Fonds PR0956 - Annie Norris fonds

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Annie Norris fonds

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    • 1925-1974 (Creation)

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    0.45 m of textual records. – 262 photographs

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    Biographical history

    Annie Norris (nee Ellwood), daughter of Tom and Ada Ellwood, was born in Cumberland, England on September 21, 1903. She came to Canada with her parents and siblings on October 31, 1909. They initially settled in Oshawa, Ontario prior to heading west. The family farmed in the Riviere Qui Barre district of Alberta before moving to Calahoo, Alberta, though later returning to the Riviere Qui Barre district.

    Annie married Henry Norris (1892-1972) on January 14, 1925, and they settled in the Calahoo area. They had five children: Thomas George, Margaret, Frank, Dorothy and Margery. Annie was an active member of the community, serving as secretary of St. Timothy's Anglican church from 1946 until 1960, local leader of the Calahoo Girls' Club from 1946 until 1949, Secretary-Treasurer of the Calahoo Mutual Telephone Company (Co.), local correspondent for the Sturgeon Journal, and a charter member of the Calahoo Women's Institute.

    Annie and Henry moved to Devon, Alberta in 1964. One of Annie's hobbies was scrapbooking, which she began in 1925. The scrapbooks she compiled were used by the Calahoo Women's Institute in preparing their local history, Calahoo Trails, which was dedicated to Annie.

    She died in Edmonton in 1980.

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    The fonds consists of seven “Calahoo News” scrapbooks compiled by Annie Norris. The scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper clippings about the Calahoo community, its members, local weddings, anniversaries, births, obituaries, sports, weather, local politics and the Women’s Institute. As well, the scrapbooks have some correspondence, programs, stories, cards, a postcard, and photographs of community members, weddings, school classes, grain elevators, farming and other images relating to Calahoo.

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    Mrs. A. Norris deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1980.


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        The material is in English.

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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 from Calahoo Trails, which can be located in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.233 W842ca PAA HSS.

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        Includes accession PR1980.0237.

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