Fonds 528 Andre & Jeanne Pivert fonds

Andre & Jeanne Pivert fonds. — 1928-[1938]. — 6 pp. of textual records. — 11 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Andre Pivert was born in France in 1895, and after his mother died, came to live with an uncle in Big Valley, Alberta, in 1907. In 1928 her married Jeanne Marcil, who was born in 1906 in Quebec but raised in Castor, AB, and met Andre at a community gathering there. Their first two children, Roland and Suzanne, were born in Big Valley. Andre’s brothers, Maurice and Joe, told them about the Peace country and they moved there in 1934. Yvonne was born in 1935. At first they lived in Grande Prairie while Andre worked as a mechanic, but in 1939 moved to the farm in the Flying Shot district (north half section 36-7-7-W6, south west of Grande Prairie) that Andre’s cousin, Gaby Basly, was renting. They built on to the existing house to accommodate their growing family. In the summer of 1943 their twins, Paul and Paulette, were born. Roland, Suzanne and Yvonne attended Flying Shot Lake School, which was three miles northwest of their home. Lucky Tree School opened in time for Paul and Paulette. In 1950 the family bought a farm in the Millarston district (four miles south of Dimsdale), the north half of 21-70-7-W6, with a log house on it. That fall Suzanne married Bill Carll and Roland joined the Armed Forces, later spending 15 months serving in the Korean War. Yvonne married Walter MacAlister in 1951. In 1963, Paulette married Colin Hrychiw from the Lake Saskatoon district and they made their home in Grande Prairie. They have four daughters, Colleen (1964), twins Karen and Glenda (1965), and Lynette (1971). Paul was a well-known community photographer and owner of Panda Camera. He also lives in Grande Prairie.

The sub-series consists of photographs and documents related to the marriage of Andre Pivert and Jeanne Marcil, who were married October 30, 1928 at “Our Lady of Grace” Catholic Church in Castor, Alberta. The documents include copies of the marriage certificate (church and vital statistics), a congratulatory letter to Jeanne from “The Children of Mary”; and a transcript of the newspaper article about the wedding from the Castor Advance. The photographs are of the couple and the families.

Custodial History

The records were donated by Paulette Pivert Hrychiw, daughter of Andre and Jeanne Pivert.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of some personal papers and photographs related to the marriage of Andre & Jeanne Pivert in 1928, and copies of eight photographs relating to the Town of Grande Prairie from 1935 to ca. 1938.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Table of Contents

Series 528.01Personal Papers and Photographs
Series 528.02General Photograph collection

 

Series 528.01Personal Papers and Photographs. — 1928. — 6 pp. of textual records. — 3 photographs.The series consists of photographs and documents related to the marriage of Andre Pivert and Jeanne Marcil, who were married October 30, 1928 at “Our Lady of Grace” Catholic Church in Castor, Alberta. The documents include copies of the marriage certificate (church and vital statistics), a congratulatory letter to Jeanne from “The Children of Mary”; and a transcript of the newspaper article about the wedding from the Castor Advance. The photographs are of the couple and the families.
 
Andre & Jeanne Pivert Wedding, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Copy of the wedding photograph of Andre Pivert and Jeanne Marcil, taken October 30, 1928.
Location: 0528.01.01
Andre & Jeanne Pivert Wedding, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Group portrait taken at the marriage of Andre & Jeanne Pivert. It is described as a “souvenir of marriage of Andre Pivert, age 32 years, with Marie Jeanne Marcil, age 22 years, 9 months. 30 October 1928. L-R sitting: Mr. Cure of Castor who performed marriage; Rev. Fatehr O’Halloran; Mr. Jules Piver, uncle of groom; Andre & M. Jeanne; Auriele & Alexina Marcil, bride’s parents. L-R standing: Mrs. Blanch Pivert, aunt of groom; M. Claire, sister of bride; Omer Hebert, best man; Father Battle of Stettler; Father Ahern of Castor. Man with mustache is Mr. L. Buingne, Secretary of L’Association of Canadien Francais, others were invited guests.
Location: 0528.01.02
Andre & Jeanne Pivert Wedding, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Photograph of the bride’s family, taken on the day of the wedding at the family’s farm near Castor, AB. (NW-32-37-14-W4). The barn in the background was built by the brides father in 1925 and was still in use in 2010. From left to right, Rose Marcil (13), Claire Marcil (bridesmaid, 19), Andre (32) & Jeanne (22) Pivert, Ange Marcil (16), Charles Marcil (20), Reine Marcil (18). Sitting in front are the bride’s parents: Alexina (Gibeau) (50) and Auriele Marcil (49). The Marcil family came to Alberta from Quebec in May 1909.
Location: 0528.01.03
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Series 528.02General Photograph collection. — 1935-[1938]. — 8 photographs.The series consists of copies of eight photographs taken by Andre Pivert between 1934 and 1938. They include Richmond Avenue and the Bear Creek Valley in 1935, a Coronation Parade for King George VI in 1937, and a service station in Grande Prairie ca. 1938. These photographs were donated for the 100th Anniversary of Grande Prairie in 2014.
 
Richmond Avenue, 1935
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Part of the main street of Grande Prairie in the winter of 1935, looking east from the corner of 101 Street and Richmond Avenue. Visible businesses on the north side of the street include Thompson’s Hardware and McDonald’s Consolidated. On the south side of the street is Grande Prairie Hotel, R.H. Watcher, Peace River Meat Co., a Tailor Shop, a Harness Shop, Simpson’s Dress Shop, a Drug Store and the Grande Prairie Shoe Hospital.
Location: 0528.02.01
Bear Creek Valley, 1935
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Bear Creek Valley during the 1935 flood. Visible buildings include greenhouses, a lumber mill, and the homes along Richmond Avenue as it goes through the creek valley. The photograph is probably taken from the train trestle looking north-east. See article in Grande Prairie Herald, April 26, 1935 issue, titled, “Flats Inundated by Worst Flood in History of G.P.”
Location: 0528.02.02
Train Trestle over Bear Creek, 1935
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
The Northern Alberta Railway train trestle over Bear Creek during the 1935 flood. See article in Grande Prairie Herald, April 26, 1935 issue, titled, “Flats Inundated by Worst Flood in History of G.P.”
Location: 0528.02.03
Bear Creek Valley, 1935
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Residences in the Bear Creek Flats during the 1935 flood. See article in Grande Prairie Herald, April 26, 1935 issue, titled, “Flats Inundated by Worst Flood in History of G.P.”
Location: 0528.02.04
B A Service Station, [1938]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
B A Service Station on the corner of 101 Avenue and 100th Street, north of the Post Office. In the background is what looks like a large livery barn.
Location: 0528.02.05
Coronation Parade, 1937
3 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Copie of three photographs of the parade for the coronation of King George VI in May 1937. In the background is the Royal Bank of Canada, the York Café, and E.J. Lyne’s Meat Market. Parade floats include a World War I bi-plane, a mock coronation scene with elabourately dressed king, queen and princesses, a group of Buckingham guards, and a marching band.
Location: 0528.02.06-08
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