Fonds 445 Ray Boyer fonds

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[ca. 1908]-2009. — 25 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Ray Boyer was born December 11, 1924 in Grande Prairie, AB, and raised in East Kleskun on a farm on the south banks of Kleskun Lake (NE 35-72-4 W6). His father, Isaac, came to the Peace country from South Dakota and travelled over the Edson Trail in 1912. His mother, Bertha Delaney, a widow with six children, came to the Peace country from Ontario in 1919 and married Isaac Boyer. Along with his three- half sisters and three half-brothers, Ray also had an older brother, an older sister and a younger brother making up their family of ten children. Ray started his education in the East Kleskun School in 1930. The school was located 3.5 miles from their farm so it was a treat when he could ride a horse, especially in winter. Midway through grade school, Rays’s older brother, Clarence became the lead brother on the farm as their father was an invalid in his later years due to arthritis. Ray’s mother and the younger children were responsible for milking the cows, tending animals and other chores.

At the age of fifteen, Ray had to quit school and go to work to help support the family. One of his first jobs was to deliver water and ice to residences in Grande Prairie with a team of Pat Croken’s horses. He also remembers working in George Vagt’s Butcher Shop in Grande Prairie making wieners and sausage in a smoke house in the back alley. For the next three years Ray worked on different jobs including hauling gasoline up the Alaska Highway as far as Watson Lake. In 1943, Ray left for Vancouver and joined the Canadian Army. From Vancouver, he went to Wetaskiwin for Basic Training, then to Calgary for Advanced Training, and eventually to England where he took Signal Training. As a member of the Seaforth Highlanders First Division, Ray landed in Italy at Avaleno. From there Ray was sent to the front lines where troops relieved the Royal 22 Regiment of Quebec and Ray remembers seeing his first badly wounded soldier. They advanced north of Russi and in Bagnacavello, Italy, and in 1944 spent Christmas with a dinner in a church. At this time Ray was thrilled to meet up with his brothers Clarence and Archie close to the Senio River.

After Italy, the Highlanders were trucked to Holland. They crossed rivers in “Buffalos” which were floating tanks. Once after getting across, they were fired on and Ray remembers lying behind a dead cow for protection. They were continuing to advance through two towns in Holland when the news came that the Germans had surrendered. The Seaforths were then stationed in Amsterdam and Ray finally came home to Vancouver in May, 1946. Back in Grande Prairie, Ray worked different jobs: hauling lumber, working a dozer and a caterpillar and survey work. In 1953, Ray married Rita Robideau and they had three sons: Eldon, Doug and Arnie. Ray began working for the County of Grande Prairie in 1954 and remained there until 1985. He served on County Council, and numerous Boards including South Peace Health, Education, Planning, Evergreen Park, and the Agricultureal Society.

Ray wound down his career working as a Landman for Roy Northern working with landowners for approval of well sites, pipelines and right of ways. In 2000, Ray was the proud recipient of “Senior of the Year” from the Alberta Government. Ray has volunteered much of his retirement years developing the historic site at Kleskun Hill Museum. In 2001, Ray and his youngest son, Arnie, took a three week trip to Europe to revisit many of the sites he had been to during WWII. He and his wife, Rita, continue to reside in Grande Prairie in 2011.

Custodial History

Ray Boyer donated these records to the South Peace Regional Archives in 2010 and 2011.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of a biography written by Ray’s son, Arnie; a letter and a copy of a Christmas card sent to his parents during the war; gasoline ration coupons and his chauffer’s license (1950-1951); copies of two maps, “The Campaign in the Netherlands” and “The Battle for the Rivers” (in Italy), and a copy of his discharge certificate.

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Table of Contents

Series 445.01Ray Boyer Photographs
Series 445.01Ray Boyer Photographs. — 1908 c. -2009. — 25 photographs.

