Fonds 049 Forrest Falk fonds

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1895-1988. — 5 cm of textual records. — 30 photographs. — 1 postcards. — 3 cards.


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Biographical Sketch

Forrest Clinton Falk was born August 23, 1895 in Sumner, Iowa. When he was six years old, he was placed in the Lutheran Orphans’ Home in Waverly, Iowa by his father, but was retrieved 2 months later by his relatives. By the time he was 15, he had rejoined his father and was working at any odd jobs he could find in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

At the age of 17, Forrest travelled as a stowaway by train up to Edson, then drove a team over the Edson trail for Leonard Beard, a settler coming to Grande Prairie with his family. They arrived in September, 1911. After filing on a quarter southeast of Clairmont and helping the Beards start a cabin, Forrest worked as a farm labourer for ranch owners such as Sproule and Cochrane. In 1912, he was joined by his father, John Frederick Falk. Father and son worked at proving up their homesteads over the next years, with Forrest working out as a ranch hand and a hauler on the trails.

On September 23, 1917, Forrest enlisted as a Private 1st Class for World War I at Deer Lodge, Montana. He fought at Cierges Fermes and Soissons in 1918, and was injured during this last raid, on August 30, 1918. After 4 ½ months in an American Red Cross hospital in St. Aignon, France, he was released.

In 1927, Mr. Falk married Edith Catherine Paige.

Custodial History

Records were donated by Margaret Wood, daughter of Forrest & Edith Falk.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of personal records and photographs; legal papers and financial records from the Falk’s homestead including his original homestead application; and papers and correspondence regarding Forrest’s tour of duty in France during World War I and his resulting injury.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the records.
Related records: A Bill of Sale included in personal papers relates to a saddle in the Grande Prairie Museum. Also in the museum collections is a Purple Heart World War I medal, awarded to Forrest c. Falk for Military Merit.

Table of Contents

Series 049.01Personal Papers
Series 049.02Falk Homestead
Series 049.03World War I Records
Series 049.04Falk Family Photograph collection

Series 049.01Personal Papers. — 1895-1980. — 2 cm of textual records. — 7 photographs.The series consists of correspondence, naturalization certificate, and copies of certificates regarding the birth and citizenship of John Frederick and Forrest Clinton Falk. Photographs include one portrait of John F. and Mary F. Falk, with their son Forrest in 1895, 1 photograph of the last home of Forrest and Edith Falk, and 4 photographs of Forrest Falk and Hazel Beard at the opening of the Smoky River Bridge in 1973. There are also four turn of the century cards from Edith Paige Falk’s family and the 1967 memoirs written by Forrest Falk for “Pioneers of the Peace”.

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Series 049.02Falk Homestead. — 1912-1965. — 2 cm of textual records. — 23 photographs.The series consists of receipts for work done, land, livestock and machinery; transfers and leases of land between Forrest, his father and neighbours; sale agreements and loan agreements; and 20 photographs of the homestead between 1920 and 1930. One hand-painted photograph shows the wagon with four horses which Forrest drove over the Edson Trail, and a small cash book lists prices of items purchased for grubstake in 1912, as well as later purchases and records of work done for area farmers. Two aerial photographs show the Falk farmstead as it was in the late 50s or early 60s, and a 1965 Auction Poster advertises the farm sale when the Falks retired. 

