Fonds 059 Phyllis Stewart fonds

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1915-1999. — 45 cm of textual records. — 269 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Phyllis Evelyn Mattoon was born in Consort, Alberta to Fred L. and Mabel Mattoon. Mrs. Mattoon was the first woman editor of a newspaper (the Consort Enterprise) in Alberta in 1913. Her daughter Phyllis completed teacher training during the war and came to the Bezanson area in May 1946 to teach at the Bezanson School.

The Stewart family had arrived in the Bezanson area in 1912, coming in over the Edson Trail. George Alexander Stewart and his wife Sophia came from Sombre, Ontario with daughters May and Florence and sons Earl and Roy, and were later joined by son Charles H. and his wife Charlotte Thomas, also from Ontario. In 1923, the senior Stewarts moved to Detroit, Michigan along with Earl and Roy, leaving Charles H. on the farm in Bezanson. There were four children born to Lottie and Charles: Clara, George (Bud), Doris and Charles Bevan.

In 1947 Phyllis married Charles Bevan Stewart. The young couple lived on his father’s farm until they built their own residence on S.E. 35-71-3-W6 in 1949. They had four children: Cherry Lynn, Marvin Lee, Shannon Kelly, Creston Zane. Phyllis spent many years teaching in the East Smoky, High Prairie and County of Grande Prairie School Divisions, then completed a Bachelor of Education in 1976.

The family also raised Montodale Sheep, which for a time was the only flock of this breed in Alberta. They traveled with their sheep to many fairs and exhibitions.

Phyllis remained in the Bezanson area, in the family farm home, for well over 50 years. She was active in the community and in the Conservative party, and in 1983 she became a Councillor for the County of Grande Prairie, a position she held until 1992.

Custodial History

Records were collected from the home of George and Sophie Stewart, and the home of Charles & Phyllis Stewart and donated to the Grande Prairie Regional Archives in 2001.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of the records of farm and personal records of the Stewart family, musical scores belonging to the Mattoon family, Phyllis’ career as a teacher, farmer, county councillor and member of the Conservative Party; and materials preserved and collected from Bezanson School District 3302. The photographs are mostly of school classes and events.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Table of Contents

Series 059.01Personal Papers and Photographs
Series 059.02Teaching Career
Series 059.03Stewart family farm
Series 059.04Bezanson School District 3302
Series 059.05County Councillor
Series 059.06Conservative Party

 

Series 059.01Personal Papers and Photographs. — 1915-1940. — 3.3 cm of textual records. — 158 photographs.The series consists of Phyllis’ childhood memoirs, “the Memories of a Prairie Child”; records from the Mattoon family including genealogical information, Phyllis’ Baby Book, a few school records, 25 photographs, and musical scores belonging to the Mattoon sisters; records from the Stewart family including genealogical information, photographs, army documents, homestead records and photographs relating to the Moon-Ames Company; and photographs of Charles and Phyllis Stewart and their descendents as they lived on the farm at Bezanson, Alberta.
SubSeries 059.01.01Phyllis Stewart Memoirs. — 1915-1940.The sub-series consists of a the memoirs of Phyllis Stewart, written in three parts. The first story is called “the Memories of a Prairie Child” and covers the period from 1931-1936, her childhood in Consort, Alberta and the move to Ferintosh. The background for the story is the Eaton House in which they lived, but many other subjects are also covered: family, farming, food, the Depression. The second section is called “From There to Hear” and covers the years from 1936-1947 when Phyllis was in high school and university and starting in her first school. The third section, titled “A Mixture of Life” is about the years from 1947 to the present, and covers marriage, farming, teaching, raising children, being on county council, retirement and all the vagaries of life that complicate matters.
SubSeries 059.01.02Mattoon family. — 1909-2002. — 2 cm of textual records. — 26 photographs.Fred Mattoon came to the Consort area in 1912, and homesteaded a quarter section 5 1/2 miles southeast from where the town of Consort grew. He built a sod shack as was the custom. He had traveled many places in the USA developing skills as a carpenter, a mechanic and a farmer. His choice of land was not good as it became part of Alberta which suffered drought, which drove settlers away and became part of a Special Area under government subsidies. In 1918 he bought a house package from Eaton’s catalogue and erected it the year he and Mabel DeWolfe were married. Mable had come from North Dakota with her parents and two brothers about 1910. Her brothers, Wilburn and Otto, homesteaded near Consort, and her mother Sarah lived in Consort after Mable’s father, Gus (August) died about 1918. Mable had been a teacher in North Dakota. For some time she and her mother operated a café in Consort, then Mable bought a newspaper, the Consort Enterprise, and published it from 1913 to 1918 when she sold it to her brother Wilburn. Mable and Fred had four chilren, Valo Patricia (Patsy), Phyllis Evelyn, Freda Louise and Milton Donald. Patsy became a teacher and married Peter Campbell; Phyllis also became a teacher and a farmer after she married Chuck Stewart; Freda trained as an xray technician, married Lawrence Tarrant and operated an Army Surplus store in Grande Prairie; Donald marrie Vera Maurashat and settled in Claresholm, Alberta.The sub-series consists of some genealogical records for the Mattoon family, Phyllis’ Baby Book, a few school records, obituaries for Fred and Donald Matoon, and 25 photographs of various members of the family from 1909 to [1990]. There is also a collection of musical scores for piano and choral from the first half of the 20th century: classical, waltzes, marches, ballads and love songs. Many of them were used by Phyllis while teaching music in small country schools.
 
