From the Vault Friday: Floral Sketches


Image: SPRA 547.05

Todays “From the Vault Friday” features pencil sketches from the Olaf Vekved fonds (Fonds 547).

Olaf Vekved (Wekved) was born in Norway, and came to Canada in 1910. He arrived with his brother George and settled at Tofield, Alberta, where another brother, Ingebrigt, had settled in 1909. In 1913, George moved north to the Peace Country. Olaf followed in 1915, but chose land further north, on NW 5-75-8-W6 in the Northfield area, where a number of other Norwegian families were settling. They were joined that same year by brother Ingebrigt, who had skied up over the Edson Trail, and filed north east of La Glace. In 1924-1925, Olaf’s father, and then the rest of the family, also arrived from Norway and settled in the La Glace district. It appears that Olaf never married. From the records, we see that he was a gifted artist. He farmed in the Northfield district until ca. 1960. He died in 1969, at the age of 82, and is buried in Norden Cemetery, 1 mile east of La Glace.

The records were deposited in South Peace Regional Archives in 2013 by Judy Hopkins who found them in an old farmhouse they purchased two miles north and 2 miles east of La Glace. It appears this home once belonged to the Vekved family, and it is presumed the records were given to the family after Olaf’s death in 1969.

Read more about the Olaf Vekved fonds (fonds 547) here.

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.

From the Vault Friday: Easter Card

Image: SPRA 1993.01.01.262

Todays “From the Vault Friday” features an Easter card from the Billy Salmond fonds (Fonds 043). William McCasuland “Billy” Salmond was born in 1889, in Ontario. He received his education there, attending the Kingston Business College in 1910. Following college, he worked his way west, arriving in the town of Grande Prairie in 1911.

Upon his arrival in Grande Prairie, Billy was hired to manage the primitive Bredin Hotel because of his genial manner and his cooking skills, but he saw the need for better hotel accommodations, and in 1912 built his own hotel. Mr. Salmond also farmed and kept herds of cattle in the Grande Prairie area.

Read more about the Billy Salmond fonds (fonds 043) here.

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.

Happy Easter!

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The Archives will be closed April 2-5 for Easter. In the meantime, enjoy this cheery selection of Easter cards from the Vader-Grimm Family fonds (fonds 676).

Ora Curtis Grimm was born on January 26, 1899 in Lynch, Nebraska. His early education took place at Grimton School, which was named after the family. In 1911, the family moved to Trossacks, Saskatchewan where he finished his education. He went on to complete the Automobile and Gas Tractor Engineer program at Hemphills Trade School Ltd. in Regina in 1920. The family moved to the Spirit Valley District (NE of Spirit River) then to Rycroft. Ora farmed with his father, eventually buying land from Doc Calkin, P.J. Nigel, and Revillion, as well as his father’s land when Lorenzo passed away in 1950.

The Vader and Grimm families came together with the marriage of Ora Grimm to Edith Vader on July 6, 1943. Ora was 44 and Edith 29 when they married. They lived and farmed 2 miles west of Rycroft, Alberta. Ora and Edith had three children: Norma Jean born in 1944, Elnor May born in 1945, and Ray Curtis Bryan born in 1950. Ora died on October 18, 1965 and Edith on January 1, 2011. Ray took over the farm several years after his father, Ora, passed away. Elnor passed away in 2017.

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Read more about the Vader-Grimm Family fonds (fonds 676) here.

View a selection of photos from the Vader-Grimm family on Alberta On Record here.

 

From the Vault Friday: Greeting Card

Image: SPRA Fonds 049

Todays “From the Vault Friday” features an embroidered greeting card from the Forrest Falk fonds (Fonds 049). The card was sent to his wife, Edith Paige, by Edith’s father. Addressed to Miss E.C. Paige, the card reads:

“Dear Edith

This was supposed to be sent to you a year ago last chmas I misplaced it + could not find it till we made a general clean out for a move.

