Fonds 198 Ward-Marcy family fonds


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1926-1964. — 1 cm of textual records. — 28 photographs. — 11 video recordings.

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Biographical Sketch

Marion Ward, daughter of Alfred and Anne Ward was born at Johannas in Sexsmith. She and her brothers Lewis, Walter and David grew up on a farm 1 1/2 miles west and 1 mile south of Sexsmith. Marion attended school in Sexsmith where there were two separate schools. Each had two classrooms each with a teacher and three grades. Playing ball was one of the main sports activities and family picnics at places like Bear Lake where swimming was good. In high schol she worked in the summer as a hired girl to raise money for clothes that she ordered from Eaton’s catalogue. In 1942-43 she worked at the hospital as a ward aide with many other friends and she stayed in the nurses’ residence and paid room and board. On weekends she would go down to the Jitney Dance held in a hall on main street. The girls had lots of dancing partners including US and Canadian soldiers. In 1944 she worked at a Sash and Door Factory and saved enough money to attend Vermillion School of Agriculture. In 1946 she married Miles Marcy.

Miles Marcy was born in Grande Prairiee in 1922 and spent his early years helping his dad on the farm and attending Crystal Creek School. He moved into town in 1942 and worked for Mackey’s Concrete Works. Marion and Miles were married on Dec 17, 1946. Miles found he loved the trucking business so soon had a gravel truck, loader, cat and sand screener. He owned two quarters near Kleskun Lake which contained sand pits so hauled gravel and worked for Jack Mackie’s concrete business as well. Jack Mackie and Miles sponsored a car in the stock car races. In the winter Miles hauled lumber.

Miles and Marion had five children in their Avondale home: Ken, Marilynne (Turner), Greg, Kevin, and Colleen. Ken spent much of his life in the gardening business: Marcy’s Flowers and Garden World. He married and had one daughter, Marie. He died in 2006. Marilynne became a Certified Nursing Assistant and has worked 38 years in the Grande Prairie Hospital. She married Mike Turner in 1970 and they raised 3 children: Lisa, Marcy, and Erin. Greg became a teacher, married Laurie McLeod and they have two children: Geoff and Jennifer. Kevin has always worked in the music industry, starting as a drummer and touring with many well known musicians. Colleen was a skating instructor, then trained as an LPN and in 1978 married Trevor Chomik and added scuba diving to her list of sports. In 1991 she remarried Alan Minty they have two children: Alison and Ward.
Miles and Marion with friends made several trips into the Monkman Pass and Kinuso Falls in the 1960s. They trucked the horses into Stoney Lakes and then rode into the falls.Their children, Marilynne and Kenny, and Tiny and Alvina Peterson accompanied them on one trip. Miles passed away in 2000 and Marion married John Yurychuk in 2005.

Custodial History

The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Greg Marcy in 2004 and Marion Marcy Yurychuk in 2008.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 28 family photographs, 16 pages of family history and 10-8mm film reels containing a record of the Marcy family activities including home and family, camping and boating, a group picnic at Kleskun Hills, a trip to the Bennett Dam under construction and Kinuso Falls, an Elks Club convention, the TeePee Creek Stampede, and loading lumber at the lumber mill. A VHS recording shows clips from the 8 mm films.



