Grande Cache Historical Society fonds. — 1977-1999. — 9 cm of textual records. — 3 photographs.
The Grande Cache Historical Society was founded in 1994. Their mandate is to “search out and preserve the geological, natural and human history of Grande Cache and area as well as to make the public aware of our findings.” The group meets monthly at the Tourism Interpretive Centre in Grande Cache and hosts field trips/historically themed tours and potlucks with presentations and speakers.
The activities of the society include collecting and preserving historical information about Grande Cache, including newspaper clippings and oral histories, and creating displays of historical material for use at the Grande Cache Tourism Interpretive Centre. The group was also instrumental in creating the “Bird’s Eye View Park” at the Tourism Centre, including helping restore and staff the historic buildings there. Representatives from the Society have also participated in the Communities in Bloom project, signage project, and Rocky Mountain Festival.
The Society has also been very active in publishing books on the history of the area. Their first book, “A History of Grande Cache,” by Richard Wuorinen, was published in 1997 and traces the history of Grande Cache and area up to 1996, including pre-history, Aboriginal people and families, various industries and businesses, transportation and communication, the town, and clubs and organizations. In 1999, a companion volume, “Grande Cache: The People” by Joe Sharlow and Richard Wuorinen was published. The book focuses on personal biographies and family stories of the people who have made Grande Cache home. Another book was published in 2002. Entitled “Legends of Grande Cache and the Yellowhead,” and written by Jack Deenik, Robert Guest, and Richard Wuorinen, it features photographs, drawings, stories and legends about people, places, events, and wildlife in the Grande Cache area. Other smaller publications include “Bighorn Country” (detailing the origins of place names), “Muskeg Ranger Station Forest Rangers 1942-1970,” “Highway 40 North: The Bighorn Highway” booklet, a local history driving tour pamphlet, and the Society’s quarterly newsletter “The Mountain Cache” (first published March 1997).
Prominent people involved in the Society have included Alice MacDonald (former President), Richard Wuorinen (former President), Robert Guest, Jo Sharlow, and Leanne Simonson (former President).
The records were transferred to South Peace Regional Archives in December 2009 by Jo Sharlow, on behalf of the Grande Cache Historical Society.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of records containing biographical information on current and past Grande Cache residents accumulated and created during the compilation of “Grande Cache: The People” book, a project of the Society, published in 1999.
The fonds currently has only one series.
Table of Contents
|Series 497.01||“Grande Cache: The People” Book Project|
|Series 497.01||“Grande Cache: The People” Book Project. — 1977-1999. — 9 cm of textual records. — 3 photographs.The series consists of questionnaires and stories gathered and created in the process of compiling and writing “Grande Cache: The People”. Various questionnaires were used in the years prior to gather biographical information and the records include these as well as various drafts and revisions of the resulting individual and family stories. Some stories also include associated material such as the form letter sent by the Society soliciting stories, correspondence, order forms for “A History of Grande Cache,” newspaper clippings, photographs, recipes, poems, and bulletins and information from Grande Cache United Church. The majority of the records date from 1994 to 1999. The records were originally housed in plastic page protectors by family and arranged in alphabetical order by last name, divided by letters. The original order has been maintained and occasionally re-established by the Archivist. Duplicates and drafts were discarded unless they contained information not included in the final biography. Handwritten originals were kept regardless.|
