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Boright and Rodger Families Fonds (P027)

1859-1934. - 10 cm of textual records.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

Born in Québec, Sherman N. Boright (1836-1897) was a merchant and a farmer in the Eastern Townships. He was councilor and mayor of the Village of Sutton for several terms, served with the local militia during the Fenian troubles, and was a member of the local agricultural society. He married Mary Olmstead (1848-1941) in 1866 and they had at least three children: George W. (d.1934), Sherman Henry (d.1918) and Mabel Alice.
Sherman Henry Boright graduated from McGill in 1903 with B.Sc. in Mining Engineering. He worked as a mining engineer and mine manager in Italy and Africa.

Mabel Alice Boright obtained her McGill B.A. degree in 1893 and married Dr. David Alexander Rodger (b.1868) in 1903. They had one son William Sherman (b.1904) who received his B.A. (1925) and M.D. (1929) from McGill. In the 1920s Mabel Alice Boright Rodger served as a president of the Quebec Women's Institute (est.1920), a rural self-help organization administrated through Macdonald College.

(Source : Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.3, p.314)

Scope and Content:

The Boright-Rodger family papers reflect their domestic lives with some material pertaining to their military, professional, and social activities. The bulk of papers consist of the correspondence of Sherman N. Boright, 1869-1895, and his wife, Mary Olmstead, 1859-1930, with family and friends concerning illnesses, births, funerals, parental advice and local news. As a militiaman during the Fenian raid near Freligsburg, Sherman N. Boright sent letters to his family concerning his activities in 1870. There is also incoming correspondence to family members from Sherman Boright, describing his activities as a mining engineer in Africa, 1903-1916, and from Josephine E. LeBaron to Mabel Alice Rodger concerning their resignations as presidents of the Quebec Women's Institutes, 1928-1929.

(Source : Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.3, p.314)