Walter A. Canniff Papers, 1876-1961
Primary Creator: Canniff, Walter A. (1888-1967)
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 05/06/1981. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: Grand Forks
"Walter A. 'Peewee' Canniff, 78, St. Anne's Guest Home, city mail carrier here for 33 years until his retirement in 1945, died Sunday at a local hospital where he had been admitted earlier in the day. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Wednesday at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Rev. John E. Moore officiating and burial in Calvary Cemetery. The body will lie in state Tuesday afternoon and evening at Grand Forks Norman Funeral Home, where a vigil will be held at 8 p.m. Mr. Canniff married the former Mary Ellen Mahoney here in 1914. She died in 1920. He married the former Rose Carroll here on Nov. 22, 1926. She died April 21, 1965. Mr. Canniff began service here with the Post Office Department as a mail carrier on June 15, 1913. He continued here until his retirement on July 1, 1945, except for service at Billings, Mont., and Minneapolis, between 1917 and 1923. Mr. Canniff had been a member of the former Grand Forks Volunteer Fire Department and then served two years with the paid city department prior to 1913. He later was a call man with the Fire Department for 5 years before his retirement. He had been disabled following a heart attack, which occurred while fighting the Frederick Hotel fire here in December, 1944. His father, the late Harry G. Canniff, had been a volunteer firemen here in 1880. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Canniff was the dean of city mail carriers. He worked Route 3 of the local postal service for many years, which included N. Fourth and Fifth Streets. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. In 1960, Mr. Canniff was presented with a 50 year membership award by the Grand Forks Knights of Columbus Council 1260. Until recent months, Mr. Canniff had lived at 105 Fenton Ave. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Louis R. Stacey, St. Paul; a son, Ralph Canniff, Santa Barbara, Calif.; 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Two brothers, William and Arthur Canniff, are deceased."
Source: Grand Forks Herald, 2 October 1967
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Source: Dr. and Mrs. Louis Stacey, St. Paul, Minnesota
Acquisition Method: Donation; 81-757
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Walter A. Canniff Papers. OGLMC 627, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid added to Archon in August 2018.
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- Box 1
- Folder 1: Program: "An Evening with Sigmund Romberg and His Concert Orchestra", undated
- Folder 2: Programs
- Item 1: Seventh Biennial Singing Festival, Northwestern Scandinavian Singers' Association, Grand Forks, North Dakota, July 1904
- Item 2: Fourth Annual May Music Festival, Grand Forks Oratorio Society, May and June 1910
- Item 3: Fifth Annual Spring Music Festival, Grand Forks Oratorio Society, April 1911
- Folder 3: UND Publications
- Folder 4: Programs from the Metropolitan Theater (Miscellaneous), 1898-1910
- Folder 5: Programs from O. Young's Music and Piano House, Grand Forks
- Folder 6: Program: 50th Anniversary of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Grand Forks, January 1931
- Folder 7: Publication: "The Opening of St. Mary's Church, Christmas Day, December 25, 1915"
- Folder 8: Publication: "A History of Fifty Years, 1892-1942: Grand Forks Deaconess Hospital"
- Folder 9: Publication: "History of Grand Forks County with Special Reference to the First Ten Years of Grand Forks City" by H.V. Arnold, 1900
- Folder 10: Map: U.S. Air Miles Lines, 1930-1931
- Folder 11: Artifact: Personal Wallet of J.H. Kelley of the Selkirk (Steamboat), Grand Forks, Dakota Territory, 1881
- Folder 12: Miscellaneous Items Regarding the Grand Forks Fire Department, 1897-1937
- Folder 13: Publication: "Constitution and By-Laws of Phoenix Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1: Organized December 11, 1882, at Grand Forks, Dakota"
- Folder 14: Miscellaneous Artifacts: Hotel Antler Key; Brunswick Hotel Key; Dakota Hotel Key; Badge of Fire Inspector; Chauffer Badge; Fire Chief Badge; Assistant Fire Chief Badge
- Folder 15: Assorted Ribbons from Grand Forks Events
- Folder 16: Record of Fires in Grand Forks, 1888-1889
- Page 71 and 72 from a ledger book
- Folder 17: List of Grand Forks Residences by Ward, circa 1895
- Folder 18: Program: "First Banquet Hotel Ryan: Honoring Miss Catherine Ryan August 30, 1927"
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