Fonds 341 Marion Hill fonds

Marion Hill fonds. — 1920-2008. — 6 cm of textual records. — 893 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Marion Marie Heller was born in 1921 to Eward Heller and Laura Davis near Beaverlodge, AB. She attended Appleton School, a one-room log school southwest of Beaverlodge, until grade 8 and then went on to Beaverlodge High School (grades 9 to 12), and Normal School in Edmonton to train as a teacher. She qualified to teach grades 1 to 11. Her first schools included Appleton, Elmworth, North Sexsmith and Kleskun Hill.

In 1944, Marion joined the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service and became Wren Heller W3700. She served as a Supply Assistant until 1946, and after discharge taught in Victoria while she waited to rejoin the Navy. The Navy, however, continued its policy of not accepting women when there was no war. After waiting for five years for the Navy to change its policy, Marion gave up on her hopes for a navy career and joined the Air Force in 1951.

Marion returned to the Peace Country in 1953 and accepted a position as principal of Montrose School for two years. She then married Vernon Hill from Rio Grande, and since 1962 has lived on their farm near Beaverlodge. They have two sons who now farm and one daughter. Marion continued her teaching career in the Beaverlodge Regional Junior-Senior High School (1965-1969) and taugnt in Wembley till 1981 as librarian and junior high school teacher.

Marion loves to travel–by car, bus, train, plane and cruise ship. Because of her interest in many crafts, she has taught sewing and other handwork to her grandchildren, and gives classes in tatting and sandpainting to anyone who is interested.

Custodial History

The textual records were originally donated to the South Peace Centenial Museum in Beaverlodge by Marion Hill. They were transferred to South Peace Regional Archives in November 2008. An accrual in 2011 included five photograph albums donated by Marion Hill.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of five photograph albums documenting the life of Marion Hill, including her childhood in Beaverlodge and White Rock, B.C.; her life as a young adult in Beaverlodge, White Rock and Victoria; her teaching career in Beaverlodge and Victoria; and her life as an Navy WREN from 1944-1946. The papers include a series of Grade 9 High School Entrance examinations in mathmatics, science, health education, english language and literature, and general knowledge; and brochures from musical and dramatic events from 1975-1979 which were preserved by her daughter.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Table of Contents

Series 341.01Childhood Album
Series 341.02Youth and Career
Series 341.03Pre-War and War Years Album
Series 341.04WREN Heller 3700 Album
Series 341.05Snaps and Scraps Album
Series 341.06Family History Album

 

Series 341.01Childhood Album. — 1920-1929. — 62 photographs.Marion’s father, Edward Heller, filed on the Sammy Johnson place southwest of Beaverlodge (NE 22-71-10-W6) on April 2, 1914. In 1915 he enlisted in World War I, signing up when the recruiting officer came to Lake Saskatoon. After the War, he took a Soldiers Settlement Board land grant near Beaverlodge and married Laura Davis in 1920. Laura was from Westminster, but in the Beaverlodge area visiting her sister Daisy & Fred Dixon, who had also homesteaded in the area. Marion was born August 26, 1921 in the small log cabin which was the first home on the homestead. She was followed by Robert in 1923, Edna in 1926, and Beth in 1927. Laura Davis would regularly take her children to visit her parents and extended family in White Rock and Cloverdale, BC. By 1924, the Dixons had left the homestead and were living in Grande Prairie, on the west side of 102 Street, the last house along the creek at about 94th Avenue. The Dixons had three daughters: Myrtle (Dorschied) , who died of scarlet fever after her daughter was born; Hazel, who died of consumption (tuberculosis); and Marion, who married Ross Bacon. From 1926 to 1930, the Heller family stayed in White Rock while Ed Heller had back surgery to repair an old war wound. He worked there as a town policeman. When they returned to the farm in 1930, they built the new house on the farm.The series consists of one photograph album documenting the childhood of Marion Heller in Beaverlodge and White Rock, B.C. Many of the photographs were taken and developed by her mother, Laura Heller. The photographs are glued into a black-paged album bound in leather. Subjects include Marion as a baby, Ed & Laura Heller, the homestead house and activities on the farm, extended family in White Rock, and playing in the snow on the banks of Bear Creek.
 
