth (donor's mother) was a teacher who taught at Lansdowne and Richmond Ave Elementary.

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Material given to Saanich Archives by family member in 2024.

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Fonds consist of material relating to the Lewis family and immediate relations. Fonds include photographs, personal letters, and personal documents, focusing primarily on their lives in Ontario, Alberta, and Saanich.

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