Fonds PR1763 - Elizabeth Taralson fonds

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Elizabeth Taralson fonds

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    • 1955-1960 (Creation)

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    18 photographs

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    Biographical history

    Elizabeth Stepa was born in 1929 in Radway, Alberta. She was the daughter of Harry and Ann (Kasczycyn) Stepa, both of Ukrainian descent. The same year Elizabeth was born, the Stepa family moved to Andrew, Alberta. The family remained in Andrew until 1943, when the family moved to Edmonton, Alberta.

    In January 1951, Elizabeth married Talmage (Tom) Taralson (1930-2004). Their children included Linda, Byron, Colleen, and Timothy.

    The couple lived for a time in Fort McMurray, Alberta. They then moved to Peace River, Alberta, where they worked from 1955 until 1960 with the Northland Indian Mission, the society that ran the Lubicon Mission School (later renamed Little Buffalo Lake School); Elizabeth looked after the mission office and Tom delivered supplies and supervised the dorm and the running of the Mission.

    In 1960, they returned to the Taralson family farm in Killam, Alberta and remained there for ten years. Elizabeth and Tom then moved to British Columbia, spending twenty years in Victoria before moving to Vancouver. She died in Victoria in 1999.

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    The fonds consists of photographs from the Lubicon Mission School, including images of the digging of a well, livestock, horses, students and staff, buildings, trucks, classroom, and the lake.

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    Elizabeth Taralson deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1997.


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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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        Also see the Rolland and Thelma Smith fonds (PR1761) and the Delores J. Dunn fonds (PR1762).


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        Information for the biographical sketch is taken from Dreams and Destinies: Andrew and District, In Search of Greener Pastures: A History of Radway and Area and The Pleasant Country: Killam and District, 1903-1993, which are available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.233 D81 PAA, 971.232 Se17 PAA and 971.233 P723, and from the records.

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        Includes accession PR1997.0241.

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