Collection PR3822 - Bentley Museum newspaper collection

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Bentley Museum newspaper collection

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    • 1961-2015 (Creation)

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    20.2 m of textual records.

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    The Bentley Museum is a central Alberta museum that acquires material related to the Bentley area including the towns of Rimbey, Ponoka and Red Deer.

    The Rimbey Record & Blindman Valley Advertiser was published and edited by W.J. Good beginning in July of 1930. By April 2, 1936, Blindman Valley Advisor was dropped from the title and the paper became solely known as the Rimbey Record. In 1937, the Record received international recognition for their support of the Edmonton Journal's defence of freedom of the press against legislation passed by the Social Credit provincial government that would put the press under a form of government control. While the Edmonton Journal received the first Pulitzer Prize awarded outside of the United States on May 2, 1938, the Record was given a citation from Columbia University. W.J. Good left the paper on October 31, 1940 to join the army and was replaced by W.R. Newsom, who stayed in the role for just over a year, leaving on November 11, 1941. He was replaced by his father, Leonard C. Newson, himself leaving in July of 1943. Elsie Worton became publisher and editor of the Review until her husband, Charles Worton, took over the role in October of 1945. This was a period of high turnover at the Review, with four people taking on the role of editor/publisher in five years, but under Charles Worton in the postwar period more stability was achieved. In 1953, Worton was joined by Jack A. Parry, who continued as editor and publisher after Worton moved to Calgary for health reasons. Olive Parry, wife of Jack A. Parry, went into business with her husband in March of 1978, when the pair founded Rimbey Record Ltd. Olive Parry was the co-editor and publisher of the Rimbey Record alongside Jack until 1985, when they sold the paper to Record Publishing Ltd. The Rimbey Record ceased publishing in 1997 after Record Publishing Ltd. flailed to go public on the Vancouver Stock Exchange.

    The Rimbey Review was founded in 1997 by Barry Hibbert of the Sylvan Lake News. Rob Gilgan was brought in to manage the paper from Rimbey and on January 27, 1997, the first issue was released. An offer was made to buy the Review by Gilgan and a group of Rimbey business owners from Hibbert in 2004, but this was unsuccessful. Barry Hibbert would go on to sell the Rimbey Review to Black Press Group Ltd. later in 2004. Black Press still owns the Rimbey Review, which is still an active publication as of February 2019.

    The Ponoka County News was published by Rimbey Record Ltd. and edited by Jack Perry, operating from October 29, 1955 to June 4, 1976.

    The Red Deer Advocate has been published under a number of different titles since its inception in 1901: it was called the Alberta Echo until 1903; then the Alberta Advocate, 1903-1907; followed by the Red Deer Advocate, 1907-1972; followed by the Advocate, 1972. Francis Wright Galbraith took on the role of publisher on November 30, 1906, and formed Red Deer Ltd. After his death on March 9, 1934, Francis Wright Galbraith was succeeded by Francis Philip Galbraith, who in turn stayed in the role until his passing on May 16, 1970. The paper had been sold to the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, United Kingdom, on January 1, 1958, with Francis Philip Galbraith continuing on as publisher. In 1996 Black Press Ltd. bought the Advocate and is still publishing the paper, which is once again called the Red Deer Advocate.

    On January 1, 1979 the Red Deer Advocate began publishing the Central Alberta Parkland News for Canwest Pub. Ltd. The paper was printed until March 28, 1989.

    The Herald-Tribune newspaper was created when the Grande Prairie Herald merged with the Northern Tribune on August 10, 1939. In 1950 the paper was bought by William H. Bowes and James E. Bowes of Bowes Pub. Ltd. In 1964 the paper transitioned from weekly and bi-weekly issues to daily. Along with this came a change in name, and the paper was titled the Daily Herald-Tribune. James Bowes remained involved in the paper as owner and director until 1990. In 1988 the Toronto Sun bought 60% of shares in the Herald-Tribune and in 1990 98%. The Daily Herald-Tribune is currently owned by Post Network and managed by Sun Media Division.

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    The collection consists of issues of the Rimbey Reporter, Rimbey Review, Red Deer Advocate, Co-operative Consumer, Lakes District News, The Advocate, Daily Herald-Tribune, Fototab: A Photographic Journal of the Lakes District, Central Alberta Parkland News, and Ponoka County News.

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    Neil Maki donated these records on behalf of the Bentley Museum to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2016.

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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 administrative history of the Rimbey Record was taken from Gloria M. Strathern’s Alberta Newspapers, 1880-1982, and a conversation with Rob Gilgan, formerly of the Rimbey Review (2019-02-05).

        Information for the administrative history of the Rimbey Review was taken from Richard Holmes, “Bill Draayer Award 2009” (http://www.awna.com/2009-barry-hibbert) and a conversation with Rob Gilgan, formerly of the Rimbey Review (2019-02-05).

        Information for the administrative history of the Red Deer Advocate was taken from Gloria M. Strathern’s Alberta Newspapers, 1880-1982 and from the City of Red Deer’s website, “Red Deer Advocate” (http://www.reddeer.ca/about-red-deer/history/history-of-red-deer/centennials-and-anniversaries/red-deer-advocate/).

        Information for the administrative history of the Daily Herald-Tribune, Ponoka County News and Central Alberta Parkland News was taken from Gloria M. Strathern’s Alberta Newspapers, 1880-1982.

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        Includes accession PR2018.1509.

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