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Mike and Mary Wendelboe on their wedding day, 1910
Mike and Mary Wendelboe on their wedding day, 1910

Wendelboe Family fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Scanned Document Mike and Mary Wendelboe - Personal papers. -- 1880-1972
Series 2 Scanned Document Mary Wendelboe's writings. -- [ca. 1966-1968]
Series 3 Scanned Document Family memorabilia. -- 1908-1975
Series 4 Clara Sparks papers. -- 1961-1991
Series 5 Other family records and miscellany. -- 1917-1992
Series 6 Photographs. -- 1892-1970


Series 1

Mike and Mary Wendelboe - Personal papers. -- 1880-1972. -- 12.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of family certificates (birth, naturalization, homestead, wedding, etc.); correspondence with family and friends (1910-1972); Mary's diary (1956-1972); and old age pension applications. -- The records have been artificially arranged in chronological order by the earliest date in each folder.

M-9684-1 Mikal Ostergaard Wendelboe's birth certificate and confirmation certificates. -- 1880 and 1895. -- Includes translations. These were submitted as part of his Old Age Pension application in 1950.
M-9684-2 Mike's cowpox vaccination certificate. -- 1881

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M-9684-3 Mary Lund's birth certificate and baptism certificate. -- 1891
M-9684-4 Mike's childhood cards from teachers, awards and gift tags. -- [ca. 1890s]
M-9684-5 Mary's documents written in Danish. -- 1898-1909. -- Possibly first communion and letter of introduction.
M-9684-6 Mike's autograph book. -- 1899-1911
M-9684-7 Mary's souvenir religious cards. -- [ca. 1903-1904]
M-9684-8 Mike's Certificate of Naturalizaton (Dominion of Canada), and homestead patent for NW 20-12-24-W4. -- 1907. -- The homestead was 9 miles west of Barons, Alberta.

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M-9684-9 Mary's first letter home to her mother in Denmark, after emigrating to Canada. -- August 1910. -- Consists of both the original (in Danish) and a translation, in which she describes her arrival in Alberta by train, her employer's log house, his expectation that she would marry him, her refusal to marry him, a crop-destroying hail storm, her move to Blackfalds, meeting Mike Wendelboe [later her husband] on the train, what settlers ate, laundry and clothing, the abundance of men in Alberta (4 men to 1 woman), possible jobs for a single woman, and her marriage prospects.

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Scanned Document View translation.
Scanned Document Watch a dramatic reading of the letter.

M-9684-10 Mike's letters and postcards to Mary Lund. -- 1910. -- Written before their marriage (in Danish).

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Scanned Document View translations.

M-9684-11 Mike and Mary's wedding certificate. -- November 16, 1910

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M-9684-12 Birth certificate of Rose Wendelboe. -- September 11, 1918
M-9684-13 Auction sale poster. -- January 7, 1925. -- For sale of the Wendelboe's farm equipment and livestock when they moved from the Barons area to Starline.

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M-9684-14 Children's report cards. -- 1928-1930. -- For Betty and Vivian Wendelboe, who attended Starline School District No. 1005.
M-9684-15 Family correspondence. -- 1933-1972 and n.d. -- Several letters are in Danish.
M-9684-16 Mary's autograph book. -- 1938
M-9684-17 Mary's correspondence. -- 1943-1970. -- The folder was annotated "Letters I'll Keep". -- Includes letter written by Rose when she was at the Provincial Mental Hospital at Ponoka in 1943-1944.
M-9684-18 Mary's Old Age Pension applications. -- 1955-1961
M-9684-19 Mary's 5-year diary. -- 1956-1960
M-9684-20 Mike and Mary's 50th wedding anniversary certificates from the Lieutenant-Governor and the Premier. -- 1960
M-9684-21 Mary's notebooks. -- 1960-1969. -- They include some diary entries.

Series 2

Mary Wendelboe's writings. -- [ca. 1966-1968]. -- 4 cm of textual records. -- Mary took a creative writing course the University of Alberta (Calgary) in 1966. -- The series consists of genealogical writings about the family, and short fictional pieces based on her own experiences.

M-9684-22 Genealogical articles: "Peter Wendelboe's Family" and "A Short Report on the Family of Mike Wendelboe". -- 1968

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Scanned Document View Mike Wendelboe article.

M-9684-23 "Profile of a Pioneer Woman". -- July 1968. -- Written by Mary about her mother-in-law.
M-9684-24 "The Making of a Dude Rancher". -- 1968. -- Includes both handwritten and typewritten versions. 9500 words long.
M-9684-25 "Monologue". -- [ca. 1966-1968]. -- Consists of short theatrical piece.
M-9684-26 "Vacation Days on the Circle 5". -- [ca. 1966-1968]
M-9684-27 "While the Rest of the World Goes By". -- [ca. 1966-1968]

Series 3

Family memorabilia. -- 1908-1975. -- 15 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of a scrapbook, greeting cards, invitations, postcard albums (started in Denmark), exhibition prizes, and Mary's pansy embroidery.

