From the Vault Friday: Junior Red Cross Certificate

Image: SPRA 235.05.01

Todays “From the Vault Friday” features a certificate from the Canadian Red Cross Society certifying that the Spirit City School District “has been organized under the Junior Red Cross and under the warrant and authority of the Canadian Red Cross Society is entrusted with the responsibility of helping in the Peace-time Mission of the Red Cross: The Improvement of Health, the Prevention of Disease, and the Mitigation of Suffering throughout the World.” The document is dated September 1930, but re-enrollment seals attached to the document certify the school until 1937.

This item is from the Spirit River (Spirit City) School District 3361 fonds (fonds 235).

Read about the Wanham Red Cross 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: Hermit Lake School

Image: SPRA Fonds 440

Todays “From the Vault Friday” features a poster from the Hermit Lake School History fonds (Fonds 440) for a class reunion in 1978. Hermit Lake School District was formed in 1915/16, although classes had been held since 1913. An elected Board of Trustees began planning to build a school. Two acres of land in the south-east corner of Bill Grant’s farm were purchased at $.25 an acre. The school was built by William Sharp and finished in time for classes to start in March, 1917, with Mrs. Molly Sharp, Bill’s wife, as the first teacher. 1928 the school was moved to a new location on the SE-5-72-7-W6 purchased from Fred Evans. In June, 1956, Hermit Lake School was closed and students transferred to Wembley, Lake Saskatoon, or Grande Prairie County School. The building was used as a community hall by the Hermit Lake Community Association until 1976, when it was moved to the Grande Prairie Museum Heritage Village.

Learn more about the Hermit Lake School:

Photos featuring the Hermit Lake School on Alberta On Record

Fonds 270 Hermit Lake School #3250 fonds

Fonds 258 Hermit Lake Community Association 

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.

Hythe Photos Need I.D.ing

We are looking to name the Hythe classes in the photographs below – 

This photo is thought to date from the 1940’s 03

Tentative identifications are – 

Hythe School photograph, taken inside the school gym, ca. 1950. Students are identified as (back row, l to r) Grant Finnon, ? , ? , ? , Jim Hodgson, Rene Sharkey, ? , Judy Armstrong, Dan Armstrong; (middle row, l to r) Laverne ?, Joyce ?, Donald Stubbs, Don Pearson, Veron Klimp, Bill Lanctot, ? Lizotte, Margaret Tangen, Art Patterson, Paul Gass; and (front row, l to r) ? , Tom Gass, Marion McPherson, Billy Fisher, Leroy Erickson, Teacher Vernon McNamee, Margarite Everton, David Stickney, Anita Hayjak, Leona Boey.

 

This second photo is from the 1950’s and we can use your help in naming the students. 02

A big thank you to Grace Wideman for sharing these photos of Hythe with the Archives!

This Week in History – 1940 School Numbers and War Evacuees

Montrose School

Montrose School

Grande Prairie has been a growing city for many years as highlighted by the size of the students enrolled in school over 70 years ago. This article found in our search through this week in history breaks down how many students were registered in school in 1940. The total number of students was 420!

The Herald Tribune

The Herald Tribune

Another clipping we want to bring your attention is about the arrival of “War Guests”. Mentioned is the arrival of visitors to Grande Prairie and Hythe. Nancy & Rea Burrows arrived from Glasgow to visit their grandfather Robert Burrows in Glen Leslie. Welcomed to Hythe was Dorothy & Denis McCann who planned to live with their uncle J. McCann.

The Herald Tribune

The Herald Tribune