Fonds PR1685 - G. C. Mathews fonds

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G. C. Mathews fonds

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    • 1903-1933 (Creation)

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    63 photographs

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    George Charles Mathews was born in 1886. He emigrated to Canada in 1903, was a Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) fur trader, and later an early resident and owner of a hotel in Peace River, Alberta. He also worked as a life insurance salesman. He and his wife Helen (Konshak) (1892-1998) had one son, George.

    G.C. Mathews died on July 18, 1972, survived by his wife Helen who was Alberta's oldest person when she died in July 1998 at age 106.

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    Fonds consists of annotated photographs of various people, buildings and views mainly in Peace River, Alberta and includes school children and buildings, churches, weddings, street views, banks, businesses, hospitals, ferries, bridges, steam boats, missionaries and mission buildings, the Grouard Trail, agricultural exhibitions, agricultural scenes, livestock, an HBC trading post, a group of Dominion land surveyors, water falls, the Peace River, oil wells, sled dogs, automobiles, airplanes, women’s and men’s sports teams, and North West Mounted Police (NWMP) barracks. Fonds also includes photographs of Athabasca Landing and the Hay River Mission.

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    Mrs. Helen V. Mathews deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1977.


    Arrangement note: Some photographs from this fonds were transferred to the Yukon Archives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Reference prints of photographs from this fonds can be found in A File under location numbers A.2546-A.2594. Information for the biographical sketch comes from the July 19, 1972 Edmonton Journal, and from the Alberta Genealogical Society (AGS) cemetery database.

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        Includes accession PR1977.0283.

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