Fonds PR2289 - Clarke family fonds

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Clarke family fonds

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    • Copied 1994 (Creation)

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    0.05 m of textual records. -- 16 photographs.

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    Thomas Clarke was born in 1864 in Harworth, Notts, England to William Clark and Sarah Tomilson. He married Sophereth "Sophia" Naomi Tremayne in Kingston, Jamaica in 1890. Sophereth was born in 1868 in Kingston to Henry Clinton Tremayne. Thomas and Sophereth had nine children: Gladys Selina Clark (1891-1956), Arthur Hermon Clarke (1893-1975), Ethel Sybil Clarke (1895-1978), Henry Rowland Clarke (1897-1979), Thomas "Tom Jr." Victor Tremayne Clarke (1902-1987), Helen Sophereth Tremayne Clarke (1905-1972), George Vivian Tremayne Clarke (1910-1974), and Stanley Charles Tremayne (1912-1989).

    In 1914, the Clarke family, not including Arthur and Roland, moved to the Beaver district of Alberta, about six miles south of Alliance. In 1915, the family returned to England, but the Clarke family returned to the farm in 1918. Thomas Clarke Sr. died in 1926, and Tom Jr. and his brothers took over the farm. Sophia Clarke died in Edmonton in 1946.

    In 1928, Tom Jr. purchased a farm east of Alliance. He worked on the farm, but moved to Vancouver to work as a longshoreman for a year. He returned to the Alliance area, but following a crop failure at Alliance, Tom returned to the Beaver district.

    In 1935, Tom Clarke married Donalda Howlett. Donalda was born in 1913 in Edmonton. Donalda's parents had moved west from Clifford, Ontario. Her father worked in real estate and as a land developer. Donalda trained as a teacher, and taught for two yeas at Greeview School, and for one year at Happy Howe School. In 1935, Donalda left teaching to marry Tom. However, she returned to teaching at taught at the following schools: Knobb Hill (1942), Stettler (1949), Tinchebray (1950-1953), Fleet (1954-1962), Castor (1963-1975).

    Donalda and Tom had ten children: Harry Wallace (1937), Charlotte ( 1938), Patricia (1938), Dave (1940), Dianne (1942), Linda (1944), Victor (1945), Brian (1947), Betty (1948), and Kathy (1950).

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    The fonds consists of photocopies of letters from the Clarke Family to family members in England dating from 1918- 1947 describing their life on the farm. The fonds also includes a family history, genealogical information, and family photographs.

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    In 1994, Lois Brown, granddaughter of Sophereth and Thomas donated copies of the letters to the Provincial Archives of Alberta, and allowed the Provincial Archives of Alberta to copy the family's photographs.


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        The material is in English.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from: In the Bend of the Battle, History of Alliance and District.

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        Includes accession PR1994.0211.

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