Fonds 430 Leslie family fonds

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1920-1977. — 2 cm of textual records. — 52 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Thomas Leslie and Margaret Garrett were married in 1887, and in 1913, on the urging of sons Normand and Edward, came to the Peace country. They took up homesteads about 14 miles east of Grande Prairie and applied for a post office which was named the Glen Leslie post office. They were much loved pioneers, helping to build the Glen Leslie Church,and nursing the sick during the 1918 flu epidemic. They decided to return to Ontario in 1920. Sons Norman and Edward had also come to the Bezanson area and taken up homesteads. Norman went away to war in 1915, was wounded and, returning three years later, took over the post office after his parents left. He married Gladys Bryenton in 1923. Edward lived with his parents and farmed until they left in1920. Then he bought another quarter of land and built a small house on it. In 1921, he married Dorothy Morrison (a cousin to Gladys Bryenton), but although the land was good, weather conditions often resulted in poor crops. In 1923, Dorothy began teaching at the local school which helped their finances. In 1927, Edward and Dorothy had a sale and moved to Grande Prairie where Edward worked in Morrison’s general store owned by Dorothy’s father. In 1928, they moved back to Glen Leslie to operate Dorothy’s father’s store there which was built on the corner of their farm. In 1930, Norman with his two children, Jean and Keith, moved to Dimsdale and operated a small store and post office. In 1935, Norman took over the Massey Harris agency in Beaverlodge while Gladys operated the store in Dimsdale and a year later, Norman took over operating the Wheat Pool elevator. By 1940, he was president of the Grande Prairie Legion and when WWII started he responded to the call and went to serve in the Veteran’s Guard of Canada. At the end of the war, Norman returned to Dimsdale and in 1968 he and his wife sold the store and retired in Grande Prairie. He was active in the Masons, Royal Arch Chapter, and a member of the Shrine Club. Norman died in 1972 and Gladys in 1983 and both are buried in the Glen Leslie cemetery.

In 1945, Edward and family moved to Grande Prairie where he had bought the British American bulk oil plant which supplied gas and oil to service stations and to farmers in the area. In 1947, Edward was found to have cancer with few months to live. His mother told them of a specialist iin Bellville, Ontario and asked that Ed come see him. He and Dorothy flew down but there was nothing the doctor could do and Edward died January 4, 1948, in Ontario, never able to return home. Edward and Dorothy had five children: Margaret Edith died as an infant, Kenneth (b. 1927) married Rosalie McHaffie and their children were Edward, Corlie, Robyn, Karen,and Kenneth; William (b. 1929) married Jean Trout and their children were Ellen, Marjorie and Robert. Marion (b. 1933) married Donald Podritske and their children were Sandra Gail and Glenda Lee; and Thomas (b. 1935) married Marion Shields and their children were Dorothy Dianne and John Hunter. (For more Leslie history, refer to the document in this fonds “Leslie’s of Hastings County, Ontario – Their ancestors and descendants and Morrison’s of Prince Edward Island – Their ancestors and descendants.”)

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 52 family photographs of the Bill Leslie family, the family history book, “Leslie’s of Hastings County, Ontario and Morrison’s of P.E.I.”, a scrapbook belonging to his mother, Dorothy Leslie, containing newsclippings of events in the seniors’ center (1975-1977) and copies of individual news stories (1976-1978) of Jean Lozeron, Jim Johnson, J.B. Oliver, Rev Bob Wallace, Philip Fitzpatrick, Johnanna Haakstad, Jake Wiens and Paddy Croken.

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Table of Contents

Series 430.01Leslie family photographs
Series 430.02Dorothy Leslie Scrapbook
Series 430.01Leslie family photographs. — 1920-1973. — 52 photographs.The series consists of 52 family photographs.
 