Belle and Jacob Bliss Mattoon, [1940]
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Belle and Jacob Bliss Mattoon, grandparents to Phyllis Mattoon Stewart.
Location: 0059.01.02.01
Mabel DeWolfe, 1909
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Portrait of Mable DeWolfe in her high school years. She later married Fred Mattoon and became the first newspaper owner
Location: 0059.01.02.02
Fred Matoon, [1940]
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Snapshot of Fred Matoon ca. 1940. He married Mable DeWolfe and lived in the Ferrintosh area of Alberta. His children were Don, Phyllis,
Location: 0059.01.02.03
Don Mattoon, Air Force, [1940]
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Snapshot of Don Mattoon in Air Force Uniform, with his parents Mable and Fred Mattoon.
Location: 0059.01.02.04
Patsy and Phyllis Mattoon, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Patsy and Phyllis Mattoon on their Consort farm. Phyllis is 17 months old in this photograph.
Location: 0059.01.02.05
Patsy and Phyllis Mattoon, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Phyllis and Patsy Mattoon by the T. Eaton house on their Consort farm.
Location: 0059.01.02.06
The Swimming Hole, 1935
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
The Mattoon children (Freda, Phyllis and Patsy) in the swimming hole on their Consort farm, a rare thing in a dried out country.
Location: 0059.01.02.07
The T. Eaton House, [1935]
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
The Mattoon family beside their T. Eaton House in Consort, Alberta, l to r: Fred, Donald, Patsy, Freda, Phyllis and Mabel Mattoon.
Location: 0059.01.02.08
Mattoon Children, 1936
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
The Mattoon children (Phyllis, Don and Patsy) at their Uncle Wilburn’s house in Consort.
Location: 0059.01.02.09
Ferintosh School, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10 in.
Ferintosh School children in front of the Ferintosh school in 1937 includes all four Mattoon children: Donald on far left of front row, Freda sixth from left in front row, Phyllis fourth from right in third row, and Patsy fifth from right in fourth row.
Location: 0059.01.02.10
Mattoon Children and Kittens, [1937]
1 negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Mattoon children (Don, Freda, Phyllis and Patsy) holding kittens. Family car is in the background.
Location: 0059.01.02.11
Phyllis Mattoon, 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Phyllis Mattoon and calf.
Location: 0059.01.02.12
Ferintosh School, [1940]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Grade seven or eight class at Ferintosh School. Back, l-r, Mae DeFrain, Hazel Kuechle, Clara Kuhnke, Violet Anderson, Phyllis Mattoon, Mildred Smith (teacher). Front row, Murray Musselman, Yvonne Gould, Jimmy Young.
Location: 0059.01.02.13
Grade Nine Girls, Ferintosh, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Grade nine girls at Ferintosh school: Clara Kuhnke, Lois Hansen, Mae DeFrain, Phyllis Mattoon, Yvonne Gould.
Location: 0059.01.02.14
Phyllis Mattoon, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Phyllis Mattoon dressed up as a cowgirl.
Location: 0059.01.02.15
Mattoon’s Ford Car, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
1927 Ford car which the Mattoon children which the Mattoon children used for traveling to high school. On the back of the photograph is a parody of the Lord’s prayer, describing the vagaries of a Ford car.
Location: 0059.01.02.16
New Norway High School, 1944-45
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
New Norway high school girls in 1944-45: Phyllis Mattoon, Wilma Treleven, ?, Verle Thorsell, Evelyn Huckedall, Lois Malmo, Phyllis Thorsell.
Location: 0059.01.02.17
New Norway High School, 1944-45
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
New Norway high school students in 1944-45: Back row: Phyllis Mattoon, Verle Thorsell, Wilma Treleven, Kay ?, Evelyn Huckedall, Phyllis Thorsell, Lois Malmo. Front row: Ronald ?, Victor Luckwell, Henry Anderson, John McManaman, John Orr.
Location: 0059.01.02.18
Phyllis Mattoon, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
Photograph of Phyllis Mattoon when she was a student at the War Emergency Training Program at the University of Alberta in 1945.
Location: 0059.01.02.19
Janet Hambly, 1945
1 postcard; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Christmas card with photograph of Janet Hambly (Phyllis Mattoon’s grade 9 teacher) and her husband Charles. Janet was a sister to Stan Hambly who was the School Superintendent in Grande Prairie and East Smoky.
Location: 0059.01.02.20
Freda & Larry Tarrant, [1950]
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10 in.
Wedding photograph for Freda Mattoon and Larry Tarrant.
Location: 0059.01.02.21
Mattoon Family, [1968]
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10 in.
Mattoon family ca. 1968, left to right: Phyllis Stewart, Donald Mattoon, Mable Mattoon, Fred Mattoon, Freda Tarrant, and Patsy Campbell.
Location: 0059.01.02.22
Mattoon Family, [1980]
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Mattoon family at the Ferintosh School Reunion ca. 1980: back row, Patsy Campbell and Freda Tarrant; in front, Don Mattoon and Phyllis Stewart.
Location: 0059.01.02.23
Parade Entry, 1965
2 photographs; colour; 3 x 5 in.; 5 x 7 in.
Tarrant’s South Peace Surplus entry for the County of Grande Prairie parade, in front of the owner’s home (Freda Tarrant) and later in front of Macleods Hardware and Oliver Furniture.
Location: 0059.01.02.24a-b
Colleen Tarrant & children, 1975
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 5 in.
Colleen Tarrant and her children: Bill Given, Colleen Tarrant, Tammy Mensinger, and Robbie Mensinger.
Location: 0059.01.02.25
SubSeries 059.01.03Stewart family. — 1915-1985. — 24 photographs.The Stewart family came over the Edson Trail to the Bezanson townsite in 1912. Extended family members included Howard and Mary Henry, Edward and Dora Allen and the Kennedy family. The mothers of Howard Henry, George Stewart, and Edward Allen were sisters. These families often talked about Sarnia Ontario and Dearborne Michigan as places of origin. The men were skilled mostly in steam engineering, with minor experience in farming, and not all of their homesteads were successful. The elder Stewarts, George William and Sophie, brought with them three sons (Earl, Roy, Charles) and two daughters (Florence and Mae). They had a log house built on their homestead on the SW 36-71-3-W6 and opened enough acres to receive patent, but returned to the USA in 1923, along with sons Earl and Roy. Daughter Mae married and moved to BC while daughter Florence married William Kennedy and moved to McLennan where William worked on the railway. George’s homestead was transferred to son Charles Henry, who had built a log house on the south east corner of his homestead, the SE 35-71-3-W6. Charles remained in Bezanson working for various neighbours, most often on the threshing outfit and lumber mills of Charlie and Pete Moon. He married Charlotte Thomas, who came from Wales with her half-brother Bevan, and they had four children: Clara, George Clayton, Doris, and Charles Bevan. Charlotte died in 1941. Clara married Dick Richardson of Wembley; George Clayton (Bud) served in WW II and married Dorothy Braun, settling in Grande Prairie; Doris married Martin Giesbrecht of DeBolt; Charles Bevan married Phyllis Mattoon, a teacher at Bezanson, and took over the family farm.The sub-series consists of genealogical records and 12 photographs of the Stewart family, the patent for the homestead at Bezanson on the SE 35-71-3-W6, a few education records for the Stewart children, and memorabilia from the life of Charles Bevan, including his Army Pay Book and records from WW II, vehicle licensing papers, cards for organizations he was involved in, news articles and obituary. There is also a series of 12 photographs taken by Charles H. Stewart of a Caterpillar Tractor belonging to the Moon-Ames Mill being rescued from under the ice northeast of Peace River in 1955.
 
