1917-1949. — 8 photographs.
Stephen Robinson sold out his holdings in Ontario in 1918 and traveled to the Peace country where he picked the quarter N 22-74-8-W6 in the La Glace district for settlement. On May 6,1919, he and his son, Roy, loaded settler’s effects on the train, and enroute westward pickined up a carload of Angus cattle he had purchased in Manitoba. They arrived in Sexsmith May 31, 1919, unloaded the cattle and drove them to the farm in La Glace. His wife and two other children, May and Jack arrived several days later. They were late for spring seeding and their first crop of feed oats was unstacked when winter came so the first winter was long and difficult, shovelling snow to get at bundles for the cattle. Stephen later bought E. 20-74-8 W6 and later the SW 22-74-8-W6. He bought the grasslands on the east side of Rat Lake for pasture and hay. In the winter of 1919-1920, his wife and daughter May lived in Grande Prairie so May could finish high school. In 1929, May went to Normal School and received her teaching certiifcation and taught in the district for several years. While at Slave Lake, she met and married Bert Watkins. They moved to Kamloops where Bert passed away. They had no children. Roy married Cecil Webber in 1933, and they had four children: Elroy, Bryce, Wayne, and Cheryl. Cecil died in 1976. Jack married Louise Enns in 1940 and they had three children: Phyllis, Bob, and Sharon. Bryce bought the home place in 1974. He and his family, (children: Judy, Tracy and Ryan) own the original Robinson land. Elroy and Doreen (Sandboe) live in La Glace where Elroy has a trucking business. They have three boys: Dwayne and wife Cheryl (Sawchuck), Keven and wife Penny (Hennigar), and Wayne and wife Fay (Olson).
These records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Elroy Robinson in 2008.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of 4 photographs of Canuck and La Glace Schools and 4 of Summerdale School (near Mosside, Alberta) , a booklet, “Names of Pupils and Teachers – Odin School, 1929-1940”, and inspectors’ reports, a high school certificate, and several teacher education certificates belonging to May Robinson.