Fonds 557 Walter Roberts fonds

Walter Roberts fonds. — 1917-[ca. 1925]. — 26 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Walter Roberts was the son of Henry Roberts and Mary Jones, born around 1894. The family was living in Clear Lake, South Dakota at the time. In 1898 they moved to Carlyle, Saskatchewan where they farmed until moving to the Peace Country. Walter was one of eight children.

Walter’s father and two oldest brothers departed in the spring of 1907 and staked land near Rolla, British Columbia. They returned and moved the rest of the family to Edmonton during the early winter of 1908. On Henry’s next trip north, in the summer of 1908, he was drawn to the Bear Lake area, near Lake Saskatoon and in 1909, he and two of his sons brought equipment in, staked and broke land, planted a crop and garden, and built a cabin and a barn. They returned to Edmonton where they picked up the rest of the Roberts family (except son Bill) and necessary supplies. The family arrived at their homestead via the Long Trail in the spring of 1910. 

Walter filed on his own homestead (NE 16-72-7 W6th) in 1911 at the age of 17, getting the patent in 1916, as well as obtaining part of SW 21-71-7 W6th. In 1913 he also acquired part of NE 16-72-7 W6th.

Luella Patterson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alphaeus Patterson, born in Kemptville, Ontario around 1895. She came to the Peace Country with her parents, sister, and brother in the spring of 1911. He other brother John Orlando Patterson and his family, had arrived the a couple of months earlier. The Pattersons operated the first store in Grande Prairie. In 1915, Luella married Dr. Martin L. MacDonald who practiced in Lake Saskatoon. They later divorced.

Walter Roberts and Luella Patterson Macdonald were married on January 12, 1937. They continued to live and farm on Walter’s land near Bear Lake. Luella Roberts died in December 1975 and Walter in June of 1977.

Sources: “Lake Saskatoon Reflections”, “Grande Prairie: Capitol of the Peace”, “Pioneers of the Peace”, Peace River Land Settlement database, Grande Prairie Herald, Northern Tribune, and Northern Tribune

Custodial History

The photographs are contained in an album labelled Walter Roberts. They were maintained as part of the Isabel Campbell collection at the Grande Prairie Public Library and transferred to South Peace Regional Archives in October 2013. It is likely that they were given to Isabel by Walter Roberts (or a descendant).

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of twenty-six photographs of the Grande Prairie area from 1917 to [ca. 1925], including picnics at the Wapiti and Haszards’, boxing, and early pioneers. The images are contained in an album labelled Walter Roberts Photos.

Notes

Title based on contents of the fonds.
Accession No.: 2013.84.

