Isabelle’s father, Bill Palmer came to Wembley from Manitoba, in 1928. Over the years he worked as an agent for B.A. Oil, International Harvester, and was manager for the livestock yards and for the dairy. Isabelle’s mother, Gladys Ione Simpson (nee Fisher) came to the country in the early 1930s with her daughter, Ella, to be a housekeeper for Bill Moss. Bill Palmer and Gladys were married shortly after. They had two children: Isabelle (Babs) in 1933 ,and Billie in 1939. Ella married Herb Gitzel and they had two boys: Preston and Van. Isabelle married Lewis Hulet in 1951. They have four children. Bill Palmer died in 1949 and Gladys died in 1965.
The records were donated to the Grande Prairie Archives by Isabelle Hulet in 2003.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of copies of photographs of a 1937 trip through the Monkman Pass area including Kinuso Falls and the Wembley main street fire of 1950 c.
Main Street Wembley, 1950 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 Pool Hall, Bill Palmer’s Shop (Dress & International Harvestor), Besset’s Meat Market, Nick Dzaman Garage, (right) Mr. Bunyon’s Hardware Location: 2003.51.01
Main Street Wembley Burning, 1950 c. 6 photographs; b & w; 4 x 5 Wembley’s main street burned from the pool hall down one block Location: 2003.51.02-07
Monkman Pass, 1937 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 (l-r)unknown, Bill Palmer, Mr. Kranz Location: 2003.51.08
Small Falls near Monkman Route, 1937 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 two men standing by fallen timber near a small falls Location: 2003.51.09
Kinuso Falls, 1937 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 Mrs. Trelle at Kinuso Falls Location: 2003.51.10
Wembley Café, 1935 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 Wong’s Café and Rooms, Wembley Location: 2003.51.11
Kinuso Falls, 1937 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 Kinuso Falls Location: 2003.51.12
Bob Krantz and Bernice Trelle at Kinuso Falls, 1937 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 Bob Krantz and Bernice Trelle at Kinuso Falls Location: 2003.51.13
Main Street, Grande Prairie, 1940 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 Cars angle parked along Richmond Ave. 100 St. Location: 2003.51.14
Richmond Hill Golf Clubhouse, 1940 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 Newly built Richmond Hill Golf Clubhouse Location: 2003.51.15
Hunting Expedition, 1937 1 photograph; b & wb & wb & w; 4 x 5 Mr. Bunyon’s car loaded with waterfowl, success of the hunt Location: 2003.51.16
Dry Murray River Bed, 1937 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 Monkman Pass adventurers beside their truck parked on dry Murray River bed Location: 2003.51.17
Mountain Scene Near Wembley, 1937 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 Carl Brooks, guide and outfitter, alongside horses and with a view of the Rockies in the background Location: 2003.51.18
A Hunting Party Along the Alaska Highway Near Wembley, 1937 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 Carl Brooks and his hunting team showing hides and game trophies Location: 2003.51.19
Peace River Bridge at Taylor, B.C., 1942 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5 Newly built Taylor Bridge over the Peace River on the Alaska Highway Location: 2003.51.20