Charles Henry Stewart, 1913
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Charles Henry Stewart arrived in the Bezanson area in 1911 and homesteaded
Location: 0059.01.03.01
Charlotte Stewart, [1913]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Charlotte Stewart married Charles Henry Stewart and homesteaded in the Bezanson area in 1911.
Location: 0059.01.03.02
Stewart Homestead House, 1911
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Homestead house of George William and Sophia Stewart at Bezanson, 1911-1913
Location: 0059.01.03.03
Mrs. Thomas, [1890]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Mrs. Thomas, mother of Lottie (Charlotte) Stewart, who married George Henry Stewart and homesteaded in the Bezanson area in 1911.
Location: 0059.01.03.04
Charlotte’s Sister Mae, [1890]
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
“Lottie’s sister May (Mrs. Harley Wheeler) and her two children, Betty and Edward.
Location: 0059.01.03.05
Charles and Clara Stewart, 1925
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 3 in.
Charles Henry Stewart and daughter Clara Stewart at Bezanson.
Location: 0059.01.03.06
Hauling Water, 1925
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Cecil Allen hauling water at Bezanson.
Location: 0059.01.03.07
Charlotte Stewart and Infant Son, 1926
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Charlotte Stewart and her infant son, Charles Bevan Stewart, on the homestead at Bezanson.
Location: 0059.01.03.08
Charles Stewart and Children, 1927
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 3 in.
Charles Henry Stewart with children Clara and Charles Bevan at the homestead in Bezanson.
Location: 0059.01.03.09
Charles Bevan Stewart, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Charles Bevan Stewart, as a preschooler, on one of the family horses at the homestead in Bezanson.
Location: 0059.01.03.10
Kennedy and Stewart families, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
The Stewart and Kennedy families, from left to right: Bill Kennedy, Charles Henry Stewart, Doris and George Clayton Stewart, Florence Kennedy and daughter Helen, Charlotte Stewart and son Charles Bevan. Florence Kennedy was Charles Henry Stewart’s sister.
Location: 0059.01.03.11
Kennedy and Stewart families, 1928
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Charles Henry Stewart with his daughters Clara and Doris, Bill Kennedy, Charles Henry Stewart, Doris and George Clayton Stewart, Florence Kennedy and daughter Helen, Charlotte Stewart and son Charles Bevan. Florence Kennedy was Charles Henry Stewart’s sister.
Location: 0059.01.03.12
UFA Picnic at Bezanson, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
United Farmers of Alberta picnic on the site where Bezanson Hall was built, on the NW 34-71-3-W6.
Location: 0059.01.03.13
Kennedy and Stewart families, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Kennedy and Stewart families: in back, Charles Stewart and Marjorie (niece of Charlotte); in front, Doris Stewart, Charlotte Stewart and son Charles, Bill Kennedy, Clara Stewart, George Clayton Stewart.
Location: 0059.01.03.14
Charles and George Stewart, 1935
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Charles Bevan Stewart and his older brother, George Clayton Stewart on the farm at Bezanson.
Location: 0059.01.03.15
Charles Bevan Stewart, 1935
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Charles Bevan Stewart and his horse on the Stewart farm at Bezanson.
Location: 0059.01.03.16
Charles and George Stewart, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
George and Charles Stewart with a friend beside their log home on the Stewart farm at Bezanson.
Location: 0059.01.03.17
Charlotte Stewart, 1938
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Charlotte Stewart, wife of Charles Henry Stewart outside of the homestead house at Bezanson.
Location: 0059.01.03.18
Stewart-Giesbrecht family, 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Doris (nee Stewart) Giesbrecht holding her son Wayne. Son Gary is in front of her husband Martin Giesbrecht. On the right is her father Charles Henry Stewart.
Location: 0059.01.03.19
Jim Kennedy, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Jim Kennedy with his uncle Charles Henry Stewart.
Location: 0059.01.03.20
Dorothy Mitchell, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Dorothy Mitchell
Location: 0059.01.03.21
Helen McLaughlin, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Helen McLaughlin
Location: 0059.01.03.22
World War II, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Charles Bevan Stewart, in WW II army uniform, with a friend.
Location: 0059.01.03.23
World War II, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Charles Bevan Stewart, in WW II uniform, with father Charles H. Stewart and father’s cousin Cecil Allen.
Location: 0059.01.03.24
World War II Soldier, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
World War II army portrait of Charles Bevan Stewart.
Location: 0059.01.03.25
Soldier and Horse, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Charles Bevan Stewart, in army uniform, on his horse Sandy.
Location: 0059.01.03.26
World War II Soldier, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 5 in.
Charles Bevan Stewart, in army uniform, on the home farm at Bezanson.
Location: 0059.01.03.27