Aunt Marion Leslie with Children, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Aunt Marion Leslie with nephew, Tom and niece, Marion.
Location: 0430.01.01
Golden Wedding Anniversary, 1971
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Golden wedding anniversary for Bruce and Carrie Leslie (center) with Margaret on the left and Dorothy on the right.
Location: 0430.01.02
Leslie Auto Court Sign, 1950 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Leslie Auto Court sign with a larger B-A sign above it.
Location: 0430.01.03
The Morrison Block, 1950 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Morrison Block featuring Morrison’s Cash Store. Kenneth Morrison built this building after fire destroyed his former store. It was located on the south-east corner of 100 Ave. and 101 St. After Kenneth died, Edith lived in the apartment above the store. The building was destroyed by fire in the 1980s.
Location: 0430.01.04
The Norman Leslie Family, 1947 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Norman Leslie family: L-R: daughter Jean, Norman, Gladys, son Keith.
Location: 0430.01.05
The Morrison Family, 1912 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Kenneth Morrison family: Back: Kenneth. Front L-R: Hector (b. 1902), Dorothy (b.1900, d.1988), Ivan (b.1907, d.1986), wife Edith, Marion (b.1898,d.1982).
Location: 0430.01.06
Grande Prairie Leslies, 1936
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Leslie family: Back standing: Norman and Ed. Seated: Gladys, Thomas, Margaret, and Dorothy. Children in the middle: Marion and Tom. Front: Jean, Keith, Kenneth, and Bill.
Location: 0430.01.07
Somme School Picnic, 1922
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Somme School Picnic
Location: 0430.01.08
Somme School, 1922
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Somme School children assembled in the doorway.
Location: 0430.01.09
Somme School Children with their Horses, 1922
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Somme School children with their horses pose in front of the school.
Location: 0430.01.10
Bill Kennedy and Alf Moon, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Bill Kennedy and Alf Moon.
Location: 0430.01.11
Alf Moon, Bill Kennedy, and Nat Hunter, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Alf Moon, Bill Kennedy, and Nat Hunter
Location: 0430.01.12
Women’s Institute Meeting, 1944 c.
1 photograph; b 7 w; 4 x 6
Women’s Institute Meeting at Dorothy Leslie’s home
Location: 0430.01.13
Grandfather Tom Leslie, [ca. 1925]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Grandfather Tom Leslie in front of his log home.
Location: 0430.01.14
Picnic at Glen Leslie Church, 1932 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Picnic at Glen Leslie Church. Kenneth (?) Morrison at far right. Ed Leslie far left. Also Grandma Moon, Mr. Anderson, Mrs. Ross Wales, Hazel Patterson, Mrs. Kimble, Gladys Leslie, Steve Garrett.
Location: 0430.01.15
Dorothy Leslie with Children, 1932 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Dorothy Leslie with children Bill and Ken.
Location: 0430.01.16
Dorothy Morrison, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Dorothy Morrison who became Dorothy Leslie.
Location: 0430.01.17
Uncle Norman Leslie, 1924
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Uncle Norman Leslie
Location: 0430.01.18
Bill Leslie, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Bill Leslie at fourteen years old.
Location: 0430.01.19
Bill Leslie and Friends, 1944 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Bill Leslie and friends.
Location: 0430.01.20
John Rempel Transport, 1944 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Alf Rempel with John Rempel Transport truck.
Location: 0430.01.21
Leslie’s Auto Court, 1950 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Leslie’s Auto Court office.
Location: 0430.01.22
High School Dormitory Students, 1950 c.
1 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6
High School Dormitory Students in front of the H-Huts entrance.
Location: 0430.01.23
Thomas and Margaret Leslie, 1935
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Thomas and Margaret Leslie.
Location: 0430.01.24
Leslie’s Auto Court, 1952
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Leslie’s Auto Court included a service station, motel and grocery store. Located on 100 Ave. and 105 St, Grande Prairie. It was sold in 1970.
Location: 0430.01.25
Three Couples Pose on a Couch -Special Occasion, 1950 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Three couples sitting on a couch – Bill Leslie on the left. All are dressed for a special occasion.
Location: 0430.01.26
Leslie Children Sitting on the Running Board, [ca. 1935]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Jean, Marion, Keith, Kenneth, and Bill Leslie sitting on the running board of a car.
Location: 0430.01.27
Marion, Bill and Jean Leslie, 1953
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Marion, Bill and Jean Leslie. The occasion is Marion’s wedding.