First Homestead House, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
First log barn and cabin home for Ed and Laura Heller on the homestead south-west of Beaverlodge.
Location: 0341.01.001 
Baby Pictures of Marion, 1921
2 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Marion Marie Heller was born in the log cabin at the homestead near Beaverlodge. She is shown in these photographs as an infant of five weeks with her father Edward Heller and her maternal grandfather, Logan Davis, who came for a visit from Westminster, British Columbia, to see the new baby.
Location: 0341.01.002-003 
Ed & Laura Heller, 1921
2 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Wedding photograph for Ed Heller and Laura Davis, and their first log cabin on the homestead. Ed and Laura were married at Fred & Daisy Dixon’s home south-west of Beaverlodge.
Location: 0341.01.004-005 
Marion Marie Heller, 1921
12 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Twelve baby photographs of Marion, between 3 and 9 months of age, at Beaverlodge with her Mother Laura, her father Edward, and the family dog. Photos also show the pram and a small rocking chair used when she was an infant.
Location: 0341.01.006-017 
First Trip to White Rock, 1922
14 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Fourteen photographs of Marion Heller, at about one year of age, on her first trip to British Columbia to visit family in White Rock and Vancouver. Subjects include her grandmother Elizabeth Davis; Aunt Ella (Davis) MacKenzie and her husband Dougal; her cousin Marion Dixon, the daughter of Fred & Daisy Dixon, who also homesteaded at Appleton; Rose Devlin (Patterson); and Aunt Lily’s garden in Vancouver. Photos also show the log ocean wall and the “white rock” at White Rock.
Location: 0341.01.018-031 
Marion At One Year, 1922
2 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Studio portrait of Marion Marie Heller at one year of age, and the extended family celebrating her first birthday at Cloverdale, B.C.
Location: 0341.01.032-033 
Winter on the Homestead, 1922-1924
12 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Twelve photographs of Marion on the homestead in the winter of 1923-1924. Scenes include Marion in her pram beside her father’s Fordson Tractor; the sleigh which took the place of the pram in winter; her wooden “play pen” in the yard; playing out in the snow with cousins Hazel and Marion Dixon; her brother Robert, who was born in 1923; her dolly in a home-made doll sleigh; and playing with Robert in the snow.
Location: 0341.01.034-045 
Summer in White Rock, 1924
2 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Two photographs taken on another trip to White Rock in the summer of 1924 shows Marion and her brother Robert with Grandmother Davis in the yard of her home, and playing in the ocean with their cousins.
Location: 0341.01.046-047 
Harvest Time, 1925
3 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Three photographs of Laura Davis and her children, Marion and Robert, with bundles of oats in the harvested field on their Beaverlodge homestead.
Location: 0341.01.048-050 
On the Banks of Bear Creek, 1925
2 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Two photographs of Edward Heller with his children, Marion and Robert, on the snowy banks of Bear Creek. This was at the home of Daisy (Davis) and Fred Dixon, who lived on 102 Street in Grande Prairie, at about 94th Avenue.
Location: 0341.01.051-052 
Back in White Rock, 1927-1929
10 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Ten photographs of the Heller children–now including Marion, Robert and Edna, born in 1926–back with the extended family in the White Rock area. Subjects include Edna’s first birthday at Aunt Ella’s in Cloverdale; cousin Georgie; visiting with Laura’s English cousins at Aunt Mary’s; babysitter Beth Creelman; and various family and friends.
Location: 0341.01.053-062 
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Series 341.02Youth and Career. — 1929-1960. — 119 photographs.When Marion was five years old, the family moved to White Rock while Ed Heller was receiving treatment for a back injury suffered during the war. In 1930, the family returned to the homestead near Beaverlodge and built a new two-storey, frame house. The farm offered many opportunities to the Heller children: farm work, times with family, space for all their friends, swimming in a dam created in the Beaverlodge River. Marion finished grade 8 at Appleton School, then went on to Beaverlodge for high school. By the time she was finished, World War II was on and there was a strong demand for teachers to fill the positions left vacant by young men enlisting in the war. After a year in Normal School in 1941, Marion taught at Elmworth. She then enlisted in the Navy and after the war continued her education through Summer School in Victoria. The result of this was that she became a teacher in Victoria Schools for five years.The series consists of a series one small black photograph album, 7 x 11 in. with scrollwork on the front cover. It containing 111 photographs which document the life of Marion Heller from about age 9 to age 30. It covers her life in Beaverlodge, White Rock and Victoria, and includes May Day activities in White Rock, the family in White Rock, the Heller farm, activities with friends at the farm, camping at Lake Saskatoon with the CGIT, picnics at the Halcourt Picnic grounds, teaching at Elmworth and McKenzie School, Dorothy Patterson’s wedding, Ed Heller’s enlistment in World War II, Robert in the Air Force, Marion in Normal School, her Normal School Instructors, and traveling home from Edmonton via Athabaska with four other girls from Beaverlodge and Grande Prairie.
 
