Irene Bradley was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan in 1921, the daughter of Sarah Keyworth and Charles Bradley. Sarah Keyworth had immigrated from England in 1913, when she was about 25 years old. She eventually landed in Rouleau, Saskatchewan where she worked on a farm. Here she met and married Charles Bradley in 1918. Her first daughter, Irene, was born in 1921, and in 1927 they moved to the Wembley District in the Peace River Country. In 1929 a second daughter, Mabel, was born. During the thirties, the family moved several times with Charles working for other farmers but always on the look-out for a farm of his own, which he finally found south of Wembley. Irene married Frank Stoll in June 1940. She had two children, Joan in 1942 and Gordon in 1944. Sarah passed away in 1970, at the age of 82, and Irene in 2005 at the age of 84.
The photographs were preserved by Irene’s daughter Joan Stoll White, who donated copies of them to South Peace Regional Archives in 2007.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of the immigration card for Sarah Keyworth when she immigrated to Canada from England in 1913, and 14 photographs of Sarah Keyworth Bradley, her daughter Irene Bradley Stoll, and her grandaughter Joan Stoll White.
The Old Home in England,  1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in. This postcard of “the old home in the old country” was sent to Miss Keyworth at Rosebury St. in Winnipeg in 1914. It shows Sarah’s old home with a woman, perhaps her mother, seated outside the front door. Location: 0275.01
The S.S. Scotian, 1913 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in. This postcard shows the S.S. Scotian, which Sarah Keyworth boarded in London, England on May 1, 1913 as she started her journey to Canada. She arrived at the Port of Quebec, Canada on May 13, 1913. Location: 0275.02
Sarah Keyworth’s First Job, 1916 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Sarah Keyworth’s first job was as a cook for a Steam Threshing gang in Rouleau, Saskatchewan. The caption on the back of the photograph reads, “My first job on the farm. How I hated it.” Location: 0275.03
Community Picnic,  1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Around 1920, Sarah Keyworth married Charles Bradley. This photograph of her at a community picnic is labeled Sarah Bradley. Location: 0275.04
Irene Bradley,  1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. As a young child growing up on the farm, Irene was familiar with the large work horses. Here she is at about five years of age, on a stone boat holding the reigns of a harnessed work horse. The description on the back reads, “Irene always says, ‘Frankie go away and leave poor Irene.'” Location: 0275.05
Charles and Irene Bradley,  1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. In 1921, Sarah’s first daughter Irene was born. Here she is at about 1 year old, with her father, Charles Bradley, on the farm in Rouleau, Saskatchewan. Location: 0275.06
A Homestead Chore,  1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Building the outhouse, as these two unidentified men are doing here, was a chore every homesteader was familiar with. Location: 0275.07
Irene and Mabel Bradley,  1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. In 1928 the Bradleys moved to the Wembley area of the Peace River Country, where their daughter Mabel was born. This photograph shows Irene and Mabel on one of the farm horses. Location: 0275.08
Raising Pigs,  1 photograph; b & w; 4x 6 in. On their farm in the Wembley area, Charles and Sarah Bradleys raised pigs. The description on the back of the photograph reads, “The hungry years, when a dressed half pig was worth $2.50. We are greasing the little pigs against sunburn. Note the jar of lard in my hand, and the moccasins on my feet. Taken in the early pioneer days of the Peace River Country.” Location: 0275.09
Pipestone Creek Ferry,  1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. A pack crew, probably for a hunting expedition into the mountains, taking the horses across the river on the Pipestone Creek Ferry. Location: 0275.10
First Farm Home, 1950 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. In the 1940s, Irene Bradley married Frank Stoll. This was their first farm home, shown on August 14, 1950 with a fresh fall of snow. Location: 0275.11
Wood Sawing Crew,  1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. One of the farm chores was cutting the winter’s wood supply. Often it was done by crew of men who shared the work, traveling to each farm in turn. Here, Frank Stoll is one of seven members of the wood sawing crew. Location: 0275.12
Frank, Joan and Bud Stoll,  1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Irene Bradley Stoll had two children, Joan and Bud, shown here with their father in front of the family car. Location: 0275.13
The First Combine, 1956 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Irene Bradley Stoll with their first combine, a big event in the life of farmers who had always worked with binders and threshing machines. Location: 0275.14