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First post office at Lake Saskatoon, Alberta
First post office at Lake Saskatoon, Alberta
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Peace River Country Research Project

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Diaries, reminiscences, interviews, historical notes, etc.. -- Compiled 1955-1956 (originally created 1837-1956)
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1907-1956

Inventory

Series 1 Diaries, reminiscences, interviews, historical notes, etc. -- Compiled 1955-1956 (originally created 1829-1956). -- 31 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of typed copies of records related to the history of the Peace River country of Alberta and British Columbia, which was collected and transcribed by Isabel and Margaret Loggie on behalf of the Glenbow Archives in 1955 and 1956. They searched out original material, such as reminiscences and diaries, and then typed out the contents (sometimes just relevant excerpts). They also interviewed a wide range of individuals and typed out detailed notes of those discussions. Please note that these interviews were never tape recorded, but simply took place in person.
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W.D. Albright papers. -- Copied (transcribed) by Glenbow in 1956 (originally created 1909-1930). -- The original of these papers were first housed at the Legislative Library and are now at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. -- Consists of tyescripts of the following material gathered by Mr. Albright:

Bredin and Cornwall list of customers, n.d.

Maud Sherk's diary. -- 1909. -- "A Journey from Edmonton to Beaverlodge". Maud later became Mrs. Traux.

Alex Monkman interview re winter of 1920-1921

Alex Monkman reminiscences re 1899-1908. -- February 13, 1922

Reminiscences of Maud Clifford (Mrs. Harry Clifford) re early Grande Prairie. -- February 3, 1922

Charles Bremner interview excerpt. -- July 1924. -- "Early Days in Spirit River"

