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James Oakland Valleau fonds

  • CA EDM MS-379
  • Fonds
  • [191-?]-1946

The fonds consists of records collected by James Valleau, presumably once living in Edmonton. They relate to different events in Edmonton, often prior to James' own birth or living in Edmonton. As such, his relation to the documents is uncertain. It is assumed that Valleau collected them in pursuit of an interest in the history of the city. The records are divided into three main topics - the Edmonton Industrial Association and its 1914 promotional trip, 'The Edmonton Spirit'; the early theatrical scene in Edmonton; and miscellaneous.

Edmonton Industrial Association
The Edmonton Industrial Association, which operated under the aegis of the Edmonton Board of Trade, was created to promote Edmonton and industrial opportunities to a wider national and international audience. In June 1914, a two week promotional train excursion named 'Edmonton Spirit' was made from Edmonton to Toronto, with stops in Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Stratford and Guelph. The train journey was interspersed with civic receptions and tours of local facilities. Among the passengers were some of Edmonton's leading businessmen. A twice-daily newsletter was published each day of the journey.

The records include itineraries, notes, articles, newsletters, announcements and accounts of the 'Edmonton Spirit' train excursion. There are also two panorama photographs of the excursion participants, taken in Winnipeg and Milwaukee.

Theatrical Programmes
The theatrical programmes include material that was originally created by Kenneth A. Ross. Mr. Ross came to Edmonton from Ontario around 1913 and appears to have had ambitions of being a concert impresario. He was manager or presenter of some concerts in 1916. Then in 1917, Ross, with the cooperation of the Edmonton Women's Musical Club, arranged the 'Edmonton Concert Series', to be held in the 1917-1918 season, and produced a brochure with biographies of the upcoming performers in order to promote sales.

In 1920, Ross was promoted to manager of the Musical Merchandise Sales Co., who was the Canadian distributor of Brunswick phonographs. However in 1923, Ross was convicted in Calgary of the theft of 133 gramophones from the McLaran Gramophone Corp. of Stratford, Ontario, and sentenced to three years in the Prince Albert penitentiary.

The theatrical records of Kenneth A. Ross include handbills, programmes including the brochure for the 'Edmonton Concert Series' produced by Mr. Ross, photographs and album. The photographs, most of which are in the photo album, are portraits of several of the concert performers, many with salutations addressed to Kenneth A. Ross or his wife. The Ross theatrical records also include a handbill for a play, 'The Temple of Fame', in which both Kenneth Ross and his wife are listed as performers. Accompanying the handbill is a handwritten document, 'Red Cross Nurse', which is likely the script for Mrs. Ross' address in the play.

There are also other theatrical programmes that are likely not associated with Kenneth Ross as they are for concerts either before his arrival in Edmonton, or after his 1923 conviction. It is not known if these programmes were originally used by Valleau, or by someone else and collected by Valleau.

Miscellaneous Material
The miscellaneous material includes a commencement programme for the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing, an advertisement for Thompson & Dynes women's wear shop in Edmonton, and newspaper clippings.

Valleau, James Oakland

Gerald M. Hutchinson fonds

  • CA EDM MS-132
  • Fonds
  • 1974

This fonds consists of notes and articles prepared by G.M. Hutchinson relating to the work of Robert Rundle, who was one of a small group of missionaries who were sent to Canada by the Wesleyans (Methodists) in England in 1840. Rundle was the first Protestant missionary to reach the area which is now Alberta. His first headquarters was Fort Edmonton from where he traveled as far as Rocky Mountain House, the Bow River near the future site of Banff, and Beaver Lake. Shortly before he left Canada in 1848 he established a mission at Pigeon Lake, now known as the Rundle Mission.
The material was used in research for Rundle House at Fort Edmonton Park.
The fonds also includes a photograph of Rev. Robert Rundle and his bride, Mary Wolverson.
Item List:

  • memorandum re: marriages performed by Rundle in Saskatchewan District; includes a list of 7 marriages Rundle performed at Edmonton House 1841-1848, n.d.
  • historical article, “The Rev. Robert Terrill Rundle at Fort Edmonton”, by G.M. Hutchinson, July, 1974
  • address, “The British (Wesleyan) Mission to North America, 1840-1854”, by G.M. Hutchinson, October 2, 1974.
    The records include references to: Phroisine Brabon, Ephriam Evans, Hugh Frazer, Antione Gouin, Francoise Gouin, Margaret Harriott, Paul Kane, Paul Kane Jr., Rev. William Mason, Peter Ogden, Antione Osee, Judie Osee, Jean Baptiste Pauldit, Jean Baptiste Raymond, John Rowand, John Rowand. Mary Wolverson Rundle, Rev. Robert Terrill Rundle, See-Seel, Sir George Simpson, Angelique Tessier, Father Thybeault, Elizabeth Ward, George Ward and the Wesleyan Missionary Society.