|497.01.01||Surname A 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Ray and Gail Aarbo, Lee and Florence Abram, Laurier and Jeannine Adam, Gordon and Aileen Albersworth, Machelle and Gervin Antypowich, John and Morag Atherstone, Len and Margaret Allison, Jim and Darlene Anderson, Maureen Allan, Loral and Cameron Atwood, and Merl and Florence Alden families.|
|497.01.02||Surname B 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Clayton and Marilynne Baker, Lyle and Lark Balmer, Dave and Judy Balogh, Randy Banks, Muriel Barber, Allan Barney, Phil and Ruth Batten, Bill and Ellen Becker, Loretta Belcourt, Arthur and Marlene Bertrand, Harry Biglands, Mike and Carol Blake, Melvin and Nancy Bolton, Ed Boni and Shelley Magnusson, Ronald and Frances Boone, Marilyn and Kevin Bowers, Donna Bradburn, Ralph and Bea Brady, Kim Brown, William and Frances Brown, Ronnie Brown, Robb and Kathleen Brown, Ray and Marcene Bruntjen, Keith Buchanan, Lyle and Verni Byers, and Jim and Donna Burke families.|
|497.01.03||Surname C 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Charles and Bonnie Caron, Gordon and Elizabeth Cartier, Charlie and Lila Case, George and Katherine Chamaschuk, Victor and Elizabeth Chrapko, Grant and Lori Clark, Carl and Verna Closs, Alfred “Chick” Coelen, Ron and Sheila Coombs, Duane Coombs, Andrew and Margaret Crawford, C. Nancy and Thomas Crawford, John and Debbie Couture, Bob and Nellie Cummins, and Grace Cundict families.|
|497.01.04||Surname D 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Gilbert and Shirley Dahlseide, Ted and Betty Daynes and Andrew and Betsy Gill, John and Joyce Deamer, Ken and Fran Deans, Jack and Lucy Deenik, Martha and Nick Deenik, Jim Desjarlais, Daniel and Francine DesRoches, Allan and Julie Dezan, Alex and Dorothy Didow, Colin and Leona Dixon, Frank and Carm Dolan, Randy Dong, Tom and Pat Davis, Brian and Connie Duquette, and Terry and Sharon Dutchak families.|
|497.01.05||Surname E 1998The file consists of biographical information relating to the Noel and Lois Edey and Margaret Epoch families.|
|497.01.06||Surname F 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Dwain and Karen Facette, Jake and Linda Fehr, Ken and Isabelle Fleck, Jack and Annamarie Flewelling, Roy and June Flewelling, Edward and Diane Fournier, Charlie and Jean Fox, Vern Frentz, and Dick and Robbie Fulks families.|
|497.01.07||Surname G [ca. 1977], 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Marie and Esson Gale, Jake and Kathy Geertsema, Wilfred and Beverly Gillis, Maureen Glen, Al and Jo Goring, Bill and Janie Goupil, Doris and (Bud) Cecil Gower, Robert and Doreen Graham, Leo and Carol Ann Greene, Don and Wendy Gregorwich, Betty Griffith, Victor and Colleen Grose, Carolyn Petrie, and Robert and Myrtle Guest families.|
|497.01.08||Surname H 1989, 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Manfred and Betty Lou Harms, Bob and Denise Hagg, Ted and Marianne Harris, John and Gwynne Hayward, Lorston and Joan Hees, Charles and Edith Heyn, Wally Holowack, Edgar and Susan Horner, Jodi Hodgson, John and Yvonne Horton, Maria and Bob Howe, and Kay and Jack Hughes families.|
|497.01.09||Surname I/J 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Bob and Betty Isaac, Rabiul and Nargis Islam, Ronald and Nancy Jackman, Gerald and Yvonne Jenkins, Brian and Darlene Jenson, Gary and Hazel Johnson, and Roy and Betty Johnson families.|
|497.01.10||Surname K [ca. 1997]-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Fred and Carol Kaita, Subhash Kapur, John and Donna Kennedy, Richard and Robin Knox, and Peter and Cecelia Kostiuk families.|
|497.01.11||Surname L 1998-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Claude and Ginette Labelle, Ken and Shirley Law, Vicky and Gary Lawrence, Lloyd and Alma Layes, Ken and Phyllis Lee, Barry and Ellyn Lemley, Marg and Cal Lenz, Bazil Leonard and Susan Feddema, Orville and Trudy Lepitzki, Alex and Helen Lindsay, Marissa Locheed, Jim and Joyce Lott, and Gerry and Betty Lowe families.|
