The following is information about the Minor family of Canada. It actually is just a branch of the Minor family that came from the United states in the early 1900s to start ranching in Canada.
I’ll start with Theodore Henry Minor b. March 22, 1845 – the father of the Minor men who started ranching in Canada. Theodore Henry Minor’s father was Samuel Minor of PA. His information can be found here: Samuel Minor b. 1800
Euphemia “Effie” Bell b. Nov 8, 1852 (mother of Katherine Bentley Minor – who married John Francis Minor):
David Bentley b. August 10, 1847 (father of Katherine Bentley Minor who married John Francis Minor):
Euphemia “Effie” Bell large oval portrait:
Katherine Harriet Bentley b. Aug 2, 1889:
Katherine Bentley Minor (John Francis Minor’s wife) at the Old Minor Ranch, Abbey in 1912.
Minor brothers – 1st generation of Minors in Canada. From left to right: Harry Garfield Minor b. June 15, 1881, John Francis Minor b. October 29, 1875, Hannah Elizabeth Minor b. November 15, 1871, Joseph Henery Minor b. March 5, 1870. (I am not certain about Hannah Minor in this photo – I have been told that this might be the oldest sister Anne Louise Minor b. January 15, 1868). This photo may have been taken in the 1930s. Harry and John were the first two Minor men to head to Canada to start ranching.
John Francis Minor in photo after killing a wolf in 1903.
Early portrait of John Francis Minor – taken some time before he left Nebraska (it appears) as the caption on the cover says it was taken in Nebraska. It is likely a photo taken some time between 1895 to 1900:
The following photo was marked “Katie 20 years”:
Homestead Sod House: The sod “homestead” house at the Minor ranch. Women in front of the house are dressing, likely for a photo. My best guess is this is Katherine Bentley Minor dressing for a photograph with other women helping her. Likely taken in 1912. John and Katherine were married in 1911 – and the first photo above of Katherine was marked 1912. This may be that same day.
The following picture is Members of Minor family, Medicine Hat area, Alberta: Back row, L-R: Theodore Henry Minor; John Minor; Mrs. Theodore Henry Minor; Ann Halvorsen; Hannah Abbott; Perry Minor (being held); Arthur Abbott; Mrs. Harry G. Minor; Harry G. Minor, holding Edna Minor.
Children standing, 2nd row, L-R: Dave Minor; Roy Abbott; Jim Minor.
Children sitting, L-R: Hazel Minor; Isaac Minor; Dorothy Abbot; Dode Minor.
Owners of Drowning Ford Ranch, north of Medicine Hat, Alberta.
The next photo has Members of crew at dipping vat round-up, Sand Hills: L-R: Arthur Abbot; Babe Sinclair; Harry Minor (making biscuits); John Minor; Joe Buck; Dode Minor; Theodore Henry Minor.
Cook making biscuits on back of wagon, in front of tent.
Next photo is: Members of Minor family, Medicine Hat area, Alberta. L-R: Flora; Perry; Edna; Katie; Dode; Anne; John; Hazel; Isaac; Alice Forbes; Ed Westerlund; Mrs. —? Minor; Hannah; Theodore Henry Minor.
Owners of Drowning Ford Ranch.
Next Photo: Members of Minor family, Medicine Hat area, Alberta. Back row, L-R: Katie Minor; Flora Minor; Mrs. —? Minor; Ed Westerlund; Hazel Minor; Theodore Henry Minor.
Front row, L-R: John Minor; Mary Minor; Perry Minor; Harry Minor; Edna Minor; Dave Minor; Jim Minor; Isaac Minor.
Ranchers at Drowning Ford Ranch, north of Medicine Hat.
Next Photo: Abbot family riding in an automobile, southern Alberta. L-R: John Patterson; Hannah Abbot; Dorothy Abbot; Roy Abbot; Arthur Abbot.
John Francis Minor’s 9 children. From left to right:
Mary Euphemia Minor b. December 1, 1911,
Anne Winnefred Minor b. March 4, 1914,
Florence Hanna Minor b. January 7, 1916,
Frances Katherine Minor b. March 23, 1917,
Grace Miriam Minor b. May 20, 1920,
Alice Louise Minor b. September 14, 1921,
Helen Elizabeth Minor b. September 27, 1924,
John Bentley Minor b. December 9, 1925, and
Edith Elanor Minor b. September 6, 1927.
Other family photos of John Francis Minor:
The following photos are of life and work at the ranch: