Fonds 120 Jack & Dorothy Potts fonds

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1942-1947. — 13 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Jack & Dorothy Potts came to Grande Prairie c. 1942, as part of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. This corps ran a wireless station in the town during the Second World War, from about 1942-1947. The Station Site was on the corner of 93 St. and Richmond Avenue, then quite a ways out of the town, and Jack Potts was the Sgt. Major, Warrant Officer I.

The population of Grande Prairie in 1942 was approximately 3000, so the Signal Corps, with their wives and their children, were a significant addition. Also, some of the men married girls from the area and a number of “Signal Corps” children were born in Grande Prairie, including the two oldest girls in the Potts family. The Potts’ first home was an apartment above the beauty parlour—one of the few places with running water and plumbing.

When the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals station in Grande Prairie closed in 1947, Jack & Dorothy Potts were transferred. The building was subsequently sold to the Salvation Army for $1.00, to be used as a home to care for aged Veterans.

Custodial History

The photographs were sent to Grande Prairie Museum by Jack & Dorothy Potts in 1995 and transferred to the care of Grande Prairie Regional Archives in 2000.

Scope and Content

The photographs include snapshots of the corps at the railway station and with the all-terrrain vehicles used in the “Muskox” Expedition; group photos of the corps’ hockey and baseball teams, and one of them with their families on an outing at Lake Saskatoon; views of the town of Grande Prairie; and personal photographs of Mrs. Potts and their first home above the Beauty Parlour.

 
Expedition “Muskox”, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Expedition “Muskox” with their all-terrain vehicles parked on the road outside of Grande Prairie.
Location: 1996.03.01
Expedition “Muskox”, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Seven men from the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Expedition “Muskox” standing by their all-terrain vehicle.
Location: 1996.03.02
Military Parade, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Royal Canadian Corps of Signals parade down main street Grande Prairie in their all-terrain vehicles during WWII.
Location: 1996.03.03
Military Hockey Team, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Players of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Hockey Team on a Grande Prairie outdoor rink.
Location: 1996.03.04
Military Picnic, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Royal Canadian Corps of Signals soldiers with their families at a picnic at Saskatoon Lake.
Location: 1996.03.05
Military Baseball Team, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Uniformed players and coach from the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Baseball Team.
Location: 1996.03.06
View Of Grande Prairie, 1943-1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
View of Grande Prairie from the mast of Signal Corps Radio Station. A large house is in the foreground.
Location: 1996.03.07
Beauty Shop on Richmonds, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Jack Potts, member of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, lived above this Beauty Shop on Richmond Avenue with his wife Dorothy.
Location: 1996.03.08
Military Skating Rink, 1945 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4
Hockey practise on the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals outdoor skating rink.
Location: 1996.03.09
Military Hockey Team, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4
Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Hockey Team and coarch on tour in Dawson Creek.
Location: 1996.03.10
On Parade at the Railway Station, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Grande Prairie Army base Royal Canadian Corps of Signals at Grande Prairie Railway Station.
Location: 1996.03.11
Richmond Avenue, Grande Prairie, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Winter shot of Richmond Avenue, Grande Prairie, in 1944.
Location: 1996.03.12
Baby Carriage On the Boardwalk, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Dorothy Potts pushing a baby in a carriage on the boardwalk from the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals base into town.
Location: 1996.03.13
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