Location: 0430.01.28
Leslie Family Group, 1938
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Leslie Family Group: Back L-R: Julia Brown, Norman and Gladys Leslie, Margaret Leslie, Marion Morrison, Dorothy Leslie with Edith Morrison in front of her holding Tom Leslie, Thomas Leslie. Leslie children in front L-R: Jean, Keith, Kenneth, Marion, Bill.
Location: 0430.01.29
Sturgeon Lake Sports, 1925
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Sturgeon Lake Sports
Location: 0430.01.30
Norman and Gladys Leslie, 1922
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Norman Leslie and wife Gladys.
Location: 0430.01.31
Leslie Siblings, [ca. 1995]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Leslie siblings – Bill, Marion, Tom and Ken.
Location: 0430.01.32
Ken Leslie, 1960
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Ken Leslie
Location: 0430.01.33
East Kleskun School, 1920
2 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
East Kleskun School. Dorothy Morrison was the first teacher here.
Location: 0430.01.34-.35
East Kleskun School, 1919
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
East Kleskun School. Dorothy Morrison was the first teacher here.
Location: 0430.01.36
East Kleskun School Teacher With Girls, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
East Kleskun School. Dorothy Morrison, teacher, sitting in front of the woodpile with Dorothy DeBolt and Winnie DeBolt and Annie Matechuck and Annie Babnick.
Location: 0430.01.37
Children in Front of Glen Leslie Church, [ca. 1920]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Children include three Christie girls, two Minchin boys, Charlie Wales, Saraha Minchin, Alfred Wales in front of Glen Leslie Church.
Location: 0430.01.38
The First Class at Somme, [ca. 1923]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Dorothy Morrison’s first class at Somme School.
Location: 0430.01.39
Somme School, [ca. 1928]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
The Somme School, built in 1928. Prior to that time, the school met in Glen Leslie Presbyterian Church.
Location: 0430.01.40
Immigration Hall, 1918
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Immigration Hall in Grande Prairie in 1918.
Location: 0430.01.41
Glen Leslie Church Gathering, 1938
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Glen Leslie Church gathering. Dorothy, Tom, and Margaret Leslie are seated in the middle with children Keith, Kenneth, and Bill Leslie seated at their feet.
Location: 0430.01.42
Porteous Hardware Store, [ca. 1920]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Porteous Hardware Store
Location: 0430.01.43
Newly Finished Log Home, [ca. 1915]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Newly Finished Log Home with Murd Mc Kinley? And Norman Leslie.
Location: 0430.01.44
Threshing Outfit, 1918
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Threshing with horse power at the Currrie farm in East Kleskun
Location: 0430.01.45
Ox and Cart by Sturgeon Lake, 1918
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
A postcard photo showing oxen and carts travelling along Sturgeon Lake.
Location: 0430.01.46
Clairmont Hockey Team, [ca. 1930]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Clairmont Hockey Team. In front are Bud Ireland, Walter Callister, ___Anderson.
Location: 0430.01.47
Crossing the Smoky River, [ca. 1940]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Two people shown crossing the Smoky River in spring when the ice was beginning to get covered with water. The plank served as a safety measure.
Location: 0430.01.48 a-b
Edith Morrison, 1890 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Mrs. Edith Morrison, born Edith Higgins in May, 1873, married to Kenneth Morrison. Edith died in 1950.
Location: 0430.01.49
Marion Morrison, 1939.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Edith Morrison at Morrison’s Cash Store in Debolt where she took her mink about 1939. Son Ivan had a farm north of Debolt opposite the John Bickell farm. Both he and his mother managed the store.
Location: 0430.01.50
Children & Boat Wait to Cross the River, [ca. 1935]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Two children stand in front of a boat at the Smoky River in early spring.
Location: 0430.01.51
Dorothy Leslie, Bessie Burgess, 1973
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
While on a trip to Madrid: far left is Dorothy Leslie and far right is Bessie Burgess both of Grande Prairie.
Location: 0430.01.52
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Series 430.02Dorothy Leslie Scrapbook. — 1975-1977. — 2 cm of textual records.The series consists of a scrapbook belonging to his mother, Dorothy Lesllie containing newsclippings of events in the seniors’ center (1975-1977) and copies of individual news stories (1976-1978) featuring Jean Lozeron, Jim Johnson, J.B. Oliver, Rev Bob Wallace, Philip Fitzpatrick, Johnanna Haakstad, Jake Wiens and Paddy Croken.
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