|497.01.12||Surname M 1977, 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Ian and Alice MacDonald, Sharon MacKinnon, Karen and Colin MacLeod, Cam and Susan Madill, Eric and Barbara-Joyce Madsen, Mitch and Gail Maisey, Arnold and Lynn Maki, Evelyn and Jim Manning, Chad and Nancy Martin, Bernie and Evelyn McAmmond, Darren and Shelley McAmmond, Curtis McCaig, Johnny McDonald, Barrie and Lorna McClarty, Ann and Anthony McCormick, Anthony Jr. and Linda McCormick, Mike and Maxine McCormick, Jerry and Helen McDonald, Kevin and Julie McIntyre, Wendy and Bart McKale, Art and Fran Brown, Dave and Susan McLean, Leonard and Mina McLeod, Dan McNeil, John and Mabel McNeil, Wendell and Patsy McNeil, Joseph “Max” and Rosemary McPherson, Johnnie and Dinah Menssa, Alain and Marcea Mercereau, Josephine Mercereau, David and Eileen Miles, Norman and Marlene Morrison, Walt and Grace Morey, Carlos and Susanne Morraz, Rene and Gail Moulun, Michael and Janet Mulvihill, and Bill and Jean Munro families.|
|497.01.13||Surname N 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Barb Napier and Moe and Carol Nielsen families.|
|497.01.14||Surname O 1998-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Philip and Gwen Oakes and Jim Oneil families.|
|497.01.15||Surname P/Q 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Charles and Maureen Patterson, Victor “Vic” and Doreen “Dot” Patterson, Carol and Gord Pennycook, Joffre and Rosella Plaquin, Stan and Doreen Pollom, Jesse and Yvonne Porter, Raymond and Cecilia Powers, Eric “Doc” and Wilma Prentice, and Rene and Fran Primeau families. The file also includes “The Great Truck Race” poem by LeRoy Sharlow.|
|497.01.16||Surname R [ca. 1976], 1997-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Shane Ramstead, Father Edward Rheaume, Henry and Helen Resta, Marlene and Don Roberts, Elva and Steve Roche, Brian and Marie Rose, David and Susan Russell, and Harry and Delia Ryles families.|
|497.01.17||Surname S 1993-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Jean and Horst Sandkuhler, Lois and Bill Schmidt, Werner and Inge Schulz, LeRoy and Jo Sharlow, Myrna Sharlow and Pat Pyrah, Dave and Dalyce Davidson, Evan Shevin, Bob and Leanne Simonson, Perry and Kathy Skagen, Augustine “Gus” and Shawn Slaney, Al and Elaine Slaney, Gerald and Ann Snoeks, Joan and Keith Southworth, Ron and Jean Souvie, Ida and Peter Spencer, Don and Flora Spencer, Al and Lil Sprecher, Edwina and Rob Staples, Denis and Shirley Stang, Helen Stephenson, Robby and Candy Stewart, M. Stones, Norman and Norah Streight, Philip and Olga Surman, Stephen and Marie Surman, and Dave and Bunty Sutherland families.|
|497.01.18||Surname T 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Charles and Marlene Tait, Linda and William Tchir, Velma and Owen Terry, George (Joe) and Lorene Thursby, Syd and Pat Tilbury, Lloyd and Gaylene Torrington, John and Pam Traplin, and Darren Tuck and Joy Hattie families.|
|497.01.19||Surname U/V 1979, [ca. 1995]-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Audrey Vautour and Tim and Marilyn Vatamaniuck families. The file also includes recipes from Maureen Glen and Muriel Barber, a Grande Cache United Church Dedication service bulletin, information on Grande Cache United Church programs, and a Grande Cache United Church 20th Anniversary service bulletin.|
|497.01.20||Surname W 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Irv and Darlyne Warner, Peter and Elspeth Wash, Dave and Ollie Webb, Phil Weber, Gus and Mavis Weisner, Heather and Wilson Wells, Bob and Maggie White, George and Barbara White, Ron and Debbie White, Terry and Marlene Whitta, Leo E. Wilkinson, Don and Faye Williams, Grant and Lorette Wilson, Michael and Lindsay Winrow, Arthur and Betty Wood, Susan and Malcolm Wood, Diane Wright and Chuck Williams, Elsie and Patrick “Paddy” Wright, Richard and Susan Wuorinen, and Frank and Marion Wythe families.|
|497.01.21||Surname X/Y/Z 1994-1999The file consists of biographical information relating to the Ali and Edna Yasinowski, Randy and Wendy Yates, Bernard “Yogi” and Elaine Zeller, Bill and Gloria Zielinski, and Joan and Dale Zwingli families.|