Table of Contents

Series 198.01 Marcy family photographs
Series 198.02 Film Recordings and Video


Series 198.01 Marcy family photographs. — 1926-1960. — 28 photographs.The series consists of 28 family photographs. Accompanying the photos are 16 pages of family history.
Sexsmith, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Main Street of Sexsmith showing a decorated sign, “Welcome to Sexsmith”.
Location: 0198.01.01
The Ward Farm, 1945-1949
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Ward farm, blacksmith shop, grainary, Virginia Creepers covering the house.
Location: 0198.01.02
Sexsmith High School, 1941
1 photogpraph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Sexsmith High School with students and teacher grouped in front.
Location: 0198.01.03
Sexsmith Junior High School, 1941
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Sexsmith Junior High School students: (Back row surnames) Skarberg, Skarberg, Phees, Hovdebo, Houseman, Anderson, Smith, Skarberg.(Middle Row) Swenson. Spacil, Pazkowski, MacMillan, Brown, Menzies, Warren. (Front) Ross, Obniawka, Barrett, Wold, Miss Lammle
Location: 0198.01.04
Sexsmith Grades 1-2-3, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Sexsmith Primary grades taken in front of their school
Location: 0198.01.05
Marcy’s New House, 1958
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Miles and Marion Marcy’s new house on 109 Ave in the Avondale district, July 1958. Children are seen playing in the water in front of the new houses along the street.
Location: 0198.01.06
Picnicing at Pitman’s Point, 1950 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Pitman’s Point on Bear Lake was a favorite place to picnic and go boating.
Location: 0198.01.07
Mr. Bode’s Boat on Bear Lake, 1950 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Mr. Bode lauches his boat as other help him.
Location: 0198.01.08
Lewis and Marion Ward, 1930 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Marion Ward with her brother Lewis, on their farm.
Location: 0198.01.09
Marion Beside Miles’ First Truck, 1949
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Marion Marcy stands beside her husband’s first commercial truck.
Location: 0198.01.10
Miles Marcy and Marion Ward are Engaged, 1946
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Marion Ward and Miles Marcy as an engaged couple.
Location: 0198.01.11
Baseball Team, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Back Row: Pete Wright, Marion Ward, Jean Turner, Gabey Devost, Agnes Wright, Ann Troyer, Bob Kelly. Front Row: Mona Walker, Helen Rhone, Vivian Nelson. Marie Wright.
Location: 0198.01.12
Curling Team, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Order of the Royal Purple Curing team: Evelyn Durda, Marion Marcy, Joyce Scott, Diane Hanson
Location: 0198.01.13
Miles Marcy, 1924 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Portrait of Miles Marcy as a child
Location: 0198.01.14
Marcy’s Trucking, 1958
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Miles Marcy’s Trucking with a load of culverts.
Location: 0198.01.15
Marcy’s Loading Cement Culverts, 1958 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Miles Marcy’s Trucking with a load chained on the back of the truck..
Location: 0198.01.16
Miles Marcy Standing by his Load, 1958 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Miles Marcy standing by his truck loaded wit concrete culverts, with the cement plant in the background.
Location: 0198.01.17
Marcy’s Gravel Crusher, 1960 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Miles Marcy ‘s gravel crusher.
Location: 0198.01.18-.19
Marcy’s Truck and Caterpiller, 1960 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Miles Marcy ‘s truck loaded with a caterpiller tractor.
Location: 0198.01.20
Marcy’s Truck Loading From the Sand Pit, 1960 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Miles Marcy ‘s truck loading from his sand pit.
Location: 0198.01.21
Marcy’c Truck Hauling Lumber, 1959c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Miles Marcy ‘s truck in the winter loaded with lumber.
Location: 0198.01.22
Gravel Pit Operation, 1959c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Miles Marcy’s gravel pit operation showing the gravel crusher and loader.
Location: 0198.01.23
Marion Ward and Miles Marcy Wed, 1946
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Wedding portrait of Miles Marcy and Marion Ward
Location: 0198.01.24
The Marcy Children, 1958 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Marcy children: Greg, Ken, Colleen, Marilynne, Kevin.
Location: 0198.01.25
Four Generations in the Marcy Family, 1972 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Four generations: Grandparents Alfred and Anne Ward, Marion Marcy, Marilynne Turner and Lisa Turner.
Location: 0198.01.26
The Ward Family, 1945 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Ward family: (Back) David and his wife Margaret Stewart, Marion, Walter. (Front) Alfred and Anne Ward, parents. Their eldest child, Lewis, was killed in an airplane crash in South America in 1932.
Location: 0198.01.27
Ward Children on a Binder, 1932 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Two of the Ward children pose standing on the back of the binder pulled by a team of four horses.
Location: 0198.01.28
Marcy and Wiens Grappler, 1968 c.
1 photograph; colour; 10 x 15
Marcy and Wiens Log Grappler driven by Glen Larson.
Location: 0198.01.29
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Series 198.02 Film Recordings and Video. — 1955-1964. — 11 video recordings.The series consists of 10 8mm fims and 1 VHS video recording (no sound) using images from the 10 films. Film examination forms including descriptions of each film are included in the accession file.
Family Events, 1958-1960
8 mm film
The 8mm film shows life on the family farm when the children, Colleen and Marilynne, were small and grandparents, Alf and Ann Ward, were alive. Events filmed include stock car races, Thanksgiving turkey supper in the field, Cub camp at Saskatoon Lake, building a driveway at their Avondale home, and camping at Dunvegan.
Location: 0198.02.01
Kinuso Falls, Parade, Water Skiing, [ca. 1960]
8 mm film
Most of the 8mm film shows a trip to Kinuso Falls, then a Grande Prairie parade, then a water skiing outing.
Location: 0198.02.02
Elks Convention, Miles and Children, 1955-1960
8 mm film
Most of the 8mm film shows a convention of the Elks Club and Royal Purple at Elk Island Park, also a children’s picnic, Miles doing some clearing with a caterpillar tractor, the children rafting, a trip to Mount Rushmore, and a very short piece showing the building of the Elks Hall.
Location: 0198.02.03
Camping, Scott’s Farm, 1964
8 mm film
This film shows the family camping and boating and includes farm pictures of harvesting and getting bulls ready for a show (likely on Bob Scott’s farm) and a large group picnic.
Location: 0198.02.04
Bennett Dam, [ca. 1960]
8 mm film
This film shows the family trip to see the Bennett Dam at Hudson Hope under contruction.
Location: 0198.02.05
Teepee Creek Stampede, 1963
8 mm film
This film shows Teepee Creek Stampede events (bucking broncos, steer wrestling, roping, and chuckwagons) and a waterskiing outing.
Location: 0198.02.06
Lumber Mill Work, [ca. 1960]
8 mm film
The film shows a winter lumber mill including Miles Marcy’s truck being loaded with lumber.
Location: 0198.02.07

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Home and Lumber Mill, [ca. 1960]
8 mm film
The film shows a trip to the Alberta Game Farm, scenes of home and cars, a winter lumber mill including 3 Oilund Constuction trucks beind loaded with lumber and Miles Marcy operating a “Timber Toter” doing the unloading. Also shown is a Miles Marcy’s wrecked truck after it it had rolled .
Location: 0198.02.08
Farm and Vacation, [ca. 1960]
8 mm film
The film shows children holding puppies, farm buildings, blonde child wih a doll, a trip to the beach, and a visit to the Badlands and Dinosaur Park.
Location: 0198.02.09
Picnic at Kleskun Hills, [ca. 1960]
Super 8 mm film
The film shows a group camping trip to Kleskun Hills, families around a campfire, playing horseshoes, kids races, and a potluck picnic.
Location: 0198.02.10
Marcy Family Film, 1955-1964
Video Cassette
A VHS copy of the Marcy family film collection (reels 0198.02.01 to 0198.02.10).
Location: 0198.02.11
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