Fonds PR1841 - Charles and Myrtle Bishop fonds

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Charles and Myrtle Bishop fonds

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    • 1912-1927 (Creation)

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    17 photographs

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    Charles Fraser Bishop was born in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1890. In Westmoreland, New Brunswick in 1912, he married Myrtle Steeves; she was born in 1895 in Berry Mills, New Brurnswick. Together they had two children: Kenneth (1923-1957) and Ruth (Kirkby) (1920-2003)

    They came to Edmonton, Alberta from New Brunswick in 1912. While in Edmonton, Charles worked for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway. He also was employed as a carpenter on many building projects in the city. They likely left Edmonton in the early 1930s.

    By 1946, they were living in New Westminster, British Columbia. Charles died in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1973. Myrtle died there in 1994.

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    The fonds consists of photographs from their time in Edmonton and includes images of construction workers, buildings under construction, the construction of the 109th street subway (later known as the “Rat Hole”), Grand Trunk Pacific workers and excavation machinery, a trestle bridge and workers, construction of a railway station in Fabyan, Alberta and construction of a building, the Donald Fraser Memorial building, which was possibly located in New Brunswick.

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    Mrs. M.R. Kirkby, the daughter of Charles and Myrtle Bishop, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1989.


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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 taken from Henderson's Edmonton, Alberta city directories and from the records. Images can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A.17618 through A.17622.

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        Includes accession PR1989.0231.

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