W. English reminiscences. -- 1925

Ralph Dyer reminiscences. -- January 4, 1927

Maud Clifford reminiscences. -- April 22, 1930

M-4560-2 W.D. Albright. -- Copied 1955 (originally created 1920s-1940s). -- Consists of typescripts of letters, interviews, speeches, biographical notes, etc. by Mr. Albright. Includes biographical information provided to Albright by J.K. Cornwall, John B. Thompson, Sergeant S.G. Clay, Captain Gilbert Blake, William Grant, S.J. Webb, C.F. Hopkins, John Sutherland, Alex Craig, James McFarlane, and Louis Callihoo. Also includes information about the Beaverlodge Dominion Experimental Station. -- The originals are held by the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
M-4560-3 Interviews with Albert Lawrence, Peter Gunn, S.E. Cushway and Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan Lawrence. -- Copied 1955 (originally created 1929-1930)
M-4560-4 Papers collected from John Beatton, Fort St. John, British Columbia. -- Copied 1955 (originally created 1887-1942). -- Includes information about Johnny Beatton, F.W. Beatton, Noel Robinson, Bill Innes, murder of Harry Holtmayer, E.J. Lawrence, Peace River Gold Dredging Company, and the Irene Training School.
M-4560-5 Miss L. Grace Lawrence diary. -- Copied 1955 (originally created 1897). -- Consists of a record of a journey from Fort Vermilion to Edmonton in the summer of 1897. Includes information about fellow travellers Mr. and Mrs. Brick and Harry "12 Foot" Davis, and about the Grouard and Hudson Hope areas.
M-4560-6 Margaret Lawrence reminiscences. -- 1930. -- 18 pages. -- "Thrice a Pioneer".
M-4560-7 Sheridan Lawrence autobiography. -- n.d. -- 89 pages. -- "Memoirs of Sheridan Lawrence". He was born in 1870 and died in 1952, and lived in Fort Vermilion.
M-4560-8 Margaret Lawrence autobiography. -- n.d. -- 27 pages. -- "Across Canada's Pioneer Trails". She was born in 1847 and died ca. 1926 and lived in Fort Vermilion.
M-4560-9 Excerpts of Kristjan Anderson diaries. -- Copied 1956 (originally created 1894-1906). -- K.F. Anderson was a member of the Royal North-West Mounted Police. Includes information about Grand Rapids, the 1899 Treaty Commission (Treaty 8), Peace River Crossing patrol, 1900 Treaty Commission, Jasper National Park, and "overlanders".
M-4560-10 Excerpts of Kristjan Anderson diaries. -- Copied 1956 (oriignally created 1907-1912). -- Includes information about Mounted Police activities, including arrest of James and Alahoos Bouchie.
M-4560-11 Jessie Holmes (Mrs. Robert Holmes) autobiography. -- n.d. -- 14 pages. -- "Story about Early Pioneer Days". Covers the years 1902 to 1916 and included information about Peace River.
M-532 Mrs. Robert Holmes. -- 1902. -- 40 pages. -- Consists of a manuscript about pioneer mission life in the Peace River district. Includes information about the work of her husband, Reverend Robert Holmes at Anglican missions in Lesser Slave Lake, Peace River Crossing and Lake Saskatoon.
M-4560-12 Dr. Lucy Bagnall diary. -- 1912. -- Typescript only.
M-4560-13 Louise Clubine (Mrs. Percy Clubine) diary. -- 1914. -- Typescript only.
M-4560-14 I.E. Gaudin diary. -- 1909. -- Typescript only. Includes information about the Athabasca Trail.
M-4560-15 Oliver H. Johnson diary. -- 1908-1909. -- Typescript only. He lived in Spirit River.
M-4560-16 Elizabeth McNaught (Mrs. Sam McNaught) autobiography. -- 1936. -- 12 pages. -- "Trip into this Country". She lived in Halcourt.
M-4560-17 A.H. McQuarrie - Series of articles about the early days of Grande Prairis. -- 1954. -- 30 pages. -- "Now it can be Told". Includes information about ferries and bridges, the Edson Trail, elections in the Peace River district, Philip Godsell, James G. MacGregor, natural gas,
M-4560-18 Mrs. Guy Randall diary. -- 1920. -- 97 pages. -- Typescript only. Includes information about High Prairie, homesteading,
M-4560-19 H.N. Ronning autobiography. -- n.d. -- 5 pages. -- "Two Journeys through the Wilderness". Includes information about Valhalla.
M-4560-20 Jenny Sheehan (Mrs. Thomas B. Sheehan) diary. -- 1910-1911. -- Typescript only. Jenny Sheehan, nee Jenny Morkan, was of Norwegian parentage and came to Peacr River Country with her adoptive parents, Oswald and Thea Brekkan, in 1910.
M-4560-21 William Innes memoirs. -- 1911-1915. -- Includes informatin about the Union Bank in Grande Prairie, the Edson Trail, and Henry Henderson.
M-4560-22 George Kennedy "summary journal". -- n.d. -- Typescript only. Includes events from 1866 to 1894 in the Peace River district, including information about the Hudson's Bay Company.
M-4560-23 Anglican Church. -- Copied 1955 (originally created 1883-1894). -- Consists of letters written from Peace River district missions to the Bishop by Henry Robinson, J. Gough Brick, John G. Brick, M. Scott, W.D. Reeve, E.J. Lawrence, Alfred C. Garrioch, and Albert Tate . Includes reports on Christ Church Mission, Old Wives Lake, St. Saviours Mission (Dunvegan), St. Luke's Mission (Fort Vermilion), St. Paul's Mission (Fort Chipewyan), Irene Training School (Vermilion). Includes information about Bishop Richard Young, Beaver Indians, and the Klondike gold rush.
M-4560-24 Anglican Church. -- Copied 1955 (originally created 1887-1947). -- Consists of a history of St. Luke's Mission at Fort Vermilion (1947), and miscellaneous letters from St. Luke's including ones written by Richard Athabasca. Includes information about Bishop Richard Young, Beaver Indians, the steamboat "Graham", the steamboat "D.A. Thomas", the Hudson's Bay Company, E.J. Lawrence, Michael Lizotte, Charles Burton, William M. McKay,
M-4560-25 Anglican Church. -- Copied 1956 (originally created 1905-1911). -- Consists of letters from the letterbook of the Diocese of Athabasca, many written by E.J. Robins. Includes information about Bishop H.D. Reeve and Spirit River.
M-4560-26 Hudson's Bay Company - Fort St. John journal. -- 1866-1970. -- Typescript only. Re fur trade activities. This and the following St. John journals were copies from originals in the possession of William Grant of Grande Prairie in 1955.
M-4560-27 Hudson's Bay Company - Fort St. John journal. -- 1899-1907. -- Typescript only. Re fur trade actvities and Frank Ward Beatton.
M-4560-28 Hudson's Bay Company - Fort St. John journal. -- 1908-1915. -- Typescript only. Re fur trade activities and Frank Ward Beatton.
M-4560-29 Hudson's Bay Company - Fort St. John journal. -- 1916-1924. -- Typescript only. Re fur trade activities and Frank Wark Beatton.
M-4560-30 Hudson's Bay Company - Fort Dunvegan account books. -- 1837-1864. -- Typescript only. Re fur trade activities.
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Interviews with pioneers by Isabel Loggie. -- 1955. -- Consists of typescripts of interviews with:

