Fonds 543 North Kleskun Ladies Club

North Kleskun Ladies Club. — 1948-1999. — 34.5 cm of textual records. — 58 photographs.


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Agency History

The ladies living in the North Kleskun area came together during WWII to make care packages for the men involved in the war. These gatherings led to the formation of the North Kleskun Ladies Club. The meetings took place in members’ homes or the old Kleskun School house. Although an official start date is unknown, it is thought that the club began in the year 1940. The meetings were social events, but the focus was raising money for charities and hosting local events in the community such as card games, suppers, dances, picnics, bazaars, wedding or baby showers, as well as quilt raffles and Halloween and Christmas parties. The ladies took care of members in the community, ensuring that someone sick received a card or a gift to help cheer them up. If there was a fire they would do all they could to help the family, for example in 1955 they crafted a quilt for a family who had lost their home to a fire. The ladies helped make uniforms for the local athletic clubs, supported a community snow plow organization, helped pay off the North Kleskun Hall debt, supported the telephone line installation in their area, created a stork fund for Johanna’s Maternity Home in Sexsmith, and as early as 1938 a quilt was raffled with the proceeds donated to the Monkman Pass Highway.

The ladies were involved with the North Kleskun School Reunion that was held in 1987 and in 1990 they hosted their own reunion celebrating the 50th anniversary of their club. A booklet was created for this event which mentions their activities, some photos and names of members: Nellie Adair, Tillie Arac, Judy Barnfield, Donna Bastien, Vivian Breen, Stella Brown, Bertha Dedio, Stella Dedio, Anne Gould, Annette Huber, Bernice Huber, Donna Huber, Hazel Huber, Ella Johnson, Phyllis Johnson, Marianne Kilpatrick, Brenda Kirstien, Mary LeGeyt, Jean Love, Effie Luddington, Christina May, Kay McNally, Linda MacNeil, Hazil Morgan, Julia, Ostazewski, Cathy Phillips, Jennie Pickering, Pat Pickering, Helena Pronovast, Justine Pronovast, Debra Regan, Sarah Reynolds, Alice Rode, Evelyn Steinke, Marlene Steinke, Martha Steinke, Pearl Steinke, Sandra Steinke, Shirley Steinke, Geraldine Swiscoski, Carol Rode, Evelyn Rode, Mary Rode, Marilyn Rycroft, Lou Semack, Claire Sodergren, Katie Sommerfeld, Betty Sorken, Elva Sorken, Karen Sorken, Anne Steeves, Christine Steeves, Belle Tant, Hazel Wilson, Margaret Wood and Mabel Vickerson. The 50th Anniversary celebration tea was held at the North Kleskun Community Hall and brought together former and current members. The ladies also created two cook books over the years. The first cook book was so popular that a second one was organized in 1992.

Custodial History

The records were deposited in South Peace Regional Archives by Gail Steinke, a member of the North Kleskun Ladies Club, on July 8, 2010. The records had been kept in member’s homes as well at the North Kleskun Hall.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of minute books 1948-1999, financial records 1949-1997, correspondence 1949-1998, cook books (1982 and 1992), records relating to the Kleskun School Reunion 1987, and the Ladies Club Reunion 1990. There are also 58 photographs taken of club members, various events, and quilts made by the club.
There was no discernable original order in the records when they arrived. Order was imposed on them by the archivist based on the content of the records.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Information for the Administrative History was taken from the minute books.
Accession No.: 2010.35 & 2010.25
Accruals: No further accruals are expected.
Related records: North Kleskun Community Club.

Table of Contents

Series 543.01Minutes
Series 543.02Financial Records
Series 543.03Correspondence
Series 543.04Cook Books
Series 543.05Kleskun School Renion
Series 543.06Ladies Club Reunion
Series 543.07Quilt Raffles
Series 543.01Minutes. — 1949-1997. — 7.5 cm of textual records.The series consists of thirteen notebooks that contain the minutes of club meetings. The minutes also contain membership lists, lists of bazaar articles and financial records.
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Series 543.02Financial Records. — 1949-1997. — 14 cm of textual records.

