Fonds 256 Schenk family fonds

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Schenk family fonds. — 1911-2000. — 51 cm of textual records. — 115 photographs. — 1 artistic drawings. — 2 postcards. — 1 cards. — 9 maps.


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Biographical Sketch

Francis W. Schenk was born in Sauk Center, Minnesota, on October 25, 1899. In 1906 his family moved to Wetaskiwin, and in 1909 his father passed away, leaving a wife and five children of which Francis was the youngest. The Schenks moved to Edmonton where Francis finished his schooling at the Queen Alexandria School. In the spring of 1916, Francis and his mother came to Grande Prairie where she married Herman Ellert, whom she had known in Sauk Centre. He had walked into Grande Prairie over the Edson Trail in 1911 and homesteaded one mile straight east of Grande Prairie.

Francis Schenk proved up a homestead four miles east and one mile south of Grande Prairie and sold it for $1000 after he started to work for the railway. When he had a job that paid twice a month, he decided it was better than land. He hired on with the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway in 1923, and in November 1924 locomotive foreman Bill (Sledgehammer) Henderson, Billy Bates and Francis Schenk moved the equipment to the new engine house at Wembley. The town had built up during the summer.

Francis was married to Christine Dolemo on December 19, 1925 in a double wedding with Jack Mantle and Anna Dolemo at the Dolemo home. Christine Dolemo was born in Anndal, Norway on November 7, 1900. In 1907 her family emigrated and settled in Erie, Minnesota where they homesteaded. In 1917 they arrived in Grande Prairie and settled in the Valhalla district.

Francis was promoted to locomotive foreman and had to move to McLennon. In 1929 he was moved to Rycroft and became the first locomotive foreman there, and in 1957 he transferred to Dawson Creek and was the last locomotive fireman there. He retired November 1, 1964.

Francis and Christine had three sons. Their first son, Francis “Junior”, was born at Wembley in 1926. He married Ella Olson from Wanham and lived in Rycroft until 1961, where he was employed as a locomotive fireman and engineer. Shortly after he began working for the Alberta Forest Service in Rycroft, he was promoted to District Ranger at New Fish Creek and later to Valleyview. He passed away as the result of a shooting accident at the age of fourty-three. They have seven children: Miles, Linda, Wade, Sandra, Jay, Brenda and Christine.

Francis and Christine’s second son, David Edson, was born in Grande Prairie on November 3 1931. He worked on the Northern Alberta Railway as a watchman and locomotive fireman, living at home until 1956. In April of that year, David moved to Grande Prairie where he was employed with the Alberta Forest Service as Assistant Ranger working throughout the entire Grande Prairie forest. In the summer of 1957 he was promoted to District Ranger at Woking, and in December 1958 he transferred to the South Wapiti District. He married Melba (Bunny) Day on November 5, 1960 and they have three children: Carlin (1960), Glenda (1964), and Laura (1968). In July 1977 David moved his family to Edson where he worked for the Land Management Dept. of the Alberta Forest Service. He retired in 1987 and the family moved back to the Grovedale area. David passed away on October 11 2017 at the age of 85.

Francis and Christine’s third child, daughter Celia-Marie, was born in Grande Prairie and took all her schooling at Rycroft. She worked for several years as a stenographer for Inter-Provincial Precast Concrete in Edmonton and Calgary which took her throughout the province, including local projects such as bridges at Burnt River, Watino and Beaton River. She married Chris Raaen at Dawson Creek and they have three children: Cheryl, Caryn and Curtis. She passed away at the age of fourty-three years.

Custodial History

The photographs and documents were in the possession of Dave Schenk and were donated by him to the South Peace Regional Archives in 2006, 2015, and 2017.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 51 cm of textual records, 115 photographs, 1 artwork by Robert Guest, and 9 forestry related maps. It includes: a series of photographs related to Jack Mantle showing early Grande Prairie and includes two photographs featuring soldiers from WW2; a series of correspondence from F.W. Schenk and photographs showing scenes from the Northern Alberta Railway (NAR) and various train accidents; a series of photographs, maps, employment records and daily journals from Dave Schenk during his career working for NAR and Alberta Forest Service; and a series of employment records from Melba Schenk during her time working as a weather observer for Alberta Forest Service.

The fonds has been arranged into the following series: Jack Mantle (1911-1940); F.W. Schenk (1917-1964); Dave Schenk (1924-2005); and Melba Schenk (1973-1977)

Notes

Arrangement of the files into series and sub-series was provided by the archivist. The first accession was processed separately from the subsequent accruals. 9 maps and 1 oversized photograph are located separately from the fonds due to preservation concerns. Two empty notebooks were removed from this fonds. Duplicate photographs were also removed.

