Guide to the Holdings of MHSS
Section IV: Organizations
Osler Co-operative Association Limited
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of the official papers and minutes of the Osler Co-operative Association Limited, along with some samples of its business records in the form of account books and investment ledger memos. The Osler Co-op was begun in the hamlet of Gruenfeld, 7 miles northwest of Osler, in the fall of 1940. The key person organizing the co-operative was Erhart Regier, who was the teacher at Embury School District #4157 that year. The following year, Regier taught in the Osler School District #1238. He also taught at the Passchendaele School near Hague, and the Penzance school. Later, he moved to Hepburn where he was the manager of the Hepburn Co-op Store, before he and his wife, Louise (Driedger) moved to Burnaby, BC in 1950. In 1953 he was elected to Parliament in the constituency of Burnaby-Coquitlam. Isaac T. Goertzen was hired as the manager of the store, which was initially located in a large room in his house. Although the co-operative had begun in Gruenfeld, by its sixth meeting in February 1941, it was planning to negotiate a deal to purchase one of the stores in the town of Osler. In 1944, the Peter Abrams store was purchased for $2200.00 plus the stock at wholesale cost. The store was run by a series of managers until it was sold to Ben Dyck in 1964.
The documents relating to the Osler Co-op were stored with the Isaac Loewen collection which was being stored in the store's attic. The material was loaned by Jacob W. Loeppky to the Saskatchewan Archives in Saskatoon for copying and is available there in microfilm form: call number Micro S-1.84. In 1996, Jacob and Margaret Loeppky donated much of the collection to the Osler Historical Museum. The papers were stored in the basement of Kathy Boldt, a member of the Museum committee until the Osler Historical Museum donated the papers along with the Isaac Loewen collection to the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan archives in December 2004.
-Description by Alan M. Guenther, 15 March 2005.
-Title based on contents of fonds.
Volume 5.10 - Osler Co-operative Association, Ltd.
-Minutes of meetings, 1940-1947
-Account book - customers, 1950s
-Account book - suppliers, 1949[?]
-Investment Ledger Memos, 1952-1959
-Official documents, 1940, 1945, 1948, 1951; bylaws, 1939; Cash Statement, 1943
-Insurance policies, 1961-62
-Sales journals, 1948
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