Yours  Ever, Dad”

Embroidered silk cards existed as early as the 1900 Paris Exposition, but they soared in popularity during the First World War. Machine produced cards were also in existence but their colours were never as bright and they never achieved the popularity of the hand-stitched cards. The last known production of hand-embroidered cards was in the mid-1920s.

 

Learn more about embroidered cards in the September 2017 issue of Telling Our Stories (page 14).

View a selection of photos from the Forrest Falk fonds (Fonds 049) on Alberta On Record.

Read more about the Forrest Falk fonds (fonds 049) here.

 

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.

From the Vault Friday: Peace Country Classic

Image: SPRA fonds 267

Todays “From the Vault Friday” features a flyer from the Peace Country Classic Agri-Show fonds (Fonds 267). The response to the concept of a Peace Country Classis Agri-Show was strong in 1985 when the first show was launched to showcase the agricultural community in the Peace Country. It operated under the auspices of The Grande Prairie and District Agricultural and Exhibition Society.

By 1986, the three-day event at Evergreen Park was a combined agricultural show including a seed fair, a bull and female show and sale, a trade show, craft exhibitions, a farmer’s market, and offered informal seminars and meetings. Always held in March, the show was a way to kick off the spring farming season and included a social aspect with a pancake breakfasts, beef-on-a-bun lunches and a banquet on Friday night. There were always major draws for trips as well as giveaways.

The 1986 show hoped to see 5 000 people attend; by 1998, the 13th annual show expected 25 000 to attend, appealing to a more diverse audience including school children and city folk as well as farmers and ranchers. To draw the larger crowd, organizers had added horse events, increased the machinery and commercial displays, offered two full days of demonstrations and seminars and added a family pavilion and a Farm Family Award.

Read more about the Peace Country Classic Agri-Show fonds (Fonds 267) here.

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.

From the Vault Friday: St. Patrick’s Day

Image: SPRA 032.08.06

Todays “From the Vault Friday” features a newspaper clipping from the Campbell family fonds (Fonds 032). The article, dated March 17 1959, is titled “Hold St. Patrick’s Day Tea”. The tea was hosted by St. Joseph’s Church and included a bakery booth and an apron booth. The article highlights several of the women volunteers who organized and implemented the event.
This clipping is contained in the Isabel Campbell Reference Collections. Isabel Campbell made numerous contributions to preserving the history of the Peace Country including gathering archival material for preservation from organizations, government, social groups, and individuals, and painstakingly indexing articles in Grande Prairie newspapers from 1913 to 1961 for research purposes. Isabel was also the first secretary for the Pioneer Museum Society of Grande Prairie and District when it was formed in 1961. In 1989, she donated her historical collection Grande Prairie Public Library. The library still has an Isabel Campbell room dedicated to local history resources, although Isabel’s collections have since been transferred to South Peace Regional Archives.

For more information about Isabel Campell, visit Fonds 032: Campbell family fonds.

Featured image: SPRA 1969.59.17

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign to that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.

From the Vault Friday: Farm Women’s Union of Alberta Bulletin

Image: FWUA Bulletin, SPRA Fonds 055

Todays “From the Vault Friday” comes from the Farm Women’s Union of Alberta, Canuck Local 105 Fonds (Fonds 055).
This artifact is a Farm Women’s Union of Alberta bulletin from May 1969 by Mary Stimson. In the letter she asks if women are satisfied with how the world treats them and raises issue with the rising costs of living, costs of childcare (which was needed as the rising cost of living meant many women with families now had to work outside the home), and supporting further practical education for women to make it easier to pursue careers. She ends the publication with a quotation: “Indifference is the invincible giant of the world”

The Farm Women’s Union of Alberta was organized in 1949, a re-organization of United Farm Women of Alberta. The aim of the FWUA was a prosperous agriculture community, with the amenities of modern living for every member of the farm family. It’s objectives were to work as farm women, cooperating with the men and juniors to attain the objectives of the Farmers Union of Alberta; to obtain improved educational, health and welfare services for the farm family and the total rural community; to promote a continuing education program for farm women; to develop citizenship and leadership by supporting all branches of the FUA, especially youth activities and 4-H; and to strive for international peace through affiliation with the Associated Country Women of the World. The FWUA also involved itself with political action regarding changes to divorce laws and revision of the Estate Tax Act and Income Tax Act to benefit farm women.