Language: English

Accruals: The first accrual was accession number 2015.066 on August 27 2015; the second accrual was accession number 2015.067 on September 1 2015; the third accrual was accession number 2017.009 on March 21 2017; the fourth accrual was accession number 2017.034 on August 28 2017; the fifth accrual was accession number 2017.040 on September 19 2017. All accruals were donated by Dave Schenk.

One file is restricted to access for the time being. Please see the archivist for further information.

Table of Contents

Series 256.01Jack Mantle
Series 256.02F.W. Schenk
Series 256.03Dave Schenk
Series 256.04Melba (Bunny) Schenk
Series 256.01Jack Mantle. — [1911-1940]. — 30 photographs.

Jack Mantle was a brother-in law to Francis Schenk. He was also head of the Army Reserve Corps in Grande Prairie during the Second World War.

The series consists of photographs of river crossings, sports events, groups of friends, early Grande Prairie streets and warehouses, and military photographs.

J.B. Taft Stage Coach on the Edson Trail, 1913
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
First stage coach over the Edson Trail
Location: 0256.01.01
 
Grande Prairie City, 1912
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Grande Prairie City under construction soon after it was surveyed in 1910.
Location: 0256.01.02
 
Dunvegan Crossing, ca. 1915
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Showing a car waitng to cross the river from the south side. Across the river is the Hudson Bay Post on the left and Catholic Missionon the right.
Location: 0256.01.03
 
Dunvegan Crossing, ca. 1915
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
On the south side of the Peace River showing the ferry landing site.
Location: 0256.01.04
 
Alphaeus Patterson, ca. 1915
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Alphaeus Patterson was the Member of Parliament for the Peace River District from 1913-1917.
Location: 0256.01.05
 
Moody’s Crossing, 1926
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Moody’s Crossing over the Smoky River at Goodwin.
Location: 0256.01.06
 
Moody’s Crossing, 1926
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Moody’s Crossing over the Smoky River at Goodwin
Location: 0256.01.07
 
Two-Storey Farm House on the Grande Prairie, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
A two-storey farm house situated on the Grande Prairie.
Location: 0256.01.08
 
Rifle Range, ca. 1915
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Two RCMP and four other men are practicing their aim with rifles. Possibly a training exercise for WW1.
Location: 0256.01.09
 
Man Stands in Doorway, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Man standing in front of a log house.
Location: 0256.01.10
 
Summer Afternoon Gathering, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Six men in casual dress visit in a farmyard
Location: 0256.01.11
 
Grande Prairie, ca. 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
View of Grande Prairie from the west looking down Richmond Road.
Location: 0256.01.12
 
Gathering at Snakey and Nell’s Place, 1923
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
After Sunday dinner, gathered by a corral fence, a log home in the background.
Location: 0256.01.13
 
Bucking Contest, 1923
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Bucking contest at Grande Prairie, on Aug.28, 1923
Location: 0256.01.14
 
Beaverlodge Sports, ca. 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Bucking contest at Beaverlodge Sports.
Location: 0256.01.15
 
Henry Roberts and Friends, ca. 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Henry Roberts and friends share a pitcher of beer.
Location: 0256.01.16
 
Campbell, Wilson & Horne Ltd., ca. 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
The Campbell, Wilson & Horne warehouse beside the railroad track, Grande Prairie. This company was the forerunner to Horne & Pitfield. A man with a white apron stands in the doorway.
Location: 0256.01.17
 
Campbell, Wilson & Horne Ltd., ca. 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
The Campbell, Wilson & Horne warehouse beside the railroad track, Grande Prairie. This company was the forerunner to Horne & Pitfield. Three people stand in the doorway.
Location: 0256.01.18
 
Campbell, Wilson & Horne Ltd. Delivery Truck, ca. 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 in
Jack Mantle , manager for Campbell, Wilson & Horne, beside the delivery truck.
Location: 0256.01.19
 
Campbell, Wilson & Horne Ltd. Delivery Truck, ca. 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in
The Campbell, Wilson & Horne Delivery Truck, with driver leaning out the window.
Location: 0256.01.20
 
CFGP on Main Street, Grande Prairie, ca. 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in
Third location of CFGP radio station on the corner of Richmond and 99 St.
Location: 0256.01.21
 
Jack Mantle and Friends, 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in
Group of riders with horses stand with a family in front of a log cabin.
Location: 0256.01.22
 
Victory Bond Campaign, ca. 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Jack Mantle was head of the Army Reserve Corps.
Location: 0256.01.23
 
Inspection of the Troops, ca. 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 in
Jack Mantle was head of the Army Reserve Corps. Cap Bradley is also in the picture.
Location: 0256.01.24
 
