In 1863 Alfred Ross Wales was born to a farm family in Omagh, Ontario. He married Alice Vanalstine and they had six children: Ross (b. 1888) and five sisters: Eva, Alice, Mae, Agnes, and Myrtle. By Christmas, 1912, Ross was in Edmonton and had met and married Annie Moon. He and Pete MacPhee made a trip to the Peace country where Ross had filed on S.E. 35-71-4 W6. and in 1912 he decided the family should move there. He and many members of the Moon family travelled over the Edson Trail to the Glen Leslie area.
Alfred Wales, Ross’ father came to the area in 1913, filed on a homestead, built a house and sent for his wife and daughters. Ross and Anna had their first child, Alfred, born in a tent in September, 1913. Charles Wales was born Dec 18, 1914. He attended Somme School (which was also the Glen Leslie Church). He farmed with his father Ross and brothers Alfred aand Jack. In 1938 he married Jeanett Andersen. Charlie and Jeanett had five girls: Marilyn, Joan, Joyce, Sharon, and Debbra.
Jeanett passed away in 1965 and a few years later Charlie married Alta and moved to Grande Prairie, built a new home and sold his farm to Alfred and his sons.
The records were deposited in South Peace Regional Archives by Charlie Wales in the years between 2003 to 2008.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of 27 photographs (1915.- 2002) relating to family, horses and logging, and the Glen Leslie Community; a written history of Somme School; Glen Leslie Cemetery records, documents relating to the Grande Prairie Lawn Bowling Club and the Alberta Rural Electrification Association publication, “From Candles to Computers and Beyond”.
Photographs. — 1920 c. – 2002. — 23 photographs.The series consists of 18 photographs of the Ross Wales homestead and family, logging with horses, Somme School, the Chales Wales family and a portrait of Marilyn Wales as City Queen, 1958. Included are photographs relating to a tribute to Sam Steele (an ancestor of the Wales family) and one of Charlie and Peter Goertzen.
Memorial to Sam Steele, 2002 3 photograph; colour; 8 x 10 commemorative stone dedicated to the memory of Sam Steele “Canada’s Greatest Police Officer” Location: 2003.11.01-.03
Glen Leslie Curch (Somme School), 2002 1 photograph; colour; 8 x 10 Glen Leslie Church (1918-1928) and the Somme School, Glen Leslie cemetary Location: 2003.11.04
Charles Wales and Peter Goertzen, 2002 1 photograph; colour; 8 x 10 Charles Wales and Peter Goertzen, curator of GP Museum standing by the entrance to the museum Location: 2003.11.05
Charlie Wales and Family Members, 1997 1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in. Charlie sitting in front of a tractor with his wife, Alta far left, daughter Marilyn in the middle and Mary, Alta’s sister next to him. Location: 2007.37.01
Charlie Wales and His Daughter, Joyce, 2002 1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in. Charlie Wales and his daughter, Joyce, stand in his garden beside a sunflower, loaded with blooms. Location: 2007.37.02
Charlie Wales and His Daughter, Marilyn, 1997 1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in. Charlie Wales and his daughter, Marilyn, stand in front of a barbed wire fence and a candlestick pine tree. Location: 2007.37.03
Charlie Wales’ Daughters, Marilyn, and Debbie, 1997 1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6 in. Charlie Wales daughter’s, Marilyn and Debbie, stand together in front of a pine tree. Location: 2007.37.04
Wales’ Horses, 1920 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Three horses in front of farm buildings. Location: 2007.37.05
Horses Move a Building, 1920 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Men stand in front of a building loaded on skids. Several teams stand hitched and ready to move the log building. Location: 2007.37.06
Horses Pull Harrows, 1920 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. A team of six horses pull harrows in a farm field. Another team follows. Location: 2007.37.07
Six Horses Pull Sleigh Through Snow, 1920 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. It took six horses hitched in pairs to pull this wagon through the snow. Location: 2007.37.08
Logging on the Wapiti, 1935 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Three loads of saw logs on sleighs pulled by teams of horses follow a winter trail to Moon’s Sawmill. Location: 2007.37.09
Logging on the Wapiti, 1935 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Two teams hauling loads of saw logs on the Wapiti River in winter on their way to Moon’s Mill. Drivers stand or sit on the loads. Another man and team is seen on the bank. Location: 2007.37.10
Marilyn Wales, City Queen, 1958 1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10 in. A studio portrait of Marilyn Wales as the first city of Grande Prairie Queen. Marilyn attended Somme School. Location: 2007.37.11