Bob Barker
Mrs. James Beattie
Mr and Mrs. Kenneth Birley (nee Mary Beaton)
Kenneth Birley
Alfred "Allie" Brick Jr.
Douglas John Cadenhead
Harry Chapman [possibly Fred Chapman?]
Leo Eauclaire
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Flett (nee Daisy Lawrence)
Harry Garbitt
Fred C. Gaylor
Mrs. Robert Jones
Mrs. M.A. Kidd (formerly Mrs. Hallett)
Gus Krassa [possibly Krossa]
William Lambert
Mrs. Sheridan Lawrence (nee Julia Scott)
Willis Lawrence
Fred Paul
Harry Philip
Guy Robinson
Reginald "Dudley" Shaw
M. Slyman
Harry Taylor
Claude Tower

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Interviews with pioneers by Isabel Loggie, A-G. -- 1956. -- Consists of typescripts of interviews with:

Joseph Apsassin
John Beatton [possilby incomplete]
Alec Bennett
Charles Benzi
Mrs. Ernie Blake
Mrs. Louis Bourassa (Maria Bourassa)
William Carter
J. Fildes Scanned Document View now.
Harry Garbitt
Pierre Gauvreau
Mrs. Griffen

Includes a list of "Old Timers in the North Peace Country". Also includes information about Beaver Indians, Dogrib Indians, Fairview, Hudson Hope, Hudson's Bay Company, Metis, Peace River Gold Dredging Company, Peace River-Yukon Trail, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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Interviews with pioneers by Isabel Loggie, H-Z. -- 1956. -- Consists of typescripts of interviews with:

Mrs. Robert Holmes (Jessie Holmes)
D.M. Kennedy
Mrs. Thomas Kerr
Jack Knott
Mrs. James Lawrence (his second wife)
J.D. Levesque
Mrs. Mary MacGillivray
E.J. Martin
Barney Maurice
Charles Richardson
H.B. Round
Adolphus St. Germaine
Joseph St. Germaine
Herbie Taylor
Mrs. M.A. Turner (nee Hilda Round)
Mrs. Walker (daughter of Gus Clarke)
Stanley Wallace

Includes information about Dunvegan, Grouard, Little Red River, and Felix "Akernum" Shaw.