Womens Curling Team, [19–]
1 Photograph; b&w; 6.5 x 8.5 in
Womens curling team featuring Anna Mantle on the far left. The other women are unidentified.
Location: 0256.01.25
 
Jack Mantle, [19–?]
1 Photograph; b&w; 5 x 8 in
Portrait of Jack Mantle taken at Huber studios in Ottawa.
Location: 0256.01.26
 
Two Soldiers, [194-?]
1 Photograph; b&w; 4 x 5 in
Two soilders posed for a photo. Jack Mantle is on the left, the other man is unidentified.
Location: 0256.01.27
 
D. Coy 49th (R) Grande Prairie Loyal Edmonton Regt., 1944
1 photograph; b&w; 9 x 5.5 in
D. Coy 49th (R) Grande Prairie Loyal Edmonton Regt. at Sarcee Camp on 22 July- 6 August 1944. Jack Mantle is in the front row, seventh from the right. All men in the photo are identified below. Back row, left to right; Velve, J.H.; Vante, M.; Rohne, S; Sonstvedt, J; Loberg, P.G.; Klettke, O.; Sgt. Flannigan, A; Howes, A. G.; Wigmore, R.S.; Duncan, W. Third row: Halverson, G.; Melhus, P.M.; Homme, O.; Tosczak, G.; Westad, A.; Dumbeck, A.J.; Miller, R.G.; Pearson, H.C.; Horneland, M.; Reed, R.L.V.; Dryer, D. Second Row: Field, F.; Knutson, K.; Blais, E.; Buchholdt, E.; Dolemo, A.; Duncan, G.A.; Swanson, M.E.; Guittard, D.E.; Leslie, T.K.; Wagner, R; Krantz, A.; Braathen, S Front row: Miller, D.A.; L/Cpl. Wright, P.D.; Cpl. Hanson, D.O.; CPL. Spicer, W.; Sgt. Cooke, D.R.; C.S.M. Cobb, L.V.; Capt. A. J. Mantle; C.S.M. Booker, T, E,; Sgt. Leitgeb, J.C.; Cpl. Shields, H.J.; Swanston, J.A.’ Knutson, F.; Nelson, A.
Location: 0256.01.28
 
Campbell, Wilson & Horne Ltd, ca. 1920
1 Photograph; b&w; 5.5 x 3.5 in
The Campbell, Wilson & Horne warehouse beside the railroad track, Grande Prairie. This company was the forerunner to Horne & Pitfield. Three people stand in the doorway.
Location: 0256.01.29
 
Railway and Elevators in Grande Prairie, [193-?]
1 Photograph; b&w; 5.5 x 3.5 in
The railway with a train coming in beside four grain elevators in Grande Prairie.
Location: 0256.01.30
 
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Series 256.02F.W. Schenk. — 1917-1964. — 1.5 cm of textual records. — 27 photographs.

The series consists of 27 photographs of F.W. and Christine Schenk, trains, train personnel, and train accidents on the Northern Alberta Railway (NAR) line in the south Peace Country; copies of 15 documents, including a Pacific Great Eastern Railway Co. Pass for Christine Schenk, F.W. Schenk’s United Transportation Union Card, war registration papers and his exemption certificate from World War II; correspondance between Francis and Christine, life insurance documents, and newspaper clippings. This series is divided into three files: NAR (1917-1964), Newspaper Clippings (1939-1957), Correspondance (1931-1947).

Karl & Sophia Dolemo, 1937
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Photograph on the Certificate of Identification to be attached to Naturalization Certificate for Karl and Sophia Dolemo when they returned to Norway for a visit in 1937-38. They went back to Canada aboard the Norweigen American Line on the last ship to leave Norway before it was invaded prior to WWII.
Location: 0256.02.01
 
Valhalla Settlers, 1917
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Arrival of Norwegian settlers from Minnesota at Valhalla on April 11, 1917. Karl Dolemo is second on right.
Location: 0256.02.02
 
Francis and Christine Schenk, 1926
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Francis Schenk married Christine Dolemo, daughter of Karl and Sophia Dolemo. They are accompanied here by Francis’ mother, Susanne Schenk, at the home of Jack Mantle.
Location: 0256.02.03
 
Ferry at Moody’s Crossing, 1926
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Francis and Christine Schenk with friends on the ferry over the Smoky River at Moody’s Crossing. Ferry poster is visable at right.
Location: 0256.02.04
 
N.A.R. Locomotive #16, 1923
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Christine Dolemo and Francis Schenk at the front of Locomotive #16, belonging to the Edmonoton, Dunvegan & British Columbia Railway.
Location: 0256.02.05
 
Elevators and Rail Line, Grande Prairie, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Warehouses and elevators line the railway at Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Location: 0256.02.06
 
Railway Snow Plow, 1930
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Snow plow on the front of the Railway Engine clears the snow off the tracks.
Location: 0256.02.07
 
