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.

From the Vault Friday: Land Patent

Image: Land Patent Approval Letter addressed to Pierre Lozeron, From SPRA 006.03.01, p01.

Today’s “From the Vault Friday” features a Land Patent Approval Letter from the Pierre Lozeron family fonds (Fonds 006). The letter, addressed from the Department of the Interior Canada to Pierre Lozeron on February 3, 1916 confirms Lozeron’s patent for NW ¼ 10 73 7 W6, located North of Bear Lake. Pierre selected this site for a homestead after walking over the Edson Trail with his friend Charlie Heller in 1912. The site had a natural flowing well in a little forest, giving him a fresh supply of water and wood for fence posts. More importantly, the open land was located on a warm slope up from Bear Lake, similar to Lozeron’s family land in Switzerland.

Much of the Peace River Country was settled by homesteads under the Dominion Lands Act. Applicants who met the requirements of settlement could apply for patent (legal title). After receiving this letter, Pierre submitted an application to the Registrar of Land Registration District of North Alberta for a certificate of title, and paid any applicable fees.

For more information on the Lozeron family, visit Fonds 006: Pierre Lozeron family fonds.

For more information about land settlement in the Peace River Country, visit the Peace River Country Land Settlement Database.

 

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: A Short Route to Grande Prairie

Todays “From the Vault Friday” comes from the DeBolt & District Pioneer Museum Society fonds (Fonds 116).

This week we are featuring an excerpt from the Peace River Pilot in January, 1910. It is a map proposing a short route to Grande Prairie from Entwistle on the Grande Trunk Pacific Railway. This was when a shorter route from Edmonton to the Grande Prairie was being explored. The trail was a project of some urgency because of the attraction the Peace Country had as the “Last Best West.” It was engineered by A.H. McQuarrie, and completed in a few short months in 1911. A copy of the map was also included in Edson to Grande Prairie Trail, published by the DeBolt & District Pioneer Museum in 1988.

Read more about the DeBolt & District Pioneer Museum 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.