Fonds 145 Norrie family fonds

fonds-145

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1928-1929. — 35 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Malcolm McBean Norrie was born in July 26, 1899, in Ardersier, Inverness, Scotland and came to Moosimin, Saskatchewan, in June 1923, where he worked as a farm hand until 1927. He then came to Grande Prairie where he began work at the new Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital where he likely met his future wife, Helena Gossen. A year later he took a new job as bartender in the Grande Prairie Hotel owned by Frank Donald and later named his son after his employer. Malcolm was killed in an auto accident near Leduc in December, 1950.

Helena Gossen, along with her Mennonite parents, Johann Gossen and Helena Friesen, came to Acme, Alberta, in 1925 from Landskrone, South Russia. Lena was the eldest of five girls including Sarah, Katerina, Kornelia, Elizabeth, and one brother, Johann. Helena’s father purchased property on the Adair Ranch (also known as Sunset Ranch) at Wembley and in 1927 Helena left Calgary where she had been working as a domestic in the home of a Luthern minister and came to Wembley. She and her sister, Sarah, went to work on the cleaning staff of the Kathryn Prittie hospital. They continued employment in the new hospital until she married Malcolm in 1932. Shortly after the marriage, they moved to Leduc, then Waskataneau, Edmonton, and finally, Lacombe. Helena returned to Grande Prairie after retirement and resided in Pioneer Lodge. She died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital May 6, 1995.

Custodial History

The records were donated to the Grande Prairie Archives by Donald M. Norrie, son of Malcolm and Helena in 2004 and 2005.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of photographs and a letter from Donald Norrie describing in detail some of the photographs. The photographs consist of buildings and people in Grande Prairie in 1928, including pictures of main street; Grande Prairie Hospital and staff; the Grande and Capital Theatres including projection equipment; Gypsy Moth aircraft and aerial photos; Winter Carnival celebrations; and Frank Donald’s taxi.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Projection equipment from the Grand Theatre is part of the Grande Prairie Museum collection.

 
Main Street Grande Prairie, 1928 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“Looking uptown from our place” east along what is now Richmond Avenue from the creek valley.
Location: 2003.05.01
Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital just before completion.
Location: 2003.05.02
The Old Grande Prairie Hospital, 1927
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Two girls sit with a dog in front of Kathryn Prittie Hospital. One of the girls is wearing braces on her legs as a result of “Infantile Paralysis” (now known as Polio).
Location: 2003.05.03
Nurse Standing by Hospital, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A nurse, Miss Evans, standing by the door of the West Wing of the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital.
Location: 2003.05.04
Hospital Staff at the East Wing of the Hospital, 1930
2 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Gossen sisters (Helena and Sarah) and two other women stand at the entrance to the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital.
Location: 2003.05.05-.06
Hospital Staff Standing by the East Wing of the Hospital, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Gossen sisters (Helena and Sarah) stand with Malcolm Norrie by East Wing door of Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital.
Location: 2003.05.07
Hospital Staff and Nurse Behind the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Sarah Gossen, Miss Guard, Helena Gossen and Pearl standing beside a wood pile behind the hospital.
Location: 2003.05.08
Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital Cleaning Staff, 1931
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Helena & Sarah Gossen with 3 unknown staff members standing by the hospital.
Location: 2003.05.09
Couple on the Front Steps of the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital, 1932
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Carrie ? And George? standing on the front steps of the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital
Location: 2003.05.10
Marion Lohman by the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital, 1931
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Marion Lohman sitting at the rear of the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital.
Location: 2003.05.11
Grand Theatre featuring “Daddy Long Legs”, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The Grand Theatre with posters advertising “Daddy Long Legs” and the coming attraction “Waterloo Bridge”.
Location: 2003.05.12
Grand Theatre featuring “Emma”, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The Grand Theatre with posters advertising “Emma”, starring Marie Dressler, coming the attraction “East Borneo”
Location: 2003.05.13
Movie projectors of the Grand/Capitol Theatres, 1928 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The movie projector at the Grand/Capitol Theatre was a 5.24 arc projector. It used intense light arced across 2 carbon electrodes and was constantly monitored by a projectionist.
Location: 2003.05.14-17
Grand Theatre Sound Amplifier, 1928 c
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The Grand Theatre’s sound amplifier from the Grande Theatre.
Location: 2003.05.18
Alice Lazaruk, Howard Wade, and a Friend Outside of the Grande Theatre, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Alice Lazaruk, Howard Wade (projectionist), and a friend in front of Grand Theatre
Location: 2003.05.19
Capitol Theatre – Inside, 1929 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The seating area and stage of the Capitol Theatre as viewed from the projectionist’s booth.
Location: 2003.05.20
Grande Prairie From the Air, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
The business core of Grande Prairie viewed from the air.
Location: 2003.05.21-22
Stanley Green with Gypsy Moth, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Stanley Green standing beside his Gypsy Moth.
Location: 2003.05.23
Peace River From the Air, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Peace River viewed from the air in 1928. The snow-covered river is in behind.
Location: 2003.05.24
Aircraft Crash at Grande Prairie, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Men inspect damage to small aircraft.
Location: 2003.05.25
Nurses Guard and Gillies, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Two nurses (Guard and Gillies) posing by a car behind the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital.
Location: 2003.05.26
Edna Taylor in Front of Taylor’s Delicatessen, 1928 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Edna Taylor standing in front of Taylor’s Delicatessen in Grande Prairie.
Location: 2003.05.27
Unknown Lady of Grande Prairie, 1928 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A lady sitting on a lawn in Grande Prairie.
Location: 2003.05.28
Northern Winter Carnival Parade, 1929 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A covered wagon pulled by oxen with a “Tailor” shop in the background.
Location: 2003.05.29
Northern Winter Carnival Parade, 1929 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Cars travelling under a spruce bow archway are led by a truck with a band playing in the back.
Location: 2003.05.30
Northern Winter Carnival Parade, 1929 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A group of people gather to watch the parade.
Location: 2003.05.31
Northern Winter Carnival Parade, 1929 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A group gathers in front of the railway station to watch the parade.
Location: 2003.05.32
Northern Winter Carnival Parade, 1929 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A parade float pulled by horses with a banner reading “welcome visiting curlers”.
Location: 2003.05.33
Malcolm M. Norrie, 1929 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Malcolm M. Norrie standing at the back of the Grande Prairie Hotel.
Location: 2003.05.34
Joseph & Sarah Jasbec, 1935
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Wedding photograph of Joseph Mervin Jasbec and Sarah Gossen, taken November 8, 1935. Mr. Jasbec taught at Belloy School in 1937.
Location: 2003.05.35
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