(Carousel of Slides),
1 ; ;
Location: 1991.03.105
Repairing Roads, [1915]
2 silde, photograph; b&w; 3×5
Two Harmon boys, Cliff and Frederick Falk repairing roads in Peace River Country.
Location: 1991.03.105.009
Revillion Freres Store and Post Office, 1912
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Revillion Freres Store and Beaverlodge Post Office at Saskatoon Lake, 1912.
Location: 1991.03.105.011
Going Homesteading, 1912
2 photograph, slide; b&w; 3×5
Going homesteading, May 1912, 10 mi. N.E. of Grande Prairie. Transportation was borrowed from R. Cochrane. Floyd Totten seated, F.C. Falk standing.
Location: 1991.03.105.013
Ogden Homesteaders, 1910
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Mr and Mrs. Tom Ogden, homesteaders, spring 1910, en route from Everetts to Bingley. The Ogdens came from Boston.
Location: 1991.03.105.015
Peace River, n.d.
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Photograph of Peace River, Alberta.
Location: 1991.03.105.017
Georoge Bredin’s Hotel, 1910
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Georoge Bredin’s hotel, Grande Prairie, 1910.
Location: 1991.03.105.024
Breaking on the Falk Farm, 1925
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Breaking on the Falk farm, 1925.
Location: 1991.03.105.026
Moving Granary, n.d.
2 photograph; slide; b&w;
Winter scene moving granary.
Location: 1991.03.105.027
Huge Straw Stack, 1930
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Huge straw stack at Forst Falk farm, 1930.
Location: 1991.03.105.028
Oat Crop,
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Oat crop at Forest Falk’s farm.
Location: 1991.03.105.029
Ready for Seeding,
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Ready for seeding.
Location: 1991.03.105.033
Woodshed, 1930
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Woodshed on Forest Falk farm, 1930.
Location: 1991.03.105.039
Haying,
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Haying season on the Forest Falk farm.
Location: 1991.03.105.040
Threshing Crew, 1940
3 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Thresshing crew at Forest Falk’s farm, Clairmont, 1940.
Location: 1991.03.105.045
“Mike” and a Dog, [1920]
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Forest Falk’s horse “Mike” with a dog on it (1892 saddle).
Location: 1991.03.105.052
Horses, [1920]
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Horses at Forest Falk’s farm near Clairmont, 1920’s.
Location: 1991.03.105.053
Farm Pets,
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Farm pets on Forest Falk’s farm.
Location: 1991.03.105.056
All the Essentials, [1920]
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Forest Falk farm, 1920’s. “All the Essentials.”
Location: 1991.03.105.057
Cattle on Falk Farm, [1920]
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Cattle on Falk farm, 1920’s.
Location: 1991.03.105.058
Hauling Grain, [1925-1930]
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Hauling grain across Clairmont Lake, Forest Falk farm.
Location: 1991.03.105.063
Margo Falk, 1938
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Margo Falk beside “King and Queen” cutter made from an old car.
Location: 1991.03.105.071
Steam Threshing, 1917
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Steam Threshing on Forest Falk farm, 1917 (Peace River country, Clairmont).
Location: 1991.03.105.078
Granny Beard, 1961
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 3×5
Granny Beard on her 88th birthday, June 15, 1961.
Location: 1991.03.105.084
Making Camp on the Trail, 1912
2 photograph; slide; b&w; 4×6
Making camp on the trail, 1912.
Location: 1991.03.105.097

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Series 049.03World War I Records. — 1917-1933. — 1 cm of textual records.The series consists of communications from the war department regarding the “wounded in action” of Forrest Falk, and the resultant compensation; dismissal papers such as the enlistment record and soldier’s affidavit; and a small diary used while at the American Red Cross hospital, with addresses and records of the treatment of his injury.

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Series 049.04Falk Family Photograph collection. — 1917-1933. — 100 photographs.
The series consists of communications from the war department regarding the “wounded in action” of Forrest Falk, and the resultant compensation; dismissal papers such as the enlistment record and soldier’s affidavit; and a small diary used while at the American Red Cross hospital, with addresses and records of the treatment of his injury.SubSeries 049.04.01Family Portraits. — 1 photographs. — 8 negatives.The sub-series consists of individual portraits, one family portrait, and one gravesite. 

John & Mary Falk with child Forrest, 1893
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 in.
John F. Falk and Mary E. Falk, with their son Forrest C. Falk, born 1893 in Sumner, Iowa.
Location: 1991.03.104

SubSeries 049.04.02Immigration. — [1910-1918]. — 7 photographs. — 16 negatives.The sub-series consists of photographs, slides and negatives which show settlers traveling into the region by horse, ox and train. 

First Train into Grande Prairie in 1916, 1916
2 photographs; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
The first train into Grande Prairie in 1916.
Location: 1991.03.001
Work Train Building Track Into Grande Prairie, 1916
2 photographs; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
A work train building into Grande Prairie in Mar. 1916
Location: 1991.03.003
Hudson’s Bay Company at Saskatoon Lake 1910, 1910
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Unknown persons at the Hudson’s Bay Company Post at Lake Saskatoon
Location: 1991.03.065
Traveling the Edson Trail, 1911
1 photograph; colour; 8 x 10 in.
Hand-painted and enlarged photograph of the Falks team and wagon coming through the bush on the Edson Trail.
Location: 1991.03.111
Richmond Ave Grande Prairie c. 1915, 1915 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Looking westward down Richmond Avenue in Grande Prairie about 1915
Location: 1991.03.119
Richmond Ave Grande Prairie 1915, 1915
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Looking eastward down Richmond Avenue in Grande Prairie in 1915
Location: 1991.03.120
Work Train Building Track Into Grande Prairie, 1916
2 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Track-laying engine building the train track into Grande Prairie in Mar. 1916
Location: 1991.03.151
Forrest Falk & Hazel Beard at the Smoky, 1973
2 photographs; colour; 3 x 3 in.
Location: 1991.03.153