Charles and Phyllis, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Charles Bevan Stewart, in army uniform, with Bezanson School teacher, Phyllis Mattoon.
Location: 0059.01.03.28
World War II Soldier, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Charles Bevan Stewart, in army uniform, with friends Andrew McNally and Cecil Allen.
Location: 0059.01.03.29
Dorothy & Bud Stewart, [1950]
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 in.
Wedding portrait of George Clayton (Bud) Stewart and his wife Dorothy.
Location: 0059.01.03.30
Stewart Family Grave Marker, n.d.
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Grave marker in Dearborne Michigan for George William Stewart (father to Charles Henry) and his wife Sophia Henry Stewart. Sophia was an aunt to Cecil Allen.
Location: 0059.01.03.31
Caterpillar Tractor through the Ice, 1955
12 photographs; b & w; 6 x 6 in.
Around 1955, Charles Henry Stewart ran the cookshack for the Moon-Ames Co. when they were doing seizmic work northeast of Peace River. When a caterpillar tractor went through the ice, Charles took these photographs of the Cat being recovered, including the before shots when there is no visible sign of the tractor. The cookshack is visible in some of the photographs.
Location: 0059.01.03.32-43
SubSeries 059.01.04Charles and Phyllis Stewart. — 1947-2005. — 108 photographs.Charles Bevan Stewart and Phyllis Evelyn Mattoon were married July 7, 1947. They took over the family farm, but Phyllis often was called in to teach when the divisions were short of teachers. They raised four children on the farm. Cherry Lynn married Phil Dionne and purchased the SW 36, onto which they moved and renovated an old army building from Grande Prairie; Marvin Lee married Wanda Jean Hennigar and went into heavy duty mechanics, living on an acreage on the farm; Shannon Kelly became an electrician and lived on a quarter section north of Clairmont; Creston married Connie Kimpe and took over the family farm, concentrating mostly on hay and cattle.The sub-series consists of Charles and Phyllis’ wedding invitation, and 36 photographs of them and their children from the time of their marriage until after the death of Charles. There is also genealogical information and an additional 72 photographs of the descendents of the children of Charles and Phyllis Stewart, organized according to each child. These include school photographs, family photographs and wedding portraits.
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Series 059.02Teaching Career. — 1946-1983. — 16 cm of textual records. — 52 photographs.After high school at New Norway in 1946, Phyllis Mattoon went on to the University of Alberta where she completed the War Emergency Training Program, a special program to fast-track teachers into vacant positions caused by World War II. Her first teaching position was in a one-room school in Bezanson where she taught Grades 1 to 9. Until 1956, she taught mostly in one-room schools in Clarkson Valley, Five Mile Creek, Mountain Springs, Smoky Valley and North Goodwin. By then, most of the schools had consolidated somewhat, but she still taught combined grades. The subjects Phyllis most enjoyed teaching were music, in which she had extensive experience and considerable training, and reading.The series consists of records showing the courses Phyllis took to obtain her B.Ed from 1946 to 1976 and the teaching certificates she earned along the way; reports and correspondence from inspectors, superintendants and principals from 1946-1983 regarding her career; memorabilia gathered from several schools; teaching materials for reading and music; and reports from a court case which Phyllis brought against the East Smoky School Division for wrongful dismissal in 1981. There is also a published memoirs, written under a pseudonym, of Phyllis’ experience during that court case. Photographs of children, schools and projects are included in the Photograph series.
SubSeries 059.02.01Education and Training. — 1946-1976. — 4 cm of textual records. — 1 photographs.In 1946 Phyllis Mattoon attended the University of Alberta War Emergency Training Program (WEPT), a special program to fast-track teachers into vacant positions caused by World War II. She spent 8 months and emerged with a Letter of Authority from the Department of Education so that she could teach. In the WETP, every student was expected to undertake three extra-curricular activities besides their regular class work load. Phyllis chose the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus. Most of the theory Phyllis learned was from music classes in elementary school, but music was much a part of her life: part-singing as a child in the Nazarene Church. Later she took one year of piano lessons. Combining the two, practising on pump organs, and participating. She also learned to play guitar.The series consists of exam results from high school; a 1946 yearbook from the University of Alberta; transcripts and correspondence regarding courses she took from 1962 to 1974; certificates attained at different levels of her training such as the first “Letter of Authority” and a “Permanent June E Certificate”; and a 1976 convocation booklet showing Phyllis’ graduation with a Bachelor of Education Degree from the U of A, her Bacelor of Education Degree, and a photograph of Phyllis on the day of her graduation
 
