Fonds MS-165 - Gretchen Clink fonds

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Gretchen Clink fonds

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  • 1967, 1971 (Creation)
    Clink, Kate Gretchen

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0.5 cm of textual records

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(1892 - 1973)

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Kate Gretchen Clink was born 7 Jul 1892 to Catherine Ann Shaw and Daniel Livingston Clink in Hobbema, Alberta. She moved with her parents and siblings, Walter and Ewan, to British Columbia when her father took ownership of a mill. When her father retired, the family moved to Battleford, Saskatchewan.

In Battleford, a strong friendship formed between the Clink family and the family of Dr. Elizabeth Matheson, who was the first female doctor registered in Saskatchewan and was noted for her missionary work at Onion Lake. Gretchen Clink was good friends with Ruth Matheson, daughter of Dr. Elizabeth Matheson.

While all of her family remained in Battleford, Saskatchewan, Gretchen travelled and worked around the world, including California, Phoenix, and Hamilton, Bermuda. Gretchen worked predominantly as a housekeeper in hotels.

In 1940, Gretchen moved to Edmonton, working as a housekeeper at the Hotel Macdonald. She remained at the Hotel Macdonald for nearly 20 years. Sometime around 1959 or 1960, Gretchen became a saleswoman for Maclean Hunter Publishing Company. She continued at this work up until her death.

Kate Gretchen Clink died in 1973 in Edmonton.

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The fonds consists of a letter to Gretchen Clink from Ruth (Matheson) Buck, 17 Aug 1967. The letter includes some reminiscences of their time in Battleford together, as well as the activities of Ruth and her sisters, ‘The Matheson Girls’, to celebrate the 1967 Expo.

There is also a 1971 note and letter from Gretchen to Cam Finlay, the then Director of the City of Edmonton Archives. The note and letter include some information and reminiscences by Gretchen of some noted Edmontonians and Albertans, (Mrs. John T. Robertson, Dr. William M. McKay, J.W. & J.B. Tyrrell, Colin Fraser, Fred Rowland, and Alex Rowland).

Gretchen’s note also includes a pitch promoting Maclean Hunter’s historical map which, at the time, was given complimentary with a McLean’s subscription.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Gretchen Clink in 1971


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  • English

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See also:
Ruth M. Buck fonds (F 200) at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan.
Ruth Matheson Buck typescript (E.222/1) at the Archives of Manitoba.

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Accession number: A71-15

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