M-9684-28 Scrapbook. -- 1954-1975. -- Consists of newspaper clippings, photographs, invitations to graduations and weddings, etc.
M-9684-29 Greeting cards. -- [ca. 1928-1951]. -- Includes a card to Rose from her Grade 6 teacher at Starline School (1931).
M-9684-30 Greeting cards. -- [ca. 1950s-1960s]. -- Consists of birthday, valentine, Mother's Day and Christmas cards, primarily sent to Mary.
M-9684-31 Wedding invitations, graduations, funerals. -- 1959-1964
M-9684-32 Postcard album. -- 1908-1945. -- Consists of Mary's collection of postcards, many from Silkeborg, Denmark, where she was born. Includes translations of many of the Danish messages.
M-9684-33 Postcard album. -- 1910-1915. -- Largely of Silkeborg, Denmark.
M-9684-34 Loose postcards sent to Mary. -- 1928-1945. -- Many date from 1944-1945, and most have messages written on the back.

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M-9684-35 Mary's crocheting and embroidery. -- [ca. 1950s or 1960s]. -- Consists of samples of her pansies. Includes a Laura Wheeler pansy pattern.
M-9684-36 Prize tags for embroidery and crochet. -- 1965 and n.d. --- For Mary's work shown at the Red Deer Exhibition and Calgary Exhibition.

Series 4

Clara Sparks papers. -- 1961-1991. -- 2 cm of textual records. -- Clara was the daughter of Mike and Mary Wendelboe. -- The series consists of letters; genealogical manuscripts on the Wendelboe family for local history books; sympathy cards on the death of her mother; and a biographical sketch presented at her 80th birthday.

M-9684-37 Letters from Clara to her sister Rose [Mrs. Mary Sylvester]. -- 1967
M-9684-38 Manuscript for Clara's entry about the Mike Wendelboe family for the Barons local history book. -- 1968-1971
M-9684-39 Manuscript for Clara's entry about the James Sparks familiy for the Poplar Ridge local history book. -- [ca. 1981]. -- Also includes a short article about the Poplar Ridge 4-H Club.
M-9684-40 Sympathy cards to Clara on the death of her mother, Mary Wendelboe. -- September 1970
M-9684-41 Biographical sketch about Clara Wendelboe Sparks for her 80th birthday. -- 1991

Series 5

Other family records and miscellany. -- 1917-1992. -- 5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of records related to other Wendelboe descendants, and the Barons/Starline area of Alberta.

M-9684-42 Cathryn Brecka's article, "Mary came from Silkeborg". -- n.d. -- Cathryn Brecka is the daughter of Clara Sparks, and the granddaughter of Mary Wendelboe. -- Consists of an illustrated article based on documents and photographs in these family papers.
M-9684-43 Slaymaker family. -- 1917 and 1976. -- Consists of an announcement of the marriage of Clara Lund to Paul Slaymaker (1917) and a letter about the family (1976).
M-9684-44 Genealogical articles about the Lund and Wendelboe families. -- 1978 and 1992. -- These were not written by Mary Wendelboe or Clara Sparks.
M-9684-45 Barons, Alberta - 50th anniversary. -- 1959. -- Consists of newspaper clippings, the Wendelboe's Pioneers Certificate, and a banquet program.
M-9684-46 Starline Women's Club - 50th anniversary booklet. -- 1977
M-9684-47 Miscellaneous records. -- 1945-1978 and n.d. -- Consists of an address book, trip book (almost unused), newspaper clippings and cards, and a list of "Mother's Belongings" (1968).

Series 6

Photographs. -- 1892-1970. -- 156 photographs. -- The series consists of views of the Wendelboe family, the farm at Barons, Starline, and Lund, Sparks, Slaymaker, Sears and Forster relatives.

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PA-4025-(1-21) Mary Wendelboe. -- 1892-1967. -- 21 photographs. -- Consists of views of Mary as a child, young woman and adult. Includes her passport and wedding photos.
PA-4025-(22-48) Mike Wendelboe. -- 1909-1959. -- 27 photographs. -- Consists of views of Mike, his dogs, the farm at Barons, and the gardens, fruit trees, shop, truck, etc. at Starline.
PA-4025-49 Claresholm Agricultural College - Staff and students. -- [ca. 1940s]. -- 1 photograph. -- Mike Wendelboe taught farming classes there.
PA-4025-(50-60) Children of Mike and Mary Wendelboe. -- [1940s-1950s]. -- 11 photographs. -- Includes primarily group views including Clara, Rose, Betty, Leon, Ernie, Eleanor and Vivian.
PA-4025-(61-68) Sparks family. -- [ca. 1941]-1966. -- 8 photographs. -- Clara Wendelboe married James Sparks and they had three children, Cathryn (Brecka), Teresa and David.
PA-4025-(69-71) Lund family - Dagny, John and Charles. -- [ca. 1900]. -- 3 photographs. -- Taken in Denmark.
PA-4025-(72-83) Wendelboe family - Mike's siblings, Nora, Dagmar, etc. -- 1906-[1960s?]. -- 12 photographs
PA-4025-(84-109) Slaymaker family. -- 1942-[1960s?]. -- 26 photographs. -- Includes views of Clara "Stense" Lund Slaymaker, her husband Paul Slaymaker, Gertrude and Bunny (later Pauline Virtue).
PA-4025-(110-118) Sears family - Hazel, Earle, Wayne, etc. -- 1914-1963. -- 9 photographs
PA-4025-(119-124) Forster family - Gertie, Bob, Joy, Colleen, etc. -- 1946-1961. -- 6 photographs
PA-4025-(125-156) Mary Wendelboe's album of family photos. -- 1951-1970. -- 32 photographs

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