Fonds PR3330 - Bilodeau family fonds

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Bilodeau family fonds

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    • [1900]-2007 (Creation)

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    1 m of textual records. - 108 photographs

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    Gertrude Bilodeau was born July 30, 1926 in Vimy, Alberta, where her family had a homestead. Her father, Albert Bilodeau, was born April 30, 1881 at Sainte-Marguerite, Quebec. He came to Alberta in 1906 and married Alma Demers at Legal, January 9, 1912. Alma was born November 16, 1889. Albert and Alma had seven children: Phillipe (1912), Blanche (1914), Alice (1915), Germaine (1917), Rose (1919), Joseph (1921) and Gertrude (1926). Alma died November 13, 1949 at Saint-Albert and Albert died October 7, 1969.

    Gertrude's brother Joseph (Joe) enlisted in the Canadian Army during the Second World War. He served for nearly 4 years in Canada, England, France, Holland and Germany, and remained for an extra year during the occupation of Germany; he had a rich correspondence with Gertrude during this time. Gertrude married Alphonse Gagné, May 23, 1950.

    Alphonse was born July 31, 1920 at Sainte-Marguerite, Quebec and came to Alberta in 1939. He worked on farms in Vimy, then rented one himself. When the owner sold the farm, he took barber training and was the barber in Saint-Paul for 27 years. Gertrude was a seamstress. Gertrude and Alphonse had five children: Lucille (1951), Maurice (1952), Norman (1958), Elaine (1960) and Alma (1963). Alphonse died in a car accident in Toronto, July 27, 1973.

    Gertrude remarried Chris Hartry in 1990. She died in Edmonton in 2017.

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    The records consist of family and pen pal correspondence, cards, diaries, scrapbooks, genealogical material on the Gagné, Bilodeau and Hartry families, paper clippings, photographs and local histories relevant to the family's history. Also included is Joseph Bilodeau's correspondence with his family while in the army, covering the last years of the Second World War and his service in the period immediately after the war. The photographs range in date between ca. 1900 to ca.1994 and document family members and friends, and events from their lives.

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    The records were gathered from Gertrude's house by her daughter, Lucille Poulin, who donated them to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2009.


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        The textual records are in English and French.

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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 the records and from the donor.

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        Includes accession PR2009.0780.

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