Fonds 676 Vader-Grimm Family fonds

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Vader-Grimm Family fonds. — 1800 – 2008. — 27.5 cm of textual records. — 835 photographs. — 692 negatives. — 54 postcards. — 68 cards. — 1 maps. — 2 sound recordings.

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Biographical Sketch

Daniel Vader was born on November 11, 1877 in Napanee, Ontario. He was the youngest son of John and Esther (nee Grieves) Vader, who originally came from Sophiasburgh Township near Demorestville, in the Province of Upper Canada. Many of John’s brothers went to California and later settled in Calgary. John, along with his parents, William and Isabell (nee Black) Vader eventually moved to what is now Belleville. The family had been fairly well established before moving from Sphiasburgh but by the time Daniel was a young man, the family fortunes had waned. His father’s untimely death when Daniel was only five years old meant he was looking for work at a young age with only limited schooling. He made his way West working at logging and lumber camps, as well as working as a carpenter and cook, before moving to Calgary as a carpenter.

Ethel May Scott was born in Dawse, North Dakota, USA on June 13, 1888. She was the youngest child of Henry and Eliza Scott. The family moved to Calgary while Ethel was an infant. She met Daniel Vader while living in Calgary and they married on Boxing Day in 1910. Several years later Daniel moved to Prince George, BC for work, then to a homestead 9 miles North East of Spirit River where his wife, two children (Alice and Edith), and Eliza Scott joined him in 1916. They moved into the town of Spirit River in 1919. Daniel and Ethel Vader raised 11 children together (Alice, Edith, Gladys, Grace, Hilda, James [Jim], Eleanor, Gwen, Dana, Colleen [Dolly], and Delbert [Sonny]). Edith was born on February 16, 1914 in Calgary. Their son, Jim Vader, died while serving in World War II. Daniel Vader died on July 25, 1957 after a fall from a porch roof he was repairing. Ethel died 15 years later on June 29, 1972. Both are buried in the Spirit River Cemetery.

In 1813, John and Margaret (nee Everhart) Grimm married in Jefferson County, Ohio, USA. They eventually moved to Wisconsin, where they died and are buried. Of their nine children, one son, Henry, born 25 Mar 1824, married Catherine Bowers. Henry and Catherine eventually settled with their family near Walnut Grove, Nebraska. One of their sons, Lorenzo Grimm, later married Mary Eleanor Warner of Oklahoma. Lorenzo, Mary, and their family moved several times, including to Saskatchewan and Sioux City before finally settling in Rycroft, Alberta. Lorenzo and Mary had eight children together (Eva, Edith, Asa, Ora, Goldie, Silva, Rainier [Ray], and Ruby). Mary Grimm passed away in 1943. In 1944, Lorenzo married Jenny Whitehall.

Ora Curtis Grimm was born on January 26, 1899 in Lynch, Nebraska. His early education took place at Grimton school, which was named after the family. In 1911, the family moved to Trossacks, Saskatchewan where he finished his education. He went on to complete the Automobile and Gas Tractor Engineer program at Hemphills Trade School Ltd. in Regina in 1920. The family moved to the Spirit Valley District (NE of Spirit River) then to Rycroft. Ora farmed with his father, eventually buying land from Doc Calkin, P.J. Nigel, and Revillion, as well as his father’s land when Lorenzo passed away in 1950.

The Vader and Grimm families came together with the marriage of Ora Grimm to Edith Vader on July 6, 1943. Ora was 44 and Edith 29 when they married. They lived and farmed 2 miles west of Rycroft, Alberta. Ora and Edith had three children: Norma Jean born in 1944, Elnor May born in 1945, and Ray Curtis Bryan born in 1950. Ora died on October 18, 1965 and Edith on January 1, 2011. Ray took over the farm several years after his father, Ora, passed away. Elnor passed away in 2017.

Sources: Chepi Sepe, The Vader Connection compiled by Ruth Law, Wheatfields and Wildflowers, and Descendants of John Grim & Margaret Everhart by Ruth Lane Neilson.

Custodial History

These records were complied by Edith Grimm and passed down to her children, Ray and Norma Grimm, who donated them to the archives in 2017.

Two oral histories were recorded in 2018 and were donated at that time. They were donated by Norma Grimm and Ray Grimm.

Scope and Content

This fonds contains records related to the Grimm, Vader, and Scott families. The material is largely concerned with time spent in Rycroft but this fonds also contains records created in Nebraska, Spirit River, and Calgary. The records consist of approximately 1500 photographs and negatives depicting farm life, school classes, locations, and people; newspaper clippings, pamphlets; posters; 2 family histories; 2 undated and unlabeled photograph albums; account books; and certificates.

The fonds has been arranged into the following series: Vader Family (1800-1980), Grimm family (1800-1980), and Ora and Edith [Vader] Grimm (1908-2008).

Notes

Arrangement: Order was imposed by the archivist to follow a very loose organization that was put in place by the donors. Titles were determined based on the content of the records and discussion with the donors.

Language: English

Table of Contents

Series 676.01Vader Family
Series 676.02Grimm Family
Series 676.03Ora and Edith [Vader] Grimm
Series 676.01Vader Family. — 1800 – 1980. — 9.5 cm of textual records. — 443 photographs. — 68 negatives. — 19 postcards. — 19 cards. — 1 maps.

This series contains records related to the Vader and Scott families. The records consist of approximately 500 photographs and negatives and other textual documents depicting farm and family life as well as the military in WWII. This series has been arranged into four sub-series: Scott Family Photographs ([ca. 1850s]), Personal Papers (1800-1980), Family Photographs(1800-1980), and Jim Vader War Records(1940-1944).

SubSeries 676.01.01Scott Family photographs. — ca. 1850s. — 109 photographs.

This sub-series contains records related to the Scott family. The Scott’s are the family line of Ethel May who married Daniel Vader.The images depict various family members and friends. Some of the photographs are stamped from Bancroft, ON and Calgary, AB, both cities the Scott family resided in. It also contains two undated photo albums that contain portraits.

676.01.01.01Scott Family album, large ca. 1850s

This grey fabric covered scrapbook measures 20.5 cm by 26 cm and has a metal closure which is broken. It contains 49 photographs and some ephemera. .They depict individuals and family groups from the Scott family in Brantford and Calgary. There are some loose photographs, including a group shot of an army platoon standing at attention in Calgary Park. Some of the photographs are tintype. A large number appear to be cabinet cards but they are tightly held in the scrapbook so removal for further viewing may cause damage. As well, there are some ephemeral items such as a newspaper clipping, and a memorial card.

676.01.01.02Scott Family album, small ca. 1850s

This red album measures 12.5 cm x 14 cm, and red with metal clasp and image of a little girl holding a kitten. It contains 36 photographs. Most of the photographs are slightly larger than a postage stamp, with a few resembling photo booth photographs. Several pages have multiple photographs tucked into the frame and several of the photographs are loose. All the images consist of headshots of various people. None of the people are identified. There is one small, biblical quote tucked into one of the pages.

676.01.01.03Scott Family photographs. Loose ca. 1850s

This file consists of photographs and postcards depicting friends and families of the Scott Family. Many of the photographs are identified.