May Day in White Rock, 1930-1931
3 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Three photographs showing groups of young girls in costume celebrating May Day in White Rock. May 24th was a big celebration. At the elementary school, there was a queen, princesses, and flower girls dressed in crepe paper. In the first photograph, Marion is in the bottom row, second from right. The third photo, from 1931, was sent to Marion as a gift.
Location: 0341.02.001-003 
Stay in White Rock, 1929-1931
9 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
Nine photographs of the Heller children in White Rock from 1929-1931, when the family lived in that community while Mr. Heller received treatment for his war injuries. The group now includes Beth, who was born in 1928. Scenes include Marion in May Day and Hallowe’en costumes; Marion in her father’s policeman jacket and hat; and the children in Stanley Park.
Location: 0341.02.004-012 
The Heller Farm, 1929-1931
14 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
Fourteen photographs of the Heller children growing up on the now well-established Heller farm, showing the two-storey white farm house, and swings in the yard. Scenes include Grandma Davis; the Dixon family, including Myrtle Dixon Dorscheid; the cart and the sleigh in which they travelled to Appleton School; the 1935 flood on the Beaverlodge River; playing on the banks of the Red Willow River; and friend Hannah Laing at the Andy Laing house in Halcourt.
Location: 0341.02.013-026 
Late Teen and Young Adult Years, [1938-1946]
15 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
Fifteen photographs of Marion, her family and friends during her late teen-age and young adult years, when she was training in Edmonton. Scenes include the four Heller children as young adults in 1946; Robert in his dorm after he joined the Air Force; Marion and friends at Normal School; Marion and her parents in the farm yard; scene from the house to the road on the farm; Beth, Edna and Robert on the farm; and a family grouping.
Location: 0341.02.027-041 
The Old Swimming Hole, [1940]
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
Teen-agers diving into “the old swimming hole” north of the bridge over the Beaverlodge River, just beside the Heller farm.
Location: 0341.02.042 
Elmworth School, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
Parents and children at the Elmworth School.
Location: 0341.02.043 
Summer School in Victoria, 1946-1947
46 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
Fourty-six photographs taken during the time Marion was in summer school in Victoria after World War II was over. Scenes include the University buildings, her boarding house, friends and family in Cloverdale and Victoria; and travel photos. Also included were photographs of the daughter of Valerie (Ellwood) Patterson, who had been Marion’s dance teacher in Beaverlodge.
Location: 0341.02.044-089 
Aircraft Carrier in Halifax Harbour, 1946
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
Photograph taken in
Location: 0341.02.081 
McKenzie Avenue School, 1947
4 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
Four photographs of Marion Heller’s students at McKenzie Avenue School playing out in the yard. There is also a news clipping showing the exterior of McKenzie Avenue School and an interior shot of Marion Heller with her class. Titled “Attend Classes in Converted Army Hut”, the caption says: “Thirty-seven children in grades three and four at McKenzie Avenue School have been moved into the converted army hut, which provides a large, airy and well-lighted classroom. It has eight large windows, as well as eight light fixtures to provide light. The walls are peach and pale green, and a heater in the room provides adequate warmth. Miss Marion M. Heller is the teacher. Caption for the exterior view reads: “An outside view of McKenzie Avenue annex, showing how a coat of paint makes an army hut a presentable addition to the school system.”
Location: 0341.02.090-093 
After the War, [1947]
14 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
Fourteen miscellaneous photographs of Marion Heller’s family and friends, many of them back on the farm after the war. Subjects include Grandpa Heller learning how to type for his new job as a magistrate in Winner, South Dakota; Beth in Nurse’s Training; Marion posing with friends as farm workers on the binder and hauling wood; and a large family grouping.
Location: 0341.02.094-108 
Grande Prairie Airport, 1960
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
Grande Prairie Airport in 1960, when you simply walked through the gate and over to the plane.
Location: 0341.02.107 
Dorothy Patterson’s Wedding, 1960
3 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
Edna and Beth Heller were the two bridesmaids when Dorothy Patterson (daughter of D.W. and Rose (Devlin) Patterson) married Douglas Hall.
Location: 0341.02.109-111 
McKenzie Avenue School, 1947-1951
4 photographs; b & w; 5 x 7 in.
Class photographs for Marion Heller’s students at McKenzie Avenue School from 1947-1950. In one of them she is wearing her navy uniform, re-made over to a suit.
Location: 0341.02.112-115 
Craft Classes in Victoria, 1947-1951
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
While living in Victoria, Marion took craft classes in making dolls and stuffed toys. Two photographs show the products made in those classes.
Location: 0341.02.116-117 
May Day in White Rock, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Reprint of 341.02.001.
Location: 0341.02.118 
McKenzie Avenue School, 1947-1951
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 in.
Class photograph for Marion Heller’s students at McKenzie Avenue School in 1951.
Location: 0341.02.119 
 