 
Picnic at the Wapiti, September 1917
1 photograph; b & w; 13 x 8 cm
A casual group of men and women sitting on a blanket during a picnic at the Wapiti River in September 1917.
Location: 0557.01
“Some Line Up”, September 1917
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 7.5 cm
Seven young ladies with the surnames (back to front) Roberts, Watson, Watson, Keez, Gariepy, Haszard, Lawrence lined up at a picnic at the Wapiti River in September 1917.
Location: 0557.02
Picnic at Haszards’, 1918
1 photograph; b & w; 7.5 x 5.5 cm
Walter Roberts, Mac Haszard, Elsie Roberts, Bill Haszard, Sarah Kellet, Jean McFarlane, Miss Emmit, Art Smith, Jessie Haszard, Dorothy Watt, and Wallace McFarlane at a 1918 picnic at the Haszards.
Location: 0557.03
Eating Ice Cream, 1918
1 photograph; b & w; 7.5 x 5.5 cm
A girl, possibly Elsie Roberts, being fed ice cream, at a 1918 picnic at the Haszards’. Visible in the background are Dorothy Watt, Jean McFarland, and Sarah Kellet, and possibly Wallace MacFarland and Art Smith.
Location: 0557.04
At the River, [ca. 1919]
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 10.5 cm
Walter Roberts, Elsie Roberts, and Delia Obenlock standing on a rock, beside the river.
Location: 0557.05
Picnic, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 10.5 cm
Delia Obenlock standing in front of trees, holding a spoon.
Location: 0557.06
Elsie Roberts, [ca. 1918]
1 photograph; b & w; 7.5 x 5.5 cm
Elsie Roberts holding a puppy with two cars in the background.
Location: 0557.07
Jessie Haszard, [ca. 1918]
1 photograph; b & w; 5.5 x 7.5 cm
Jessie Haszard standing in a clearing.
Location: 0557.08
Picnic at the Wapiti, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 10.5 x 7 cm
Two men and a woman, standing on the banks by the Wapiti River.
Location: 0557.09
Jessie Haszard, [ca. 1918]
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 4 cm
Jessie Haszard holding a dog. Several buildings are visible in the background.
Location: 0557.10
Arthur Smith and Bill Haszard, [ca. 1918]
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 4 cm
Arthur Smith and Bill Haszard likely at a 1918 picnic at the Haszards. Cars and a buggy are visible in the background.
Location: 0557.11
Bert Taylor, Walter Roberts, and Wallace McFarlane, [ca. 1918]
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 4 cm
Bert Taylor, Walter Roberts, and Wallace McFarlane sitting in a car, likely at a 1918 picnic at the Haszards’.
Location: 0557.12
Wallace McFarlane and Delia Obenlock, [ca. 1918]
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 5.5 cm
Wallace McFarlane and Delia Obenlock standing outside a log cabin.
Location: 0557.13
Riding in a Sleigh, [ca. 1918]
1 photograph; b & w; 7.5x 10 cm
Right to left, Dorothy Watts, Walter Robert, Elsie Roberts, and Bill Haszard riding in a sleigh. Dorothy is holding a dog.
Location: 0557.14
Picnic at the Wapiti, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 10.5 cm
A group of young people gathered around a car on the shore of the Wapiti River during a 1919 picnic.
Location: 0557.15
Eating Ice Cream, July 1918
1 photograph; b & w; 7.5 x 5.5 cm
Sarah Kellet being fed ice cream by Dorothy Watt at a July 1918 picnic at the Haszards’. Elsie Roberts, Miss Emmit, Jean McFarlane, and Jessie Haszard look on.
Location: 0557.16
Hilda Clifford, [ca. 1925]
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 6.5 cm
Hilda Clifford, first white child born in Grande Prairie, dressed up as the winter carnival queen.
Location: 0557.17
Picnic at the Wapiti, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 10.5 x 7.5 cm
A group of young people gathered around a car on the shore of the Wapiti River during a 1919 picnic.
Location: 0557.18
Picnic at the Wapiti, September 1917
1 photograph; b & w; 11 x 7.5 cm
A casual group of men and women sitting on rocks beside the river during a picnic at the Wapiti River in September 1917.
Location: 0557.19
Picnic at the Wapiti, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 7.5 cm
Delia Obenlock, Fred Roberts, Mike Harland, Pearl Dillon, and Al Stewart around the fire during a picnic at the Wapiti River in 1919.
Location: 0557.20
Boxing Match, [ca. 1919]
1 photograph; b & w; 10.5 x 7.5 cm
J. McGrath and F. Bobing challenge each other in a boxing match.
Location: 0557.21
Lunch, [ca. 1919]
1 photograph; b & w; 10.5 x 7.5 cm
A group of young people sitting in the woods having lunch during a picnic, likely at the Wapiti River.
Location: 0557.22
Wapiti Picnic, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 7.5 cm
A group of young people gathered around a car on the shore of the Wapiti River during a 1919 picnic.
Location: 0557.23
At the River, [ca. 1919]
1 photograph; b & w; 10.5 x 7.5 cm
Bill Haszard, Elsie Roberts, and Delia Obenlock standing on a rock, in the Wapiti river, likely at a 1919 picnic.
Location: 0557.24
“Dinner Time”, [ca. 1919]
1 photograph; b & w; 11 x 7.5 cm
A group of young people sitting in the woods having dinner during a picnic, likely at the Wapiti River in 1919.
Location: 0557.25
“Blow Out”, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 10.5 cm
A group of young people stop to fix a blown out tire on their way to the Wapiti for a picnic in July 1919.
Location: 0557.26
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