The Canuck Local 105 was formed c. 1958, possibly from the base of the Bear Lake Women’s Community Club.

Learn more about the Farm Women’s Union of Alberta, Canuck Local 105 Fonds (Fonds 055).

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.

From the Vault Friday: Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire

Image: SPRA Fonds 111

Today’s “From the Vault Friday” comes from Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, Alphaeus Patterson Chapter Fonds (Fonds 111).

The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire is a Canadian Women’s organization, founded in Montreal in 1900 to promote ties with Britain and the Commonwealth. The Alphaeus Patterson Chapter of the I.O.D.E was organized in 1921, when 60 local women were part of the organization, but its formal charter was not received until 1932. The chapter was named after Alphaeus Patterson, the first MLA to be elected to the provincial government from the Grande Prairie area.

To raise money for their programs, members held formal dances, silver teas, bake sales and fashion shows. From 1971 to 1987 they operated a “next to new” store. As well as being of social benefit, the thrift store was their financial mainstay for many years, allowing them to finance health, education and social programs.

Like many other long-standing organizations, the I.O.D.E. lost much of its volunteer base as membership declined, and the chapter disbanded in 1997.

Read more about the I.O.D.E. fonds (fonds 111) here.

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.

From the Vault Friday: Northern Winter Carnival & Bonspiel

Image: SPRA 69.60.464

Todays “From the Vault Friday” features a program from the 6th Annual Northern Winter Carnival & Bonspiel in Grande Prairie in 1929. Events included hockey games, carnival queen contest, and various races. The biggest prize ($5) was awarded to whomever wore the best comic outfit, and would be the equivalent of $73.09 in 2021 currency. Winter carnivals provided a much needed reprieve from winter blues; with visiting, dancing, and sports aplenty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: SPRA 1969.59.483, SPRA 1969.59.614

Browse our selection of winter carnival photos on Alberta On Record.

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.

From the Vault Friday: Valentines Card

Today’s “From the Vault Friday” features a Valentine’s Day card from the Eddie & Margaret Schadeck fonds (Fonds 131)

Margaret Alma Stevens (Regtl. No. W3225) was born July 8, 1907, in Easton’s Corners, Ontario. She attended school there until Grade 9, later taking a course in Business College in Ottawa. Her parents, Mr. & Mrs. William Stevens, lived at Kemptville, ON when she enlisted in WW II at Kingston, ON. Margaret joined the Canadian Women Army Corps (CWAC), No. 7 Company, and trained at Barriefield, ON in 1943, where she met Eddie Schadeck. She served as a clerk at Fort Frontenac, Kingston until her discharge in 1946. Her interests included riding horses and writing poetry and songs. Margaret started army correspondence courses while at Barriefield and continued them in Brockville, ON after she was discharged, and in Wembley after her marriage. After the war, Eddie and Margaret married in 1946 and farmed on land obtained through the Veteran’s Land Act. Their farm was located south of Huallen in the Wembley area. In the 1950s, they moved to Salmon Arm, where they lived until Margaret passed away in 1999.

The card, dated 27-1-45, reads:

Hi Eddie

                From the midst of snow drifts, very cold air + ice I salute you. Hope you are well. I am enjoying the very best of health, thank you. Went to see a very good show the other night, it was a comedy called Janie. I am glad the little sister isn’t mine what trouble!!! Then there is the picture everyone is talking about, Mrs. Parkington. Its good. Greer Garson is wonderful, but then she usually is. Hope you will find time to write soon. I like to hear from you. Will try to find something interesting to write about. We are having a sleigh riding party in a couple of weeks wish you were here for it.

Bye now! Love Mary

Read more about the Eddie & Margaret Schadeck fonds (Fonds 131) here.

From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.