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Wallis Kendall collection

  • CA EDM MS-34
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1850]-[ca. 1930]

The collection consists of miscellaneous textual and photographic records collected by Wallis Kendall. It is possible some of the records are connected to each other.
Item List:

  • handwritten Bond from Benjamin Walter Smith to George Perry, July 12, 1852, for the sum of 113 pounds,
  • Certificate of Recommendation for Homestead Patent (SE 22-38-38-W4) for William Stewart, August 8, 1903, with cover letter,
  • handwritten poem/manuscript, 'The Chase - A Tale of the Prairie', by E.H., n.d.
  • 3 postcards (one postcard to Miss L.M. Perry, from Etha Vale, 19 Aug [190-?],
  • newspaper clippings of poems.
    The photographs include people, horses, cars, homes and farming activities of the early 1900's.

Kendall, Wallis

Harold P. Brown fonds

  • CA EDM MS-353
  • Fonds
  • 1915 - 1977

The fonds consists of photocopies of news clippings from the scrapbook created by Harold Brown. The news clippings relate to the Crestwood Community League and its predecessors, the 142nd Street and Jasper Place Community Leagues. There are also some early annual reports, newsletters, and correspondence of Harold P. Brown, the secretary of the league for many years and a member of the executive and president of the Federation of Community Leagues in the 1920s.
The photographs (1915-1924) cover events in the community, likely held by the community league (Maypole dancing, parades, children playing in parks, theatrical performances, parks), buildings (Alberta Legislature), roads and bridges, CKUA radio studio and portraits of Harold P. Brown and Cyril Geoffrey Wates.
File List:
File 1: Harold P. Brown, 1919, 1924, 1935, 1960
File 2: Crestwood Community League, 1917-1919
File 3: Crestwood Community League, 1920-1929
File 4: Crestwood Community League, 1930-1939
File 5: Crestwood Community League, 1940-1949
File 6: Crestwood Community League, 1950-1959
File 7: Crestwood Community League, 1960-1969
File 8: Crestwood Community League, 1970-1979

Brown, Harold Percy

John A.L. McDougall Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-36
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1890] - 1926

The fonds consists of business and family records of John A.L. McDougall. The business records cover their land, lumber and coal business activities including sales made by the company, court actions regarding unpaid debts and lands they owned in the other parts of Alberta, specifically Keephills and Telfordville.

The family records include correspondence between family members (copied from the photographic postcards), medals and a souvenir pamphlet from the inauguration of Alberta, 1905.

The photographs include family members, friends, buildings and events in Edmonton, as well as lumber activities.

John A.L. McDougall Family

Grace Martin McEachern fonds

  • CA EDM MS-37
  • Fonds
  • 1899 - 1902, 1972

The fonds consists of programs and brochures relating to the opening of Grace Martin School, as well as a biographical sketch of Grace Martin McEachern.
The photographs include the Martin farm where Grace grew up, Strathcona teachers including David McEachern and the Strathcona fire brigade.

McEachern, Grace Martin

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

Elizabeth Mason Bicknell collection

  • CA EDM MS-39
  • Collection
  • 1951

The fonds consists of a copy of the speech given by J.W. Neilson on Dr. Arthur Benjamin Mason at the presentation of Honorary Life Membership to Dr. Mason to the Edmonton & District Dental Society on 2 Oct 1951.
The Edmonton & District Dental Society is a professional organization for dental professionals in the Edmonton region which focuses on providing professional education, networking opportunities and promoting dentistry as a profession.
Arthur Benjamin Mason was a highly respected dentist and considered to be one of the earliest dentists in the Edmonton area.

Bicknell, Elizabeth Mason

Lyman Delmar Parney fonds

  • CA EDM MS-41
  • Fonds
  • 1888 - 1942

The fonds consists of private letters, business correspondence, documents relating to the L.D. Parney Estate, and a scrapbook relating to various subjects.

