Fonds PR1915 - Amelia E. McCrum fonds

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Amelia E. McCrum fonds

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    • 1893-1943 (Creation)

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    89 postcards. – 23 photographs. – 0.01 m of textual records

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    Amelia (Amy) Elizabeth Sarah Mellon was born March 19, 1897 in Strathcona, North-West Territories; she was the daughter of John J. and Emilie (Besler) Mellon. John and Emilie were married August 11, 1895 at Heimthal Church, near Ellerslie, North-West Territories.

    Amy was the eldest of four children; Alice Eveline (1899-1978), John J. (1901-1991), and Frederick (1904-1978). Amy's father John owned a number of businesses along Whyte Avenue, most notably the Royal Hotel. Amy's mother Emilie died September 23, 1904 and her father died March 4, 1918.

    Amy married John (Jack) Richard McCrum (1895-1986) on January 1, 1917; they had three daughters, Josephine (1925-1945), Violet (Delany) (1917-2007), and Beatrice (Nykipilo) (1922-2004), and one son, John Richard (1920-2008).

    Amy died February 14, 1978.

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    The fonds consists of images of early Edmonton and includes photographs of Edmonton and Strathcona, Edmonton hospitals, schools, brewery, train stations, streets (including Whyte Avenue), houses, buildings, ferry, bridges, a train derailment, Heimthal church (east of Ellerslie), the Stettler creamery, the Innisfail Hotel, the dining room of Royal Hotel, children swimming, canoeing, shaving, and a bear, and postcards of the Royal Hotel, Diamond Hall (Ash Brothers (Bros.)), Edmonton bridges, an incline railway, buildings, views, streets, street cars, the Legislature, the University, views along the Athabasca River, hotels, buildings and banks in Wetaskiwin, Sylvan Lake, scouts, buffalo, bridge at Rocky Mountain House, First Nations peoples, North Battleford (Saskatchewan), buildings, trolleys, bridges, and rivers in Calgary, mountains, glaciers, near Banff and Jasper, buildings, bridges in Banff, branding, and harvesting.

    The fonds also includes an Edmonton Orpheus Society banquet program, toast lists and menus for the Old Timers’ Association of Edmonton, a business card for the Royal Hotel, a Salvation Army Diamond Jubilee dinner ticket, a Christmas card, a Jasper House Christmas Day menu, Royal Hotel Christmas menus, and sheet music for song “The Emblem of Alberta” (words by Jeannette Forsyth and music by Gilbert Stirling).

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    John R. McCrum, Amelia McCrum’s husband, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1978. The records were part of the estate of Amelia McCrum.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is taken from the Edmonton Journal, from Vital Stats held at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, from South Edmonton Saga, which is available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.233 So87 and from the records. The images can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A.2973 through A.3007.

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        Includes accession PR1978.0206.

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