This Week in 1914 – Happy 100th Birthday Charlie Wales!

Charlie Wales and Gerald Carveth

Charlie Wales (standing) and Gerald Carveth, ca. 1970, when Charlie was President of the Oldtimers’ Association.

The Dec. 22, 1914 edition of the Herald newspaper has a small announcement at the bottom of page 1 – a son born to Mr. and Mrs. R. Wales on December 18. I had found this item some time ago, and made a copy for Charlie’s niece Clarice. She passed it on to Charlie, and one day when we were having lunch we asked him about his birth announcement being in the newspaper so soon. He told us that the Edson Trail passed between their house and barn, and a lot of people stopped in on the way by. He figured someone must have been there and knew about the new baby in the house, and when they got to town, passed the news around. I think it is really special to find these old birth announcements and especially one for a great fellow like Charlie, who turns 100 years old on Thursday.

written and researched by Kathryn Auger

Grande Prairie Herald - December 22, 1914

Grande Prairie Herald – December 22, 1914

News Items from the December 9, 1943 Newspaper

Sexsmith boys Ken Nelson, Gordon Rycroft & Allen Tink home for Christmas, 1942.

Sexsmith boys Ken Nelson, Gordon Rycroft & Allen Tink home for Christmas, 1942.

This week, instead of picking one subject, I have chosen various articles from one paper. War news was a very large part of the papers at that time, as shown by 3 articles from the front page. Also interesting to note is that the Christmas light up downtown lasted from December 18 until Christmas Eve – one week only.

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The items from page 6 are fillers, but they illustrate some of the difficulties being experienced in Britain. We are more familiar with the larger issues faced by the people there, but these items show the extent to which everyday life was affected.

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Devil Must Be Holding Grim Carnival

Something pretty serious must be going on judging by this headline from page 2 of the September 23, 1912 newspaper. Read on:

Sept. 16, 1913

Sept. 16, 1913

Grande Prairie Herald Sept 23, 1913

Grande Prairie Herald Sept 23, 1913















Fashion houses have banned the slit skirt.

Madame Paquin declares that it is already

out of fashion. “For one comely limb

revealed,” she says, “there were nine

that had been better hidden.” Paris, March 18, 1914.

slit skirt

If this picture has piqued your interest in the fashions of yesteryear, in honour of Archives Week 2013, please join us for an afternoon of memories about fashion, costume and clothing in the South Peace. (Did the evil slit skirt make an appearance here?) Sunday October 6 at the Grande Prairie Golden Age Centre (10222 – 101 Ave). Doors open at 1:45 pm, Program begins at 2 pm. Refreshments to follow.