Steam Locomotive, 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Steam Locomotive on the Northern Alberta Railway Line in the south Peace River Country of Alberta.
Location: 0256.02.08
 
Locomotive #51, 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Francis Schenk at the wheel of N.A.R. Locomotive 51.
Location: 0256.02.09
 
Last Trip of Engine #73, 1955
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Engine #73 was purchased in 1927. In 1955 it made its last trip back to Edmonton with (left to right) Sam Jones, fireman; Francis Schenk, locomotive watchman; and Carl Gage, locomotive engineer.
Location: 0256.02.10
 
Engine #51, 1950
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Francis Schenk, Jr. is the fireman on Engine #51 with Lloyd Garrison as the engineer.
Location: 0256.02.11
 
Train Wreck, 1950
3 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Train Wreck on the N.A.R. line. Women and children passengers watch as railway workers assess the damages.
Location: 0256.02.12-14
 
Train Disaster, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Railway cars were lifted off their wheel bases and overturned in a “weird storm” that resembled a tornado at Rycroft, September 1, 1951.
Location: 0256.02.15
 
Train Wreck, [1950]
2 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6 in.
Disintegrating tracks caused by shifting ground caused many train wrecks.
Location: 0256.02.16-17
 
Last Steam Locomotive on the N.A.R., 1960
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Last Steam Locomotive leaving Northern Alberta Railways at Dawson Creek on May 14, 1960. From left to right, Engineer Neil Doherty, porter George Dalton, conductor Ed Chausse, locomotive foreman Francis Schenk, fireman W.S. “Slim” Wearmouth, trainman George Kopt, and Express messenger Nick Krawchuk.
Location: 0256.02.18
 
Railroad Crew, 1960
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Left to right: Clarence Comrie, master mechanic; Christine Schenk; Joe Newman, fireman; Art Gibbons, engineer; and F.W. Schenk, locomotive foreman.
Location: 0256.02.19
 
F.W. Schenk, Locomotive Foreman, 1964
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
F.W. Schenk worked as a locomotive foreman for the N.A.R.
Location: 0256.02.20
 
Grande Prairie Hockey Club, 1922-1923
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10 in
Composite photograph of all the hockey players on the 1922-23 Grande Prairie Hockey Club: J.H. Slawter, R. Dean, H.F. Hammond, H. O’Brien, R.F.R. Howell, V. Taylor, A.W. Pentland, F.W. Schenk, H.A. Brick, J.E. Basted, F.R. Brown, and J.E. Shields.
Location: 0256.02.21
 
First Locomotive Fireman in Grande Prairie, 1960
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 3 in.
The first Locomotive Fireman in Grande Prairie was “Sledgehammer” Bill Henderson, shown here on the left with Watchman, Francis Schenk.
Location: 0256.02.22
 
Tom Massee and Christine Dolemo, 1920
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 4 in.
Tom Massee with Christine Dolemo at Grande Prairie, when Christine was waiting tables.
Location: 0256.02.23
 
NAR Tressle over Bear Creek GP, [19–?]
1 photograph; b&w; 3 x 2 in
Four individuals standing beside the NAR tressles bridge that runs over Bear Creek in Grande Prairie. The individueals were identified in a note attached to the back of the photo that said “L-R: unknown, Anna Mantle, Christine Schenk, lanst 2 unknown”
Location: 0256.02.24
 
Town of Peace River, 1931
1 photograph; b&w; 5.5 x 3.5 in
Railway tressle bridge crossing over Heart River with the town of Peace River in the background. Written on the back of the photo is “Aspen Glen July 4/31”.
Location: 0256.02.25
 
Salt Water Well near Peace River, ca. 1929
1 photograph; b&w; 4.5 x 2.5 in
Caption on back of photo reads “Gas + salt water well at Peace River town about 1929”. This is possibly the infamous well known as “Old Salty” or the “Well from Hell” that was drilled in 1916 outside of Peace River. The well spewed out enough salt water to fill an Olympic sized pool every day for 87 years. After a total of $10 million was spent, the well was finally sealed in 2003.
Location: 0256.02.26
 
Train Derailment, [19–?]
1 photograph; b&w; 4 x 3 in
Train derailment causing a rolled over train, there is a man standing on top of the rolled train and men in the background looking at the damage.
Location: 0256.02.27
 
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Series 256.03Dave Schenk. — 1924-2005. — 43.5 cm of textual records. — 58 photographs. — 1 artistic drawings. — 9 maps.

