Fonds 482 Alice Fortier fonds


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Alice Fortier fonds. — 1927-1998. — 2 cm of textual records. — 12 photographs.

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Biographical Sketch

See Alice’s story “Adoptees are Angels” in the library for a full biography.

Custodial History

These records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Alice Fortier in 2011. Two smaller accruals were donated in 2016.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 8 photographs (4 from a baby book created by Ada and Harold Bennett including pages that have information) and Alice’s story, “Adoptees are Angels”. (Complete book “Adoptees are Angels” in the library) and photographs and documents related to two friends.


Accession 2011.058; 2016.021; 2016.024.

Table of Contents

Series 482.01 Personal photographs
Series 482.02 Local Stories
Series 482.01 Personal photographs. — 1927-1998. — 8 photographs.

The series consists of 8 photographs (4 from a baby book created by Ada and Harold Bennett including pages that have information) and Alice’s story, “Adoptees are Angels”. (Complete book “Adoptees are Angels” in the library).

Alice Fortier’s Biological Mother, Marcia, 1933-1998
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 5
Alice Fortier’s Biological Mother, Marcia
Location: 2011.58.01
Parents With Their Adopted Children in Peoria, 1937-1938
2 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6
Community of adoptive parents and their adoptees in Peoria.
Location: 2011.58.02-.03
Alice Fortier With Her Biological Mother, 1994
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Alice Fortier at age 60 with her biological mother, Marcia (age 80) and Husband Dan ( age 78+). Photo taken in Vancouver, March 20, 1994, when Alice met her biological mother for the first time.
Location: 2011.58.04
Alice Fortier Age One, 1934
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Alice Fortier at age one year, one month, sitting on a blanket behind a car.
Location: 2011.58.05
Alice Fortier With Her Father, Harold Bennett, 1933
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Alice Fortier being held by her father, Harold Bennett. Her older brother, Fred, stands beside them.
Location: 2011.58.06
Alice Fortier at Age Three and Five Months, 1933
2 photographs; b & w; 4 x 6
Alice Fortier at ages three and five months old.
Location: 2011.58.07-.08
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Series 482.02 Local Stories. — 1927 – n.d.. — 1.5 cm of textual records. — 3 photographs.

The series consists of diary transcripts, typed memoirs, newspaper clippings, and photographs about friends of Alice’s.

482.02.01 Robert MacLean Scott [1945]-2012

Robert MacLean Scott (Bob) was born in Bowmanville, ON, 24 May 1921. He and his brother joined the Air Force during WWII where he reached the rank of Flying Officer. In 1951, Bob was in the middle of a move to Whitehorse, YK but decided to settle in Grande Prairie instead after a visit with friends. He sold vehicles with Thompson Motors and then the Windsor Ford family business. Bob is most well-known for his side business as an auctioneer, a passion he pursued for over 50 years. In 1963 he bought and ran a farm just outside of Grande Prairie. Besides this, he was also musician and a dedicated philanthropist. Scott donated generously to the QEII hospital in Grande Prairie. The Robert Scott Endowment fund was established with a $3 million dollar bequest after his death. Scott died 19 April 2010.

This file consists of three photographs of Robert (Bob) Scott, two biographies about him, a newspaper clipping, two poems, brief correspondence, and a computer print out about the origins of his cat’s name.

“Bob rattling away.”, 2000
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 4 in. / 10 x 10 cm
This photograph depicts Bob at an auction in 2000.
Location: 0482.02.01.01
Flying Officer Robert MacLean Scott, [ca. 1945]
1 photograph; colour; 6 x 8 in. / 15 x 20 cm
This photograph depicts a commemorative display of Scott’s WWII military service.
Location: 0482.02.01.02
Flying Officer Scott and air crew, [ca. 1945]
1 photograph [copy]; black and white; 8.5 x 11 in. / 21.59 cm x 27.94 cm
This photograph depicts Scott with his flight crew [?]. Back L-R: Eric McAbenroth; Ted Ogilvie; Arnie Tigchelaan; Roy Hemphill. Front L-R: Don Caroll; Bob Scott; Bloyd Donline.
Location: 0482.02.01.03
482.02.02 Ebe Koeppen [1927 – n.d.]

Ebe Koeppen emigrated to Canada from Germany in 1927. His father was a professional art lecturer who passed away during Ebe’s teen years. Ebe had no experience farming and came to Canada as a farm worker. After travelling to the Peace Country, he found work initially laying rails to earn money for a homestead. He partnered with a friend in Hear Valley for a few years before marrying his wife, Hilde. They moved to Vancouver during the depression where Ebe got a job with at a relief camp, Green Timbers, then with the Stump Lake Mine in the Nicola Valley, then berry picking in the Fraser Valley. After that, it was a series of various jobs as he and his wife worked their way through the Depression years. Another homestead along with odd jobs carried them through to the 1940s before they moved to a communal farm near Cloverdale. Two years later, they were on their own raising chickens. Ebe also worked eleven years at Woodland School starting in the late 1950s before retiring.

This file consists of one typed transcript of Ebe Koeepen’s diary from 1927 to 1932. The diary describes life as a new immigrant and early settler in the region, and his reminices about his life.

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