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Interviews with pioneers by Margaret Loggie, A-H. -- 1955. -- Consists of typescripts of interviews with:

Lee Alward
William L. Caldwell
Hallis "Doc" Calkin
Mrs. Adam Calliou (nee Veronique Gladu)
Mrs. Alexis Campbell (nee Julia Gouchier)
J.J. Ernest Clarke
Robert Cochrane
George Cranston
William Drynan
Michael Durda
Mrs. James Evans
Mrs. Alfred Field (nee Fanny Bousefield)
Mrs. William Fynn
William Grant
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harris (Clara Harris)
Mr. and Mrs. William Harris
Ernest Hawkinson
Ernest John Holtom
Charles F. Hopkins

Includes information about agricultural colonies, the Anglican Church, Athabasca Trail, automobiles, Beaver Indians, Beaverlodge, Blueberry Corner, Bredin and Cornwall, Edson Trail, Klondike gold rush, Lake Saskatoon, Methodist Church, Metis, Pouce Coupe, Rycroft, Sekani Indians (mortuary customs), Spirit River, Frank Turner, and Wembley.

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Interviews with pioneers by Margaret Loggie, I-Z. -- 1955. -- Consists of typescripts of interviews with:
Mr. and Mrs. George Jebb
Arnold and John Johnson
Frank A. Johnson
Ralph Johnson
Robert Kranz
Selby McAusland
Lachlan MacDonald
W.H. "Sandy" MacEwen
I.V. Macklin
Harry Meickle
Albert Millar
Robert Findley Moore
Mr. and Mrs. John Oatway (nee Anna Patterson)
James B. Oliver
Mrs. Arthur Patrick
John O. Patterson
Kent E. Purdy
John J. Redmond
Charles Richardson
Walter Roberts
Mrs. Fred Saul (Margaret Saul)
Mrs. Fred Smith
George Stone
Arthur Watts
Andrew Wilson
Mrs. Alex Wishart

Includes information about Beaver Indians, Beaverlodge, Dimsdale, Edson Trail, elections, Kleskun, Lacombe, Revillon Brothers, and Sexsmith.

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Interviews with pioneers by Margaret Loggie, A-H. -- 1956. -- Consists of typescripts of interviews with:

Dr. Lucy Bagnall Scanned Document View now.
Campbell Benson
Mrs. Baptiste Bison (nee Melanie Calliou)
Mrs. B. Duston Brooks
Henry Callahoo
Mrs. Leon Ferguson (nee Marie Grawiniskan)
St. Pierre Ferguson
Victor Flint
Joseph Eudore Germain
William Grant
Mrs. Carl Hornland

Includes information about the Baptist Church, Iroquois Indians, and Metis.

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Interviews with pioneers by Margaret Loggie, K-Z. -- 1956. -- Consists of typescripts of interviews with:

Herman Klukus
Mr. and Mrs. Richard McCrae (nee Twombly)
Alex McDonald
Harry Meickle
Reginald "Dudley" Shaw
Thomas B. Sheehan
Gordon Sherk
Lulu Sherk
Marley Sherk
George Tanton
Mrs. George Tanton (nee Janet McLeod)
Jonas Testawitch

