Fonds 527 Maurice Pivert fonds

Maurice Pivert fonds. — 1947-1952. — 0.5 cm of textual records. — 25 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Maurice Pivert was born in 1892 Paris, France. He served in the French army in World War I until an injury ended his wartime service. He returned to his home in Franconville, France and married Suzanne Seiller. After the war was over, the young couple emigrated to Big Valley, Alberta where Maurice’s uncle Jules and two of his brothers, Joseph and Andre, were farming. During the six years Maurice and Suzanne lived in Big Valley, Maurice took many photographs that showed life on the farmstead. In 1926, Joseph and Maurice loaded their stock, farm equipment, and household effects into box cars and made a move to Grande Prairie, where they rented the Scott farm five miles east of town. In 1927, they purchased the Frank Lukey farm (SE 32-71-6-W6) west of Grande Prairie, near the tiny airfield. Here they remained for more than 20 years, with Maurice documenting on camera the steady improvements on their farm, the good friends that visited, the events going on in the community, and the Grande Prairie Airport developing right on their doorstep. In February 1948, Suzanne became ill with cancer, and many trips were made by plane from Grande Prairie to Edmonton. She died January 23, 1949. Maurice continued to live on the farm with his brother Joseph until he died October 23, 1957.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of a 26 page biography of Maurice Pivert written by his niece, Paulette Pivert Hrychiw, and copies of 25 photographs taken by Maurice Pivert between 1947 and 1955. The photographs include four of a Model T race at the fairgrounds in 1947, four of building the Memorial Arena in 1949, six of a County Agricultural fair and parade ca. 1950, two of the municipal hospital ca. 1950, four of new public buildings in Grande Prairie ca. 1952, and 5 of Christmas at the Andre Pivert home in 1955. These photographs are a few of the many Maurice Pivert took as he documented life around him at his farm in Grande Prairie. The copies were made available by Paulette Hrychiw.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Building the Memorial Arena, [1949]
4 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Copies of four photographs taken by Maurice Pivert when they were building the Memorial Arena.
Location: 0527.01-04
County Agricultural Fair, [1950]
2 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Copies of two photographs of the Grande Prairie County Agricultural Fair at the Grande Prairie fairgrounds ca. 1950.
Location: 0527.05-06
Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital, [1950]
2 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Copies of two photographs showing the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital and the addition to the Nurses’ Residence ca. 1950.
Location: 0527.07-08
Model T Race, 1947
4 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Copies of four photographs of the Model T Car Race at the Grande Prairie Fair Grounds in 1947. See article regarding race to be held Sept 11, 1947. Laurie Little’s car is the Silver Bullet No. 16. Scenes include the grandstands, crowds at the side of the race track, and cars lined up for racing.
Location: 0527.09-12
Grande Prairie County Fair Parade, [1950]
4 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Copies of four photographs showing the Grande Prairie County Fair Parade on Richmond Avenue ca. 1950. Scenes include farm machinery, horses, the Majorettes and a band, and cars containing dignitaries. In the background are the Imperial Bank of Canada, J. B. Oliver Furniture Store, Macleods Store, Ireland’s Barber Shop and The Yardstick, the Telegraph office, Murphy’s Grocery, and the Royal Café.
Location: 0527.13-16
Joberty Home in Grande Prairie, [1952]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Copy of a photograph showing the Joberty home in Grande Prairie in the Avondale area.
Location: 0527.17
Grande Prairie Post Office, [1952]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Copy of a photograph of the new Grande Prairie Post Office on the corner of 100 Street and 101 Avenue just after it was constructed in 1952.
Location: 0527.18
Provincial Building, [1952]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Copy of a photograph of the new provincial building on the corner of 100 Street and 99 Avenue just after it was constructed in 1952. At that time the main tenant was the Provincial Treasury Branch.
Location: 0527.19
Grande Prairie High School, [1952]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Copy of a photograph of the new Grande Prairie High School just after it was constructed in 1952.
Location: 0527.20
Andre Pivert’s Last Christmas, 1955
5 photographs; b & w; 3 x 3 in.
Booklet of five photographs, taken by Maurice Pivert, but labelled by Paulette Pivert, with hand-written note on the cover: “Uncle Joe came for Xmas 1955. Dad’s last Christmas he enjoyed at home”. Photographs show (1) Joe Pivert, Andre Pivert, Roland, Paulette, Jeanne, and Paul around the Christmas tree; (2) Joe, Paul, Roland, Paulette, Andre, and Jeanne having Christmas dinner; (3) Paulette, Joe and Paul setting up his new train set; (4) Paul playing with his new train set; (5) exterior of the Pivert home at Christmas, 1955.
Location: 0527.21-26