Scott Family, ca. 1850s
1 photograph; b & w; 20 x 25 cm
A reproduction of a studio pose of the Scott family. The names listed on the back are: “Aunt Minnie, Uncle Will, Uncle George, Grampa Scott, Grandma Scott, Uncle Melvin, Mom, Uncle Arthur”.
Location: 0676.01.01.03.02
Ethel Vader and her brother Melvin, ca. 1850s
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 14 cm
Caption on back reads, “Mrs Eliza Scott, 1329 – 11 Ave E. Calgary, Alta” “Uncle Melvin & Me” “Mother Ethel May Scott Vader” “Ethel Vader and her brother Melvin”.
Location: 0676.01.01.03.03
George Scott and T. Mathews, ca. 1880s
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 8.5 cm
Caption reads, “Gramma Ethel Vaders brother George Scott and T. Mathews”.
Location: 0676.01.01.03.04
Bancroft, Ontario, ca. 1880s
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 8.5 cm
Scene of the city.
Location: 0676.01.01.03.05
Dan and Ethel Vader, ca. 1880s
1 postcard; b & w; 8.5 x 14 cm
“Grandfather and Grandmother Dan & Ethel Vader”.
Location: 0676.01.01.03.06
Mary & John Forrest, ca. 1880s
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 8.5 cm
“Mary & John Forrest” posed on a horse in front of a painting of a log house.
Location: 0676.01.01.03.07
George Scott and John Forrest, ca. 1880s
1 postcard; b & w; 8.5 x 14 cm
“Uncle George Scott & John Forrest” posed with a pony in front of a painting of a log cabin.
Location: 0676.01.01.03.08
Runi and Pearl, ca. 1880s
1 postcard; b & w; 8.5 x 14 cm
Caption reads, “I will send you a good one later on, Runi. Horrid.” “Runey & Pearl – drowned herself – Mom’s bridesmaid”
Location: 0676.01.01.03.09
[Ethel Scott and friend], ca. 1880s
1 postcard; b & w; 8.5 x 14 cm
Unidentified studio shot of Ethel Scott and friend. Both are wearing fancy hats.
Location: 0676.01.01.03.10
Elsie May Lewis, ca. 1880s
1 postcard; b & w; 8.5 x 14 cm
“Elsie May Lewis, 1 Year & 10 months.”
Location: 0676.01.01.03.11
SubSeries 676.01.02Personal Papers. — 1800 – 1980. — 6 cm of textual records. — 12 postcards. — 2 cards.

This series contains records related to the Vader family personal life. The records consist of a compiled book of family history and genealogy, correspondence, ephemera, and estate papers.

676.01.02.01The Vader Connection: Black-Vader 1800 – 1980

This file consists of a compilation of family history, genealogies, and scanned newspaper clippings, photographs, and documents that chart the story of the Black and Vader families dating back to 1788. The history was originally housed in a three-ring binder but this has been removed for preservation reasons. It has been split into two physical files due to its length

676.01.02.02Estate Papers 1902 – 1910

This file consists of various estate documents for W. H. Vader, who drowned in the Saskatchewan River in 1902, and for Robert Fairbairn, who seems to have been a second or third cousin.

676.01.02.03Funeral Papers 1916 – 2007

This file include newspaper clippings, memorial cards, and a funeral pamphlet for various members of the family including Daniel Vader, Esther Vader, and F/O James F. Dodge.

676.01.02.04Edith Vader Personal Papers 1943 – 1945

This series contains records related to Edith Vader and her family. These records consist of two Spirit River School yearbooks dedicated to former students serving in the war, and two copies of the last will and testament for Ethel May Vader.

676.01.02.05Miscellaneous 1910 – 1955

This file contains postcards depicting Spirit River, newspaper clippings about charitable donations by the Grimm-Vader family, copies of news clippings about Alice and Edith Vader visiting a neighbour’s farm, a telegraph noting the death of Mrs. McKenna, a psychic reading from 1910, and other ephemera.

Invitation card for Joe and Hilda Gibson 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1995
card
This card includes an image of Joe and Hilda Vader Gibson on their wedding day, 15 April 1945. The invitation is for an even to take place at Fairview Legion Hall.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.15
Spirit River, Alta in 1917, 1917
1 postcard; b & w; 16 x 10.5 cm
This postcard depicts a street in Spirit River.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.02
Prince Rupert, “All Change”, 1918
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 9 cm
This postcard depicts train tracks next to a waterfront. The postcard is addressed to Mr. Geo Scott of Calgary.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.03
Bancroft, Ontario. – 1., n.d.
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 9
This postcard depicts a street scene in Bancroft, ON.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.04
Spirit River, Alta., n.d.
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 9
This postcard depicts a street in Spirit River, including grain elevators. The postcard was created by Art Craft.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.05
Loading machinery for Pouce Coupe Oil Well at Spirit River. Mch.11.1921, 1921
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 9 cm
This postcard depicts a crowd watching as heavy machinery is loaded on a trailer.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.06
Spirit River Marching Band, n.d.
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 9 cm
“town band, Spirit River.”
Location: 0676.01.02.05.07
The Alaska Highway, n.d.
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 9 cm
This postcard depicts two cars driving on different sections of the highway. The original photo is by W. I. B. Photo.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.08
The Alaska Highway. Army trucks moving freight, west of the White River, n.d.
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 9 cm
This postcard depicts army trucks on the highway.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.09
The Alaska Highway, n.d.
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 9 cm
This postcard depicts a car on the highway. It is an W. I. B. photograph.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.10
The Alaska Highway, n.d.
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 9 cm
This postcard depicts a scene with buildings in the foreground and the highway in the background cutting through the forest. The image is a W. I. B. photograph.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.11
The Alaska Highway. Good snow clearing operations near Squanga Lake, n.d.
1 postcard; b & w; 14 x 9 cm
This postcard depicts a winter scene with trucks on the highway.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.12
The Alaska Highway, n.d.
1 postcard; b & w; 9 x 14 cm
This postcard depicts heavy equipment on a portion of highway not yet paved. The image is a W. I. B. photograph.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.13
Holy Cross Hospital, Hospital St. Croix. Spirit River, Alberta, n.d.
1 card; b & w; 14 x 9 cm
This card depicts and angled view of the hospital in Spirit River. The back has instructions for visitors to the hospital.
Location: 0676.01.02.05.14
SubSeries 676.01.03Family Photos. — 1800 – 1980. — 270 photographs. — 7 negatives.

This series consists of 270 photographs depicting Vader family and friends at work, on the farm, in their youth, and during various activities.

Rufus Tinny, dad’s nephew, on the farm, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 10.5 x 6.5 cm
This photograph depicts Rufus working with horses.
Location: 0676.01.03.001
D. Vader. Dad (threshing time), n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 10.5 x 6.5 cm
This photograph depicts Daniel with farm equipment.
Location: 0676.01.03.002
D. Vader. Dad. Alice, Edith, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 14 x 8 cm
This photograph depicts Daniel with on a haystack with the two girls below him. Another person is visible in the background.
Location: 0676.01.03.003
Alice, Mom, Edith, on farm, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 14 x 8.5 cm
This photograph depicts Ethel Vader with two of her daughters standing in front of equipment and farm-buildings with a thatched roof.
Location: 0676.01.03.004
Alice, Gladys, Edith, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 14 x 8 cm
This photograph depicts Alice, Gladys, and Edith in a horse drawn sleigh.
Location: 0676.01.03.005
Dad’s sister, Alice, Uncle George Scott, Mother, Edith, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 11 x 6 cm
This photograph depicts family members in front of buildings in town.
Location: 0676.01.03.006
Mr. MacLennon, Edith, Alice, Rufus Tinney, Mother, Gladys, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 10.5 x 6.5 cm
This photograph depicts friends and family members standing on the porch of a house.
Location: 0676.01.03.007
Mother, Alice, Dad, Gladys on farm, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6.5 x 10.5 cm
This photograph depicts family members standing on the porch of a house. It appears to be a copy of an earlier image.
Location: 0676.01.03.008
Jim and Eleanora Vader, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 9.5 cm
This photograph depicts Jim and Eleanora. Eleanora is a baby and Jim is dressed in short pants.
Location: 0676.01.03.009
Children in a buggy, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 14.5 x 9 cm
This photograph depicts three children, including possibly Jim Vader (middle) on a buggy. The caption on the back reads, “65012 Bella”.
Location: 0676.01.03.010
Edith, Mother, Gladys, Alice, Rufus, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 14 x 8.5 cm
Photograph depicts the Vader family in the field with horses. Caption reads “Edith, Mother, Gladys, Alice, Rufus”
Location: 0676.01.03.011
On the old farm. Those good old days., 1918
2 photographs; b & w; 14 x 8.5 cm
This photograph depicts Vader family members on the farm with horses. Alice and Gladys are seated on the horse on the left, Edith is standing on the ground, Rufus is standing in front of a horse, and Mom (Ethel) is seated on the horse on the far right. The caption reads, “On the old farm. Those good old days. 1918.” Rufus Tinney is noted as being a cousin.
Location: 0676.01.03.012a-b
Vaders on McLeans front door step, 1917
2 photograph; b & w; 11 x 6 cm
These photographs depict the Vader family at the McLean’s house. They are: Lill [sp?] McLean (Dad’s niece) holding Gladys, Edith, Mother, Alice, and Dad.
Location: 0676.01.03.013a-b
Vaders on the farm, 1918
1 photograph; b & w; 11 x 6 cm
This photographs depict the Vader family and cousin Rufus at their farm. L-R: Mother holding Gladys, Alice, Rufus Tinney (cousin) and Edith.
Location: 0676.01.03.014
Vaders on the farm, 1918
1 photograph; b & w; 11 x 6 cm
This photographs depict the Vader family at their farm. L-R: Mother holding Gladys, Alice, Dad, and Edith.
Location: 0676.01.03.015
Spirit River, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8.5 cm
This photographs depicts the view of Spirit River taken from the top of Holdens Hill.
Location: 0676.01.03.016
Edith and Elnna, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8.5 cm
This photograph depicts the two girls standing in front of a grain elevator.
Location: 0676.01.03.017
Spirit River, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8.5 cm
This photograph depicts Spirit River from Holdens Hill. The caption reads “This is where Pleasantview Lodge was built.”
Location: 0676.01.03.018
Eleanor Vader, n.c.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8.5 cm
This photograph depicts Eleanor Vader as a baby sitting in a pram in front of a boardwalk.
Location: 0676.01.03.019
Edith Vader and Mabel Eildes, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8.5 cm
This photograph depicts Edith and Mabel. The caption reads, “Oh boy.”
Location: 0676.01.03.020
Group of children, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 14.5 x 8.5 cm
This photograph depicts a group of children with three adults in the back. There are no names listed.
Location: 0676.01.03.021
Group of children, 1927 – 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 6 cm
This photograph depicts a group of children standing in a row. L-R: Alice, Edith (13 yrs), Jimmy (2 1/2), Gladys (10 yrs), Grace (8 yrs), Hilda. There are two different dates on the photograph: 1927 in front and 1928 in back.
Location: 0676.01.03.022
Edith Vader, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 4.5 x 8 cm
This photograph depicts Edith Vader dressed in a man’s suit. The back caption also includes the caption, “A Scott.”
Location: 0676.01.03.023
Edith and friends, 1932
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8.5 cm
This photograph depicts Edith Vader with friends Wayne and Florence. The full date is: “19/7/32”.
Location: 0676.01.03.024
Three friends, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
This photograph depicts friends of the Vader family. The caption reads; “Stan Foulston, Wayne Shomperlin, Mr. Keyser.”
Location: 0676.01.03.025
Wayne Shomperlin, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 cm
This photograph depicts Wayne Shomperlin, who was Edith Vader’s boyfriend at that time. A family member noted, “Mom’s old boyfriend before Dad was Wayne Shomperlin. I remember when Wayne and his wife came to visit Mom one afternoon. Stan Foulston used to be Aunt Alice’s boyfriend. Mom also used to go out with Uncle Bill before Aunt Alice. Uncle Bill loved to dance and so did Mom.”
Location: 0676.01.03.026
Elenora, Steve Foulston, “Dad”, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 5 cm
This photograph depicts Elenora, her dad, and Steve Foulston standing in front of horses. A grain elevator appears to be in the background.and the horses are harnessed.
Location: 0676.01.03.027
Family group, Aug. 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts the family and friends of Daniel and Edith Vader standing in front of a farm house. The people are not identified.
Location: 0676.01.03.028
High School class picture, 1933 – 1934
1 photograph; b & w; 14.5 x 8.5 cm
A group of students pose on the steps of a building, possibly the high school. The caption on the back reads: “Whole High School, 1933-1934. Edith Grimm (Vader)”.
Location: 0676.01.03.029
Freighting scene, ca. 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 14.5 x 8.5 cm
The caption on the back reads: “Freighting days. Vader’s Livery Stable”.
Location: 0676.01.03.030
Ferry at Dunvegan, ca. 1930s
2 photographs; b & w; 14 x 8 cm
The captions read: “Peace River at Dunvegan”, and “Ferry Crossing at Dunvegan”.
Location: 0676.01.03.031a-b
Elenora and James Vader, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8.5 cm
The photograph depicts James and Elenora Vader playing with their dog in the snow.
Location: 0676.01.03.032
Elenora and Stanley Bott, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8.5 cm
The photograph depicts Elenora Vader playing with Stanley Bott in the snow.
Location: 0676.01.03.033
Elenora Lindsay Myrtle Vade[r], Aug. 1934
1 photograph; b & w; 6.5 x 8 cm
The photograph depicts Elenora standing on a porch.
Location: 0676.01.03.034
Ora & Edith, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 6.5 x 8.5 cm
The photograph depicts Ora and Edith standing together on a road.
Location: 0676.01.03.035
Vader family, ca. 1940s
1 photographs; b & w; 12 x 7.5 cm
The photograph depicts family members standing outside a farm house. The caption reads: “Dad Vader, Norma, Ora, Elnor, Uncle Charlie, Lewis.”
Location: 0676.01.03.036
Grandma Vader with children, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 10.5
The photograph depicts Edith Vader with two grandchildren. The caption reads: “Carol, Grandma Vader, Norma.”
Location: 0676.01.03.037
Woman with child, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 10.5 x 7 cm
The photograph depicts a woman holding a baby on a blanket. The caption reads: “Maybe Aunt Grace.”
Location: 0676.01.03.038
The First Cousins, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 12 x 7.5 cm
The photograph depicts a group of children standing outside a house. The caption reads: “The 1st cousins. [starting at back, L-R] Gwennie, Dana, Sonny, Ray, Joann, Nora, Rod, Elnor, Danny.”
Location: 0676.01.03.039
Daniel Vader with grandchildren, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
The photograph depicts Daniel Vader on front steps with three of his grandchildren. The caption reads: “Dan Vader sitting with Dolly Vader on his knee. Dad, Dolly. Left to right: Gwenie Vader, Dana Vader.”
Location: 0676.01.03.040
Edith and Daniel Vader, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
The photograph depicts Edith and Daniel standing on a porch. A row of buildings is in the background. The caption reads: “To Ma and Pa. From Stan.”
Location: 0676.01.03.041
Mrs. Oakes, Elenora, Grandma, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 6.5 cm
The photograph depicts the three women sitting on a couch.
Location: 0676.01.03.042
Aunt Hilda, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 7.5 x 12 cm
The photograph depicts Hilda Vader Gibson standing in front of a house. She is wearing a plaid coat. The photograph was printed in Winnipeg.
Location: 0676.01.03.043
Woman in front of fence, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 6.5 x 9 cm
The photograph depicts a young woman standing in front of a fence. She may be Jim Vader’s girlfriend.
Location: 0676.01.03.044
Grace, Edith, Ora, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 14.5 x 8.5 cm
The photograph depicts the three people standing outside a house.
Location: 0676.01.03.045
Three people at the train station, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 12 x 9 cm
The photograph three people standing in front a train. The man on the left is in uniform. The woman in the middle may be Hilda Vader and the man on the right may be Wenchell [?]. The photograph was printed in Winnipeg.
Location: 0676.01.03.046
Gladys and family, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 14 x 8 cm
The photograph depicts Gladys with her son Danny and husband Lavere. The message on the back reads: “These are better finished. We got one and want to try and get more later on. This was taken this Spring. You may keep it if you want it.”There is a stamp on the front from Meyers Studio stating the photograph is a rough proof and not for sale.
Location: 0676.01.03.047
Jean McKenna and Dufour, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 6.5 x 9 cm
The photograph depicts Jean and Dufour hugging outside. There is snow on the ground.
Location: 0676.01.03.048
Working in the garden, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 6.5 x 9 cm
The photograph depicts three women and a child in the garden. The caption reads: “Mother, Gladys, Gwennie, Grace.”
Location: 0676.01.03.049
Playing in the field, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 10 cm
The photograph depicts a group of people who appear to be goofing off. The caption reads: “Ora Grimm (guy) Left to right: Grace Vader, Eleanor Vader, Alice Vader.”
Location: 0676.01.03.050
Children, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 9.5 cm
The photograph depicts a group of unidentified children in front of a house.
Location: 0676.01.03.051
Group photo, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
The photograph depicts a group of people outside a house. The caption reads: “These 2 are a couple of snaps Wayne sent so send them back. Also the others if you want one of them I’ll send you the later. “Edith, Mr. Keeper,Dad, Elenora, Gladys, Wayne, Mom, Ray, Hilda.”
Location: 0676.01.03.052
Group photo, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
The photograph depicts a group of people outside a house. The caption reads: “Wayne Shomperlen, Edith Vader, Hilda Vader, Gladys Vader, Stan Foulston, Elenora Vader, Ray Keyser.”
Location: 0676.01.03.053
Wayne Shomperlen, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
The photograph depicts Wayne Shomperlen in front a car. The caption reads: “Taken when we got out of the Pead River mud.”
Location: 0676.01.03.054
Sonny, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 10 cm
The photograph depicts child Sonny (Delbert) standing in front of a field.
Location: 0676.01.03.055
Edith Vader with grandchildren, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
The photograph depicts Edith Vader holding two grandchildren in front of a house. The caption on front reads: “Carol Glenn, Grandma Vader, Norma Grimm.” The caption on back reads: “Aunt Alice family visits from Manitoba.”
Location: 0676.01.03.056
Edith Vader with grandchildren, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
The photograph depicts Edith Vader and Ora Grimm holding babies in front of a house. The caption on front reads: “Carol, Mom, Norma, Ora.
Location: 0676.01.03.057
Eleanor and Grace Vader, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
The photograph depicts Eleanor and Grace sit in front of a car holding babies. The caption reads: “Eleanor Vader, Grace Vader, not sure of kids. Nora, Carol.”
Location: 0676.01.03.058
Edith and Alice with children, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 7 cm
The photograph depicts Edith Grimm and Aunt Alice with three children. The caption reads:”Edith Grimm, not sure of rest. Aunt Alice, Nora, Carol, Bryan.”
Location: 0676.01.03.059
Women, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6.5 cm
The photograph depicts two unidentified women standing in front of several grain elevators.
Location: 0676.01.03.060
Women, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 6.5 x 9 cm
The photograph depicts Edith Grimm on the left with three unidentified people. They are standing in front of a grain elevator.
Location: 0676.01.03.061
Children, ca. 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6.5 cm
The photograph depicts three children standing on a boardwalk with a grain elevator in the background. The caption reads: “Norma Kay, Hilda, Eleanor.”
Location: 0676.01.03.062
Aunt Gladys and Gwennie, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
The photograph depicts Gladys and Gwennie standing together in front of a grain elevator.
Location: 0676.01.03.063
Two Adults and Two Children in front of a Grain Elevator, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
The photograph depicts Daniel Vader with one adult and two children in front of a grain elevator. They people are unidentified.
Location: 0676.01.03.064
Eleanor, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 14.5 cm
The photograph depicts Eleanor standing outside a house with a grain elevator in the background. There is snow on the ground.
Location: 0676.01.03.065
Eleanor, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 14 x 9 cm
The photograph depicts Eleanor sleeping on a couch.
Location: 0676.01.03.066
Eleanor on a porch, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 9 .5 x 7 cm
The photograph depicts Eleanor in a coat, standing on a porch.
Location: 0676.01.03.067
Ora Grimm and Eleanor Vader, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 9.5 x 7 cm
The photograph depicts Ora and Eleanor in a playful scene
Location: 0676.01.03.068
Eleanor and friend, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 8.5 cm
The photograph depicts Eleanor Vader (left) walking with a friend on a downtown street.
Location: 0676.01.03.069
Grace Vader, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 9.5 x 7 cm
The photograph depicts Grace Vader in her Navy uniform.
Location: 0676.01.03.070
Grace Vader, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 9.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts Grace Vader with a friend, possibly Mava Oakes.
Location: 0676.01.03.071
Grace Vader and family, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 9.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts Grace Vader with family. The caption reads: “Left to right, Grace Vader, Ethel Vader, Dan Vader. Grace was a Wren in Army.”
Location: 0676.01.03.072
Grace and Hilda Vader, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 9.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts Grace and Hilda sitting on a tricycle. The caption reads: “For Ede, Standing Grace Vader. Sitting Hilda Vader.”
Location: 0676.01.03.082
MacLeod’s, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 9.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts the MacLeod family at a train station. Two of them appear to be in military uniform.
Location: 0676.01.03.087
Elnor, Dana, Gwennie, ca. 1940s
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6.25 cm
This photograph depicts the three children in a swing.
Location: 0676.01.03.088
Gwennie’s graduation, 1958
1 photograph; colour; 9 x 13 cm
This photograph depicts Gwennie’s graduation from General Hospital, Calgary, 8 October, 1958. Family members include: Ora, LaVere, Hilda, Edith, Ethel, Gladys, and Gwennie, with Mrs. Chapman sitting.
Location: 0676.01.03.137
Edith, Elenora, and Jim in the Snow, 1932
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 6 cm
This photograph depicts Edith, Elenora, and Jim outside on a winter’s day. Elnora is seated in a sled.
Location: 0676.01.03.160
Freighting in Spirit River, n.d
1 photograph; b & w; 9.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts horses pulling a large cart in the snow.
Location: 0676.01.03.164
Horses and cart, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 11 x 6.5 cm
Two men driving two horses with a cart across a field.
Location: 0676.01.03.171
Building of Livery Barn, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 13.5 cm
This photograph depicts the livery barn in Spirit River under construction. Men are working on the roof.
Location: 0676.01.03.172
Frank Smith, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 13.5 cm
This photograph depicts Frank Smith with two other men posed with a cart. The individuals are not identified.
Location: 0676.01.03.173
Hospital in Spirit River, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 14.5 x 8.5 cm
This photograph depicts the front steps of the Holy Cross Hospital in Spirit River.
Location: 0676.01.03.174
Freighting, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; various
This photograph depicts horses and freight carts.
Location: 0676.01.03.176
Daughters of Dan and Ethel Vader, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 13.5 cm
This photograph depicts Edith, Gladys, Alice, and Grace Vader posing between the police barracks on the left and the immigration hall on the right. Rail cars are visible in the background.
Location: 0676.01.03.177
Hospital in Spirit River, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 14 cm
This photograph depicts the full front view of the Holy Cross Hospital in Spirit River.
Location: 0676.01.03.179
Main Street, Spirit River, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 8.x 14 cm
This photograph depicts the main street of Spirit River, with cars and people. The caption reads: “All this was burnt. Two stores on one side, one implement building on the other side. They did happen to be [??]. This was the block in Main St. but along first avenue don’t show at all.”
Location: 0676.01.03.180
Dan Vader’s Barn, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 15 cm
This photograph depicts Daniel Vader’s barn. People are working with horses and carts in the foreground.
Location: 0676.01.03.181
Two Transport Trucks and Some Workers, [192-]
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 14.5 cm
This photograph depicts two transport trucks from Calder’s Transport Co. and six men posing in front of the Spirit River Immigration Hall. Daniel Vader is the 3rd from the left. It is the same image as photograph negative 676.03.03.09.302
Location: 0676.01.03.185
Moving Immigration Hall, [192-]
1 photograph; b & w; 15 x 9 cm
This photograph depicts two men outside of Immigration Hall as it’s in the process of preparing to be moved. It is the same image as photograph negative 676.03.03.09.303
Location: 0676.01.03.194
Moving Immigration Hall, [192-]
1 photograph; b & w; 15 x 9 cm
This photograph depicts several men placing logs under the Immigration Hall in Spirit River to get it ready to be moved. The Hall has already been cut in half.
Location: 0676.01.03.196
Alice and Edith, 1913
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 13
This photograph depicts Alice Vader standing beside Edith Vader who is in a baby carriage. Alice is holding a doll.
Location: 0676.01.03.198
A log raft, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 14 cm
This photograph depicts a log raft. The caption reads: “A log raft. 7 million ft in ready for to go to San Frisco California. It is 700 ft long and 60 ft wide and 28 ft deep and has 500 tons of chain and wired cable that holds it together.”
Location: 0676.01.03.232
Men with train, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 12.5 cm
This photograph depicts a group of men with various tools posed in front of a steam engine. The train has the coal carrier open. Railway ties can be see in the foreground and background.
Location: 0676.01.03.233
Waterhole picnic, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 13.5 cm
This photograph depicts the Vader family at a water hole picnic at Dunvegan.
Location: 0676.01.03.234
Mother, and dad, and brother Jim, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 15.5 x 9.5 cm
This photograph depicts Daniel and Ethel Vader with Jim Vader.
Location: 0676.01.03.235
Grandma Scott, n.d.
1 photographic reproduction; b & w; 15 x 10 cm
This photograph is a copy of photograph of Ethel Vader’s mother.
Location: 0676.01.03.236
Ethel Vader with grandchildren, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 12.5 x 17.5 cm
This photograph depicts Ethel Vader with several children who may be her grandchildren.
Location: 0676.01.03.237
School children in Spirit River, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 12. 5 cm
This photograph depicts children and possibly two teachers posed on the front steps of the school.
Location: 0676.01.03.238
Public & Rural Consolidated High School, Spirit River, Alta., 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 20.5 x 25.5 cm
This photograph depicts teenagers, children, and three teachers posing in front of the school.
Location: 0676.01.03.239
Ethel and Daniel Vader, ca. 1910
1 photograph; b & 2; 18 x 12.5 cm
This photographic reproduction depicts a studio photograph of Ethel and Daniel Vader. It may be a wedding photograph.
Location: 0676.01.03.246
Ethel Vader with brothers, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 12.5 x 17.5 cm
This photograph depicts Ethel Vader with her brothers. The caption reads: “Their last names are Scott and lived in Calgary. I think the one standing left of Ethel is Melvin.”
Location: 0676.01.03.251
Two women, 1948
1 photograph; b & w; 6.5 x 6.5 cm
This photograph depicts two women wearing nurses clothing. The back of the photograph says “Sept./48 ? Elnora”
Location: 0676.01.03.252
Eight Nurses, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 8.5 cm
This photograph depicts seven women wearing nurses clothing posed around an eight woman who is sitting at a desk. There appears to be charts in the background. The back of the photograph is stamped Nov 27 1951
Location: 0676.01.03.253
Two women sitting, 1948
1 photograph; b& w; 6.5 x 6.5 cm
This photograph depicts two women wearing nurses clothing sitting together outside. The back of the photograph says “Sept./48”
Location: 0676.01.03.254
Dan Vader, ca. 1915
1 photograph; b & w; 12.5 x 7.25 cm
This photograph depicts a man working outside a cabin and another person carrying a bucket. The back of the photo says “Dan Vader ca. 1915 near Bronco Creek”
Location: 0676.01.03.255
Alice and Edith at Mr. McLennon’s Farm, ca. 1915
1 photograph; b & w; 12.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts two young girls (Alice and Edith) and a dog outside some log buildings. The back of the photograph says “Mr. McLennon Farm. Alice Edith” The farm is near Spirit River.
Location: 0676.01.03.256
Two buildings beside water, n.d
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts two buildings and a transmission tower beside a body of water. The back of the photo says “dunvegan?”
Location: 0676.01.03.257
Home in Calgary, n.d
1 photograph; b & w; 13.5 x 7.5
This photograph depicts a house. The back of the photograph says “Home in Calgary”
Location: 0676.01.03.258
Vader Girls and Neighbor Mr. McLennan, ca. 1915
2 photographs; b & w; 12.5 x 7.25 cm
Photograph depicts Alice and Edith Vader sitting on Mr. McLennan’s (or McLelland’s) lap in front of a log building. One copy of the photograph says “Mr. McLennan Alice & Edith on his farm” The other copy of this photograph says “Vader girls Alice & Edith & neighbor Mr McLelland”
Location: 0676.01.03.259
Daniel Vader, n.d.
1 photograph, mounted; b & w; 26 x 17 cm
This studio mounted photograph depicts Daniel Vader as a young man. The studio was J. F. Spalding of Fernie, BC and Coleman, Alberta.
Location: 0676.01.03.260
Vader family, 1912
1 photograph. Mounted; b & w; 27 x 16.5 cm
This studio mounted photograph depicts the young Vader family. The caption reads: “Dan & Ethel Vader with their 1st born Alice May Vader, 1912.” The studio was The Brewer Studio, Calgary, Alta.
Location: 0676.01.03.261
Vader Family, n.d.
1 photograph, mounted; b & w; 21.5 x 15 cm
This studio photograph depicts an unknown couple from the Vader family.
Location: 0676.01.03.262
Eleanor Vader, n.d.
1 photograph, mounted; b & w; 16 x 23 cm
This studio photograph depicts Eleanor Vader.
Location: 0676.01.03.263
SubSeries 676.01.04Jim Vader War Records. — 1940 – 1944. — 3.5 cm of textual records. — 64 photographs. — 61 negatives. — 7 postcards. — 17 cards. — 1 maps.

Jim Vader was the sixth child of Daniel and Ethel Vader. He was born 23 Feb 1925. James grew up in Spirit River. He enlisted in the army twice during World War II. He first joined on 23 April 1941 when he was only 16 years old. He was honourably discharged after 20 months. He enlisted again on 23 November 1943 and completed his training again before heading to Europe in July 1944. He was killed shortly after he arrived, on 1 Oct. 1944 and is buried in Bergen-op-zoom Canadian war cemetery in Holland.

This series contains records related to Jim Vader. Most of the records are related to his war service but some reflect his childhood in Spirit River. The records consist of photographs, letters from Jim to his family, official correspondence concerning his service and death, humourous postcards, a map of Belgium and his birth certificate.

676.01.04.01Jim Vader Photographs 1940 – 1944

This file consists of photographs taken by or of Jim Vader during his WWII training period. There are a few images from his childhood.

Jim Vader, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 6 cm
“Jim Vader and Norma Keay”. Jimmy and Norma are on a boardwalk in front of a building.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.001
Jim Vader, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 6 cm
“Jim Vader”. Jim is standing on a boardwalk. It appears to be winter.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.002
Jim Vader, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 6 cm
“Jimmy and Elenora Vader”. Jim is on a horse and Elenora is standing in front.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.003
Jim Vader, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 6 cm
“Jim Vader, 1941”. Jim is in uniform standing outside a military building.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.004
Jim Vader [?], 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 6 cm
“Dec. 21, 1941”. The photograph appears to be Jim Vader in military uniform.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.005
Group photograph, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 6 cm
“Dan Vader, Ora Grimm with tie on. Dec. 25, 1941” This image shows a group of people, some in military dress, standing in front of what appears to be a house.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.006
Group photograph, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 6 cm
“Ora, Mr. Plolemy, Dad, Elenora, Dec. 25, 1941”. A group of people, some in military uniform, standing outside what appears to be a house.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.007
Jim Vader, 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 6 cm
Stamp on back reads, “Jerrett’s Photo Service, May 11, 1942, Brandon”. Jim Vader is in uniform, standing in front of a truck.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.008
Jim Vader, 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 11 x 7 cm
Stamp on back reads, “Jerrett’s Photo Service, May 11, 1942, Brandon”. Jim Vader is in coveralls holding a rifle.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.009
Jim Vader and family, 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 6 cm
“this is my brother and us. Jim Vader in uniform. His mother is holding little one.L-R: Gladys Vader, Ethel Vader with little one, Jim Vader, and Eleanor Vader. Sept. 25, 1942”. The three children are not identified.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.010a-b
Jim Vader and friend, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 13 x 8.5
Jim Vader with an unknown friend.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.011
Crystal Gardens, BC, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
“Crystal Gardens swimming pool and dance hall, Victoria, BC”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.012
Empress Hotel, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
“Biggest Hotel in Victoria. Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.013
Train in Rocky Mountains, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
“Coming out of tunnel, Dec. 7, 1942. In Rocky Mtns”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.014
Canadian Rockies, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
“Canadian Rockies, Dec. 7, 1943”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.015
Canadian Rockies, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
“Entrance to 5 mile tunnel Dec. 7, 1943. Going through parks in Canada Rockies”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.016
Canadian Rockies, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6 cm
“Canadian Rockies, Dec. 7, 1943”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.017
Canadian Rockies, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6 cm
“Banff Station, Dec. 7, 1943”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.018
Jim Vader, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11.5 cm
“Jim Vader. The morning after”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.019
Jim Vader, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11.5 cm
“Jimmy Vader”. Jim Vader with a rifle
Location: 0676.01.04.01.020
Jim Vader, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11.5 cm
“Jimmy Vader”. Jim standing next to a truck.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.021
Jim Vader with friend, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 13.5
“Victoria, BC.”. [“Douglas Street. March 12, 1944.]”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.022
Jim Vader, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 8.5 x 13.5 cm
Jim Vader leaning against a building. He is not in full uniform.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.023
Training scene, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6 cm
“Battle drill scheme. Dinner Time. Jan 25, 1944.”. There appears to be a note indicating that the man next to the marked knapsack is Jim Vader.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.024
Training scene, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6 cm
“Route march. Dinner time. (fish & beans) yum yum.. Jan. 28 1944”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.025
Training scene, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6 cm
“Dinner. Jan. 28 1944”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.026
Training scene, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6 cm
“Route march manouvers.. Jan. 28 1944”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.027
Training scene, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
“Dinner. Jan. 28, 1944.” They are standing on a porch.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.028
Jim Vader with family, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
Family group standing on a porch. There is no list but they appear to be L-R; Ora Grimm, Jim, Edith, Grace, unknown man, Elenora, and the two small children Dana and Gwennie.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.029
Jim Vader with dad, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
Family group standing on a porch. Back L-R:”Eleanor, Edith, Dad, Grace, Mother, Jim, Grace, Gladys. [Front L-R] Gwennie, Dana.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.030
Jim Vader with family, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6 cm
Family group standing on a porch. Back L-R:”Eleanor, Edith, Dad, Grace, Mother, Jim, Grace, Gladys. [Front L-R] Gwennie, Dana.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.031
Jim Vader with family, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
Jim Vader. Sonny. Gwennie.” “Jim Vader’s nieces and nephew.” Two of the children are not identified.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.032 a-b
Jim Vader with family, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
“Brother and sister. Eleanor and Jim Vader.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.033
Jim Vader, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 12.5 cm
Jim Vader dressed in civilian clothes standing outside a house.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.034
Jim Vader and family, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
Back R-L: “Grace, Dan, Hilda” Front R-L: “Gwennie, El???, Dana, Edith, Jim.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.035
Jim Vader and family, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6 cm
Back L-R: “Jim, Ora, Edith, Grace, Elnne[?], Hilda.” Front L-R: “Dana, Gwennie.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.036
Jim Vader and family, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
Back L-R: “Gladys, Jim, Edith, Grace, Bob Plolemy, Hilda, Eleanora.” Front L-R: “Dana, Gwennie.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.037
Jim Vader and family, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6 cm
Back L-R: “Eleanora, Gladys, Grace, Edith, Jim, Grace.” Front L-R: “Gwennie, Dana.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.038
Jim Vader and family at the train station, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 12 x 9 cm
There is a long list of names and it is uncertain who exactly is who: “Mother, Mayva Oke, Sonny, Dolly, Eleanor, Ma?? Sands, Jim Sands, Gwennie, Lennie Winchel Sands, Grace, Norma Keay, Dana, Jim.” Not everyone in the photograph is identified.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.039
Jim Vader and family at the train station, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 12.5 cm
Jim with an identified woman. He has a pin on his coat that appears to say “Norma”.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.040
Jim Vader and family at the train station, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 10 cm
“Jim Vader in middle, Norman Williams to Jim’s right. Not sure who the other fellow is.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.041
Jim Vader and family at the train station, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 12 cm
“Jim Vader, Norman Williams.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.042
Jim Vader and family at the train station, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 9 cm
“Norma Reay and Jim.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.043
Jim Vader and family at the train station, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 12 cm
“Norma Reay and Jim Vader.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.044
Jim Vader, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 15 cm
“Jim Vader.” Jim is wearing civilian clothes and standing next to a building.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.045
Jim Vader, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 12 cm
“Jim Vader.” Jim is standing next to a building.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.046
Jim Vader and family at the train station, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 12 x 9 cm
A family group at the station. There is a partial list of names: “Mom, Mayva Oke, Eleanora, Lennie Sands, Grace, Norma Keay, Jim, Gwennie, Dana and Dolly and Lennie’s family.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.047
Jim Vader and family at the train station, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 12 cm
“Jim Vader and Grace Vader.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.048
Jim Vader and friend, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 6.5 cm
Jim Vader in uniform is standing with a female friend in a back yard.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.049
Jim Vader’s grave, after 1945
2 photographs; b & w; 9 x 6.5 cm
Images shows cross on Jim’s grave at Bergen op Zoom Canadian Cemetery, Plot 9, Row A, Grave 8.
Location: 0676.01.04.01.050-51
Jim Vader’s grave, after 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 6.5 x 8.5
“Lady that looked after Jim’s grave in Holland. With kind regards.”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.052
Jim Vader’s grave, after 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8.5 cm
Her husband and son. Holland”
Location: 0676.01.04.01.053
676.01.04.02Jim Vader Correspondence 1922-1944

This file consists of correspondence from James Vader to his family from the war front, newspaper clippings of James Vader’s obituaries, as well as letters and cards of condolence form friends, family, and members of the military pertaining to Jim’s death. This file has been divided into three physical files: Jim to Family, National Defense, and Condolence letters.

676.01.04.03Jim Vader Miscellaneous 1922-1944

This file consists of a Soldier’s Service and pay book, obituary notices, seven humourous postcards from World War II, a map of Belgium and the Netherlands, and a handkerchief.

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Series 676.02Grimm Family. — 1800 – 1980. — 6 cm of textual records. — 62 photographs. — 24 negatives. — 34 postcards. — 11 cards.

This series contains records related to the Grimm family. The material is largely from Rycroft but also Nebraska, Spirit River, and Calgary. The records consist of a family history book, photographs, and other documents depicting family and farm life. This series is divided into the following sub-series: Personal Papers (1800-1980), and Grimm Family Photos (1800-1980).

SubSeries 676.02.02Personal Papers. — 1800 – 1980. — 6 cm of textual records. — 2 photographs. — 34 postcards. — 11 cards.

This sub-series contains records related to the Grimm family. The records consist of a family history book, estate papers, citizenship papers, and other personal documents.

676.02.02.01“Descendants of John Grimm and Margaret Everhart” 1800 – 1980

This file consists of a family history compiled by Ruth Lana Neilson which traces the Grimm family back as far as 1814 with the marriage of John Grim and Margaret Everhart. The book was originally published in Roseburg, Oregon and the inside caption reads; “From Ohio to Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, 1814 – 1993”. The book is spiral bound on includes family stories, family trees, and scanned newspaper clippings, photographs, and documents related to the Grim/Grimm families, as well as various off-shoots of the family. The book also includes a maiden name cross reference and additional hand-written insertions.

676.02.02.02Lorenzo Grimm 1908 – 1953

This file contains records related to Lorenzo Grimm. They largely document his later years in the Peace Country, although there are documents related to his life in the United States. The records consist of approximately three pocket notebooks, ten lantern cards, a Canadian passport for Lorenao and his wife, posters for the public sale of farm equipment (1908), and estate papers.

676.02.02.03Ora Grimm 1908 – 1931

This file contains records documenting Ora Grimm’s early life in Nebraska and Canada. The records consist of 34 postcards, school records, American citizenship papers, invitations to Masonic Lodge dinners in Spirit River, and other personal documents.

SubSeries 676.02.03Grimm Family Photos. — 1800 – 1980. — 60 photographs. — 24 negatives.

This series contains photographs which document Lorenzo Grimm’s family. The records consist of photographs and negatives depicting Lorenzo’s ancestors, his life in Nebraska and in Rycroft, and his funeral in 1958.

Henry Grimm, n.d.
1 photograph, mounted; b & w; 16.5 x 10.5 cm
This card mounted studio photograph depicts Henry Grimm, father of Lorenzo Grimm. The photograph was taken at Creighton, Nebraska.
Location: 0676.02.03.001
Henry Grimm, n.d.
1 photographic copy; b & w; 15 x 10 cm
This photograph depicts Henry Grimm later in life.
Location: 0676.02.03.002
Catherine [Bowers] Grimm, n.d.
1 photographic copy; b & w; 15 x 10 cm
This photograph depicts Catherine Grimm, born in 1828 and married in 1845.
Location: 0676.02.03.003
Grimm family, before 1895
2 photographs, mounted; b & w; various
These items depict the Henry and Catherine Grimm’s family. There are identical images; one is very faded and mounted on board, the second is very good quality and matted in a folder. It identifies the family as follows: “Left to right, front: Boone, David, Henry (father), Catharine (mother), Melissa, Minda. Back – Fernando, Nell, Douglas, Philena, Lorenzo, Ida, Stanton.” A small index card indicates the image was probably taken in Walnut Grove, Nebraska. It also includes information about the spouses of all the children.
Location: 0676.02.03.004a-c
Grimpton School, 1905
1 photograph, mounted; b & w; 17 x 23 dm
This photograph depicts school children posing in front of Grimpton School in Nebraska. Grimpton was named after the Grimm family.
Location: 0676.02.03.005
Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Grimm and Family, n.d.
1 photograph, mounted; b & w; 17 cm x 22.5 cm
This photograph depicts the Lorenzo and Mary Grimm with their five children. The captions read R-L, back to front: “Mother, March 1st, May 1943; Eva, July 7th 1892, Father, May, Oct. 31st, 1959: Goldie, Mar. 1st 1901; Ora, Jan 26 – 1899 – Oct 18th 1965; Asa, Jan 1897; Edith April 11th 1895.”
Location: 0676.02.03.006
Lorenzo and Mary Grimm Family, n.d.
1 photographic reproduction; b & w; 17.5 x 12.5 cm
This studio photograph depicts the Lorenzo and Mary Grimm with their eight children. Caption reads, L-R, back to front: Goldie, Ora, Edith, Eva, Asa: Silva, Grandpa, Ruby, Ray, Grandma.”
Location: 0676.02.03.007
Grimm House in Trossachs, Sask., 1911 – 1968
1 photograph; b & w; 10.5 x 6.5
This photograph depicts the Grimm family house in Trossachs, Saskatchewan, where the Grimm family lived for a short period commencing 1911.
Location: 0676.02.03.009
Grimm Family, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 6.5 cm
This photograph depicts the Lorenzo Grimm family and extended family members. The caption reads: “Orlo Keene, Ray Grimm, Goldie Keene, Isabel Cashaback, Jack Garretty, Ora Grimm, Grandma Grimm, Bill Crampton, Bud Keene, Eva Colton, Silva Grampton, Grandpa Grimm, Erma Grimm, Charlie Colton, J?? Garrutty, Edith Garretty, Jack Garretty, Valma Keene.”
Location: 0676.02.03.018
Silva and Bill Crampton, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 6.5 cm
This photograph depicts “Aunt Silva (Grimm) and Uncle Bill Crampton”.
Location: 0676.02.03.019
Bill Crampton and Ora Grimm, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 6.5 x 10 cm
This photograph depicts Bill Crampton and Ora Grimm, each standing on a rocky beach with a catch of fish. The caption indicates they are brothers-in-law.
Location: 0676.02.03.020
Jim Kaplan, Earl Hanna, Ora Grimm, and some fish, [193-]
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 6.5 cm
This photograph depicts three men (identified as Jim Kaplan, Earl Hanna, and Ora Grimm) standing next to a truck near a dirt road. They are all holding catches of fish.
Location: 0676.02.03.021
John and Ruby [Grimm] Hodge wedding, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts John and Ruby [Grimm] Hodge after they got married. They are posed in front of a car.
Location: 0676.02.03.022
Ora Grimm, 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 9.5 cm
A portrait photograph of Ora Grimm, aged 21 years.
Location: 0676.02.03.025
Farm buildings, ca. 1930s
1 photograph; b & w; 10 x 6.5 cm
This photograph depicts several farm buildings.
Location: 0676.02.03.027
Lorenzo and Mary Grimm, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 7.5 cm
This photograph depicts Lorenzo and Mary Grimm in a field.
Location: 0676.02.03.029
Lorenzo Grimm and 2nd Wife, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts Lorenzo and his second wife, Jenny Whitehall. The title is taken from what is written on the photograph
Location: 0676.02.03.040
Ora Grimm, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 17.5 x 23 cm
This photograph depicts Ora Grimm with horses.
Location: 0676.02.03.041
Mary Grimm funeral, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts pallbearers removing Mary Grimm’s casket from the hearse at the Spirit River Municipal Cemetery where she is buried.
Location: 0676.02.03.043
Grandpa Grimm Funeral, 1952
1 photograph; b & w; 12 x 7.5 cm
This photograph depicts people exiting the funeral service for Lorenzo Grimm. Ora Grimm is shown in the front holding the hand of a child.
Location: 0676.02.03.051
Mama’s and Papa’s graves, July 27th, 1952, 1952
1 photograph; b & w; 12 x 7.5
This photograph depicts the gravesites of Mary and Lorenzo Grimm. They are buried in the Spirit River Municipal Cemetery. The title is taken from the back of the photograph
Location: 0676.02.03.055
Ora Grimm at Trade School, n.d.
1 photograph; 1 photographic reproduction; b & w; 20 x 66 cm
These two diorama photographs depict the trade school class photograph for the trade school Ora Grimm attended in 1911 at Regina, Saskatchewan.
Location: 0676.02.03.060
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Series 676.03Ora and Edith [Vader] Grimm. — 1908 – 2008. — 12 cm of textual records. — 330 photographs. — 600 negatives. — 1 postcards. — 38 cards. — 2 sound recordings.

This series contains records related to the Grimm-Vader family after Ora and Edith Grimm’s marriage in 1943. The material is largely from Rycroft but also Nebraska, Spirit River, and Calgary. The records consist of photographs, cards, and personal documents. This series has been arranged into the following sub-series: Personal Papers (1908-2008), Farm and Business Papers (1927-1967), Photographs (1908-1990), and Family History (1872-2008).

SubSeries 676.03.01Personal papers. — 1908 – 2008. — 6 cm of textual records. — 1 photographs. — 1 postcards. — 38 cards.

This sub-series contains personal records of the Vader-Grimm family. It contains registration cards, certificates, wedding cards, birthday cards, birth announcements, invoices, newspaper clippings, and a certificate of death.

676.03.01.01Ora and Edith documents 1914 – 2008

The file consists of a registration of birth for Edith Evelyn Vader, various registration cards, certificates from various organizations, Ora and Edith’s wedding certificate, one photograph, and numerous letters and certificates celebrating Edith’s ninety-fifth birthday.

676.03.01.02Cards 1943 – 2004

This file consists of wedding cards, a marriage advice book, birth announcements, birthday cards, and remembrance cards given to the Grimms on special occasions.

676.03.01.03Ora Grimm Funeral and Estate documents 1943, 1965

This file consists of invoices, a will and testament, newspaper clippings, and certificate of death, as well as other records documenting the death and funeral of Ora Grimm.

676.03.01.04Newspaper Clippings 1865-2005

This file consists of various news clippings and papers about Rycroft, Spirit River, and Grande Prairie. Some of the topics covered consist of local history, obituaries, sports, anniversaries, and the railway.

SubSeries 676.03.02Farm and Business papers. — 1927 – 1967. — 5.5 cm of textual records.

This sub-series contains records related to the Vader-Grimm family farm. Records in this sub-series consist of land sales, tax notices, invoices, account books, and land titles.

676.03.02.01Farm and Tax Papers 1940 – 1967

This file consists of various records which document the family’s farming business. Records include gasoline ration cards, tax notices, invoices, land sales, and estate inventories

676.03.02.02Farm Account Books 194 – 1967

This file contains farm account books from 1940-1944, 1946, 1958-1959, and 1966.

676.03.02.03Land Title Papers 1927 – 1953

This file consists of documents including The Soldier Settlement Board of Canada, Land Titles, Alberta Easement documents, and others.

SubSeries 676.03.03Photographs. — 1908 – 1990. — 329 photographs. — 600 negatives.

This sub-series contains photographs, and photograph negatives which depict Ora and Edith [Vader] Grimm’s family.

676.03.03.01Family 1908 – 1990

This file consists of photographs depicting Ora and Edith Grimm’s family from shortly before their marriage until Ora’s death in 1965. The photographs continue to depict family life into the 1990s. The file also includes photographs of extended family throughout the years.