M-4560-38 Peace River district historical notes, collected by Isabel Loggie. -- 1955. -- Includes information about Beaver Indians, John Gough Brick, Thomas Allan Brick, Caroline Cadenhead, James Kennedy Cornwall, Dunvegan, Fort Fork, Fort St. John, Fort Vermilion, fur trade, Frederic William Howay, Hudson Hope, E.J. Lawrence, Fred Lawrence, Henry Hovis Lawrence, Mrs. James Lawrence, Willis Lawrence, Mrs. Caroline MacDonald, Sir Alexander MacKenzie, Pouce Coupe (Beaver Indian), Rocky Mountain Fort, James Lawrence Ruxton, steamboats, and Archdeacon A.S White.
M-4560-39 William Shaw and Felix "Akernum" Shaw - Biographical notes. -- 1924-1948. -- Includes information abuot Herbie Taylor.
M-4560-40 Peace River district historical notes, collected by Isabel Loggie. -- 1955. -- Consists of extensive small cards with brief notes about a wide variety of topics.
M-4560-41 Grande Prairie district historical notes, collected by Margaret Loggie. -- 1955. -- Includes information about the Anglican Church, Athabasca Trail, automobiles, Bad Heart River, Dr. Lucy Bagnall, Simeon "Jim" Bauman, Beaver Indians, Beaverlodge, bee culture, Bredin and Cornwall, Andrew Clyde Brooks, James Brooks, buffalo, William L. Caldwell, Louis Callihoo, Victoria Callihoo, Louie Campbell, Canadian Pacific Railway, Sergeant S.G. Clay, Mrs. M.P. Clifford, Harry Coates, Henry Anthony Conroy, James Kennedy Cornwall, James Cunningham, dinosaurs, F.J. Dodge, Dunvegan, Edson Trail, education, Robert J. Ferguson, St. Pierre Ferguson, Paul Flint, Reverend Alexander Forbes, Fort St. John, fur trade, Alfred Gladu, Alberta Goodwin, Peter Gunn, Frank Guthrie, George Harris, Ernest Hawkinson, George Henry, Olaf Horte, Hythe, Thomas Kerr, Kleskun, Klondike gold rush, Gerome Laboucan, Lac Ste. Anne, Lake Saskatoon, Pat McCann, Bella McDonald, Robert McDonald, Walter McFarlane, George McLeod, James Mead, Methodist Church, Metis, Alexander Monkman, Inspector Moodie, Alphaeus Patterson, Peace River Board of Trade, physicians and surgeons, railways, Justin Rigby, Lloyd Rigby, St Albert, W.N. Smith, Spirit River, Sturgeon Lake, George "Kelly" Sunderman, George Tate, telegraph lines, trails, Herman Trelle, Madge Truce, United Farmers of Alberta, and Valhalla.
M-4560-42 Grande Prairie district historical notes, collected by Margaret Loggie. -- 1955. -- Related to the time period from 1883 to 1955. Includes informatin about the Dominion Experimental station, agricultural colonies, W.D. Albright, census, Henry Fuller "12 Foot" Davis, Bishop Emile Grouard, Mrs. George Kennedy, H.H. Lampman, Lesser Slave Lake, Father LeTreste, Peace River Colonization Company, and D.N. Sharp.
M-4560-43 Pliny E. Goddard's works, published in the Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History. -- 1956. -- Typescript only. Includes information about Beaver Indians, and Adolphus St. Germaine.
M-4560-44 Excerpts from Canada Sessional Papers re North-West Mounted Police activities in Peace River. -- 1897-1955. Includes information about Constable Absalom Clark Bury, Peace River-Yukon Trail, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
M-4560-45 H.A. George, "Milestones in the History of Peace River. -- n.d. -- 10 pages. -- Includes information about natural gas, and petroleum.
M-4560-46 Peace River historical notes, collected by Isabel Loggie. -- 1956. -- Related to the time period from 1828 to 1945. Includes information about W.D. Albright, Beaver Indians, Dunvegan, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Vermilion, Alfred Garrioch, V.L. Garrioch, Hudson's Bay Company, John Lamont, Henry Maxwell, Peter Pond, and Donald Ross.
M-4560-47 Peace River historical notes, collected by Isabel Loggie. -- 1956. -- Includes information about Kristjan Anderson (Mounted Policeman), Reverend James Evans, Fort St. John, Fort Vermilion, and steamboat "D.A. Thomas".
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School District and Municipal District records. -- Copied 1955 (originally created 1910-1915). -- Consists of records for:

Kleskun Lake School District
Wapiti School District
MacHenry School District
Bear Lake Municipal District
Grande Prairie Municipal District
Halcourt School District
Lower Beaverlodge School District