A General Instructional Background for the Young Soldier, 1940
Booklet
Canadian Army Training Pamphlet No. 1, with information on Infantry Drill, Marching and Physical Training; Weapon Training; Application of Fire; Protection Against Gas; Organization and Tactical Training; Field Engineering; and Military Law and Interior Economy.
Location: 2012.024 
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Series 341.03Pre-War and War Years Album. — 1936-1944. — 2 cm of textual records. — 272 photographs.The years before and during the war were very active ones for the Heller family. In 1937, when Marion was 16, the Hellers bought a new car and Ed drove his family to South Dakota and Nebraska, to see his parents, brother and sisters. They traveled via Peace River and Athabasca on dirt (sometimes muddy) roads. The trip took them through Yellowstone Park and the Badlands. It was the only time the Heller children saw their Heller grand-parents. Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT) was a big part of Marion’s life during this time period. She participated in camping at Lake Saskatoon, activities in Beaverlodge, and a visit to Edmonton in 1939 to see King George VI and Queen Elizabeth when they made their tour of Canada. Both Ed and Robert enlisted in World War II–Ed in the Army and Robert in the Air Force. After graduating from Beaverlodge High School, Marion spent a year at Normal School in Edmonton, then returned to teach in the Peace Country. Her first school was Elmworth in the Spring of 1943. She taught in the Junior Room, grades 1 to 6, and her salary was $64.00/month for 10 months of the year. Out of that she paid $25.00/month for board and room. She saved enough money to pay train fare from Beaverlodge to White Rock for herself, Edna and Beth, and off they went for a visit to Grandma Davis and Aunt Ella. Because the war caused a shortage of teachers, the senior room at Elmworth was closed the next year, so Marion taught grades 1-9 in one room. After school was over, Marion also enlisted, becoming a WREN in the Navy from 1944-1946. She would have stayed even then, but the navy was not accepting women when there was no war. While waiting for them to change that ruling, she reurned home to Beaverlodge and taught at North Sexsmith for a few months to finish out their year, then headed off to summer school in Victoria. When that was done, she secured a job teaching at MacKenzie Avenue School in Victoria. After five years of teaching in Victoria, Marion gave up on her hopes for a Navy career and joined the Air Force in 1951 as Airwoman Heller, M.M. 41742W. This was the era of the “Cold War”. Marion was the first female instructor in English at Air Force School at Saint-Jean, just south of Montreal. As an instructor, she never really felt a part of the Air Force, so in the summer of 1953 she returned home again to Beaverlodge. That summer, Marion was offered the position of principal of the old Montrose School, for grades 1 to 3. After two years as principal, she resigned in 1955, and that October married Vernon Hill, who was farming near Beaverlodge.The series consists of photographs and papers relating to Marion’s activities just prior to and during World War II. Papers include a series of Grade 9 High School Entrance examinations in mathmatics, science, health education, english language and literature, and general knowledge, gathered when she was teaching at Elmworth School. There is also a copy of the Canadian Army Training Pamphlet No. 1, titled “A General Instructional Background for the Young Soldier, 1940. The photographs show Marion’s high school class in Beaverlodge, the Royal Tour in Edmonton, training in Normal School in Edmonton, her first practise teaching assignment at Robin Hood School District near Bon Accord, her Normal School Instructors, traveling home from Edmonton via Athabaska with four other girls from Beaverlodge and Grande Prairie, and teaching at Elmworth the first two years after she qualified. There are also photographs of Marion Dixon’s Wedding, the Heller farm, camping at Lake Saskatoon with the CGIT, dance revue costumes made by Marion, and the enlistment of Ed Heller in the Army and Robert Heller in the Air Force in World War II.
 
