Fonds Accession number 2012.001 - William Ansell Gaetz family fonds

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William Ansell Gaetz family fonds

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Accession number 2012.001

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10 cm of textual records
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William Ansell Gaetz was born April 5, 1895 in Musquodoboit Harbour to parents Thomas Gaetz and Lydia Ann ‘Annie’ Ansell. He married Josephine Richardson, daughter of Jacob Richardson and Eliza Gaetz, on December 17, 1919 and together they had a son, Lowell Everett Gaetz (1921-1991) who married Frances Yeomans and lived in East Petpeswick.

William Gaetz served as a private with the 246th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War I and worked as a section man with the railway following the war. He was very active in the community of Musquodoboit Harbour, serving as treasurer for the United Church and as a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Canadian National Eastern Lines System Federation Brothers of Maintenance of Way Employees. He also served as a reviser for the elector district voter lists. He died in 1967.

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The majority of the records were accumulated throughout William Ansell Gaetz's life although some records related to him and his activities must have been collected after his death by his son or other family members. The records would have been in the family until they were donated to the Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society (MHHS) by the Gaetz family and more specifically by Lowell Gaetz, who was the son of William Ansell Gaetz, probably between 1985 and 1991. The records were housed at the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum until they were donated to the Eastern Shore archives in 2012 as part of a larger donation of local history archival material following a change in the MHHS collections mandate.

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Fonds consists of financial records belonging to William Gaetz including insurance papers, receipts, correspondence, documents related to the estate of Josephine Gaetz, and military pension information. Also included are records related to Gaetz’s time spent serving in WWI, correspondence with soldiers during WWII, records related to Gaetz’s membership in the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Musquodoboit Harbour United Church for which Gaetz acted as treasurer. Church records include financial papers and correspondence, account books, receipts, religious education material, meeting minutes, photographs, insurance documents, and other material. Fonds also includes records pertaining to electoral districts and voters as Gaetz was one of the revisors of the voter lists for his district. In addition, fonds includes lists of officers of the Musquodoboit Harbour Volunteer Fire Department and other material.

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Donated to the Eastern Shore Archives by the Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society.


Upon donation to the Eastern Shore Archives, the local history archival records of the MHHS were not arranged in any apparent order. Order was imposed by the Eastern Shore Archives based on the contents of the records and consultation with original donor information that was available.

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No further accruals are expected.

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The materials from the Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society (MHHS) were part of a larger donation made in 2012 when the MHHS transferred all of its archival holdings to the Eastern Shore Archives from the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum. The donation included materials now in the Eastern Shore school registers collection, Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society fonds, Eastern Shore District High School fonds, Musquodoboit Harbour Tennis Club secretary’s book (discrete item), the Eastern Shore Archives school attendance registers collection, the David James Vaughn fonds, and the Stanley F. Flaherty family fonds.

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Province of Nova Scotia (2011). Nova Scotia historical vital statistics. Retrieved Feb. 15,
2013, from
Stevens, Robert Kim (1998). Eastern Shore families: Genealogical Notes on Petpeswick including the localities of East Petpeswick, West Petpeswick, Bayer Settlement, Greenough Settlement, Martinique Beach. Lake Charlotte: Maritime Imprints.

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