Fonds 149 Russell Burgess family fonds

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1934-1991. — 9 cm.. — 32 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Clarence Russell Burgess was born June 4, 1905, in Lion’s Head (Bruce County), Ontario. In 1909, he came west to High River, Alberta, with his parents, Alexander and Jennie (Cameron) Burgess. He spent his youth attending Last Chance and High View Schools. When he was sixteen, he apprenticed for two years in a machine shop in High River and continued to help his father on the farm. In 1928, after hearing so much about the north country, he thought he would look for a homestead and took the train to Grande Prairie. Russell originally planned on homesteading in the Fort St. John area but it seemed too far away from everything so he came back to Grande Prairie. As his money was running out, he got a job cutting wood for Mr. Wong who owned the Windsor Café which gave him a meal ticket and that turned his luck around. He got a winter job making ice in the arena to pay for room and board. In the spring of 1929, he began working for the town of Grande Prairie as a policeman and later as a works foreman. March 29, 1929, he married Pearl Munkholm, also of High River. They had three children, Robert, Kenneth and Kathleen.

In 1934 he went to work for three years for the provincial government on bridge building crews all over the province. He then worked for Union Tractor for two years, became ill and took up lock smithing as a hobby. He also became a licensed electrician and went to work for Cookshaw Electric where he stayed until 1965. In his retirement he gardened, maintained a large stamp collection and a woodworking shop where he made children’s toys to sell at the Farmer’s Market. Pearl and Russell also adopted a number of special “grandaughters” who helped look after them in their home, and later looked after their home and visited them regularly in Mackenzie Place. Pearl died in 1985 and Russell in 1991.

Robert Burgess was born and raised in Grande Prairie. He later moved to Calgary and worked for many years for Imperial Oil. He married Joan __ and they had three boys: Russell, Brian and David. Bob died at age 42 from complications of Diabetes Type 1.

Custodial History

The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Russell’s son, Ken Burgess, in 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2012.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 31 photographs, 1 souvenir issue of The Daily Herald Tribune featuring a Grande Prairie High School reunion in 1979; a copy of a program from the fourth Soap Box Derby in Dawson Creek, an obituary card for Russell Burgess and 20 membership cards belonging to C.R. Burgess. An accrual contained 2 ration booklets, a foreman’sTime Book, a trade certificate, a radio licence, vehicle and voter registrations, insurance card and driver’s licences, receipts, lists of toys, and membership cards belonging to Russell Burgess. Also included are a scrap book of WWII clippings, 2 notebooks (Art and Chemistry) and a 1945 GPHS Yearbook belonging to Robert (Bob) Burgess.

Notes

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

 
Grande Prairie Town Council, 1934
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Town councillors, Secretary-Treas. Keyes and Mayor P.J.Tooley
Location: 2003.24.01
Donald Hotel Fire, 1960 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 8
Ken Burgess, Grande Prairie Fireman, hosing down the burning rubble of the Donald Hotel.
Location: 2003.24.02
Burgess Becomes Town Policeman, 1929
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Bob Keyes, Yvonne ?, Russell Burgess and Bob Ross in uniform.
Location: 2003.24.03
Grande Prairie Downtown Parade, 1945 c..
1 photograph photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Truck carrying float in Richmond Ave.parade with spectators on the side
Location: 2003.24.04
Grande Prairie Downtown Parade, 1945 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Tractor pulling Teen Town float with girls on board
Location: 2003.24.05
Victory Parade Downtown Grande Prairie, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Parade in front of federal building, three cars decked in British and American flags with V structures covering hoods.
Location: 2003.24.06
Victory Parade Downtown Grande Prairie, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
R.C.M.P., majorettes, marching band and troops parading in front of federal building
Location: 2003.24.07
Victory Parade Downtown Grande Prairie, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
R.C.M.P., majorettes parading down Richmond Ave.with crowds watching
Location: 2003.24.08
Victory Parade Downtown Grande Prairie, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
military troops parading down Richmond Ave.
Location: 2003.24.09
Victory Parade Downtown Grande Prairie, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
military troops showing details of uniforms, parading past building with balcony filled with spectators
Location: 2003.24.10
Victory Parade Downtown Grande Prairie, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
military men driving armored vehicle past building with people watching from balcony
Location: 2003.24.11
Joe’s Corner Coffee Shop, 1945 c.
2 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5
Joe’s Corner Coffee Shop decorated with Union Jack flags and war posters, Joe Mark and woman standing by entrance
Location: 2003.24.12A-B
Spillway Over Bear Creek, 1947
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
people standing on the bridge overlooking the spillway on Bear Creek
Location: 2003.24.13
Bear Creek Valley, 1950 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
winter scene of Bear Creek valley showing homes and two outdoor rinks
Location: 2003.24.14
Grande Prairie Water Tower, 1940 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
town water tower 99Ave. 101 St.
Location: 2003.24.15
Grande Prairie Model Flying Club Aircraft, 1936
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
A. Wright in his model airplane “Miss May” decked out as a float “G.P.M.F.C.”
Location: 2003.24.16
Grande Prairie Swimming Pool, 1950 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4
First outdoor swimming pool sponsored by the Kinsman Club, Grande Prairie
Location: 2003.24.17
Richmond Hill Golf and Country Club, 1930c.
1 postcard; b & w; 4 x 6
Located on the top of Richmond Hill, north side of the road, the clubhouse enjoyed a marvelous view of Grande Prairie to the north and east and the Rocky Mountains to the west. The building was vacated in the late 1960s and the land subdivided and sold as acreages.
Location: 2006.001.01
Government Telephone Ofiice, 1930c.
1 postcard; b & w; 4 x 6
From 1929-1959 this building was the office of the Alberta Government Telephones. It is now located in the Hillside area.
Location: 2006.001.02
Internationl Balloon Championships, 1979
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Grande Praire’s Centennial Park along the Bear Creek was the site of the launch of the International Balloon Championships in August of 1979.
Location: 2006.001.03
Internationl Balloon Championships, 1979
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Grande Praire’s Centennial Park along the Bear Creek was the site of the launch of the International Balloon Championships in August of 1979.
Location: 2006.001.04
Internationl Balloon Championships, 1979
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Grande Praire’s Centennial Park along the Bear Creek was the site of the launch of the International Balloon Championships in August of 1979.
Location: 2006.001.05
Internationl Balloon Championships, 1979
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Grande Praire’s Centennial Park along the Bear Creek was the site of the launch of the International Balloon Championships in August of 1979.
Location: 2006.001.06
Internationl Balloon Championships, 1979
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Grande Praire’s Centennial Park along the Bear Creek was the site of the launch of the International Balloon Championships in August of 1979.
Location: 2006.001.07
214 Place Under Construction, 1980
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5
In July of 1980, 214 Place was being built at the corner of Richmond Ave. and 102 St.
Location: 2008.064.01
Russell Burgess, 1930c.
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Formal portrait of Russell Burgess as a young man.
Location: 2012..014.01
Ida (Burgess) McCormick, 1983
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 5
Formal portrait of Ida (Burgess) McCormick, sister of Russell Burgess, taken in 1983 at age 75.
Location: 2012..014.02
Grandpa’s “Girls”, 1989-1990
3 photographs; colour; 2.5 x 3.5
Russell and Pearl Burgess were luck enough to “adopt” a series of girls who came to live with then and help them remain in their home longer than otherwise. These girls were Margaret Driedger, Doreen Thiessen? from La Crete and Carrie came later.
Location: 2012..014.03-.05
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