Country Roads

This week we are introducing a new feature called “Country Roads.” The last week of each month, the blog will highlight people, places and events in the County. The articles I chose to begin this new feature are from September 1929. The paper had write ups about the towns and districts surrounding Grande Prairie as part of an information package for a visiting contingent of members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Including Chamber of Commerce members from every province, newsmen, and a group from Britain, there were over three hundred people. The visitors were divided into groups over two days, and taken in automobiles on a tour of the area. This week: “The Trip West.”

Researched & written by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ The Trip West

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ The Trip West

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Beaverlodge

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Beaverlodge

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Hythe

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Hythe

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Wembley

Grande Prairie Herald ~ September 6, 1929 ~ Wembley

Hythe Photos Need I.D.ing

We are looking to name the Hythe classes in the photographs below – 

This photo is thought to date from the 1940’s 03

Tentative identifications are – 

Hythe School photograph, taken inside the school gym, ca. 1950. Students are identified as (back row, l to r) Grant Finnon, ? , ? , ? , Jim Hodgson, Rene Sharkey, ? , Judy Armstrong, Dan Armstrong; (middle row, l to r) Laverne ?, Joyce ?, Donald Stubbs, Don Pearson, Veron Klimp, Bill Lanctot, ? Lizotte, Margaret Tangen, Art Patterson, Paul Gass; and (front row, l to r) ? , Tom Gass, Marion McPherson, Billy Fisher, Leroy Erickson, Teacher Vernon McNamee, Margarite Everton, David Stickney, Anita Hayjak, Leona Boey.

 

This second photo is from the 1950’s and we can use your help in naming the students. 02

A big thank you to Grace Wideman for sharing these photos of Hythe with the Archives!

More fonds Added to our Website

We have added more fonds to our website this morning. The long anticipated Donna Shail fonds is now up as well we have processed the collection from the Hythe United Church.

Another great family fonds is from the  Alexander Family which includes early pictures of Grande Prairie and Spirit River.

Alexander Family fonds 572

Grande Prairie Girls Basketball Team, 1925.

Grande Prairie Girls Basketball Team, 1925.

Donna Shail fonds 573 (top picture is of the Hythe Grain Elevators abt. 1947)

Hythe United Church fonds 574

Once you have opened a fonds you are interested in to make searching easier (especially if you are looking for a name) hold down the control button (Ctrl) on your keyboard and hit the letter F. This will give you a search box in the right hand corner of your screen. Type in the name you are looking for and it should highlight it for you on the screen.

Enjoy your searching.

The Information Held in One Scrapbook

Hodgson - Clayton Greber 3

Edna Greber’s Scrapbook

A wonderful collection has arrived at the Archives. Clayton Greber came in and donated a large amount of information from his grandfather’s family. The collection is mainly from the Hodgson family who settled in the Hythe area in the 1920’s. Included with the collection is a scrapbook that belonged to Clayton’s mother Edna Mae (Hodgson) Greber, and was created by her during her teenage years in the 1950s and 1960s.

Hodgson collage

It’s wonderful how one item can be packed full of information, that depicts an era, a community and a person. There are wedding invitations, napkins from an anniversary, pianoforte exam results, graduation photos, fair entry ribbons, report cards, a speech, news clippings, letters, photos from plays, sports teams, and classmates.

Edna was Carnival Queen, a Catholic Women’s League Scholarship winner, a basketball player and a pianist; all of that can be gleaned by the wonderful scrapbook she created. With this donation not only does her family know all these wonderful things about her – now you will too!

 

This Week in History – 1940 School Numbers and War Evacuees

Montrose School

Montrose School

Grande Prairie has been a growing city for many years as highlighted by the size of the students enrolled in school over 70 years ago. This article found in our search through this week in history breaks down how many students were registered in school in 1940. The total number of students was 420!

The Herald Tribune

The Herald Tribune

Another clipping we want to bring your attention is about the arrival of “War Guests”. Mentioned is the arrival of visitors to Grande Prairie and Hythe. Nancy & Rea Burrows arrived from Glasgow to visit their grandfather Robert Burrows in Glen Leslie. Welcomed to Hythe was Dorothy & Denis McCann who planned to live with their uncle J. McCann.

The Herald Tribune

The Herald Tribune