Fonds PR4092 - Elaine Gleeson fonds

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Elaine Gleeson fonds

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    • 1926-1990 (Creation)

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    12 photographs. -- 0.01 m of textual records.

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    (Charlotte Isabel) Elaine Gleeson (nee Ross) was born in Waldo, British Columbia on October 20, 1905, to Hales Ross and Isabell Ross (nee Love). She was the third of nine children of the couple, and her siblings were Grace Ayre, Cecil Ross, Kathleen McKinney, Irene McPhail, Mona Nicol, Clifford Ross, Norma Kennedy, and Isabell McKee. The family moved to Alberta during her childhood.

    Gleeson played women’s hockey in the 1930s, including as a member of the Edmonton Monarchs. The Edmonton Monarchs began as a high school women’s hockey team (the Victorias) in 1914 but changed their name to the Edmonton Monarchs in 1918. By 1929, the team was mostly composed of former University of Alberta students. They won many cups in the 1920s and 1930s and were one of two teams in the Edmonton women’s senior ice hockey division in 1930.

    Gleeson served in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during World War II, and later became a Lieutenant. At some point after military service, Gleeson married Harold Arthur (who died in 1968). Gleeson was athletic all her life, winning golf tournaments in her 70s (including a hole-in-one in 1984) and starting cross-country skiing at the age of 73. Gleeson died in Edmonton on January 26, 1990.

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    The fonds consists of photographs of Gleeson in military uniform and with her military company, her temporary commission qualification record, and letters with updates from her time on leave during WWII (some typed, many on carbon paper).

    The fonds also includes the Molson Hole-in-One certificate received by Gleeson, several photographs from golf games and tournaments, a photograph of Gleeson with the Edmonton Monarchs hockey team, photographs of a hockey game between the Fernie Swastikas and the Vancouver Amazons, and a memorial booklet from Gleeson’s funeral.

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    The records were donated to the Provincial Archives of Alberta by Leslie Ayre-Jaschke. Ayre-Jaschke was the granddaughter of Elaine Gleeson’s sister, Grace Ayre.


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        The material is in English.

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        Includes the following accession: PR2013.0389

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