Fonds PR4074 - Green and Peets Family fonds

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Green and Peets Family fonds

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    • 1912-2006 (Creation)

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    11.45 m of textual records
    19,261 photographs
    3990 negatives
    3193 slides/transparencies
    20 CD-Rs [25.6 Hrs.]
    232 audio cassettes [220 Hrs.]
    83 reel-to-reel audiotapes [36.5 Hrs.]
    96 8 mm films [11.1 Hrs.]
    30 VHS tapes [65 Hrs.]
    8 Beta tapes [4 Hrs.]
    32 posters
    32 prints
    1 U-Matic videocassettes [1 Hr.]
    35 mini-DVDs
    1 DVD-R

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    Biographical history

    Lee Fox Green, of Illinois, USA settled on a plot of land north of Dewberry, Alberta (NE26 TP54 R4 W4) in 1909. In 1912, he married Areta Fleming and as a couple they developed a farm house on the land. They had four children Carolina (born 1914), Muriel (born 1915), Margaret (born 1918), and Harlan (born 1930). As their farm and family expanded in the 1920s, Green purchased all of section 23 TP54 R4 W4 from the Canadian Pacific Railroad. He centered his farming operation on the southwest quarter of this section. Over the next several decades, he erected many buildings there, including a house, a large barn, a separate pig barn, a blacksmith shop, a machine shop, and a separate residence for hired help. He also built a teacherage for teachers of the nearby Riverton School in 1948. By this time, the farm had come to be known as Greenridge.

    Today, the Greenridge Farm is recognized as a Provincial Historic Resource in Alberta. The site’s value lies in its representation of experimental ideas in farming and construction in the early to mid-twentieth century. Under the stewardship of farmers Lee and Harlan Green, the farm was one of the first in the area to have electricity and water, along with a stock of purebred Belgian horses, and a large herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle. Additionally, Greenridge farm acted as a social center for the surrounding community of Dewberry.

    Lee and Areta Green were both musicians and parishioners of the local United Church. Lee was also politically active and involved in the local branch of the United Farmers of Alberta. In 1949, Lee ran as a federal Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation candidate for the riding of Battle River, but was unsuccessful. Lee died in 1974, and a few years later Areta died in 1980. They are buried together at Dewberry Cemetery.

    Areta and Lee’s son, Harlan Green, took over Greenridge Farm after Lee’s retirement in 1953. Harlan worked as both a farmer and musician, playing First Flute in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESA) for 40 years. He also played with the Plumbers Union, an electric recorder band where several musicians composed music, including prominent Edmonton jazz musician Tommy Banks.

    Harlan met Mara (Marilyn) Peets in 1999 after playing in the ESO and the Edmonton Civic Opera (ECO) with her father, John O.A. Peets. Together they had five children. Mara Peets’ father had settled in Edmonton at the age eight in 1912. He was an Edmonton and Alberta Booster, wrote historical articles in Real Estate Weekly, and took photos for the Northwestern Utilities and the Civic Opera. He was also a poet, made greeting cards, and was interested in words and languages. John passed away in 2003.

    In 2008, Harlan Green passed away in Edmonton and was survived by his wife Mara; his children Virginia, Miranda, Eliza, Louisa, and Harlan; his stepson Robert Everett; his seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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    The fonds consists of personal letters, photographs, negatives, postcards, scrap books, day planners, sheet music, financial roll ups, journals, posters, insurance documents, manuals, newspaper clippings, recipes, event programs, poems, and drawings. These records were created and accumulated by several members of the Green and Peets family, and offer insights into their interests and daily lives.

    The fonds also contains audiovisual material of tapes of Harlan Green's musical performances and original music for the Plumbers Union group. These recordings include Alberta composers Tommy Banks, Roger Deegan, and Georgie Andix. There is also a collection of audio recordings from the Green and Peets family conversations and oral histories from neighbors at Greenridge Farm.

    The fonds consists of three series: Greenridge Fam series, Areta and Lee Green series, and Harlan and Mara (Marilyn) Green series.

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    Physical condition

    Most materials are very fragile and in poor condition. Audio visual materials must be digitized prior to access.

    Immediate source of acquisition

    Mara (Marilyn) Green deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2015.


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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes accession PR2015.0048

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            Information for the biographical sketch sourced from the Alberta Register of Historic Places (, and Harlan Green’s Obituary (Harlan Green Obituary (2008) - Legacy Remembers).

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