University of Alberta Mixed Chorus, 1946
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 16 in.
Formal photograph of the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus. Phyllis Mattoon, donor of the photograph, is fifth from right, second row from the top.
Location: 0059.02.01.01
SubSeries 059.02.02Memorabilia and Photographs. — 1948-1975. — 52 photographs.The series consists of a small photo album of Bezanson School District 3302, where Phyllis taught in 1946-1948; a hand-written yearbook from Five-Mile Creek School for 1948-1949, with photographs and biographies of each student in the school; and letters, poems and stories written by her school children; a Social Studies project with hands-on demonstration for the children of how sheep contribute to the economy, which was done for University Credit while Phyllis was teaching at Ridgevalley; and 23 additional photographs showing classes, teachers, schools and school projects from Phyllis’ years of teaching.
SubSeries 059.02.03Teaching Record. — 1947-1983. — 1 cm of textual records.The series consists of an employment record list, reports from School Inspectors and Superintendants, and correspondence with school boards regarding employment until her resignation in 1983. Also included is a “Daily Register” containing copies of student lists from each school year she taught for the County of Grande Prairie from 1948 to 1983. Newsclippings covering her retirement are also included.
 
School Yard, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
Children playing in the Five Mile Creek school yard. The photograph is from the school’s 1948-1949 year book made by the teacher, Phyllis Stewart.
Location: 0059.02.03.01a
Five Mile Creek Students, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
A class photograph from the 1948-1949 Five Mile Creek school yearbook compiled by Phyllis Stewart who was the teacher for that year. The students are back row: Jean Fortier, Joyce Hutt, Marjorie Blimkie, Anne Blimkie, Nancy Hutt, Violet Wurtz, Joan Blimkie. Centre row: Gus Blimkie, Al Richards, Robert Wurtz, Eddie Wurtz, Irene Blimkie. Front row: Esther Blimkie, Ricky Lawrence, Gerald Hutt, Isabell Richards. Front centre: Albert Wurtz.
Location: 0059.02.03.01b
Five Mile Creek Students, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
Three students from the Five Mile Creek School. The photograph is from a 1948-1949 yearbook made by the teacher, Phyllis Stewart.
Location: 0059.02.03.01c
Five Mile Creek School, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
The Five Mile Creek school from the 1948-1949 yearbook composed by the teacher, Phyllis Stewart. Here she taught students between the ages of 7 and 16.
Location: 0059.02.03.01d
Five Mile Creek Teacherage, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
The teacherage at the Five Mile Creek school.
Location: 0059.02.03.01e
Jean Fortier, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Jean Margaret Fortier from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01f
Joan Blimkie, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Joan Ellen Blimkie from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01g
Irene Blimkie, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Irene Mary Blimkie from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01h
Joyce Hutt, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Joyce May Hutt from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01i
Marjorie Blimkie, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Marjorie Dora Blimkie from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01j
Gerald Hutt, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Gerald Cecil Hutt from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01k
Alfred Richards, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Alfred Walter Richards from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01l
Nancy Hutt, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Nancy Elizabeth Hutt from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01m
Gustave Blimke, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Gustave Norman Blimke (Gus) from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01n
Richard Lawrence, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Richard Cecil Lawrence from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01o
Anne Blimkie, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Anne Margret Blimkie from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01p
Mary Blimkie, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Mary Esther Blimkie from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01q
Isabel Richards, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Photograph of Isabel Jean Richards from the Five Mile Creek school 1948-1949 yearbook.
Location: 0059.02.03.01r
Phyllis Stewart, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 1.5 x 1.5 in.
Phyllis Stewart taught at the Five Mile Creek school from 1948-1949. This photograph is from a yearbook that she made for that school year.
Location: 0059.02.03.01s
Cooking Marshmallows, 1948-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