M-4560-49 Peace River 1901 census records. -- Typescript only. Includes information about Dunvegan, St. Pierre Ferguson, fur trade, Grande Prairie, Spirit River, and Sturgeon Lake.
M-4560-50 St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grande Prairie - Baptismal and marriage records. -- 1904-1914. -- Typescript only.
M-4560-51 Agnes Sorrell Forbes biographical notes, written by Janet Bremner. -- 1921. -- Agnes Forbes died in 1918. Includes information about the Presbyterian Church.
M-4560-52 "History of the Roman Catholic Church in the Peace River" by Father Philippot. -- n.d. - Consists of excerpts translated by Margaret Loggie. Includes information about Bishop Emile Grouard, Father Philippot, and Spirit River.
M-4560-53 Peace River district historical notes, collected by Margaret Loggie. -- 1955 or 1956. -- Includes information about Bredin and Cornwall, Charles Bremner, Entwistle, Pouce Coupe, school districts, J.B. St. Cyr, and Hector Tremblay.
M-4560-54 "History of the Roman Catholic Church in the Peace River" by Father Philippot. -- n.d. - Consists of excerpts translated by Margaret Loggie. Includes information about Beaver Indians, Father Joseph Bourassa, Dunvegan, Reverend James Evans, Father Faraud, Father Philippot, and Father Thibault.
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1907-1956. --69 photographs. -- The series consists of views of Peace River country pioneers, buildings and activities. Many of the photographs were taken by Margaret Loggie when she worked for Glenbow in 1955 and 1956.

Some of these photographs have been scanned. View now.

PA-7-1 Hudson's Bay Company post at Fort St. John. -- 1928. -- 1 postcard
PA-8-1(1-4) Grande Prairie area pioneers and buildings. -- July-August 1955. -- 4 photographs. -- Consists of photographs taken by Margaret Loggie of Mrs. Leo Ferguson of Pipestone Creek; Mr. and Mrs. Milton White; Lower Beaverlodge school (log school built in 1911); and Halcourt United Church (built in 1911).
PA-24-((1-5) Peace River area pioneers. -- July-September 1955. -- 5 photographs. -- Consists of photographs taken by Margaret Loggie of Mrs. and Mrs. Ernest Hawkinson; Robert Cochrane and outdoor rock museum; Mrs. Alexis Campbell and her brother Louis Gouchier; Mrs. Adam Calliou; and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Allen by their log ice house.
PA-43-(1-6) Grande Prairie area pioneers and views. -- 1907, 1955. -- 6 photographs. -- Consists of photographs of Campbell Benson of Moberly Lake; Mrs. Baptiste Bison of Rio Grande; J.J. Ernest Clarke of Grande Prairie; store or house of Harry Clifford of Flying Shot; Presbyterian Church in Grande Prairie; and a forest fire on the praire at Spirit River, taken from the roof of the Hudson's Bay company (1907).
PA-45-(1-26) Peace River area views. -- 1908-1914 and n.d. -- 26 photographs. -- Consists of photographs taken by Donald Cranston of log buildings, people, cutting wood, post office and mail serive, baseball team, wedding, sports and sports teams, steamship "The Northern Light", threshing, etc. Many of these
PA-48-(1-20) Peace River area pioneers and views. -- 1912-1956. -- 20 photographs. -- Consists of photographs collect by or taken by Margaret Loggie of the Hudson's Bay Company buildings in Fort St. John; Hudson's Hope buildings; Mr. and Mrs. Michel Lizotte; Fort Vermilion; Catholic Mission house at old Fort St. John; Frank Baton by HBC house at old Fort St. John; steamboats "SS Peace River" and "D.A. Thomas"; Charles Pacquette and Mr. McCune; St. Charles Catholic Mission at Dunvegan; Mr. Adolphus; Harry Garbitt; Mrs. Kenneth Birley; William Carter; Joseph Apsassin; Joseph St. Germaine; Mrs. James Beattie; Herb Taylor; and Charles Druce with his freighting outfilt.
NA-69-(1-7) Peace River country pioneers and views. -- 1920. -- 7 photographs. -- Consists of views of the steamboats "Hudson's Hope and "Slave River"; Joseph Bird; Philip Mecredi; and settlers and buildings at Fort Vermilion.
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Peace River country pioneers and views. -- 1910s-1955. -- 7 photographs. -- Consists of copy negatives made from original photographs listed above.
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