SubSeries 049.04.03Homesteading. — 1911-[1930]. — 15 photographs. — 24 negatives. — 2 postcards.The series consists of communications from the war department regarding the “wounded in action” of Forrest Falk, and the resultant compensation; dismissal papers such as the enlistment record and soldier’s affidavit; and a small diary used while at the American Red Cross hospital, with addresses and records of the treatment of his injury. 

Montana Style Gate, 1918-1926
2 photographs; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
The Montana style gate used for access into the Falk farmyard from 1918-1926.
Location: 1991.03.007
Falk Farm 1926, 1926
2 photographs; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Plowing at the Falk farm in 1926. The farmyard is in the background
Location: 1991.03.008
Forrest Falk on “Mike”, 1920
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk on “Mike” the saddle horse he brought over the Edson Trail. The saddle is now in Grande Prairie Museum.
Location: 1991.03.012
Log Barn At the Falk Farm 1920-21, 1920 c.
2 photographs; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
A new barn being built at the Falk farm about 1920-21. The roof is yet to be installed.
Location: 1991.03.013
John F. Falk Frame House, 1920 c.
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Falk frame house on the farm in the early 1920s.
Location: 1991.03.016
Edith Falk, a new bride, 1927
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Edith Paige Falk, the new bride, in the grainfield outside her farm house.
Location: 1991.03.024
Arthur Gunn’s Home, 1950
1 negative; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Arthur Gunn’s log house and new frame house.
Location: 1991.03.026
Forrest Falk, [1919-1920]
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk on his horse “Mike” with his dog “Major” on behind.
Location: 1991.03.033
Gate on Falk Farm, 1918-1926
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.042
Forrest Falk Farm 8″ snow on stooks, 1936
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
There is 8″ of snow on these stooks at the Forrest Falk Farm on Sept. 13, 1936
Location: 1991.03.043
Threshing – Falk Farm, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.048
Steam Tractor, 1917
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Mr. Stewart’s steam tractor, used for threshing by local farmers, was located near Bezanson.
Location: 1991.03.049
Stewart’s Threshing Machine, 1917
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Stewart’s Threshing Outfit at Bezanson.
Location: 1991.03.050
Steam Tractor threshing on Peace River farm, 1917
1 photograph; b & w; 5.5 x 3.5 in.
A photo showing a steam tractor, thresher, teams & wagons at Threshing Time on a Peace River Farm
Location: 1991.03.051
Breaking land on the Falk Farm, 1925
2 photographs; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
A Steel wheel McCormick Deering tractor was used to break land on the Falk farm in 1925
Location: 1991.03.062
Plowing with Horses, [1920]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk plowing with a two-horse team on his farm near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.031
Falk Homestead, [1920]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk homestead near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.032
Plowing with horses, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Location: 1991.03.124
Forrest Falk Farm, 1928-1929
2 photographs; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Frame farm house & log outbuildings on Falk Farm.
Location: 1991.03.125
Hauling hay with horses, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Location: 1991.03.131
Moving a granary, 1930 c.
3 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk moving a granary with his steel-wheeled tractor in a field of heavy snow.
Location: 1991.03.133
Clearing Land, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.135
Threshing – Falk Farm, 1940’s
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Steam Tractor running the threshing machine at Falk farm in the 1940s.
Location: 1991.03.147
Threshing – Falk Farm, 1940 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.148
Garden Scene–Falk Farm,
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Location: 1991.03.149b
September 1936–Early Snowfall, 1936
2 photographs; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Location: 1991.03.152
Forrest Falk Farm, Clairmont, 1922
2 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.164
Forrest Falk and his saddle horse, 1919
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk, his horse Mike, and the Saddle as they came over the Edson Trail.
Location: 1991.03.167
Horses with Cutter,
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Horses with Cutter
Location: 1991.03.205

SubSeries 049.04.04Farm Animals. — 22 negatives.The series consists of communications from the war department regarding the “wounded in action” of Forrest Falk, and the resultant compensation; dismissal papers such as the enlistment record and soldier’s affidavit; and a small diary used while at the American Red Cross hospital, with addresses and records of the treatment of his injury. 

