File 2 - Correspondence relating to the collection.

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Colin Rankin, Hudson's Bay Company factor, was born July 29, [1826] in New Brunswick. He was married twice, first in 1856 to Rebecca Scott (1838-1870) and again in 1873 to Rebecca Deacon. Engaged by Sir George Simpson in March 1848, he became a Chief Trader for the Hudson's Bay Company in 1868, a Factor in 1872, and a Chief Factor in 1879. He was in charge of Mattawa Post for several years; left for Lachine in August, 1853; then to St. Maurice district; spent the winter at Kickendatch Post; was called to Montreal in August, 1854, and appointed to succeed Chief Trader Anderson in charge of Bersimis Post. In June, 1856, he was appointed to take charge of St. Maurice district, where the Company was erecting a Post and constructing new buildings. He was ordered to Montreal and appointed to Lake Superior district in 1860. In July, 1866, he was transferred to Saguenay district and there remained until November 1873, when he was ordered to take charge of Simcoe and Ottawa River districts. In 1873 he was appointed to Temiskaming district, until 1882, when headquarters moved to Mattawa, Ont. Mr. Rankin retired from the service in 1898. He was mayor of Mattawa and was a magistrate there as well (n.d.). He was also commissioned to be a Justice of the Peace in and for the North West Territories (1874). Colin Rankin died April 20, 1921.

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Correspondence regarding the location and donation of records to the University of Waterloo that would later become the contents of the Colin Rankin fonds. Communication is predominantly between P. G. Cornell and Kenneth A. MacKirdy, members of Waterloo's Department of History, and the descendants of Colin Rankin; grandson's John L. Rankin, Erroll K. McDougall, and John E. R. McDougall, and Rankin's daughter, Lilly Walters. Also in the file is an exchange between Bruce Peel, University Librarian at the University of Alberta, and Doris Lewis, University Librarian at Waterloo, about the acquisition of the papers of Elizabeth Smith Shortt and the possible connection between Donald McKay and a Nan McKay who worked at the University of Saskatchewan between 1913 and 1955.

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