Fonds 343 Art Menzies Family fonds

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Biographical Sketch

Art and Inez Menzies and their four children arrived in Sexsmith from Saskatchewan early in 1938. Art had been hired by McDonald Grain Co. For the eleven years he was employed there, the family lived in a company house. The oldest two children, Helen and Malcolm, continued their schooling and the youngest two, Jean and Jim started school in Sexsmith. All four finished grade twelve in Sexsmith High School. In 1949, Art began a printing business and launched the Sexsmith Sentinel newspaper. In 1951, the Spirit River Signal was printed in his shop with Helen as its first editor. The business continued to operate in Sexsmith until 1954 when publication of the Sentinel was discontinued. The plant was moved to Spirit River where son Malcolm took over the business.

Art and Inez left Sexsmith for High Prairie where they started the High Prairie Progress which they operated until 1959. At that time the publication rights of their newspapers were sold to an Edmonton publisher and the Menzies moved their printing operation to Grande Prairie. While in Sexsmith, Inez was active in the Women’s Institute, the “Hobo” club, music festivals, school affairs, and was librarian in the Sexsmith Public Library for several years. Art served on the school board from 1942 to 1948.

In 1948 he was elected to village council and was mayor from 1950-1954. In 1952 he saw Sexsmith join the gas grid, and water and sewer were installed in 1954. Art was also involved in the B.P.O. Elks and the Chamber of Commerce. Helen taught school in Webster Trail, Hardisty and Sexsmith. She married Desmond Achilles and they have two children and live in Edmonton. Malcolm learned the printing trade from his father and established Menzies Printers in Grande Prairie. He married Ann Lozeron and they have seven children. Jean taught school at La Glace, Beaverlodge, Ponoka and Grande Prairie. She married Bill Hoag abd they own and operate Swan Buses Ltd. and Hoag Holiday Tours of Grande Prairie. They have four children. Jim became a dentist and practiced in Potage la Prairie, Prince George and Penticton. Jim married Donna Leonard and they have three children.

Custodial History

The photographs were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Donna Menziesin 2009.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 37 photographs of the Menzies family, their homes, the Sexsmith School, a hockey team and Sexsmith street scenes.

Notes

 

 
Teacher Ken Dane at Work, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Ken Dane stands in front of a class against a black board with a British flag above.
Location: 2009.31.01
Sexsmith Students in the Classroom, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Students Jim Menzies and Tommy Rosaduik consult with a female student in a Sexsmith High School classroom.
Location: 2009.31.02
Sexsmith Student Council, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Sexsmith Student Council, with two of their teachers.
Location: 2009.31.03
Up to Bat, 1952
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
A male student is up to bat, showing the other players in the field and the Sexsmith School in the background.
Location: 2009.31.04
Swinging the Bat, 1952
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
A group of Sexsmith School boys stand behind the back stop while the batter takes a swing.
Location: 2009.31.05
Teachers Ken Dane and Mrs. Bricker, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Teachers Ken Dane and Mrs. Bricker stand on the doorstep of their school in Sexsmith.
Location: 2009.31.06
Sexsmith School, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Sexsmith School (Dist. 3600) showing the porched entrance to the building.
Location: 2009.31.07
High School Ball Players, [1952]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
A group of high school boys line up for a picture after a baseball game.
Location: 2009.31.08
Two High School Girls in the Classroom, [1952]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Two Sexsmith High School girls are seen talking to each other in the classroom. Center girl is Betty Winders. A blackboard covered with math problems is behind them.
Location: 2009.31.09
Sexsmith High School, 1949-1950
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Sexsmith High School students pose outside their school.
Location: 2009.31.10
Sexsmith High School, 1952-53
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Sexsmith High School students pose outside their school. Grace Leonard’s signature is on the back of the original
Location: 2009.31.11
Sexsmith High School, 1951-1952
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Sexsmith High School students pose outside their school. Students’ signatures are on the back of the photo.
Location: 2009.31.12
Menzies Family, 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Menzies Family, L-R: Helen, Jim, Art, Inez, Jean, Malcolm
Location: 2009.31.13
The Art Menzies House in Sexsmith, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Menzies family home in Sexsmith.
Location: 2009.31.14
David Leonard and Parents, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Grace and Bill Leonard and son David.
Location: 2009.31.15
Sexsmith Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, [1951]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Sexsmith Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets at a training camp in Ontario. Bottom L-R: Gilbert Balderson, Louis Chrenek, ?, ?, Gordon Badger, Jim Menzies, Tommy Rosiduik. Top L-R: ?, Roald Olsen and squadron leaders.
Location: 2009.31.16
Sexsmith Hockey Team, 1965
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Sexsmith Hockey Team
Location: 2009.31.17
Christmas in Sexsmith, 1939
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Menzie children playing on the steps of the house.
Location: 2009.45.01
Art and Inez Menzies, 1945 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Art and Inez Menzies.
Location: 2009.45.02
The Menzies Home,
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Menzies.home in Sexsmith
Location: 2009.45.03
Menzies’ First Home, Sexsmith, 1954
1 photograph`; b & w; 4 x 6
Art and Inez Menzies’ first home in Sexsmith. Description on the back reads, “My home for the first ten years in Sexsmith.”
Location: 2009.45.04
Home – Old and New, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
“Homes – Old and new in which we lived in Sexsmith”
Location: 2009.45.05
Sexsmith Public School, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
“Old Sexsmith Public School, where I both attended and taught.”
Location: 2009.45.06
Sexsmith Public School, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Old Sexsmith Public School, with unidentified female standing at the front door. “Shades of school days long past.”
Location: 2009.45.07
Menzies Family at Olds, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
“All ready to go–Jim, Jean, Dad, Mum and Helen.”
Location: 2009.45.08
Sexsmith Sentinal Building, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Art Menzies’ printing shop in Sexsmith, where the Sexsmith Sentinel was produced.
Location: 2009.45.09
Sexsmith Main Street, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Sexsmith Main Street in 1954, showing elevators, parked vehicles and a few buildings.
Location: 2009.45.10
Menzies Family, [1959]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Helen, Inez, and Jean Menzies.
Location: 2009.45.11
Inez and Art Menzies, 1959
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Inez and Art Menzies beside the family car.
Location: 2009.45.12
Village of Sexsmith, 1946
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Bird’s eye view of Sexsmith in 1946. White dot is the Art Menzies house.
Location: 2009.45.13
Menzies Family Picnic, 1949
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Menzies family having a picnic on the river bank the day of the Opening of the Smoky River Bridge. Jim Menzies in the foreground, Art Menzies on the right.
Location: 2009.45.14
Sexsmith High School Class, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Mrs. Bricker talking to Donna Leonard in the classroom.
Location: 2009.45.15
Sexsmith Hockey Team, [1951]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Sexsmith Hockey Team: lower left: Jim Menzies, upper left: Danny Shannon, upper right Robert Obniawka, Coach Ron Larson.
Location: 2009.45.16
Billy Foote and Jim Menzies, [1951]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Billy Foote and Jim menzies in their cadet uniforms and with their duffel bags ready to go to camp.
Location: 2009.45.17
Art Menzies, [1952]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Art Menzies of Sexsmith
Location: 2009.45.18
Oil Crew North of La Glace, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Oil Crew get their truck stuck on a road north of La Glace.
Location: 2009.45.19
Rafting at Pitman’s Point, [1950]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Two girls and a boy on a raft at Pitman’s Point.
Location: 2009.45.20
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