 

Ray Boyer and Fellow Seaforth Highlander, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Ray Boyer on the left and fellow serviceman standing on the shore of the North Sea in 1945.
Location: 0445.01.01
Ray Boyer Standing by Commemorative Plaque, 2001
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Ray Boyer standing by the plaque commemorating the crossing of the Seaforth Highlanders in WWII.
Location: 0445.01.02
Soldiers All – Ray and His Three Brothers, 1945 c.
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Ray Boyer standing on the far right with his brothers from the Peace country: L-R John Delaney, Clarence Boyer and Archie Delaney.
Location: 0445.01.03
Ray Boyer on Horseback, 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Ray Boyer on horseback at Phil Fitzpatrick’s.
Location: 0445.01.04
Ray Boyer Marries Rita Robideau, 1953
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Ray Boyer and Rita Robideau were married in 1953. Attendants were Rita’s brother, Ray Robideau, and Dorothy Bryenton.
Location: 0445.01.05
Soldiers Archie Delaney, Ray Boyer, and Clarence Boyer, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4 in.
Soldiers Archie Delaney, Ray Boyer, and Clarence Boyer in Italy in 1944.
Location: 0445.01.06
Clarence and Brother Harry Get Teams Ready for Work, 1938
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Clarence Boyer and younger brother Harry get teams ready for work.
Location: 0445.01.07
Kleskun Hill Museum, 2009 c.
1 photograph; colour; 5 x 7
Kleskun Hill Museum.
Location: 0445.01.08
Isaac Boyer, 1908 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Isaac (Ike) Boyer before he travelled to the Peace country over the Edson Trail with the Turners in 1912. He looked after the horses on the trip.
Location: 0445.01.09
County of Grande Prairie School Board, 1988
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
County of Grande Prairie School Board members seated outside the administration building of the County. Ray Boyer is second from the left in back row.
Location: 0445.01.10
Opening of the Kleskun Hill Museum, n.d.
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Opening of the Kleskun Hill Museum. Back : RCMP Grant Bulford, MLA Mel Knight. Front Row: L-R Ray Boyer, Lynn Oe, Rita Boyer.
Location: 0445.01.11
Building Road North West of Sexsmith, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Ray Boyer, working for the County of Grande Prairie, operating road building equipment north-west of Sexsmith.
Location: 0445.01.12
Crossing the Smoky River in Spring, 1947
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in.
Ray Boyer sits on the front of a car crossing the Smoky River on water covered ice in spring.
Location: 0445.01.13
Ray and Rita Boyer Dancing, 1970 c.
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5
Ray and Rita Boyer dancing
Location: 0445.01.14
Ray and Rita Boyer’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, 2003
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Ray and Rita Boyer’s 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrated with a wagon ride.
Location: 0445.01.15
Ray Boyer Hill at Kleskun Hill Natural Area, 2001
3 photographs; colour; 4 x 6
Ray Boyer is honored for his work at Kleskun Hill Natural Area with naming one of the main hills after him.
Location: 0445.01.16-.18
Ray Boyer With His First Car, 1953 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Ray Boyer standing beside his first car, a 1952 Chevrolet.
Location: 0445.01.19
Isaac Boyer With Fox Furs, 1939
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Isaac Boyer with his dog Mack standing beside his row of fox furs.
Location: 0445.01.20
Bertha Boyer With Fox Furs, 1939
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Bertha Boyer holds up two fox furs standing beside a row of fox furs.
Location: 0445.01.21
Ray Boyer in Amsterdam, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Ray Boyer, the soldier on the right, in Amsterdam in May, 1945. Behind is the first “Butter Boat” that arrived after the end of the war.
Location: 0445.01.22
Ray Boyer at Fifteen, 1939
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Ray Boyer, age fifteen, in 1939 standing in front the log home of the Boyers. The center portion of the home was built ca. 1913.
Location: 0445.01.23
Kleskun Hill Museum Building -School, 2009 c.
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Kleskun Hill Museum School House.
Location: 0445.01.24
Kleskun Hill Museum Building -Outhouse, 2009 c.
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Kleskun Hill Museum Outhouse being checked out.
Location: 0445.01.25

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