Royal Tour, Edmonton, 1939
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 4.5 in.
A casual photograph of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth when Marion traveled to Edmonton for their 1939 tour.
Location: 0341.03.001 
Beaverlodge High School, 1936
2 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Two photographs of Beaverlodge High School students in 1936. One is a casul photograph at the “end of year picnic”; the other a more formal group on the front steps of the high school. Marion Heller is first on the left, bottom row.
Location: 0341.03.002-003 
Marion Dixon’s Wedding, 1935-1938
3 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Two wedding photographs when Marion Dixon married Ross Bacon, and one photo of Marion with her oldest son, Donald, in 1938.
Location: 0341.03.004-006 
On the Heller Farm, 1936-1937
12 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Twelve photographs showing various scenes on the Heller farm: trumpeter swans on Heller’s Lake, the Heller girls in 1936, teachers in the area, and family picnics and groupings. One photograph shows Marion with three local teachers on horseback: Evelynn Deby, Miss Chechulak, and Dorthy Idhe. Another shows Valerie Ellwood, who taught dance in Grande Prairie, but took the train out to Beaverlodge to teach dance lessons there. She later married George Patterson.
Location: 0341.03.007-018 
Visiting Relatives in the States, 1937
13 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Thirteen photographs of a trip to South Dakota and Nebraska to visit Heller relatives in 1937. Only photos identified are of Louis and Marie Heller. This was the only time the Heller children saw her father’s parents.
Location: 0341.03.019-031 
CGIT Camp, Lake Saskatoon, [1939]
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 8 in.
Leaders at CGIT Camp on Saskatoon Island ca. 1949 include Kay Smith (far left back row), Mrs. Lawlor (2nd from right back row); middle row, left to right: Mrs. Jean Carlisle and Madelon (Flint) Truax; front row, second from right, Mildred Hill, Alice Smith and Lillian Carscaden.
Location: 0341.03.032 
CGIT Camp, Lake Saskatoon, [1939]
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 8 in.
Girls at CGIT Camp on Saskatoon Island ca. 1940. From left to right, Evelyn/Kay Keys, Flora Lawlor, Rhoda Patterson, and four girls from the Sudetan settlement at Tupper Creek south of Dawson Creek. The Sudetans had recently arrived at Tupper Creek, and this was a way to acclimatize them to the local population.
Location: 0341.03.033 
CGIT Camp, Lake Saskatoon, [1939]
7 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Seven casual snapshots of CGIT camp on Saskatoon Island include the group cooking on the lakeshore, Marion Heller in her uniform, the Beaverlodge United Church troop, leaders Kay Smith and Valerie Ellwood, the entire camp body, and a group of girls doing the Sailors Horn Pipe Dance, taught to them by Valerie Ellwood.
Location: 0341.03.034-040 
In CGIT Uniform, [1939]
2 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Two photographs of Marion Heller and Geraldine Proud, of Beaverlodge, in CGIT uniform when they went to see the Royal Tour in Edmonton. The trip by car took two days out and two days back, all the way around by Peace River and Lesser Slave Lake.
Location: 0341.03.041-042 
Dance Troup, [1939]
2 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Two photographs of dance uniforms made by Marion Heller. Each troup has three girls–one for a Spanish dance, the other for a tap dance.
Location: 0341.03.043-044 
The Heller Children, 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 3.5 in.
Formal studio portrait of Ed and Laura Heller’s children in 1940. From left to right: Edna, Beth, Robert, Marion.
Location: 0341.03.045 
Marion Bacon and Child, 1940
2 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Two casual snapshots of Marion (Dixon) Bacon’s son in summer and in winter.
Location: 0341.03.046-047 
CGIT Camp, [1940]
6 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Six casual snapshots of CGIT Camp on Saskatoon Island ca. 1940.
Location: 0341.03.048-053 
Marion Heller’s Birthday, 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Eight girls–friends of Marion Heller’s–who attended her birthday party in 1940.
Location: 0341.03.054 
On the Heller Farm, 1940
14 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Fourteen photographs taken on the Heller farm at Beaverlodge. Subjects include biking, making ice cream, landscapes, girls in dance costumes, family groupings, Marion on the binder behind a team of horses, Grandma Davis, and Islay Cox in Marion’s doll buggy.
Location: 0341.03.055-068 
Trip to Edmonton, 1939
2 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Two photographs taken when the CGIT traveled to Edmonton to see King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The subjects are the Dunvegan Ferry over the Peace River and the CGIT girls on a grand-stand along the road.
Location: 0341.03.069-70 
Harvest 1939, 1939
4 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Four photographs of grain being harvested with a binder, horses and wagon, and a stationery thresher.
Location: 0341.03.071-074 
Cox’s Children, 1939
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Three Cox children enjoying food and hats at a birthday party.
Location: 0341.03.075 
World War II, 1940
5 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Ed Heller enlisted in World War II. Five photographs showing the family in the winter of 1940, as he was enlisting. Scenes include Ed (in uniform) with his three daughters, and with his son Robert; Beth and Edna in winter clothing on their bikes; and Marion in the farm yard.
Location: 0341.03.076-080 
Normal School, 1940-1941
11 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Eleven photographs showing Marion at Normal School in Edmonton. Subjects include various friends and the buildings on campus.
Location: 0341.03.081-92 
Robin Hood School District, 1940-1941
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
In the summer of 1941, Marion Heller practise taught at Robin Hood School District near Bon Accord. Here she is with about 25 of her students.
Location: 0341.03.093 
Miscellaneous Photographs, 1940-1941
4 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Four photographs of Marion at home and on the farm ca. 1940.
Location: 0341.03.094-097 
Normal School, Edmonton, 1941
8 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Eight photographs of instructors at Normal School in Edmonton in 1941. Those identified are Hastie, Higgins, Twomey, Haverstock, Lord, Jonason, Manning, and Tuck.
Location: 0341.03.098-105 
Marion Dixon and Baby, 1941
5 photographs; b & w; 2x 3 in.
Four photographs of Marion Dixon and her baby.
Location: 0341.03.106-109 
Back to Edmonton, 1941
4 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Four photographs of traveling back to Edmonton via the Athabasca Ferry, and life at the boarding house.
Location: 0341.03.110-113 
Dance Revue Costumes, 1941
2 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Edna and Beth Heller wearing dance costumes created by Marion.
Location: 0341.03.114-115 
Back in Beaverlodge District, 1941
24 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Twenty-four photographs of the Heller children in various seasons and dress, on the Heller farm at Beaverlodge. There is also a photograph of George and Valerie Patterson, and of Marion at Normal School Graduation in 1941. Other scenes include playing softball at Red Willow, making ice cream in the yard, and the two younger Heller girls in bathing costumes.
Location: 0341.03.116-139 
Elmworth School, 1941-1943
8 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Eight photographs of activities at Elmworth School when Marion Heller was teaching there from 1941-1943. Elmworth School occupied two one-room log buildings. The first year Marion taught the junior room, but the second year she had all the children in one class because a second teacher could not be found. This was during the war years when many of the male teachers had been conscripted. The Scenes include students, buildings, and the students playing volleyball in the yard.
Location: 0341.03.140-147b 
Louis Heller, [1940]
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Louis Heller learning to type for his new position as magistrate in Winner, South Dakota.
Location: 0341.03.148 
Family and Friends, 1941-1943
60 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Sixty photographs of family and friends in Beaverlodge and White Rock. Individuals include Islay Cox, Lois Pandachuk, Grandma Davis, and trips to White Rock and Jasper. Two photos taken in the home include the Heller family at the dining table and the Heller “orchestra” gathered around the piano. There is also one photograph of the students at Elmworth School in 1943.
Location: 0341.03.149-208 
Taking the Yankees for a Ride, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Three Heller girls and two Americans from the Saskatoon Mountain Air Station, taking a ride with horses and sleigh on New Year’s Day, 1943.
Location: 0341.03.209 
Twenty-first Birthday!, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Marion Heller with her birthday cake on her 21st birthday.
Location: 0341.03.210 
Robert Heller, Air Force, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Robert Heller, in Air Force uniform, in Vancouver.
Location: 0341.03.211 
Summer 1942, 1942
4 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Four photographs taken in the summer of 1942, including a picnic on the banks of the Red Willow River, and the three Heller girls in bathing costumes.
Location: 0341.03.212-215 
Summer 1943, 1943
6 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Six photographs taken in the summer of 1943, including “picking rocks” in the farm field, another family picnic, and a trip to Pidgeon Lake.
Location: 0341.03.216-221 
Summer School in Victoria, 1943
7 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Seven photographs of Marion Heller with other students at Summer School in Victoria in 1943.
Location: 0341.03.222-228 
North Sexsmith School, 1946
4 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Four photographs of North Sexsmith School students when Marion Heller was teaching them in the Spring of 1946, after she returned from the Navy. One of the photos shows the children playing a circle game outside of the log school on the occasion of the June Picnic. Another shows George Longson taking Marion for a toboggan ride behind the horse.
Location: 0341.03.229a-c, 230 
Back Home on the Farm, 1944
7 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Seven photographs of life back home on the Heller farm, including some photos of Rhoda Patterson and the Heller girls in winter dress walking on the road and skating on the Beaverlodge River.
Location: 0341.03.231-237 
Kleskun Hill School, 1944
6 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Six photographs taken while Marion was teaching at Kleskun Hill School show the school buildings, the class outside the school, going to school in the sleigh during the winter and the cart in the summer, and the Bjerke family and their home where she boarded.
Location: 0341.03.238-243 
Monkman Pass, 1943-1944
2 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Two photographs of the Kinuseo Falls on the journey to Monkman Pass.
Location: 0341.03.244-245 
Weddings and Family, 1943-1944
19 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Nineteen photographs of weddings and family events, including the wedding of Rhoda Patterson to Paul Miller, which includes snapshots of D.W. and Rose Patterson; Dorothy and Harold Bailey; Ellen and Clff Bristow; Louise and Charlie Cruz. There is also a photo of a burning oil well on the banks of the Peace River just outside of Peace River town.
Location: 0341.03.246-264 
Trip to Monkman Pass, 1944
6 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Six photographs of a trip to Monkman Pass showing the roads, fishing in the rivers, and picnicking enroute.
Location: 0341.03.265-270 
Shirley Fink, Red Cross, [1945]
2 photographs; colour; 3 x 5 in.
Two early colour photographs, much discoloured, of a trip in Victoria with Shirley Fink in her Red Cross uniform.
Location: 0341.03.271-272 
 