The series consists of 58 photographs relating to Alberta Forest Service, forest fire fighting, and family life. It also contains 43.5 cm of textual material that includes: travel records and statments of remittance and earnings from Dave’s time as a forest ranger; daily journals pertainting to forestry; handbooks and manuals; a WWII supply book, and 9 maps. This series is divided into five sub-series: NAR (1924-1980); Forestry (1933-2000); WWI and WWII (1914-1946); Personal (1934-2005); and Miscellaneous ([1942?]-1955)

SubSeries 256.03.01NAR. — 1924-1980. — 2 cm of textual records.

This sub-series consits of handbooks and news publications from Northern Alberta Railway (NAR) as well as various employment records belonging to Dave Schenk.

256.03.01.01Publications 1924-1979

This file contains NAR publications such as time table handbooks for use by employees; a handbook for the mehanical examination of firemen; and 5 editions of NAR’s newspaper “The Headlight”.

256.03.01.02Employment Documents 1940-1980

This file contains NAR paystubs belonging to Dave Schenk; an enginemen’s trip report; a list of NAR staff engineers, firemen, conductors, and brakemen; two NAR staff seniority lists which list Dave’s brother (F. J. Schenk); a railway employees timebook; and a 50 year veteran certificate from the United Transportation Union.

SubSeries 256.03.02Forestry. — 1933-2000. — 34.5 cm of textual records. — 56 photographs. — 9 maps.

This sub-series contains documents relating to Dave Schenk’s employment in Forest Service with the Alberta Energy and Natural Resources Department. The sub-series consists of 56 photographs, 9 maps, and 34.5cm of textual material including attendance records, daily journals, handbooks and manuals, documentation books, land use summaries, employment finances, and location research.

256.03.02.01Photographs 1933-1937

This file contains 56 photographs from Dave Schenk’s time working for Alberta Forest Service. The photographs are of the Pipestone Creek ferry, the Kakwa area, forestry road work, forestry cabins, tower sites, ranger stations, fire fighting, and game patrol.

Sarah Hubert and Bill Henderson and Visitors, 1933
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Sarah Hubert, Christine Schenk, Bill Henderson, Jack Mc Cullough, David Schenk (on Bill’s lap)
Location: 0256.03.01
 
Bill Henderson and Friends, 1948
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Mike Malony, Assar Vicklund, Bill Henderson, Sarah Hubert, Francis, Christine and Celia Schenk.
Location: 0256.03.02
 
Bill Henderson and Sarah Hubert, 1948
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Bill Henderson and Sarah Hubert at Bill’s farm in South Wapiiti, July, 1948.
Location: 0256.03.03
 
Waiting for Customers, ca. 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Bill Henderson and Sarah Hubert operated the Pipestone Creek Ferry for a time.
Location: 0256.03.04
 
Putting the Ferry In, ca. 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Bill Henderson and a team of men work to get the Pipestone Creek Ferry into operation in the spring.
Location: 0256.03.05
 
Plane Crash Site, 1945
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Carl Brooks was killed in this crash in the fall of 1945 near Kakwa Lake.
Location: 0256.03.06
 
Ed Moberly, 1946
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Ed Moberly on his horse in the Kakwa area.
Location: 0256.03.07
 
Ed Moberly and his Cache, 1946
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Ed Moberly checking his cache in the Kakwa area
Location: 0256.03.08
 
Forestry Road Work, 1956
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
L-R Pete Comeau, Sherman Head, John Miller, Ole Overland, and George Kalischuk stopping for lunch at the side of the road they are working on.
Location: 0256.03.09
 
Forestry Road Work, 1956
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Paul Wyniandi, District Ranger Bert Varty (sitting) and Dale Landry take a break from road work.
Location: 0256.03.10
 
Forestry Road Work, 1956
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Doug Howarth, Ole Overland, Sherman Head, and Johnny Miller take a break during road construction
Location: 0256.03.11
 
Forestry Road Work, 1956
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Ole Overland, District Ranger Bert Varty, Doug Howarth, and Johnny Miller cook a meal on a portable stove.
Location: 0256.03.12
 
Forestry Road Work, 1956
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
District Ranger Bert Varty working on his jeep along the road being constructed.
Location: 0256.03.13
 
Forestry Road Work, 1956
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Ray Smuland (in tent) and Sherman Head (in caterpillar) working in a forestry camp.
Location: 0256.03.14
 
Forestry Road Work, 1956
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Dave Schenk’s kitchen; doing forestry work in the Kakwa area.
Location: 0256.03.15
 
Forestry Road Work, 1956
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
The cook shows off his offerings for a forestry road work crew. Group includes Dave Joachim, Doug Howarth, Ray Smuland, Ole Overland.
Location: 0256.03.16
 
Building a Forestry Cabin, 1956
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in
Ray Smuland, Forest Superintendant, sawing logs for building a forestry cabin at Musreau Lake.
Location: 0256.03.17
 
