Ed Gummer came to the Peace Country from Ontario in 1912, by way of the Long Trail. He homesteaded in the Buffalo Lakes district on SE 28-73-7-W6 and worked on Walter McFarlane’s survey crew to supplement his income.
In 1918, Ed returned to Ontario to marry Eva Laver. The young couple returned to Buffalo Lakes, where they farmed for the next half a century. Ed and Eva had four children: Howard in 1921, Jean in 1922, Jack in 1926, and Gerald in 1929.
The photographs were donated to the Grande Prairie Museum in 1994 by Jean Donison, daughter of Ed Gummer. Jean’s husband, Ambrose Donison, also features in these photographs. In 2000, the records were transferred to the Grande Prairie Regional Archives.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of photographs of the Gummer home and farm and early pioneering prints of people, places and events around Buffalo Lake. One photograph of Ed Gummer doing the Sunday laundry while traveling the Long Trail is included.
Gummer Home, Buffalo Lake, 1939 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Jack & Gerald Gummer and their team of horses at the Gummer home at Buffalo Lake. Location: 1994.14.01
Harvest Time, Gummer Farm, 1940 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Delbert Campbell, Howard Gummer and Ambrose Donison taking a break in a field of stooked grain. Location: 1994.14.02
Breaking Land at Elmworth, n.d. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Nick and Ambrose Donison breaking land at Elmworth. Location: 1994.14.03
Ed & Eva Gummer, 1936 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Ed and Eva Gummer, their dog and their automobile, at their Buffalo Lake home. Location: 1994.14.04
Frances Gummer, 1950 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Ed Gummer’s granddaughter, Frances Gummer, in front of the Gummer home. This house was formerly the MacLean house, built around1914. Location: 1994.14.05
Threshing at Buffalo Lake, 1940 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Ambrose Donison driving a wagon drawn by two horses during threshing season on their Buffalo Lake Farm. Location: 1994.14.06
Getting Ready for the Field., 1940 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Howard Gummer, in the Gummer farmstead, getting the horses ready to go out to the field. Location: 1994.14.07
Stooking Grain, 1926 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 Nels Carlson, Howard Gummer, Ed Gummer, Mr. Grover (teacher at Chatham) and Jean Gummer taking a break in a field of stooked grain. Location: 1994.14.08
Bill Marle’s Automobile, 1930 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 Bill Marle sitting on the roof of his automobile. Location: 1994.14.09
Howard Gummer and Bill Marle, 1940 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Howard Gummer and Bill Marle, proud to be photographed with Bill’s automobile. Location: 1994.14.10
Ambrose Donison and Horses, 1940 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Ambrose Donison and his team of six horses on the Gummer farm. Location: 1994.14.11
Doing the Sunday Laundry, 1912 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 Ed Gummer and his traveling companions taking advantage of a break on the Slave Lake-Grouard Trail to wash clothes with a washboard and tub. Location: 1994.14.12
Buffalo Lake Farm, 1935 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 Bert Tieman with his team of five horses in front of their Buffalo Lakes home. Location: 1994.14.13
Buffalo Lake United Church, 1935 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 The congregation of the Buffalo Lake United Church in front of their country church. At the ready is someone’s transportation, a team of horses with a wagon. Location: 1994.14.14
Harvesting the Potatoes, 1926 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Ed Gummer digging potatoes in the home garden, assisted by his children Howard and Jean Gummer. Location: 1994.14.15
Mr. & Mrs. Carney, 1919 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 Mr. & Mrs. Carney standing with two teams of horses by a corral; Mr. Carney is wearing a uniform. Location: 1994.14.16
Winter Grain Hauling, 1937 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Ed Gummer, Gordon Peebles and Howard Gummer hauling grain in the winter with teams of horses and wagons. Location: 1994.14.17
Transporting a Group, 1940 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 A team of four horses pulls a wagon with about ten people which include members of the Donison family. Location: 1994.14.18
The Collett Home at Buffalo Lake, 1930 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 Mr. & Mrs. Collett, the Gummer family and three Baduik girls in front of Fred Collett’s home, 4 miles north of Buffalo Lake. Location: 1994.14.19