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Seidelman family fonds

  • CA JMABC A.2009.003
  • Fundos
  • 1889-1975

The fonds contains records from various Seidelman family members, including Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, Harry Seidelman, and William Seidelman Sr. The records reflect the family’s daily life. The fonds includes photographs of the Seidelman family members and friends. The textual material includes letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman while in the Army from 1916 to 1917. Also included are correspondence of Harry Seidelman and records relating to his employment as a sailor and as a partner at United Grain and Milling Co. Ltd. Other records include receipts, financial records, school certificates, newspaper clippings, and records relating to the family’s involvement in the Vancouver Jewish community.

Seidelman (family)

Private Seidelman’s war letters and bereavement

This series contains letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his family from July 1916 until his death in October 1917. The letters were written when Private Seidelman was stationed in Camp Hughes, Manitoba; Seaford, Sussex, England; and “Somewhere in France”. The series also contains Private Seidelman’s death certificate and letters from the Canadian and British government to his family after his death. Published material includes a published obituary from the “Daily Province”, Vancouver, British Columbia and a Western Universities Battalion newsletter from Camp Hughes, Manitoba, published October 21, 1916.

Private Seidelman’s letters from July 1916

This file contains four letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his family during July 1916. The letters were written when Private Seidelman was stationed in Camp Hughes, Manitoba.Two letters were written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his sister Rachel while in training at Camp Hughes, Manitoba. One postcard was written by Private Seidelman to his brother William. One letter was written to his entire family.

Letter - July 1916

Undated letter from 1916 from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman. Sent from Camp Hughes, Manitoba to Private Seidelaman's family members in Vancouver (although it seems that the letter is directed more to his mother) . Letter describes Private Seidelman's train journey from Vancouver to Manitoba, and Manitoba's intense weather. Private Seidelman also mentions upon arriving at Camp Hughes, he and his fellow soldiers were received by the Duke of Connaught.

Private Seidelman’s letters from August 1916

This file contains eight letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his sister Rachel during August 1916. Five letters and one postcard written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his sister Rachel while in training at Camp Hughes, Manitoba. One letter from Pemberton & Son Financial Agents adressed to Pte. Seidelman in Camp Hughes re: properties. One letter written by Pte. Seidelman to Rachel while on harvest leave in Tyvan Saskatchewan.

Letter - August 1916

Undated letter from 1916 from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman. Sent from Camp Hughes, Manitoba to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver.

Letter - August 1916

Undated letter from 1916 from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman. Sent from Camp Hughes, Manitoba to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver. In the letter, Private Seidelman mentions enclosing a picture that was taken of him with the guys in his tent. He mentions that he also had a company and battalion picture taken (may be similar to photograph in File 18, item 4).

Letter - August 1916

Undated letter from 1916 from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman. Sent from Camp Hughes, Manitoba to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver. In the letter, Private Seidelman writes that he thinks there are measles in the camp. He also mentions, from reading in a Vancouver newspaper, the son of someone he knows in Vancouver was honoured by Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commander-in-Chief.

Letter - August 4, 1916

Letter from Pemberton & Son Financial Agents, dated August 4, 1916. Sent from Vancouver, British Columbia to Private Edward Joseph Seidelman at Camp Hughes, Manitoba.

Letter - August 27, 1916

Letter from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman, dated August 27, 1916. Sent from Tyvan, Saskatchewan to Rachel Seidelman of Vancouver. In the letter, Private Seidelman writes that most of the men at Camp Hughes are now on "harvest leave" for a month. He mentions that while on "harvest leave" he is staying on a farm not far from the village of Tyvan, Saskatchewan, and gives a description of the village. Private Seidelman also talks about seeing the Northern lights while on leave. In another part of the letter, Private Seidelman talks about the "Dominion Government" passing a compulsory registration act requiring men aged 19 years and older to register to be better prepared in the event that conscription is enforced.

Private Seidelman notes his mailing address is now changed to the following:
Pte. E.J. Seidelman
c/o Mr. Porter
Tyvan
Sask

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