A General Instructional Background for the Young Soldier, 1940
Booklet
Canadian Army Training Pamphlet No. 1, with information on Infantry Drill, Marching and Physical Training; Weapon Training; Application of Fire; Protection Against Gas; Organization and Tactical Training; Field Engineering; and Military Law and Interior Economy.
Location: 2012.024 
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Series 341.04WREN Heller 3700 Album. — 1944-1946. — 69 photographs.In 1942, Canada’s Naval officials decided to follow Britain’s lead and established the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service, also known as WRENS. Their primary function was to relieve men for sea duty, and since this was during war-time, they were given a 5 week crash course and set to work at Naval headquarters, in Basic Training, as Recruiting officers, Censorship Officers, etc. A new basic training center was set up at HMCS Conestoga in Galt (now Guelph), Ontario. 6,000 women signed up as WRENS in the three years before the war ended. These women were trained in 26 different trades, some in the Supply Branch, others as Wireless Operators, Coders, Plotters, Radar Operators, Sick Bay Attendants, Photographers, Postal Clerks, Motor Transport Drivers, Dental Assistants, Sail-makers, and Tailoresses. They also took a major role in the emotional task of demobilization after the war was over. In 1946, the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service was disbanded. Marion Heller was one of those who enlisted in 1944. She became WREN Heller W3700, training at the HMCS Nonsuch in Edmonton, and HMCS Conestoga. After qualifying as a Supply Assistant, she went on to HMCS Cornwallis in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, the HMCS Avalon in St. John’s Nfld, and HMCS Stadacona in Halifax. She also spent time at HMCS Peregrine in Halifax as she was preparing to exit in 1946.The series consists of one photograph album and copies of newspaper articles documenting the life of Marion Hill as an Navy WREN from 1944-1946.
 
