Fonds PR3749 - Dargis family fonds

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Dargis family fonds

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    • [188-?]-2014 (Creation)

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    149 photographs: multiple processes. – 15 postcards. – 0.06 m of textual records

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    Albert Joseph-Amédée Dargis was born in 1885 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and came with his parents and sister (Mme Hormidas Boisvert) to Beaumont, Alberta, in 1895. In 1907 he left Beaumont to explore the region of Moose Lake (Lac d'Orignal) and he chose a land on the shores of the former Lac des Deux Iles, renamed later Lake Jessie, where the community of Bonnyville developed subsequently. Albert Dargis was very involved in his local community. He was the first mayor of the town, served on the city board and school board, and was designated Justice of the Peace. Albert Dargis died in 1968.

    Pamela Joséphine Vézeau was born March 18, 1887. She married Albert Dargis on September 26, 1910 at Saint-Paul-des Métis, Alberta, and later the couple settled in Bonnyville. Albert and Pamela had 14 children: Joseph (1911-1911), Alice (Frechette) (1912-1975), Laura (Rondeau) (1913-1990), Irène (Rondeau) (1915-1990), Isabelle (1916-2006), Raymond (1918-1943), Flore (Sœur Claire) (1919-2004), Julien (1921-1970), Gustave (1923-2006), Cécile (Rondeau) (1925-2012), Henriette (Davis) (1927-2018), Lorraine (Sexsmith) (1930-?), Anne-Marie (Regimbald) (1931-2022), and André (1932-?). Pamela died in 1957.

    Anne-Marie Dargis is the 13th child of Albert Dargis and Pamela Vézeau. Anne-Marie married Wilfrid Régimbald (1927-2017) in 1951, and together they had seven children. They lived in Legal for several years, then moved to Edmonton at the end of the 1950s. She died in 2022.

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    The fonds consist of Dargis family correspondence, including Sœur Claire and Father Gustave Dargis, as well as correspondence of Anne-Marie Régimbald. Also included are genealogical information and press clippings.

    The fonds also contains photographs that range in date from the 1880s to the 1990s and include various early photographic procedures, like collodion printing-out paper, matte collodion, albumen, tintype, carte-de-visite and cabinet cards.

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    Anne-Marie Régimbald donated the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2016.


    Arrangement note: This fonds is organized according to a previously existing order imposed by the donor: records pertaining to Flore Dargis (Sœur Claire), to Father Gustave Dargis, Other Records, and Various.

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        The material is in French and English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes accession PR2016.0013.

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        0.06 m of textual records. – 149 photographs: multiple processes. – 15 postcards.

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