Hutchinson, Gerald M.

Myroniuk Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-149
  • Fonds
  • 1930

The fonds consists of the license and marriage certificates for Peter Myroniuk (38 yrs) and Annie Zayda (21 yrs), married in Edmonton, Alberta on 12 April 1930. They were married by Marriage Commissioner Arthur Packford, with witnesses Fred Freby of Beverly, Alberta and John Sorochan of Calder, Alberta.
Items include:

  • Marriage license, Province of Alberta, No. 22604, 12 April 1930
  • Marriage Certificate, signed by Arthur Packford, 12 April 1930
  • Letter enclosed with certificate of marriage, from Donald MacKie, Deputy Registrar General, 15 April 1930
  • Certificate of Marriage, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Province of Alberta, 15 April 1930

Myroniuk Family

Chimo Youth Retreat Centre fonds

  • CA EDM MS-90
  • Fonds
  • 1976

The fonds consists of a history of the Chimo Youth Retreat Centre created in 1976.

Chimo Youth Retreat Centre

United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, Fort Edmonton Branch fonds

  • CA EDM MS-749
  • Fonds
  • 1937

This fonds consists of the warrant for the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, Fort Edmonton Branch. The names of the first executive are written on the reverse of the warrant.

United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, Fort Edmonton Branch.

Eliza McDougall Hardisty fonds

  • CA EDM MS-750
  • Fonds
  • 1899

This fonds consists of a letter of sympathy to Eliza Hardisty on the death of her husband, Richard Hardisty, 31 Dec 1889, from members of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Hardisty, Eliza Victoria McDougall

George Johnstone Kinnaird fonds

  • CA EDM MS-755
  • Fonds
  • 1875, 1900, [ca. 1920]

This fonds consists of textual records related to George Kinnaird’s employment with the Hudson’s Bay Company and a portrait photograph taken in his later years.
File List:
File 1: O/S copy of Indenture Agreement of George Kinnaird to the Governor and Company of Adventurers (early Hudson’s Bay Company), as an apprentice clerk, to proceed to Hudson’s Bay, for term of 3 years, to be paid thirty pounds the first year, forty pounds the second year and fifty pounds the third year, October 1875.
File 2: O/S signed Certificate of Appreciation from staff of Hudson’s Bay Company, Edmonton, to George Johnstone Kinnaird, February 28, 1900 at the time of his resignation.

Kinnaird, George Johnstone

Anderson Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-18
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1932

The fonds consists of a diary belonging to Robert’s second wife, Margaret ‘Greta’ McPherson (Grant) Anderson and papers relating to the birth registration of their son Malcolm Robert Anderson (b 19 Apr 1920). There is also a poem written by Robert Thompson Anderson, Our Capital Town, about the city of Edmonton and apparently read at annual events in the fire department.

The photographs include the Anderson home and family members, Edmonton street scenes and events, and the Edmonton Fire Department and Health Department.

The fonds also includes Robert’s published works, The Old Timer and Other Poems (819 AND), Canadian Born and other Western Verse (819 AND 1913 c.3) and Troopers in France (819 AND 1932).

File List:
File 1. Schoolwork dairy of Margaret ‘Greta’ McPherson Grant, 29 Aug 1905 to 24 Oct. 1905,
File 2. Birth records for Malcolm Robert Anderson – includes birth tag (name, weight, date, doctor’s name) 19 Apr 1920; abstract of birth with covering letter and receipt, 21 Apr 1920; notice of registration and birth certificate 11 May 1920; doctor’s receipt 13 May 1920,
File 3. Poem – Our Capital Town, by Robert Thompson Anderson, n.d.

Anderson Family

John William Clutton fonds

  • CA EDM MS-24
  • Fonds
  • 1894

This fonds consists of an original letter written in 1894 by John William Clutton to a friend in England, who had shipped a potato-tilling plough to Mr. Clutton. The letter recounts pioneer life and farming in the Beaumont area. It includes references to ‘Gough’, a young man whom Clutton had recruited from England for help and Sandy Lake.
There are also 2 typed transcripts of the original letter.

Clutton, John William

Webb Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-49
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900] - 1980

The fonds consists of textual records and photographs of Joseph and Alice Webb, and their daughter Ellen Godwin.

The fonds is arranged into two series:
Series 1: Joseph & Alice Webb
Series 2: Ellen Godwin

Webb Family

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