The series consists of receipts from 1949-1997, some bank statements from 1974-1987, cheque stubs from 1952-1971 and 1979-1987, cancelled cheques from 1950-1963, a bank book from 1980-1985, and 4 deposit books from 1989-1994.
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Series 543.03Correspondence. — 1949-1998. — 4.5 cm of textual records.The series consists of cards and letters received by the club.
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Series 543.04Cook Books. — 1949-1998. — 4 cm of textual records.The series consists of the original cook book created by the club in 1982 as well as the second cook book created in 1992. There is also information about the printing of the second book.
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Series 543.05Kleskun School Renion. — 1982-1987. — 0.5 cm of textual records.The series consists of a copy of a poster containing signatures of all the people who attended the reunion in 1987, a purple reunion booklet titled “1919 to 1955 North Kleskun” and “Emmaus Lutheran 1932-1944”, and a guestbook from the 1987 reunion.
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Series 543.06Ladies Club Reunion. — 1955-1993. — 3.5 cm of textual records. — 55 photographs.The series consists of two booklets created by the North Kleskun Ladies Club, files of material collected to create the booklet, a copy of the speech given by Gail Steinke at the Anniversary Tea, the 50th Anniversary Tea guest book and 55 photos from 1955-1993.
 
Ladies in Front of Kleskun Hall, ca. 1950
1 photo; color; 12 x 17
This paper copy of a photograph shows 17 members of the North Kleskun Ladies Club. There are also two young girls in the photo and the side profile of a man. The ladies are standing outside of a wooden building.
Location: 0543.06.01
Kleskun Ladies Quilting, ca. February 1985
1 photograph; b & w; 3.5 x 5
A photo of three ladies quilting.
Location: 0543.06.02
Kleskun Ladies Quilting, ca. March 1962
1 photgraph; b & w; 8 x 8
“Quilting Bee Lorna MacNeil, Martha Steinke, Nan MacNeil, Tillie Arac.”
Location: 0543.06.03a
North Kleskun Ladies Club, ca. 1960’s
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 8
From the description, “Ella Sorken, Martha Steinke, Chris Steeves, Kate Sommerfeld, Carol Rode + Mabel Sorken.”
Location: 0543.06.04a
North Kleskun Ladies Club, ca. 1960’s
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 8
“Katie Sommerfeld, Ella Sorken, Martha Steinke, Mabel Sorken, Tillie Arac, Carol Rode at Mabel Steinke’s.”
Location: 0543.06.05a
North Kleskun Ladies Club in the Kitchen, ca. January 1955
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 9
“Tillie Arac, Martha Steinke, Hazel Huber, Jean Love, Alice Rode”.
Location: 0543.06.06a
Shower for Mary Steeves, ca. 1970’s
1 photograph; color; 9 x 9 cm
“Shower for Marie Steeves L-R Marie Steeves, Dorothy King, Verna Rode, Bredna Steinke, Kay McNally, Gail Steinke, Bertha Dedio”.
Location: 0543.06.07a
Mary Steeves’ Shower, ca. 1970’s
1 photograph; color; 9 x 9
“Marie Steeves Shower L-R Ethel Longmore, Martha Steinke, Hazel Huber, Effie Rode, Katie Sommerfeld, Alice Rode”.
Location: 0543.06.08a
Outside the Sorken Home, ca. 1950
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8.5 cm
“Outside the Sorken Home where the ladies had been busy making baseball uniforms for the local team. Back row: Mrs. Grumbly, Jean Love, Elva Sorken, Phyllis Reynolds, Ella Sorken, Justine Pronovost. Front row: Mrs. Arneson, Mrs. Tant, Mrs. Pronovost, Sarah Reynolds, Mrs. Ludington, Martha Steinke, Mrs. Sorken, Mrs. Martin and Tillie Arac. Lorraine Huber in front”.
Location: 0543.06.09a
Outside the Sorken Home, ca. 1950
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11.5 cm
“Tillie Arac, Martha Steinke, Hazel Huber, Mrs. Pickering, Phyllis Johnson, Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Ludington, Bernice Huber, Ann Steinke”.
Location: 0543.06.10a
North Kleskun Ladies Club, ca. 1950
1 photo; b & w; 7 x 11.5
A photocopy of a photo on paper. “Ladies Club Gathering at Tillie Arac’s for Edna Duncan’s shower. Back row L-R Lucille Steeves, Margie Stewart, Emma Mae Wilson, Pat Pickering, Phyllis Reynolds, Ella Sorken. 2nd row L-R Mrs. Pickering, Martha Steinke, Justine Pronovost, Bernice Huber, Mrs. Steeves. Mrs. Pronovost, Mrs. Sorken, Edna Duncan, Jean Love, Mabel Sorken, Jean Campbell. Front L-R Mildred Fraser, Ann Steinke, Mrs. Bozarth, Little Ann Sanborn, Mary Campbell, Dolly Bozarth, Irene Stewart, Betty Bozarth”.
