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Subseries 1 - Knight Sugar Company alphabetical subject files

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Knight Sugar Company alphabetical subject files

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  • 1901-1925 (Creation)
    Knight Sugar Company

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2.3 m textual records

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The Knight Sugar Company was set up in 1901 to act as the umbrella company for the ranching, farming, real estate speculation and sugar beet refining operations of the Knight family, headed by Mormon elder Jess Knight and run by his sons Raymond and William Knight.

In 1901, Raymond and William Knight purchased 30,000 acres east of Cardston, Alberta for a cattle ranch. Later that year, Jesse Knight purchased 226,000 acres of land in the area as a land speculation to draw Mormon immigrants from Utah. The scheme was founded on Jesse Knight's 12-year contract with the Canadian Northwest Irrigation Company and the Alberta Railway Irrigation Company to develop irrigation infrastructure in the area to make the land suitable for farming. Knight sold his land to Mormon families in 10-acre parcels and built the sugar beet refinery to attract beet farmers.

The refinery never broke even during its operations, and once the 12 year contract with the irrigation companies was over, Knight Sugar sold off the refinery and shipped it to a new site in Utah or Montana.

It is not clear exactly when Knight Sugar Company as a legal entity ceased to exist, though records continue until 1918.

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Subseries consists of mainly correspondence files organized alphabetically by last name or company name. Includes carbon copies of outgoing correspondence as well as incoming correspondence and other related records.

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It appears that the current arrangement was not imposed by the BC Sugar Museum and that this may be how the records were originally maintained. Some files are not in exact alphabetical order.

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Please see AM1592-1-S13-F1 for a partial, but detailed, hand-written list (to the letter 'B') of items in the Knight Sugar Company records. Please note that the numbering system used when this list was created no longer existed when the records arrived at the City of Vancouver Archives. Numbering used in this 'Master List' was not reflected on boxes, files, or items as they were donated.

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