789RE: Higgs - Cushing marriage
- Nov 25, 2002Also Elizabeth, I found in searching the Glenbow Archives at
using the word Cushing:
CUSHING FAMILY BUSINESSES FONDS
50 cm of textual records. -- 36 photographs
Alfred Bruce Cushing, 1865-1944, was born in Ontario and taught there for
many years. In 1900 he moved to Edmonton where he joined his younger
brother, Arthur, in managing a branch of Cushing Brothers Ltd., a lumber
company started in Calgary, Alberta in 1885 by their older brother, William
H. Cushing. A.B. Cushing was vice-president and manager, and later
secretary-treasurer of Cushing Brothers until 1910. In 1911 he formed his
own lumber business in Calgary, the A.B. Cushing Lumber Company. In 1926
this company amalgamated with R.L. Cushing Millwork Company of Moose Jaw,
and the Vancouver firms of Masterbilt Doors, Cushing Mills (British
Columbia), and North Vancouver Sawmills under the name A.B. Cushing Mills
There is more there to this listing and it is 1 of ten records mentioning
the Cushing family.
According to this William H. Cushing was in Calgary by 1885 but if one and
the same, the family perhaps did not join him until after Maud's birth in
But record 4 shows Mrs. W.H. Cushing was in Calgary by 1885 as well:
The Methodist Ladies' Society led by Mrs. W.H. Cushing, and the Blue Ribbon
Temperance Society both began in 1885.
So either the DOB for Maud is wrong (pretty fuzzy on the film) or the place
of birth is wrong for her. To me it looks like Maud's birthday is 24 Sept.
1880 rather than 1886 in the printed index. This would also match with the
age 22 for her marriage to F.F. Higgs in 1902.
This is a good lesson not to take indexed material as the final word!
Wm. H. Cushing is mentioned in several other places in the 10 records and
the Cushing brothers' mill(s).
When I enter Higgs or Higg in the Archives search I get 0 hits.
But when I search in the photo collection at
there are 9 hits including
Image number: LIB-2-3
Title: Front elevation drawing of Calgary Furniture Store, Calgary, Alberta.
Date: [ca. 1905]
Remarks: William M. Dodd, architect. Building constructed for F.F. Higgs in
1902 - 1903. Located at 126 - 8th Avenue East. Copied from "Picturesque
Calgary", 1903 (Pam971.239 C151pic).
Subjects: Architectural drawings / Calgary, Alberta - Buildings
There is an H. Higgs listed as a member of the Students' Council, 1928-1929,
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. He could be the Herb Higgs shown
at the General Supplies Limited banquet, Calgary, Alberta. Other pictures
show a P.W. Higgs or Pat Higgs and one of the Officers, 15th Canadian Light
Horse, Sarcee Army Camp, Calgary, Alberta as simply Mr. Higgs.
Either Herb (h.) or Pat (P.W.) Higgs could be children of F.F. Higgs and
Still no clue to your J.F. Higgs but there may be something in the Glenbow
Archives of help.
W.H. Cushing is also found in the photo archives - namely picture of him
among "Members of the first Alberta Legislature" 1905 and a nice large photo
of Honorable W.H. Cushing, Alberta Minister of Public Works (ca 1905).
Also the photo archives tell us that Louise Bridge was named for the
daughter of W.H. Cushing, Minister of Public Works.
There are many other photos including of his brother A.W. Cushing.
So if you are looking for pioneer Alberta families especially in southern
Alberta, don't forget to search both the Glenbow Archives and the photo
Archives. You can also search the Glenbow library at
http://www.glenbow.org/lasearch/glencat.htm even though in this particular
case I didn't find anything about Cushing or Higgs.
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Sent: November 24, 2002 6:33 PM
Subject: Higgs - Cushing marriage
April 16, 1902 F.F. Higgs, proprietor of The Calgary Furniture Company
married Alice Maud Cushing, daughter of former mayor W. H. Cushing. Does
anyone have connections to the Higgs family? A son Dr. Higgs worked in
Calgary and moved to BC prior to 1934.
I'm looking for any information to identify JF Higgs listed in an index to
the 1891 census. FF Higgs left home before the 1891 census and may have been
in Calgary. The Calgary Furniture Company ads regularly appeared in the 1902
Herald and he was president of the young liberals. Found the wedding
announcements in Herald and Albertan online newspaper images. -- Elizabeth
AFHS library has a 530 page book A History of the Higges or Higgs Family
published in England 1933.
South Stoke, County of Oxford
Thatcham, County of Berks
Chapter XX has The Higgs Family of Bermudas Islands and Charlottetown, PEI
with the Calgary & BC connection.
Chapter XXI has the Higgs Family of USA, descendants of John Higgs who
settled in Virginia about 1650
The book is interesting for the amount of detail on the Higgs family, closer
to a one-name study than a traditional family book with all descendants of a
selected ancestor. It has an index of places, index to subjects, index of
names and separate index for names in the USA chapter. Lots of pictures and
some family charts, no maps.
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