WREN Heller W3700, 1944-1946
1 photograph; b & w;
WREN Heller W3700 at HMCS Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service.
Location: 0341.04.001 
HMCS Conestoga, 1944
8 photographs; b & w;
Eight photographs of Marion Heller as a WREN Heller at HMCS Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. Photos show Marion arriving in April 1944, the parade square, the uniform, and the girls relaxing on the grounds.
Location: 0341.04.002-009 
HMCS Cornwallis, 1944
6 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Six photographs of Marion Heller at HMCS Cornwallis, on the east side of Nova Scotia, where she served as a Supply assistant. Photos show staff, view over the ocean, and a trip to Montreal. Most of the photographs are 2.5 x 4 in. but there are three professional portraits of staff at Cornwallis.
Location: 0341.04.010-015 
HMCS Avalon, 1944
17 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Seventeen photographs of Marion Heller at HMCS Avalon in Newfoundland. Photos show barracks inside and out, other WRENS and sailors in the Canadian Navy, highway out of St. John’s, and buildings in the city. Most of the photographs are 2.5 x 4 in., but there is a page of 2 in. circles showing Marion in uniform in different situations.
Location: 0341.04.016-032 
On Leave, 1945
12 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Twelve photographs of Marion Heller on leave in 1945. She is in uniform but with friends and family at home. Most of the photographs are 2.5 x 4 in, but one is 3 x 5 in. street photo of Marion in the city.
Location: 0341.04.033-044 
HMCS Stadacona, 1945-1946
23 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Twenty-three photographs of Marion Heller at HMCS Stadacona in Nova Scotia. Photos show scenes around Halifax, including a captured German Submarine in the harbour at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and the HMCS Petrolia. They also record visits to Peggy’s Cove, Lunenberg and Charlottetown. Most of the photographs are 2.5 x 4 in, but one is a 5 x 7 in print of the Navy WRENS in the cabin.
Location: 0341.04.045-067 
Christmas at HMCS Peregrine, 1946
2 photographs; b & w; 4 x 5 in.
Two photographs of WRENS enjoying Christmas festivities in the lounge at HMCS Peregrine in Halifax. These were taken as Marion was preparing to exit the navy.
Location: 0341.04.068-069 
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Series 341.05Snaps and Scraps Album. — 1942-1955. — 371 photographs.The series consists of a scrapbook, titled “Snaps and Scraps” containing photographs and newspaper articles. The photographs are mostly unidentified snaps of family and friends, but include many weddings and historical events such as the geological lectures at the Kleskun Hills and the opening of the Smoky River Bridge. The newspaper articles include a photograph of Beaverlodge from the air about 1952; Albert and Vernon Hill receiving awards in a Better Farming Competition ca. 1950; Vernon Hill competing in the Alberta Curling Brier in 1954; the Victoria Annual Police Ball which Marion attended with a Victoria policeman ca. 1950; a dance competition at the YMCA in Victoria won by Marion ca. 1950; marriage of Edna Heller to Stanley Sparkes; Appleton News in 1945 about Wren Marion Heller; Marion teaching at RCAF School; Beta Sigma Phi group in Victoria in 1951; marriage of Beth Heller to Bruce MacDonell; Girls Air Cadets squadron in Grande Prairie under Marion’s leadership in 1955; Marion as a principal in the 1950s; and a song written by Marion while in the Air Force.
 