Eating Lunch in Field at Harvest, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts Ora Grimm and and baby Norma Grimm eating some lunch in a field. The back of the photograph says “Ora Grimm & Baby Norma Grimm Eating lunch in field at Harvest”
Location: 0676.03.03.01.024
Ora and His Horse, nd
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts Ora standing next to his horse. It is the same image as the photo negative 676.03.03.03.015
Location: 0676.03.03.01.052
Ora, his Horse, and Grace, nd
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts Ora petting his horse on the head. Grace is standing beside Ora and touching him on the head as well. It is the same image as the photo negative 676.03.03.03.021
Location: 0676.03.03.01.053
Norma and Elnor May Grimm, 1948
1 photograph; b & w; 12 x 7.5 cm
This photograph depicts Norma Grimm and Elnor May Grimm standing in front of the family home in Rycroft.
Location: 0676.03.03.01.072
Ora, Ray and Norma Grimm, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 12.5 x 7.5 cm
This photograph depicts Ora holding baby Ray. Ora is facing away from the camera. Norma is standing in front of Ora. 1951 is written on the front of the photograph.
Location: 0676.03.03.01.085
Ray playing Baseball, [195-]
1 photograph; b & w; 9 x 9 cm
This photograph depicts Ray holding up a baseball in one hand, and wearing a baseball glove in the other.
Location: 0676.03.03.01.130
676.03.03.02Ora Grimm Farm ca. 1930 – 1967

This file consists of photographs depicting Ora and his family working on the family farm.

Two Arms waving in a Field, nd
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 6.5 cm
This photograph depicts two left hands waving in a field of wheat. The arms are only visible above the elbow.
Location: 0676.03.03.02.002
Threshing at the Grimms, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7
This photograph depicts Ora and another worker threshing grain on the Grimm’s farm.
Location: 0676.03.03.02.008
Threshing, [1937?]
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photograph negative depicts Ora and two men threshing on the farm. It is the same image as the photograph negative 676.03.03.03.119.
Location: 0676.03.03.02.019
Plowing, 193-?
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 6.5 cm
This photograph depicts a man plowing a field
Location: 0676.03.03.02.032
Ora, Edith, and some Cows, nd
1 photograph; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photograph depicts Ora and Edith Grimm standing near several cows
Location: 0676.03.03.02.041
Ora’s Threshing Crew, [1937?]
1 photograph; b & w; 15 x 9 cm
This photograph depicts Ora and two men threshing on the farm. They are identified from left to right as John Hodge (Ruby Grimm’s husband), Maurice McMillian, and Ora Grimm
Location: 0676.03.03.02.045
Threshing, [1937?]
1 photograph; b & w; 15 x 9 cm
This photograph depicts Orlo Keene standing in front of a Case tractor, three men are threshing in the background. One is identified as Ora.
Location: 0676.03.03.02.046
676.03.03.03Farm and Family ca. 1930 – 1967

This file consists of photo negatives depicting family and farm scenes. They show children, family groupings, farming activity, and various animals. Many of them also exist in print form

Ora and His Horse, nd
1 negative; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photographic negative depicts Ora standing next to his horse. It is the same image as 676.03.03.01.052
Location: 0676.03.03.03.015
Ora, his Horse, and Grace, nd
1 negative; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photographic negative depicts Ora petting his horse on the head. Grace is standing beside Ora and touching him on the head as well. It is the same image as the photograph 676.03.03.01.053
Location: 0676.03.03.03.021
Ora with Baby Norma Grimm, 1944
1 negative; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photographic negative depicts Ora holding Norma as a baby. They are outside beside a car. A dog is standing on two legs and leaning on Ora. It is similar to photograph 676.03.03.01.013
Location: 0676.03.03.03.043
Two Toddlers and a Piglet, nd
1 negative; b & w;
This photographic negative depicts two toddlers and one adult outside in the country. One of the toddlers has curlers in her hair. They are standing behind a piglet.
Location: 0676.03.03.03.055
Threshing, [1937?]
1 negative; b & w; 11.5 x 7 cm
This photograph negative depicts Ora and two men threshing on the farm. It is the same image as photograph 676.03.03.02.019.
Location: 0676.03.03.03.119
Pigs and Piglets, nd
1 negative; b & w;
This photograph negative depicts two adult pigs and four piglets in a field
Location: 0676.03.03.03.122
Having Lunch in the Field, nd
1 negative; b & w;
This photograph negative depicts two men, two women, and two children having lunch in the field. One man appears to be Ora.
Location: 0676.03.03.03.127
A Picnic, nd
1 negative; b & w;
This photograph negative depicts five adults having a picnic. One of the men appear to be Daniel Vader. The bottom of a bridge is visible on the right side of the image. It appears to be Dunvegan Bridge.
Location: 0676.03.03.03.185
676.03.03.04Christmas and New Years in Manitoba 1959 1959

This file consists of photo negatives showing groups of people.

676.03.03.05First fishing trip up the Hart Highway – Gwennie Graduation party n.d

This file consists of photo negatives depicting people wearing costumes, landscape scenes, and people fishing.

676.03.03.06Christmas and John’s Grave

This file consists of photo negatives depicting some Christmas scenes and scenes of a Mary Grimm’s gravesite which are duplicates of print photos in 676.02.03 – Grimm Family/Grimm family photos.

676.03.03.07Gwen & Bob Wedding negatives

This file consists of photo negatives depicting the wedding of Gwen and Bob. Images are of the bride and groom posing together and with family

676.03.03.08[Family Trips]

This file consists of photo negatives that appear to depict different family trips the Grimms took. There are scenes of wildlife, bridges, camping, and groupings of people

676.03.03.09[Family negatives]

This file consists of photo negatives that show family life. There are also some photos that show men wearing military uniforms, house construction, and some farming scenes. Many of these also exist in print form in this fonds.

Group Posing in front of a Grain Elevator, nd
1 negative; b & w;
This photograph negative depicts a group of people, along with Ethel Vader, standing in front of a grain elevator. The grain elevator has Northern Elevator Co. Ltd written on it.
Location: 0676.03.03.09.042
Three Adolescents with Baseball Gloves, nd
1 negative; b & w;
This photograph negative depicts three adolescents standing in a yard. Two are wearing baseball gloves. A grain elevator is seen in the background. The grain elevator says Spirit River United Grain Growers Limited.
Location: 0676.03.03.09.078
Moving Spirit River’s Immigration Hall, ca. 1940’s
1 negative; b & w;
This photograph negative depicts a Calder Transport Co vehicle chained to logs that are supporting the partially deconstructed Immigration Hall.
Location: 0676.03.03.09.143
Rycroft School, nd
1 negative; b & w;
This photograph negative depicts the Rycroft School
Location: 0676.03.03.09.168
Children in the Snow, nd
1 negative; b & w;
This photograph negative depicts six children sitting behind a little wall made of snow.
Location: 0676.03.03.09.210
Children at Rycroft School, nd
1 negative; b & w;
This photograph negative depicts eight children and one adult posing outside of the Rycroft School. They are wearing matching outfits.
Location: 0676.03.03.09.248
Children at Rycroft School, nd
1 negative; b & w;
This photograph negative depicts eight children and one adult posing outside of the Rycroft School. They are wearing matching outfits.
Location: 0676.03.03.09.249
Moving Immigration Hall, [192-]
1 negative; b & w;
This photograph negative depicts two men outside of Immigration Hall as it’s in the process of preparing to be moved. It is the same image as photograph 676.01.03.194
Location: 0676.03.03.09.303
676.03.03.10[Miscellaneous negatives]

This file consists of photo negatives that show people posing outside and others that show women curling.

SubSeries 676.03.04Family History. — 1872-2018. — 2 sound recordings.

This sub-series contains family history records that were collected by Norma Grimm and Ray Grimm, two oral histories, and a family name origin poster.

676.03.04.01Papers 1872-2018

This sub-series contains family history records that were collected by Norma Grimm from a relative in the United States, several obituaries, a family tree, and a family name origin poster.

676.03.04.02Oral Histories 2018

This sub-series contains two oral histories. The first was recorded on July 10, 2018 and features Ray Grimm, Norma Grimm, and Eileen Lewis. The second oral history was recorded on August 30, 2018 and features Norma Grimm

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