Fonds 159 Andress Family fonds

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1913-1926. — 30 photographs and 14 negatives.


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Biographical Sketch

Nicholas Andress came from the United States to Alberta in 1912, traveling over the Edson Trail that year with his wife and five children: William, Ellis, Charles, Ellen and Elmer. They were accompanied by Elmer’s wife Martha and his children (Merle, Ivah, and Laverne); Will’s wife, Jessie and 2 daughters (Theresa and Nada); the Rockefeller family, who were some relation; and Allen Petty. Martha kept a diary of the journey which started on August 29th in Edson, and ended at Grande Prairie on October 7th.

Nicholas, Charles and Ellis took homesteads beside Dead Horse Creek (later renamed Crystal Creek) in Township 71, Range 4, about 10 miles east of Grande Prairie, and Elmer and William filed in the same area in 1914.

In 1920, the Rockefeller family returned to the USA. Mrs. Andress passed away in 1920 and then Charles Andress, the third son, lost his life in a sawmill accident. As the children married, they moved away, and in 1926 Nicholas returned to the United States with his sons Ellis and Elmer and their families. Only Allen Petty remained in this area. He passed away in 1954.

Custodial History

The photographs were donated to the Grande Prairie Museum by the grand-children of the Rockefeller family, who had no idea of who the people in the photographs were. The photos were identified by local pioneers and were transferred to the care of Grande Prairie Regional Archives when it was formed in 2000. The copy of the diary was donated to the Grande Prairie Old Timers Association for use at one of their annual banquets, and came to the Archives in 2011. Neither was officially accessioned by the Museum. 

An accrual to the fonds of 25 images (25 photographs and 14 negatives) was donated by the GPPL to SPRA on October 22, 2013. Prior to this, the images had been housed by the library with the Isabel Campbell collection, in a file labelled “Rockefeller prints, negs”. Some of the images are duplicates of those already in the fonds, but it also contained 5 new images. The best print (initial or accession) was retained while duplicates were discarded. All negatives were retained.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of a copy of the diary of Martha Andress as they traveled over the Edson Trail from August 29 to October 7, 1912; and 24 photographs of the Andress family, Allen Petty, and events and scenes in the Grande Prairie area between 1913 and 1926.

Notes

From Bear Creek Bridge, 1916
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.5 in.
View of Walker’s Saw & Planing Mill on Bear Creek, looking north from Richmond Avenue Bridge over Bear Creek. This mill was driven by steam or water power.
Location: 0159.01
Mowing the Native Grass, 1916
1 photograph and negative; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 2.75 x 4.25 in.
Charles Andress mowing natural prairie grass with a mower and two-horse team.
Location: 0159.02
A Hungry Bunch, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.5 in.
The Andress family taking a break from berry picking by having a picnic lunch.
Location: 0159.03
Summer Travelling, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Andress family traveling down a lane in a wagon pulled by two horses.
Location: 0159.04
A Picnic Party, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Andress family off in an open wagon for a day of berry picking.
Location: 0159.05
Berry Picking, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.5 in.
Andress family showing the results of a day of berry picking.
Location: 0159.06
Sink Hole on the E.D. & B.C., 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 2.75 x 4.25 in.
Andress brothers and others repairing a sink hole on the Edmonton, Dunvegan & British Columbia with corduroy.
Location: 0159.07
One of the Horses, [ca. 1920]
1 photograph and negative; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 2.75 x 4.25 in.
One of the horses on the Andress homestead.
Location: 0159.08
Cutting Grain, 1923
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Andress family member cutting the barley crop with two-horse team and horse-drawn binder
Location: 0159.09
Breaking the Land, 1927
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Breaking the prairie sod with a walking plow and team of horses.
Location: 0159.10
Butchering Time, 1925 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Skinning a pig that has just been butchered.
Location: 0159.11
Grandpa Andress, 1920 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.5 in.
Informal portrait of Grandpa Nicholas Andress on the family homestead.
Location: 0159.12
Ready for Haying, 1920 c.
1 photograph and negative; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 2.75 x 4.25 in.
Grandpa, Elmer and Ellis Andress ready to go out to the field with the hay rake.
Location: 0159.13
Allen Petty, 1920 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.5 in.
Allen Petty in front of his sod-roofed log cabin.
Location: 0159.14
Allen Petty, Sheepherder, 1920 c.
1 photograph and negative; b & w; 3.5 x 7in. ; 2.75 x 4.25 in.
Allen Petty caring for a large flock of sheep on the prairie landscape.
Location: 0159.15
Andress Family Members, 1920 c.
1 photograph and negative; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 2.75 x 4.25 in.
Description on the back of this photo of a man and two women reads ” Here is as good a fish in the sea as ever was caught.” A small girl is also visible in the foreground
Location: 0159.16
Township 71, 1913
1 photograph and negative; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 2.75 x 4.25 in.
Andress family men on the homestead in Township 71, Range 4
Location: 0159.17
Elmer Andress Family, 1917
1 photograph and negative; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 4.25 x 2.75 in.
Mrs. Elmer (Pat) Andress and her children with Ellen Andress.
Location: 0159.18
Andress Homestead, 1916
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 4.25 x 2.75 in.
Farmhouse and outbuildings on the Andress homestead, 10 miles east of Grande Prairie
Location: 0159.19
A Happy Little Girl, 1920 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.5 in.
Laurayne Andress bareback on one of a team of harnessed work horses.
Location: 0159.20
Feeding the Poultry, 1920 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.5 in.
Laurayne Andress feeding the chickens in the yard at the homestead.
Location: 0159.21
Laurayne Andress, 1920 c.
1 photograph and negative; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 4.25 x 2.75 in.
Snapshot of Laurayne Andress in the back of a wagon.
Location: 0159.22
Big Smoky River, 1920 c.
1 photograph and negative; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 4.25 x 2.75 in.
The Big Smoky running north towards its confluence with the Peace River.
Location: 0159.23
Simonette River, 1920 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in.
Where the Big Smoky and the Simonette Rivers meet.
Location: 0159.24
Allen Petty’s House, 1980 c.
1 photograph; colour; 3.5 x 5 in.
Allen Petty built a small house around 1950
Location: 0159.25
Horse, [ca. 1920]
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in.
A horse outside a log building, perhaps on the Andress homestead.
Location: 0159.26
Woman in Garden, [ca. 1920]
1 photograph and negative; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 4.25 x 2.75 in.
A women, perhaps a member of the Andress family, standing in a garden and holding a bouquet of flowers.
Location: 0159.27
Grande Prairie, 1920
1 photograph and negative; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in. ; 4.25 x 2.75 in.
Richmond Avenue (100 Avenue), Grande Prairie, showing store fronts, cars, and people.
Location: 0159.28
Grande Prairie, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in.
Richmond Avenue (100 Avenue), Grande Prairie, showing store fronts, including Crummy Bros. store, cars, and people.
Location: 0159.29
Bear Creek, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5.75 in.
Grande Prairie’s Bear Creek, showing the creek and houses on its banks.
Location: 0159.30

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