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Title: Book-The Days of Sojourning- A Reminiscence
Identifier: 2003.2.158
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1977
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A book entitled “The Days of My Sojourning - A Reminiscence”, by the Ven. Cecil Swanson. It was published by Glenbow - Alberta Institute, Calgary Alberta. (a) The book is bound in grey-linen with the title in gold lettering. It contains 141 pages including a 5 page index at the back of the book. A photo of the author sitting with a husky dog is in the book. The book was commissioned by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute. (b) The book jacket features a picture of a clergyman against a blue sky. The background is white and the title is in brown lettering. History: Archdeacon Swanson (1889-1984), born in London, married Enid Schreiber of Erindale, Ontario. Enid was Harriet Schreiber's daughter and a step-granddaughter to Charlotte M.B. Schreiber (née Morrell). They had three daughters in their family. Also known as 'Swanny', he was ordained in Dawson City in 1913 and remained in the North until 1922. He was a member of the General Synod from 1927 until his retirement in 1960 and was Prolocutor of the Lower House from 1953 to 1960. Archdeacon Cecil Swanson was Honorary Padre of the Southern Alberta Pioneers and Their Descendants. A friend to the Harris family, Enid Maye Schreiber was born in Erindale in 1887, She was the daughter of Herbert Harrie Schreiber and Beatrice Walker and step-granddaughter to Charlotte Mount Brock Schreiber (née Morrell) (1834-1922), Canada's first professional female artist in the nineteenth-century. Enid married Cecil Swanson (1889-1984) at Erindale in 1913. Cecil was born in London, England, and came to Canada in 1908 to pursue theology at Wycliffe College, Toronto. The Harris family attended the wedding at St. Peter's Anglican Church. Cecil and Enid spent two days on their honeymoon and then started west by railway across Canada to Vancouver. They moved to the Yukon Territory where Archdeacon Swanson served several communities between 1913 and 1918 following the Klondike Gold Rush ca. 1896. By the beginning of the twentieth century, Anglican missions were created to serve the needs of the gold rush community and help “Christianize the Indian”. Cecil, also known as Swanny, headed the mission at Little Salmon with his wife. They combined an aboriginal way of life with their western culture. According to Cecil in his autobiography “The Days of my Sojourning: A Reminiscence”(1977): “Like Indians, my wife and I lived mostly on the land of Little Salmon, although our diet was supplemented by canned goods, mostly sauerkraut, and beans.” Enid would have been considered a pioneer women of her time as middle-class urban women travelled rarely to Canada's hinterland. As illustrated in photographs, Enid tried to maintain a bourgeois way of life and dressed in skirts, hats, and scarves. She took many photographs and wrote postcards to the Harris family that are now in the Museums' collection. The photo album and postcards provide a unique glimpse into life in northern Canada through an upper middle-class woman’s eyes.
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