Location: 0543.06.11a
Noreth Kleskun Ladies Club Members, ca. 1970
1 photograph; color; 9 x 9
“L-R Carrie Rode, Carol Rode, Mona Deportre, Mabel Vickerson, Ella Johnson”.
Location: 0543.06.12
North Kleskun Ladies Club Members, ca. 1970
1 photograph; color; 9 x 9
“L-R Colleen Rode, Marie Steeves, Chris Steeves, Wendy Rode”.
Location: 0543.06.13
North Kleskun Ladies Club Members, ca. 1970
1 photograph; color; 9 x 9
“L-R Lorraine Huber (Green), Phyllis Johnson, Carol Rode (standing), Carol (Steeves) Jacklin (holding Mark)”.
Location: 0543.06.14
North Kleskun Ladies Club Quilting Bee, 1985
1 photograph; color; 9 x 11 cm
“1985 – Quilting Bee at N.K.C.C. Carol Rode, Edna Grotkowski, Gail Steinke”.
Location: 0543.06.15a
Quilting Bee, 1985
1 photograph; color; 9 x 11 cm
“1985 – Quilting bee at Gail Steinke’s. Marlene Steinke, Gail Steinke, Carol Rode”.
Location: 0543.06.16a
A Finished Quilt, 1985
1 photograph; color; 9 x 12.5 cm
“1985 – Carol Rode and Gail Steinke displaying finished quilt which was raffled, and percentage went to charity.”
Location: 0543.06.17a
North Kleskun Ladies Club Quilt, 1985
1 photograph; color; 9 x 12.5 cm
“1985 – Carol Rode and Gail Steinke displaying finished quilt which was raffled, and percentage went to charity.”
Location: 0543.06.18a
Wall Hanging, 1990
1 photograph; color; 9 x 11 cm
“1990 – North Kleskun Ladies Club 50th Anniversary quilted wall hanging. Members quilted and embroidered for the 50th Anniversary Tea June 9, 1990 – 2:00 p.m.”
Location: 0543.06.19a
North Kleskun Ladies Playing Hockey, 1987
1 photograph; color; 9 x 13 cm
“1987 – Dress up pro hockey team in play.”
Location: 0543.06.20a
North Kleskun Ladies Hockey Team, 1987
1 photograph; color; 9 x 13 cm
“1987 – Played dressed up hockey at Sexsmith Trappers Daze. Came in “1st” – 2 years in a row. Back – Lynn Dedio, Paula Rycroft, Lorraine Garret, Carol Rode, Alice Rode, the clown?, the monster ?, Marilyn Rycroft. Front – Brenda Steinke, Sherri Dedio, Bertha Dedio “The Goalie Twins: (Billy Smith) (Andy Moog) Marlene and Gail Steinke”.
Location: 0543.06.21a
Mabel Vickerson’s Birthday, 1991
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“1991 – Mable Vickerson 80th Birthday at North Kleskun Community Centre”.
Location: 0543.06.22a
Untying Knots, ca. 1990
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
Marlene Steinke untying knots under the quilt at a quilting bee at Gail Steinke’s”.
Location: 0543.06.23a
North Kleskun Ladies Club Members Quilting, ca. 1990
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6
“Quilting bee at Gail Steinke’s, Marlene Steinke, Mary LeGeyt, Judy Barnfield, Donna Huber, Alice, Rode, Linda MacNeil and Heath Barnfield.”
Location: 0543.06.24a
North Kleskun Ladies Club Meeting, 1992
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6
“1991 Jan. 8 N.K.L.C. meeting at N.K.C.C. Carol Rode, Donna Anderson, Sheila Laviolette, Alice Rode (Vice Pres) Mag Archer, Brenda Kirstein, Gail Steinke, Diane Steinke, Paula Rycroft, Marlene Steinke, Bertha Dedio, Donna Bastien (Sec/Tres) Donna Huber (Pres.) Ann Gould took picture”.
Location: 0543.06.25a
Cutting out Squares, 1992
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in
“1992 Jan. Cutting out squares at quilting bee. This quilt will be stored to have on hand to give to unfortunate families who burn out. Carol Rode, Donna Anderson, and Gail Steinke.”
Location: 0543.06.26a
Cutting Squares, 1992
1 photo; color; 4 x 6
“Sandy Steinke and Sheila Laviolette cutting out squares for quilt at N.K.C.C.”
Location: 0543.06.27a
North Kleskun Ladies Quilting, 1992
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“1992 Jan. Placing squares to make pattern for quilt top. Gail Steinke, Sandy Steinke, Donna Anderson, Carol Rode, Sheila Laviolette.”
Location: 0543.06.28a
North Kleskun Ladies Club, 1992
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“1992 Jan. Chelsea Steinke (Sandy’s daughter) and Kim Pealo (Marilyn’s daughter) relaxing at the quilting bee at N.K.C.C
Location: 0543.06.29a
Santa at a Christmas Party, 1991
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in
“1991 Dec 15 N.K.C.C. Christmas Party and pot luck supper. Brandy Kirstein thanking Santa for coming to the party”.
Location: 0543.06.30a
Christmas Party, 1991
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“1991 Dec 15 N.K.C.C. Orval Sorken putting in his Christmas order”.
Location: 0543.06.31a