Students of the Five Mile Creek school enjoy marshmallows cooked over a small fire. This photograph is from the 1948-1949 Five Mile Creek yearbook created by Phyllis Stewart.
Location: 0059.02.03.01t
Five Mile Creek Baseball Team, 1949
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
Photograph of the Five Mile Creek baseball team from the 1948-1949 school yearbook. The caption reads: “Our 1949 ball team in their white shirts and blue slack have been successful and otherwise.” The team included Marjorie Blimkie (catcher), Nancy Hutt (pitcher), Anne Blimkie (first base), Gus Blimkie (short stop), Joyce Hutt (second base), Joan Blimkie (third base), Jean Fortier (left field), Alfred Richards (centre field) and Irene Blimkie (right field).
Location: 0059.02.03.01u
Bezanson School, 1947
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Bezanson School in 1947. Photograph in an album created by teacher Phyllis Stewart.
Location: 0059.02.03.02a
Bezanson School Students, 1947
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Bezanson School students in 1947: 1st row: Charlie and Marcel Parish, Bobby Ogden, Sylvia and Melvin Parrish. 2nd row Dale Parrish, Shirley Ogden, Janet Parrish, Barney McNally, Laura Menard and Duane Stark. 3rd row Claire Menard, Gordon Olson, Alice Olson, Georgia Parrish, Sheila Parrish, Tom McNally. 4th row Dorothy Mitchell, Joe Lowe, Dick Haworth, Albert Menard, Herb Lowe, Helen McLaughlin. Photograph in an album created by teacher Phyllis Stewart.
Location: 0059.02.03.02b
Bezanson School Students, 1947
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Bezanson School students ready to go home on horseback. School barn can be seen on the right.
Location: 0059.02.03.02c
Bezanson School Students, 1947
10 photographs; b & w; .5 x 1.5 in.
Individual miniature snapshots of Bezanson School students: back row Barney McNally, Janet Parrish, Sheila Parrish. middle row Duane Stark, Georgia Parrish. front row Melvin Parrish; Bob Ogden; Marcel, Sylvia and Charlie Parrish.
Location: 0059.02.03.02d
Bezanson School Students, 1947
5 photographs; b & w; .5 x 1.5 in.
Individual miniature snapshots of Bezanson School students: back row Alice Olson (Ames), Shirley Ogden, Lillian Berg (Cissel). Front row Laura Menard, Dale Parrish.
Location: 0059.02.03.02e
Bezanson School Students, 1947
9 photographs; b & w; .5 x 1.5 in.
Individual miniature snapshots of Bezanson School students: back row Joe Lowe, Dick Haworth, Helen McLaughlin, Dorothy Mitchell, Albert Menard. Front row Gordon Olson, Clara Menard, Herb Lowe, Tommy McNally.
Location: 0059.02.03.02f
Bezanson School Students, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Bezanson School students in the yard of Charles H. Stewart: Winnie McNally, Helen McLaughlin and Dorothy Mitchell.
Location: 0059.02.03.03
Bezanson School Students, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Bezanson School students Albert Earl Lowe, Shirley Ogden and Dale Parrish. The home of Charles H. Stewart is in the background.
Location: 0059.02.03.04
Clarkson Valley School, 1943
1 photograph : negative; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Clarkson Valley School was built of logs in 1936. It was located along the highway on 9-71-25-W5 and later a teacherage was also added to the site
Location: 0059.02.03.05
Bezanson School Picnic, 1947
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Mrs. Phyllis Stewart with her students from Bezanson School enjoying a school picnic on an island in the Smoky River in June 1947.
Location: 0059.02.03.06
Smoky Valley Teacherage, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 3 in.
Mrs. Phyllis Stewart, with children Cherry and Marvin, in the doorway of the Smoky Valley Teacherage in September, 1954.
Location: 0059.02.03.07
Edson Trail School, 1964
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 in.
Grade One class at Edson Trail School. Phyllis Stewart, teacher.
Location: 0059.02.03.08
Bezanson Grade 1 and 2 Class, 1960
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Grade 1 and 2 students at Bezanson School in 1960: (back row)Billy Patterson, Russel Dillabough, Doug Gaboury, Dennis Ford, Johnny Pinsch, Murray Thompson, Laurie Thompson, Danny Diedrich, Kenneth Ames. Front row: Larry Jobson, John Hawryluk, Roddy McLaughlin, Bill Reptowski, Gurth Moon, Don McNally, Gene Sarmaga, Marvin Stewart.
Location: 0059.02.03.09
Bezanson Grade 1 and 2 Boys, 1960
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 3 in.
Grade 1 and 2 boys at Bezanson School in 1960: (back row)Billy Patterson, Russel Dillabough, Doug Gaboury, Dennis Ford, Johnny Pinsch, Murray Thompson, Laurie Thompson, Danny Diedrich, Kenneth Ames. Front row: Larry Jobson, John Hawryluk, Roddy McLaughlin, Bill Reptowski, Gurth Moon, Don McNally, Gene Sarmaga, Marvin Stewart.
Location: 0059.02.03.10
Bezanson Grade 1 and 2 Girls, 1960
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in.
Grade 1 and 2 girls at Bezanson School in 1960.
Location: 0059.02.03.11
High Prairie Elementary Grade 1, 1962
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 7 in.