Nose Mountain Tower Cabin, 1957
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Sam Fomuk, tower man and Dave Schenk, Ranger, at the Nose Mountain Tower cabin, September, 1957.
Location: 0256.03.18
 
Forestry Film Tour, ca. 1966
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Prairie Provinces Annual Forestry Film Tour with Dave Schenk and Greg Stevens flanking Bertie the Beaver.
Location: 0256.03.19
 
Grovedale Ferry, 1956
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Grovedale ferry on the Wapiti April, 1956, Claud O’Keefe is standing on the approach.
Location: 0256.03.20
 
Porcupine Cabins, 1956
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Porcupine Cabins and Porcupine Airstrip.
Location: 0256.03.21
 
Nose Mountain Tower Site, 1957
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Camp of Ole Overland and Dave Schenk at Nose Mountain Tower site, Sept. 1957.
Location: 0256.03.22
 
Group at Porcupine Airstrip, 1958
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Griff James, Dick Bacon, Dave Schenk (Ranger), and Francis Schenk standing by the cabin at Porcupine airstrip, 1958.
Location: 0256.03.23
 
South Wapiti Ranger Station, 1959
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
The new house at South Wapiti Ranger Station was built in 1957. The original cabin on the left was moved to Two Lakes.
Location: 0256.03.24
 
Copton Lookout, 1959
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Dave Schenk at the Copton Lookout site –closed down in 1959.
Location: 0256.03.25
 
Rainbow Trout Plant, 1959
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
First Rainbow Trout Plant at Two Lakes showing Curly Wren from Brooks Fish Nursery.
Location: 0256.03.26
 
Nose Mountain Tower Site, 1959
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
The opening of the Nose Mountain Tower site showing pilot, Lloyd Anderson in a 47J Chopper.
Location: 0256.03.27
 
Fire Fighting Crew, 1961
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Fire fighting crew brought into the South Wapiti Forest District by Doug Clarkson (in plaid)
Location: 0256.03.28
 
Game Patrol, 1961
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Henry McCullough and Dave Schenk on the extreme south end of the Wapiti forest district in the Sheep Creek area. Part of forestry work was to monitor the hunting of game.
Location: 0256.03.29
 
Game Patrol, 1961
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Dave Schenk and Henry McCullough in Dead Horse Meadows.
Location: 0256.03.30
 
Game Patrol, 1961
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Dave Schenk and Henry McCullough near the B.C. border.
Location: 0256.03.31
 
Game Patrol, 1961
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Dave Schenk and Henry McCullough set up a shelter and camp on the trail near the B.C. border. Snow covered mountains in the background.
Location: 0256.03.32
 
Ed Moberly and Carlin Schenk, ca. 1966
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Ed Moberly and Carlin Schenk sit outside a teepee at Nose Creek
Location: 0256.03.33
 
South Wapiti Students, ca. 1966
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Prairie Provinces Annual Forestry Film Tour visits the students at South Wapiti. Bertie the Beaver is used as an instructional aid.
Location: 0256.03.34
 
Harvie Trace and a 47J Chopper, 1966
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Harvie Trace beside his 47J Helicopter and Carlin Schenk standing in front. Taken in the spring of 1966 at the opening of the Tower, South Wapiti Ranger Station
Location: 0256.03.35
 
Dave Joachim and Paul Wyniandi,
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Dave Joachim and Paul Wyniandi with Carlin Schenk (the child) stand in front of their teepee.
Location: 0256.03.36
 
Grandma Joachim, the Moberly girls and Carlin Schenk, ca. 1967
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Violet, Eva and Delia Moberly stand behind Mrs. Dave (Grandma) Joachim who is holding on to Carlin Schenk.
Location: 0256.03.37
 
Group By the Shuttler Flats Cabin, 1971
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 3 in
Dave Joachim. Dave Schenk, Carlin Schenk and Christine Schenk stand in front of the Shuttler Flats cabin.
Location: 0256.03.38
 
Francis Schenk at Sherman Meadows Cabin, 1971
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 3 in
Francis Schenk stands on the porch of Sherman Meadows Cabin at the airstrip.
Location: 0256.03.39
 
Otto Sourly and Christine Schenk, 1960
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 4 in
Otto Sourly stands with Christine Schenk on the Grovedale ferry.
Location: 0256.03.40
 
Dave Schenk, Coal Exploration, 1972
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Dave Schenk stands in front of entrance to a coal addit dug 150′ into the mountain.
Location: 0256.03.41
 
Kakwa River Trip, 1970
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in
Mrs. Smuland, Mrs. Dobson, Bunny Schenk and her three children and the Hoyme children on the banks of the Kakwa River on a family trip ca. 1970.
Location: 0256.03.42
 