Christmas Party, 1991
3 photographs; color; 4 x 6 in.
Three photographs of the “1991 Dec 15 N.K.C.C. Christmas Party and pot luck supper”.
Location: 0543.06.32-34a
Christmas Party, 1991
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“1991 Dec 15 N.K.C.C. Christmas Party and pot luck supper Donna (Brent Huber) receiving candy bag from Santa while other children wait their turn. Candy bags donated by N.K.C.C.”
Location: 0543.06.35a
Christmas Party, 1991
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in
“1991 Dec 15 N.K.C.C. Christmas Party and pot luck supper”.
Location: 0543.06.36a
N.K.L.C. Members Dinner, 1992
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
Four photographs of the “1992 Feb 15 N.K.L.C. annual members dinner.”
Location: 0543.06.37a-40a
Quilting Bee, 1992
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
Four photographs of the “1992 Feb 15 N.K.L.C. annual members dinner.”
Location: 0543.06.41a
Quilting Bee, 1992
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“Winter 1992 – quilting bee – raffle quilt at N.K.C. centre.”
Location: 0543.06.42a
Quilting Bee, 1992
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“Winter 1992 – quilting bee – raffle quilt at N.K.C. centre.”
Location: 0543.06.43a
Quilting Bee, 1992
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“Winter 1992 – quilting bee – raffle quilt at N.K.C. centre.”
Location: 0543.06.44a
Quilting Bee, 1992
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“Winter 1992 – quilting bee – raffle quilt at N.K.C. centre.”
Location: 0543.06.45a
Quilting Bee, 1993
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“April 1993 North Kleskun Ladies Club L-R Donna Thorpe-Anderson, Meg Archer, Donna Huber, Marlene Steinke, on other side is Donna Bastein + Carol Rode. Quilt is for disaster program.”
Location: 0543.06.46
Quilting Bee, 1993
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“April 1993 North Kleskun Ladies Club L-R Donna Bastein, Donna Thorpe-Anderson, Meg Archer, Donna Huber R-L Gail Steinke, Carol Rode. Quilt is for disaster program.”
Location: 0543.06.47
Quilting Bee, 1993
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“April 1993 North Kleskun Ladies Club L-R Donna Thorpe-Anderson, Meg Archer, Donna Huber, Marlene Steinke, Sheila Laviolette, Gail Steinke, Carol Rode. Quilt is for disaster program.
Location: 0543.06.48
Quilting Bee, 1993
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
“April 1993 North Kleskun Ladies Club L-R Donna Thorpe-Anderson, Meg Archer, Donna Huber, Marlene Steinke, Sheila Laviolette, Gail Steinke, Carol Rode. Quilt is for disaster program.
Location: 0543.06.49
North Kleskun School Building, ca. 1980
1 photograph; color; 6.5 x 8 cm
Photo of an old school building, probably the North Kleskun School.
Location: 0543.06.50
North Kleskun School Building, ca. 1980
1 photograph; color; 9 x 11 cm,
The side of the school that shows the sign North Kleskun S. D. 3750
Location: 0543.06.51
North Kleskun Community Centre, ca. October 1991
1 photograph; color; 8.5 x 13 xm
People working on the North Kleskun Community Centre.
Location: 0543.06.52
Men Working on a Roof, ca. October 1991
1 photograph; color; 8.5 x 13 cm
3 men working on a roof at the north Kleskun Community Centre.
Location: 0543.06.53
3 women with a quilt, unknown
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
3 women, 2 are holding pillow shams and a quilt hanging in the background.
Location: 0543.06.54
5 women with fresh baking., unknown
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
5 women and a baby standing by a table of baking.
Location: 0543.06.55
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Series 543.07Quilt Raffles. — 1993-1996. — 0.5 cm of textual records. — 3 photographs.The series consists of an application for a raffle license, raffle tickets and 3 photos of quilts created by the club members for the raffles.
 
A Quilt and a Doll, n.d.
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
A quilt hanging up and a doll with a homemade dress and a sign that reads “Raffle Tickets”.
Location: 0543.07.01
A Red and White Quilt, n.d.
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
A quilt laid out with 2 ladies holding up a window covering.
Location: 0543.07.02
A Red and White Quilt, n.d.
1 photograph; color; 4 x 6 in.
A quilt laid out with 2 ladies holding up a window covering.
Location: 0543.07.03
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