On Vancouver Island, 1949
9 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Nine photographs of Marion and a friend in front of a Battery Brake and Tire Shop, “on the Malahat”, in Cathedral Grove, and on the road to Port Alberni in 1949. A hand-written note slipped into the album reads: “I made all my clothes, dresses and suits, etc. except a coat.
Location: 0341.05.001-009 
On Heller Farm, [1942-1950]
16 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Fourteen photographs of activities with the Heller family: the house on the farm, the bridge over the river, building the new barn, Robert and Doug Mackie in Air Force uniform, Vera Thiel and the Hartiman family, Gordon and Alice Moyer at Elmworth, the new threshing machine, and women picking saskatoons.
Location: 0341.05.010-25 
Life in Victoria, [1942-1950]
23 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Twenty-three photographs taken when Marion was living in Victoria from 1947-1951. They include
Location: 0341.05.026-047 
Alice and Gordon Moyer, [1950]
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Formal portrait of the children of Edna and Gordon Moyer in the living room of their home.
Location: 0341.05.048 
Robert & Muriel’s Wedding, [1950]
15 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Fifteen photographs taken about the time Robert Heller married Muriel Fulton in Armstrong, B.C. Photos show a winter wedding with family groupings in the snow, the wedding party on the snowy steps of church and home, Robert with his best man, bomber pilot Lloyd Pond; and a small log home labeled “Robert’s House”. This was originally the homestead house of Bertram Elcombe and later added on to. A hand-written note in the album reads: “Robert credits his bomber pilot with getting the plane safely back from a raid on Germany.”
Location: 0341.05.049-063 
Family and Friends, [1950]
8 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Eight photographs of family and friends ca. 1950 including Beth Heller in her nurse’s uniform; Millie Davis with her son Gordon; and two children identified as Daphne and John. A hand-written note in the album says, “One summer, instead of coming home, I worked for their [Daphne and John] parents north of Victoria.
Location: 0341.05.064-071 
White Rock, B C, [1950]
12 photographs; b & w; 2.5 x 4 in.
Twelve photographs of visits to White Rock.
Location: 0341.05.072-083 
Home in Victoria, [1950]
6 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Six photographs of Marion’s apartment in a large Edwardian-style home in Victoria, and her room-mate Shirley Cannon.
Location: 0341.05.084-089 
Weddings, [1950]
52 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Fifty-two photographs of weddings of friends and family: Dorothy Patterson and Doug Hall; Shirley Mather and husband Len Cannon; Edna Heller and Stanley (Ned) Sparkes. Edna and Beth Heller were bridesmaids for the Patterson-Hall wedding. Also included is an aerial photograph of Bacon’s farm, north of Edmonton, where cousin Marion Dixon was living after she married Ross Bacon.
Location: 0341.05.090-138 
Back in the Peace Country, [1950]
18 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
Eighteen photographs of family and babies and picnics back in the Peace Country. There are two photographs of ferries. One is identified as Dunvegan; the other could be Athabasca.
Location: 0341.05.139-155 
The Kleskun Hills, [1950]
2 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
In the early 1950s, there was much public discussion of what should be done with the Kleskun Hills. Geological picnics were held each year, with guest speakers giving lectures on the paleontolical history of the hills. These two photographs show the crowds gathering as well as the Kleskun Hills, one of which has been marked with a large rock as Dinosaur Hill.
Location: 0341.05.156-157 
Opening the Smoky River Bridge, 1949
18 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Eighteen photographs showing the family attending the opening of the Smoky River Bridge. Scenes include the parade floats, the bridge, the new road, and the family having a picnic on the banks of the Smoky River. One photo is labeled, “Dora, Lynn and Charles”. A hand-written note in the album says, “At the opening of the bridge on the Smoky River, Charlie Heller piloted his plane from Winner, South Dakota to Grande Prairie.”
Location: 0341.05.158-166 
The Peace River, [1950]
10 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Ten photographs of a trip to the Peace River and picnicking on the banks.
Location: 0341.05.167-176 
Beaverlodge River, [1950]
7 photographs; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Seven photographs showing the bridge over the Beaverlodge River and the swimming and beach area just north of the bridge.
Location: 0341.05.177-183 
Family and Friends, 1949-1955
187 photographs; b & w; assorted sizes
One hundred eighty-seven photographs of family and friends and travel photos. There are a number of photographs showing groups of people in side the Heller home, some of them at Christmas. Marion remembered, “My mother always had house parties and tea parties.”
Location: 0341.05.184-370 
Montrose School, 1955
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 3 in.
A class of students on the front steps of Montrose School in April 1955 when Marion was principal at the school.
Location: 0341.05.371 
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Series 341.06Family History Album. — 1942-2008. — 4 cm of textual records.In 1955, Marion married Vernon Hill, the second son of Albert Jonathon Hill, who was born in Mitchell, Ontario in 1871. He and his brother Walter moved to Calgary in 1908 where he met Mayme Thayer. After their marriage in 1912, they moved to Blaine, Washington, across the border from White Rock, B C. Three boys and a girl were born there. In 1918, they moved to the Rio Grande district, south west of Beaverlodge, where six more children were born. A boy died in infancy leaving five boys (Albert, Vernon, Thomas, Hugh and Edgar) and four girls (Mildred, Eileen, Rita and Olive). The Hill children all received post-secondary educations. The four older boys attended the Vermilion School of Agriculture, the two older girls qualified as teachers at Normal School in Edmonton, and the three youngest studied business at Alberta College.The series consists of a copy of the family history binder which includes genealogical information on the four lines of ancestors for Marion and Vernon Hill’s children: Hill, Thayer, Heller and Davis. These include family group sheets, photographs, documents, articles and newspaper clippings. There are also two memoirs written by Edward Heller titled: “The Call of the Might Peace” and “World War I Memories”. The second half of the family history binder contains photographs and memories relating to the childhood of Marion Hill, and photographs of Marion and Vernon Hill’s children and grandchildren. It includes a history of the Hill family compiled by Madelon Truax titled “Who We Are–A Hill Saga” presented to Vernon Hill on his 80th birthday, a few family recipes, and some annual Christmas letters.
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