Sherman Meadows Cabin with Family, 1970
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Sherman Meadows Cabin with Family
Location: 0256.03.43
 
The Schenk family at Kakwa River, 1970
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
The Schenk family at Kakwa River
Location: 0256.03.44
 
Inside Sherman Meadows Cabin, 1970
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Inside Sherman Meadows Cabin
Location: 0256.03.45
 
Inside Sherman Meadows Cabin, 1970
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in
Good times inside the Sherman Meadows Cabin with the Schenk, Dobson, Hoyme, and Smuland families.
Location: 0256.03.46
 
Adelaide Creek Fire, 1973
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in
A Nahanni helicopter lands near the forest fire at Adelaide Creek
Location: 0256.03.47
 
Ed Moberly at his Cabin, 1976
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in
Ed Moberly with Francis Schenk at Ed’s cabin, Moberly Flats, south of Two Lakes.
Location: 0256.03.48
 
Forestry Cabin, South of the Wapiti, 1970
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Mrs. Schenk, Paul Wyniandi, Alex and Rod Moberly, Francis and Dave Schenk in front of a forestry cabin south of the Wapiti.
Location: 0256.03.49
 
Paul Wyniandi and Schenk Children, 1975
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Location: 0256.03.50
 
Paul Wyniandi, 1975
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Paul Wyniandi
Location: 0256.03.51
 
Saxon Creek Coal Exploration, 1977
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5 in
Snowmobile used in coal exploration in Saxon Creek, March, 1977.
Location: 0256.03.52
 
Kakwa Falls, 1975
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in
Kakwa Falls from above the falls.
Location: 0256.03.53
 
Ole Overland’s Cabin, 1977
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 4 in
Ole Overland’s Cabin on Line 5, south of the Wapiti in 1977.
Location: 0256.03.54
 
Two Lakes Forestry Cabin, 1977
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 4 in.
Forestry Cabin at Two Lakes in 1977.
Location: 0256.03.55
 
Nose Mountain Cabin, 1977
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 4 in.
Forestry cabin at the old towersite on Nose Mountain.
Location: 0256.03.56
 
256.03.02.02Land Use Summaries 1967-1970

This file contains land use summary memorandums from forest officer Dave Schenk to the forest superindentent R. Smuland. These reports describe seismic activities and oil operations in the area.

256.03.02.03Documentation Books 1955- 1985

This file contains books used by Dave Schenk for documentation purposes during his time working for Forest Service Alberta including three copies of an Alberta Forest Service Fire Control Service book, a Fire Report notebook, a Fire Removal ticket book, a Seized Items record book, and an Engineers Field Book.

256.03.02.04Handbooks and Manuals 1944-1986

This file contains an assortment of handbooks and manuals relating to forestry and Forest Service Alberta including two Forestry Course Textbooks; an air operations manual for Forest Service Alberta; three glosseries of forest fire control terms from 1963, 1970, and 1980; a Alberta Union of Provincial Employees handbook, and a Fire Line handbook.

256.03.02.05Attendence Records 1972-1980

This file includes Dave Schenk’s monthly attendance records from his time working as a Forest Officer for the Department of Energy and Natural Resources- Forest Service division.

256.03.02.06Employment Finances- Travel Expenses 1973-1979

This file has the monthly travel expenses Dave Schenk incurred during his time as a Forest Officer for Alberta Forest Service.

256.03.02.07Employment Finances- Statements of Remittance 1962-1981, 1986-1987

This file contains statements of remittance issued to Dave Schenk from the Government of Alberta- Lands and Forests and Energy and Natural Resources depatments.

256.03.02.08Employment Finances- Statements of Earnings 1 1962-1980

This file contains statements of earnings (payslips) for Dave Schenk from the Government of Alberta for his work as a Forest Officer for Alberta Energy and Natural Resourses- Forest Service.

256.03.02.09Employment Finances- Statements of Earnings 2 1985-1987

This file contains statements of earnings (payslips) for Dave Schenk from the Government of Alberta for his work as a Forest Officer for Alberta Energy and Natural Resourses- Forest Service.

256.03.02.10-20Daily Journals 1966-1987

These files contain 22 journals that were used by Dave Schenk to document his daily work activites as a forest officer. There is one book per year from 1966-1987.

256.03.02.21Location Research

This file contains information pretaining to burial records discovered by Dave Schenk while doing forestry work in the Kakwa area. This file has access restrictions until the material has been reviewed.

256.03.02.22Maps 1964-2004

This file contains 9 maps, many of which were produced by the Province of Alberta for Alberta Forest Service. There is one set of four maps that were used for Alberta Forest Service and contain different overlays pertaining to their Air Operations. The maps cover various areas including all of Alberta, the Wapiti region, and the Kakwa region. They are from 1964, 1973, 1975, 1995, 2000, and 2004.

