Fonds 636 Thew Family Collection

Thew Family Collection. — [1941-1945]. — 17 photographs.

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Biographical Sketch

Arthur William Threw was born in 1885 in Ontario and was married twice, his first wife was Hannah and in the 1930’s he married Evelyn. Arthur, his wife and children Walter, Eroca, Lily and Bessie moved to Grande Prairie and their son Stan was born there.

Art ran a Seond Hand Furniture and Auction store and in 1943 purchased the Sharp block in order to expand. Art was also chairman of the Grande Prairie Salvage Committee which collected rags and rubber during WWII. Arthur passed away on November 12, 1965 and his wife Evelyn on November 27, 1975, they are both buried in the Grande Prairie Cemetery.

Custodial History

The photographs were collected by Evelyn Mae Thew and deposited at the Archives by her son Stan.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 17 photographs of Grande Prairie including parades, a rubber drive, Frank Donald’s funeral, Alaska Highway machinery, and aircrafts.

Military Parade, 1941
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5 cm
An army band in uniform marching past the Bruce Robinson Electric building in Grande Prairie on May 24, 1941.
Location: 0636.01, .02
Swamp Tractors, c.1941
2 photograqphs; b & w; 3 x 5 cm
Preparing to load a swamp or muskeg tractors onto the train for construction of the Alaska Highway. The second photograph is the tractors loaded onto the the rail.
Location: 0636.03, .04
Hudson Load Star Airplane, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7.5 cm
A Hudson Load Star airplane #79 at the Grande Prairie Airport.
Location: 0636.05
Hudson Bomber Airplane, 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7.5 cm
A Hudson Bomber airplane at the Grande Prairie Airport, “Yukon Emperor” is painted on the nose.
Location: 0636.06
Collecting Tires, 1942
3 photographs; b & w; 5 x 7.5 cm
A series of photographs of men collecting tires for the war effort.
Location: 0636.07 – .09
Loading Tires on a Train, 1942
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7.5 cm
Five men standing in the back of a Coca-Cola truck and loading a train with tires.
Location: 0636.10
Grande Prairie Stampede Parade, c.1942
3 photographs; b & w; 13 x 18.5 cm
Three photographs of a parade in Grande Prairie including a marching band, trucks and a boy and his wagon pulled by two dogs.
Location: 0636.11 – .13
Frank Donald’s Funeral, 1945
4 photographs; b & w; 7.5 x 12 cm
A series of four photographs from the funeral of Frank Donald. The photos include the crowd standing outside the church and the other three are taken graveside with a large crowd in attendance.
Location: 0636.14 – .17