Mrs. Stewart’s grade one class at High Prairie Elementary: Dale Nelson, Bobby McDermott, Wayne Mortinson, Allen Stout, Brian Stafford, Ronald Fulk, Lee Sawchyn, Terry Keshen, Simon Lewis, Darrell Jarvis, Dale Willsey, David Wolfe, Rodney Sloat, Evelyn Belcourt, Elaine Brun, June Brulotte, Mena Ptashnyk, Patty Smith, Heike Flemming, Debra Stout.
Location: 0059.02.03.12
High Prairie Elementary Grade 2, 1963
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 7 in.
Mrs. Stewart’s grade one class at High Prairie Elementary: Dale Nelson, Bobby McDermott, Wayne Mortinson, Allen Stout, Brian Stafford, Ronald Fulk, Lee Sawchyn, Terry Keshen, Simon Lewis, Darrell Jarvis, Dale Willsey, David Wolfe, Rodney Sloat, Evelyn Belcourt, Elaine Brun, June Brulotte, Mena Ptashnyk, Patty Smith, Heike Flemming, Debra Stout.
Location: 0059.02.03.13
Edson Trail Grades 1 & 2, 1966-1967
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 in.
Mrs. Stewart’s grade 1 and 2 class at Edson Trail School in DeBolt: Back row, Morgan Abbot, Patrick Fornier, Janice Stevenson, Louise De Veer, Mrs. Stewart, Ethel Klassen, Barbara Selke, Joan Reimir. Second from back, Bonnie Stevenson, Norman Gerwatoski, Debbie Trottier, Vikki Zenner, Elizabeth Halabisky, Cheryl Rieger, Wanda Toews. Third from back, Violet Jantz, John Neustater, Greg Chapman, Ricky Zenner, Dave Neustater, Eddie Odenbach, ?. Front row John Birnie-Browne, Brian Sampson, Norine Getchett, Barbara Krause, Susan Reimer, Joseph Redhead, Terry Thomas, ?.
Location: 0059.02.03.14
Edson Trail Teacherage, 1966
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in.
Teacherage and back yard of Edson Trail School, with Grade One flower garden planted in tractor tire in the foreground.
Location: 0059.02.03.15
Edson Trail School Mural, 1966
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 3 in.
Grade One class mural (finger painting) of “what we thought the flower garden would be in May 1966. This project began with bedding plants started in the classroom, finger painting simulation of the finished flower garden, transplanting plants into the flower garden, and an entry in the Grande Prairie & District Exhibition Parade.
Location: 0059.02.03.16
Edson Trail School Float, 1966
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 3 in.
Edson Trail School Grade One Float in the County Fair parade, with the tractor tire flower garden mounted on the back of a truck. This project began with bedding plants started in the classroom, finger painting simulation of the finished flower garden, transplanting plants into the flower garden, and an entry in the Grande Prairie & District Exhibition Parade.
Location: 0059.02.03.17
Edson Trail School Project, 1968
6 photographs; colour; 3 x 3 in.
Series of photographs demonstrating “what is produced from a sheep,” a Social Studies project for grades 1-3 at Edson Trail School.
Location: 0059.02.03.18a-f
Edson Trail School Grade One, 1970
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 8 in.
Edson Trail School Grade One class. Back row: Mrs. Stewart (teacher), Georgina Thomas, Terry Carter, Darrell Eslinger, Trent Tate, Lawrence Moberly, Patrick Coogan, Dale Wohlgemuth, Danny Reimer, Richard Huette. Second Row: Melanie Massey, Rosalie Massey, Lillian Redhead, Noreen Thomas, Charlotte Kiyawasew, Bertha Moberly, Dianne Jantz, Lorilie Massey, Karen Zenner. Front: Terry Oatway, Tim Wohlgemuth.
Location: 0059.02.03.19
Ridgevalley School Mural, 1978
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 3 in.
Mural of Turkey made by Grade 4/5 class at Ridgevalley School. “Each student coloured one feather” is the description on the back.
Location: 0059.02.03.20
Ridgevalley School Mural, 1979
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Forestry Mural made from pastels by the Grade One class at Ridgevalley School in June 1979.
Location: 0059.02.03.21
Hillside School Artwork, 1980
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in.
Students Ed Schultz, Tammy Sanderson and Laura Young with Art project created by Special Ed class at Hillside School, Valleyview in 1979-80. The peacocks were made from styrofoam egg cartons.
Location: 0059.02.03.22
Hillside School Artwork, 1980
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in.
Close-up of art project created by Special Ed class at Hillside School, Valleyview in 1979-80. The peacocks were made from styrofoam egg cartons.
Location: 0059.02.03.23
Teachers at High Prairie Elementary, 1963
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Teachers at High Prairie Elementary School in 1963 . Phyllis Stewart is on the far left, back row.
Location: 0059.02.03.24
Teachers at Ridgevalley School, 1971
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Teachers at Ridgevalley School in 1971. Phyllis Stewart is fourth from left on front row. This was the largest rural school in the province of Alberta.
Location: 0059.02.03.25
Choir Leader, 1976
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
Phyllis Stewart ready to lead the Junior High School Chorus in 1976.
Location: 0059.02.03.26
Smoky River Store & Café, 1972
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
The Smoky River Store & Café on the east side of the river during the flood in the spirng of 1972.
Location: 0059.02.03.27