Charlie Wales and Gerald Carveth, 1970 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Gerald Carveth, Secretary, and Charlie Wales, President, Old Timers Association Location: 2007.37.12
Potato Garden Beside Homestead House, 1920 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. A field of potatoes bloom in front of the Wales’ homestead house. Location: 2007.37.13
Wales Homestead House, 1920 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. The homestead house of Ross Wales, built in 1913. Children L-R are Alfred, Charles, Jack and Betty. Location: 2007.37.14
Ross Wales Family, 1930 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Ross and Ann standing with their children (L-R) Charles, Betty, Jack, Alfred. Location: 2007.37.15
Ross Wales With Mother and Sisters, 1935 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Ross Wales is shown with his four sisters and his mother, Alice. Location: 2007.37.16
Wales Family, 1935 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. A group photo of the Wales family. Location: 2007.37.17
Charlie Wales and Allen Drysdale, 1980 c. 1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6 in. Charlie Wales and Allen Drysdale cross country skiing together. Location: 2007.37.18
Glen Leslie Community. — 1914-2006. — 9 photographs.The community of Glen Leslie organized in 1914 to build a church on the ten acres on the southwest corner of Sec 6 -72-3 W6. The Glen Leslie Presbyterian Church was built in 1915 and this became the site of the cemetery as well. From 1918-1928 the church also housed Somme School. Miss Marion Morrison was the first teacher at Somme School, followed by Miss Keyho, , Miss Ethel Turner, and Dorothy Morrison.The series consists of a history of Somme School, a photo of Somme School students and some of its early teachers, the Glen Leslie Ball Team, and the Glen Leslie Cemetery records. Also included is a certificate of recognition from the Alberta Federation of Rural Electrification Associations Ltd. presented to Charles Wales for his work with the Grande Prairie East REA for 35 years (1949-1984).
Register of Burials – Glen Leslie Cemetery, 1914-2006 register Copy of Register of Burials in the Glen Leslie Cemetery from 1914-2006. Copied by hand from the original register by Charlie Wales. Location: 2007.37.21
Miss Marion Morrison, 1918 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 Miss Marion Morrison was the first teacher at Somme School in 1918. Location: 2005.69.01
Marion Morrison’s First Class of Students, 1918 1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 Marion Morrison’s first class of students on the steps of Glen Leslie Church. Classes for Somme School students were held there from 1918 to 1928, except for 1919, the year of the Influenza epidemic.. Location: 2005.69.02
Miss Keyho, 1920 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 Miss Keyho was the second teacher at Somme School. She taught in 1920, after there had been no classes for a year because of the Influenza epidemic. Location: 2005.69.03
Somme School Students on the Steps of Glen Leslie Church., 1920 1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 Students on the steps of Glen Leslie Church. Classes for Somme School students were held there from 1918 to 1928, except for 1919, the year of the Influenza epidemic.. Location: 2005.69.04
Miss Ethel Turner, 1920 1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 Miss Turner was the third teacher at Somme School. Location: 2005.69.05
Miss Dorothy Morrison, 1920 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 7 Miss Dorothy Morrison was the fourth teacher at Somme School. Location: 2005.69.06
Glen Leslie Presbyterian Church, 1915 1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7 Glen Leslie Presbyterian Church was built in 1915. It was used as the school house for Somme School from 1918 to 1928. Location: 2005.69.07
Somme School, 1915 1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5 Somme School was built in 1928. Location: 2005.69.08
Deep Creek Ball Team, 1915 1 photogragh; b & w; 3 x 5 Deep Creek Ball Team in1915, with list of players included on the back. Location: 2005.69.09
Lawn Bowling Club. — 1995.The series consists of a draft of a license agreement between the City of Grande Prairie and the Grande Prairie Lawn Bowling Club and a copy of the Commonwealth Lawn Bowling Club rules of the game.
Lawn Bowling Club Agreement, 1995 paper Creator: paper A copy of a license agreement (draft only – unsigned) between the City of Grande Prairie and the Grande Prairie Lawn Bowingl Club. Location: 2007.37.19
Lawn Bowling Rules of the Game, n.d. paper Creator: paper Rules of the game as produced by the Commonwealth Lawn Bowling Club, Edmonton Location: 2007.37.20
Rural Electrification Association. — 1997. The series consists of a booklet, “From Candles to Computers and Beyond”, produced by the Alberta Federation of REA’s to celebrate their 50 years of farm power.