Ranger District Map, 1964
1 map; 31 x 51 in
Produced by the Province of Alberta- Department of Lands and Forests, Forest Surveys Branch. The map shows all of the forest ranger districts in Alberta as of May 1964.
Location: 0256.03.59
 
Alberta Forest Service Air Operations – Air Patrol Overlay, 1975
1 map; 53.5 x 32 in
Produced by the Province of Alberta for Alberta Forest Service- Air Operations, this map features an air patrol overlay and lookout system. The map showes all of Alberta.
Location: 0256.03.60
 
Alberta Forest Service Air Operations- Fuel Cache Overlay, 1975
1 map; 53.5 x 32 in
Produced by the Province of Alberta for Alberta Forest Service- Air Operations, this map features an overlay showing fuel cache radius’. The map showes all of Alberta.
Location: 0256.03.61
 
Alberta Forest Service Air Operations- Base Map, 1975
1 map; 53.5 x 32 in
Produced by the Province of Alberta for Alberta Forest Service- Air Operations, this map features no overlay and serves as the base map for air operations. The map showes all of Alberta and features information showing the location of different air operation services like helipads, ranger stations, and airstrips.
Location: 0256.03.62
 
Alberta Forest Service Air Operations- Fire Bombing Overlay, 1975
1 map; 53.5 x 32 in
Produced by the Province of Alberta for Alberta Forest Service- Air Operations, this map features an overlay showing fire bombing operations. The map showes all of Alberta.
Location: 0256.03.63
 
Two Lakes and Sherman Meadows Corridor, 2000
1 map; 33 x 40 in
Created by the Resource Information Unit Land and Forest Service- Northwest Boreal. Covers the area from townships 59-62 and ranges 12-14 west of the 6 meridian as well as Kakwa Wildland Provincial Park.
Location: 0256.03.64
 
Wapiti Alberta, 1973
1 map; 22.5 x 29 in
Made by the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys. Covers the Wapiti region and contains locations of fire towers and airports.
Location: 0256.03.65
 
Wapiti River District, 1995
1 map; 45.5 x 30 in
Created by the Land and Forest Service Environmental Protection department of the Government of Alberta. The map covers the Wapiti River District.
Location: 0256.03.66
 
Trapper Map Pinto, Sandbar, Muddy Creek, Tansi, Economic, 2004
1 map; 36 x 44 in
Created by Weyerhauser, shows a legend for a herbicide proposal as well as traplines in the area.
Location: 0256.03.67
 
SubSeries 256.03.03WWI and WWII. — 1914-1946. — 4 cm of textual records.

This sub-series contains 4cm of textual material relating to WWI and WWII including a supply book, a field service book from the United States, a newspaper from the Honolulu Star Bulletin announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor, and WWII ration books belonging to the Schenk family.

SubSeries 256.03.04Personal. — 1935-2005. — 2 photographs. — 1 artistic drawings. — 1 cards.

This sub-series contains one Robert Guest artwork gifted to Dave Schenk, one holiday card from Bob and Myrtle Guest, two family photos, and one newspaper clipping.

Grandparents in Boat, 1950
1 photograph; b&w; 3.5 x 2.5 in
Dave Schenk’s Grandparents in a boat out on the water. The photo was originally located in a frame which had “Grandparents [?] getting $1 a day to muskrat” written on the back about this photo.
Location: 0256.03.57
 
Dave Schenk, Francis J Schenk, and Grandparents, 1934
1 photograph; b&w; 11.5 x 7 in
Dave and Francis J Schenk with their grandparents on a porch. Dave is the socond from the left (standing) and Francis J is the third from left (sitting). There is a description on the back of the photo that reads “Boys! Can you remember that time we took this pickture? Grande Ma.” and it is dated as “Sept. or Oct. 1934”. The back of the frame the photo was stored in has more writing that says “Grandmother, Grandfather, Dave, + Brother Francis”.
Location: 0256.03.58
 
SubSeries 256.03.05Miscellaneous. — [1942?]-1955. — 3.5 cm of textual records.

This sub-series contains one grocery price list notebook; a standard field tables book from the United States Department of the Interior; an Alberta Liquor Board price list from 1955; and a Soundack fur auction sales bulletin.

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Series 256.04Melba (Bunny) Schenk. — 1973-1977. — 1.7 cm of textual records.

This series contains 1.7cm of textual material relating to Melba Schenk’s employment with Alberta Energy and Natural Resources- Forest Service division. It contains one sub-series titled Employment (1973-1977).

SubSeries 256.04.01Employment. — 1973-1977. — 1.7 cm of textual records.

This sub-series contains time certificates of labor from the Alberta Forest Service for Melba’s work in janitorial services and as a weather observer.

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