File List:
File 1: General correspondence - includes
~ letter and envelope, John McDougall, Methodist Church, Dept. of Missions to Mrs. L.D. Parney, Ridgetown, Ontario, 29 Feb 1904, re - books;
~ letter, addressed to Fred (L.D. Parney's son), likely by L.D. Parney, 9 Apr 1935, re - family and business activities

File 2: Correspondence - re: Warehouse, 10256 - 107 St., rental by Wilson Transit and Distributing Co. Ltd., installation of railway spur, 1933-1941

File 3: Accounts, L.D. Parney estate, 1943-1948

File 4: Scrapbook news clippings - re: new London telephone exchange, with illustration of Canada House, 1933; members of the Parney family; poetry; Royal family; World War I and II; Jenny Morris, (“mother” of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry); pencil drawing, duck with nest of eggs; deaths of Wilfred Grenfell, Thomas Alva Edison, Wilfrid Laurier, 1898-1942.

File 5: News clippings - loose clippings from scrapbook, include:
clippings re: World War I and II; Jenny Morris (“mother” of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry); poetry; inspirational stories; royal family; cartoons, 1918-1942.

Parney, Lyman Delmar

Greater Vernon Museum and Archives collection

  • CA EDM MS-410
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1918] - 1939

The collection consists of records transferred from the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, as better fitting the mandate of the City of Edmonton Archives.

File list:

  1. Sheet music - The Boys of the Great Western Plains, words and music by Pte. W. Watson, 138th Batt., CEF, Edmonton; dedicated to the 49th Canadian CEF Edmonton Alberta Batt'n (Loyal Edmonton Regiment), [ca. 1918].

  2. Postcard - (of Field, BC and Mt. Stephen), addressed to Mrs. Mohr;
    Souvenir Programme - Souvenir to Commemorate the Fortieth Year of the Ministry of Rev. D.G. McQueen, 1927 - annotated with Mrs. Mohr, Vernon.

  3. Souvenir Programme - The Visit of Their Most Gracious Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the Province of Alberta, Edmonton, 1939.

Greater Vernon Museum and Archives

Pollard Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-42
  • Fonds
  • 1968 - 1969

The fonds consists of documents relating to the history of the Pollard Brickyard and John Walter logging operation in Walterdale. Also included is a photocopy of a notebook with a handwritten account of the history of the Bedard family and recipes compiled by Firmin Bedard. The photographs are of the Pollard brickyard.

File List:
File 1. Documents - Pollard Bros. brick plant and Walterdale area, Edmonton, includes:

  • drawing – Layout of Pollard Bros. Brick Plant, Walters Flats, Edmonton, 1914 (2 pages);
  • photograph of Pollard Bros. brick plant, pre-1914, with explanatory text (in folio) (EA-113-2);
  • summary of Pollard Bros. brick plant and John Walter logging operation, illustrated with small;
  • notes re: homes of Muchias (Matthias Collins) and John Walter, Pollard brick yard and original St. Anthony church;
  • announcement, programme and poem re: the Walterdale Bunch reunion, July 27, 1968, organized and written by Rosa Pollard;
  • letter, from Charles. W. Pollard to Names Advisory Committee, City of Edmonton, recommending use of Pollard name in street and district naming.

File 2. Notebook: Grandfather Firmin Bedard’s family history record. Includes genealogical information of Bedard family (1807-1927), recipes, other notes; in French and English (photocopy).

Pollard Family

Gilda Rath fonds

  • CA EDM MS-43
  • Fonds
  • 1870 - 1971

The fonds consists of research materials collected or created by Gilda Rath. The records generally relates to three themes: excerpts from the Edmonton Bulletin 1880-1882, and the Saskatchewan Herald, 1879-1882; the story of the Lamoureux family from their origins in Quebec to their settlement in the Edmonton district; and translations of correspondence from the Oblate Archives relating to members of the order and to the history of the Edmonton area.
Also included is information on First Nations, Metis, steamboat transportation on the North Saskatchewan, and notes and excerpts from other sources. The research material appears to have been accumulated for a book on the history of French settlement in North America and the Canadian northwest, focusing on the Lamoureux family. A partial typescript of this work is included in the fonds. Some of the notes are transcripts from tape recordings, but the original tapes are not present.

Rath, Gilda

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