Fonds PR1190 - Clara Thomas fonds

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Clara Thomas fonds

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    • [ca. 1900]-1917 (Creation)

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    8 photographs. – 1 postcard

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    Biographical history

    Clara Kitto was born in Chinguacousy, Ontario (now part of Brampton) in 1878. She married Wallace Thomas (1871-1955) in Los Angeles, California in 1904. Wallace Thomas's family was most recently from Strathcona, Alberta, and this is where the new couple decided to settle, purchasing six lots.

    In 1908, Wallace bought his father's farm in the Oliver District, near Township 52, Range 24, West of the 4th Meridian (52-24-W4). Wallace and Clara also obtained a homestead about ninety miles west of Edmonton, near Chip Lake, not far from Entwistle, Alberta; Robert Toane became their tenant on the Oliver homestead.

    In 1911, they returned to the Oliver farm and began to build a dairy. Wallace and Clara had four children: Clarence (1905-1982), Gladys (1906-1934), Genevieve (Aitkens) (1908-2007) and Montana (Dowdie) (1910-1998). They eventually sold their farm and retired to Victoria, British Columbia.

    Wallace died in 1955, and Clara in 1975 at the age of ninety-seven.

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    The fonds consists of photographs of early Edmonton, Alberta, an early view of Strathcona, North-West Territories, a Vegreville, Alberta farm, the Vegreville, Alberta fair, a worker in the Edmonton Bulletin Office and one outside the Office on a bicycle, a postcard of Leduc, Alberta’s main street, and a cyanotype of the Old Edmonton Hotel.

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    Mrs. Gene Aitkens, Clara Thomas’s daughter, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1976 and 1982. She found them with her mother’s belongings following her mother’s death.


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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is from the records and from South Edmonton Saga, which can be found in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.233 So87 PAA. The photographs can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A.7384-7385. The location of the Oliver District farm is represented according to the Alberta Township Survey (ATS) system.

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        Includes accessions PR1982.0063 and PR1976.0104.

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