Edith Falk, Clairmont Farm, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.018
Edith Falk, Clairmont Farm, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.019
Forrest Falk’s Horse Mike with 1982 Saddle, 1920 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 3 in.
Forrest Falk’s Horse “Mike” with dog on 1892 saddle in the earl 1920’s.
Location: 1991.03.035
Harrowing on Falk Farm, 1938
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Worker with a team of eight horses harrowing the land on Falk farm.
Location: 1991.03.056
Horses and Democrat, [1920]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk with two horse team and democrat.
Location: 1991.03.105.065
Farm Pets, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.138
On Falk Farm, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
The best horse on Falk Farm
Location: 1991.03.155

SubSeries 049.04.05Family and Friends. — 1 photographs. — 20 negatives.The sub-series consists of photographs of family and friends, often in the context of farming. Included are images of a Bennet Buggy on sleigh runners, making home-made ice cream, mowing the lawn with a push-type mower, and shoulder-high crops. 

Forrest Falk at Hammonds’ Ranch, 1920
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk with the two Hammond boys and their familyin April, 1920.
Location: 1991.03.025
” King & Queen” Cutter on Falk farm, 1938
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Margo Falk
Location: 1991.03.040
Kleskun Hill Ball Team, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.069
Falk Family, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk with daughter Mary and an unknown friend or relative.
Location: 1991.03.105.073
Winter Wood Supply, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Mary Falk as a young child in front of the huge pile of wood which was the winter wood supply on the Falk farm.
Location: 1991.03.105.074
Family Car & Wagon, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Mary Falk and friend beside the car and wagon used for family transportation.
Location: 1991.03.105.075
Making Ice Cream, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Edith Falk making ice cream with a hand-turned ice cream maker.
Location: 1991.03.105.076
Bumper Crop, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk standing in a shoulder-high crop of oats on their farm near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.079
Spring Piglet, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk with a young piglet outside of the new barn on their farm near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.080
Binding Oats, [1930]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk and daughter Mary in front of the binder and crop.
Location: 1991.03.105.081
The Family Car, [1930]
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk and daughter Mary in front of the family car, on the lane out of the farm near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.089
In the Oat Field, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.128b
Root Pile – Falk Farm, 1932
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.134

SubSeries 049.04.06Hunting and Exploration. — 11 negatives.The sub-series consists of 11 slides of hunting and exploration photographs, including one of a large ferris wheel in Paris, France, and one of a trip to the mountains.SubSeries 049.04.07Farming at Clairmont. — 22 negatives.The series consists of communications from the war department regarding the “wounded in action” of Forrest Falk, and the resultant compensation; dismissal papers such as the enlistment record and soldier’s affidavit; and a small diary used while at the American Red Cross hospital, with addresses and records of the treatment of his injury. 

Forrest and Edith Falk, [1950]
1 negative; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Forrest and Edith Falk backed by the shelterbelt on their farm near Clairmont.
Location: 1991.03.105.106
Machinery & Truck on Falk Farm, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Machinery and truck used during threshing on Falk Farm.
Location: 1991.03.141
Falk farm – New Barn, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 3.5 in.
Fonds 049
Location: 1991.03.162

SubSeries 049.04.08Retirement. — 4 photographs. — 5 negatives.The series consists of communications from the war department regarding the “wounded in action” of Forrest Falk, and the resultant compensation; dismissal papers such as the enlistment record and soldier’s affidavit; and a small diary used while at the American Red Cross hospital, with addresses and records of the treatment of his injury. 

Falk’s Retirement Home, 1968
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in.
Retirement home of Forrest and Edith Falk.
Location: 1969.09.4
Forrest Falk and Hazel Beard, 1973
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in.
Forrest Falk and Hazel Beard at the Smoky River, celebrating their first crossing of it in 1911.
Location: 1991.03.107
Sign Celebrating Crossing of Smoky River, 1973
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Close-up of sign “Our First Crossing of the Smoky River Sept. 2, 1911 (Ferry)
Location: 1991.03.109

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