Smoky River Bridge, 1972
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in.
The Smoky River Bridge and the river in flood during the spirng of 1972.
Location: 0059.02.03.28
SubSeries 059.02.04Teaching Materials. — n.d.. — 3 cm of textual records.The series consists of some materials used for teaching music and reading workbooks for the elementary grades.
SubSeries 059.02.05Court Case. — 1978-1996. — 7.5 cm of textual records.In 1979, Mrs. Stewart was dismissed by the East Smoky School Division No. 54. She brought in a wrongful dismissal case against the division and after two years Court of Queen’s Bench dismissed the case because many of the witnesses had since left the district.The series consists of documents used in the lawsuit for wrongful dismissal filed by Phyllis Stewart against East Smoky School District No. 54: letters of support and observation from the parents regarding her last teaching year for the Division in 1978-1979; documents produced by a private investigator in 1980-1981; the Examination for Discovery of Phyllis Stewart report; the Examination for Discovery of Mervin Kurtz of the East Smoky School Division; and Phyllis’ memoirs “The Learning Curve” published in 1996 under the pseudonym Evelyn Traw.
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Series 059.03Stewart family farm. — 1918-2001. — 9 cm of textual records. — 46 photographs.When Chuck (Charles Bevan) Stewart and Phyllis Matton were married in 1947, they took over the family farm on the SW 36 and SE 35. They later purchased NE 35 from William Moon, and put all three quarters under cultivation, growing grains, and raising cattle and sheep. They lived with the elder Stewarts until 1950, when they built a small house on the SW 35. This was replaced in 1965 by a 2 1/2 story house built in 1933 by Norman and Gladys Moon. It was moved from one mile west and renovated with natural gas, power and running water. This became the center of the Stewart’s Bezanson farm operations, completely fenced and containing shop, barn, corrals, grain bins and machine storage.The series consists of some early documents (the 1918 Patent for the Stewart homestead on the S.E. 35-71-3- W6th; a 1929 tax receipt from the M.D. of Grande Prairie No. 739 with a $5.00 tax credit note for road-work done; and a Farmers Account Book from 1948 with some handwritten notes by Charles Stewart) and copies of documents from the Homestead File at the Provincial Archives, dating from 1913-1954. The bulk of the records are 1952-1993 and consist of tax records, legal documents, financial records (including costs of machinery), appraisal reports, and files on grain farming, Montadale sheep breeding, and mushroom growing. There are 46 photographs showing the farm as it changed from 1940 to [2000].
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Series 059.04Bezanson School District 3302. — 1925-1990. — 13.5 cm of textual records.The series consists of some financial records and correspondence from Bezanson School District 3302 in 1930-1931 when Charles Stewart was the secretary-treasurer of the district, including a voter’s list of the district for Grande Prairie M.D. 739; and material collected for a reunion of the district in 1990: class and teacher lists from 1929-1951, copies of Bezanson School District correspondence from the 1930s to the 60s; and some 1990 correspondence regarding the reunion. There are also some elementary workbooks used from 1925-1955, some high school workbooks from 1928, and school supply catalogues from 1933-1944.
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Series 059.05County Councillor. — 1983-1992. — 2 cm of textual records. — 12 photographs.The series consists of Phyllis’ County of Grande Prairie I.D. card for Councillors; a hand-out explaining “the County System;” a history of all the communities and districts in the County written by Phyllis Stewart for an Agricultural Tour of the County ca. 1990; and memorabilia from projects studied or approved by the County during her tenure: the Bezanson Park and Historic Site in 1986, the Official Opening brochure for Bezanson Seniors’ Cottages in 1989, a proposed landfill near Bezanson in 1990, and the Kleskun Hill Park in 1992. Also included are newsclippings of county council election results.
 
County of Grande Prairie Board of Education, 1983-1986
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5
County of Grande Prairie Board of Education. Back row: Andy Duncan, Ron Pfau, Albert Tomshak, Rick MacDonald, Jim Tissington, Jock O’Neill, Bill Housman, Jim Clease, Laverne Sorgaarde, Jim Stewart, Ray Gilkyson, Adolph Schultz. Font row: Phyllis Stewart, Betty Burton, Olive Stickney, Lois Brent, Christie Inkster, Yula Romanko.
Location: 0059.05.01
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Series 059.06Conservative Party. — 1990-1999. — 1 cm of textual records.The series consists of Christmas cards and certificates of appreciation sent to Phyllis Stewart from the leaders of the Conservative Party of Canada. There are also two magazine articles about the Mulroney years and Jean Charest’s plans for the Party.
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