Fonds MS-162 - Beatrice Parker-Nordon fonds

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Beatrice Parker-Nordon fonds

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  • 1949 - 1952 (Creation)
    Parker-Nordon, Edna Beatrice

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3 cm of textual records

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([19--] - [19--])

Biographical history

Edna Beatrice (Beatrice) Parker married William Tennyson Nordon around 1947, likely in Edmonton. William worked as a civil servant in Edmonton and Beatrice was a teacher. After marriage, Beatrice worked at the Holden School in Holden, Alberta, and was on staff when the new Holden High School opened in February 1952. It is likely that while working in Holden, she was part of the local Alberta Teachers’ Association.

In the mid 1950’s Beatrice and William moved to Jasper, but returned to Edmonton in 1958. Beatrice continued to teach in Edmonton and William remained a civil servant.

After the death of her husband in 1967, Beatrice continued to teach in Edmonton. In 1975, Beatrice retired and moved to British Columbia.

In 1985 the Holden High School was closed with the senior high school grades moving to Ryley, Alberta, and the Holden School becoming grades K to 9. In 1999, the junior high grades moved to Ryley, Alberta, with Holden School becoming a ECS to Grade 6 School. In the spring of 2020, the Battle River School District voted to consolidate grades K to 9 at Ryley and close Holden School.

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The fonds consists of assorted material collected, some possibly made, by Beatrice Parker-Nordon. Most of the records are related to the Holden school when Beatrice Parker-Nordon (“Mrs. P-N”) was a teacher at the school.

File 1
Program (Christmas Concert – Holden School) 1947 - annotated,
Program (Christmas Concert – Holden School) 1948 - annotated,
Christmas Program (Sunday School) 1950,
Holden School Christmas Program 1951,
Program – Official Opening of the New Holden High School 1952.

File 2
Newspaper – Holden Herald, June 6, 1950 (with article of Holden Divisional Track Meet, May 27, 1950, includes results of Holden School students),
Newspaper – Holden Herald, April 24, 1951 (with article of Holden High School’s presentation of 3-act comedy play ‘That Perkins Family’).

File 3
Invitation to Holden A.T.A. (Alberta Teachers’ Association) Annual Christmas Banquet, 1951 (includes original drawing used on front of card, possibly done by Beatrice Parker-Nordon),
Draft manuscript of article by Holden A.T.A. for Education Week, with annotations (article likely written or edited by Beatrice Parker-Nordon).

File 4
Greeting cards (Christmas, Valentine, etc) – likely some are from students.

File 5
Programme ‘Just the Two of Us’ – extracts from CJCA broadcasts presented by Burrows Motors, 1951,
Photocopy of article – ‘World’s Smallest Building Faced With Demolition In City’, Edmonton Journal, July 30, 1960 (re: Mite Block in Edmonton),
Booklet: Canada and the Second World War by C. P. Stacey .

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This fonds was donated by Mrs. E.B. Parker-Nordon in 1975


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Accession number: A75-75

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Formerly known as E.B. Parker fonds, then Holden School fonds.
Booklet 'Canada and the Second World War' by C. P. Stacey was formerly 940.53 STA.

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