Fonds PR0855 - Hess family fonds

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Hess family fonds

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    • 1898-1967 (Creation)

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    0.09 m of textual records. – 2 maps

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    F.W. (Frederick Welker) Hess was born in 1874 in Clinton, Iowa and immigrated to Calgary, Alberta in 1911. He was married to Ina Perkins in Vancouver, B.C. in 1914, and together they had one daughter, Margaret. F.W. Hess was president of the Revelstoke Sawmill Company and a member of the Ranchmen's Club, Rotary Club of Calgary, the Shriners, and the Glencoe Club. He died in 1956.

    Born in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Ina Perkins Hess attended the Toronto Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario, in circa (ca.) 1896. She came to Calgary in 1909 but later moved to Vancouver, where she married in 1914. She returned to Calgary, where she was involved in a variety of community groups, including the Provincial Executive Committee of the Canadian Girl Guides Association in Calgary. She died in 1946.

    Born in 1916, Margaret P. (Marmie) Hess attended Earl Grey School, Western Canada High School, St. Hilda's School for Girls. She attended the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto. She and was a member of the Girl Guides in ca. 1931-1933. She taught at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Banff School of Fine Arts. She completed her post-graduate studies at the University of Iowa in 1947. She established Calgary Galleries Limited in Calgary, Alberta in 1970, which specialized in Inuit Art. She received a variety of awards and honourary degrees resulting from her community service, including the Order of Canada in 1983. She died in Calgary in 2016.

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    Fonds consists of the personal records of the Hess family and includes used steamship passenger tickets, golf manuals and scorecards, a St. John’s Ambulance certificate, notes, poems, songs, sheet music, a Calgary Exhibition Prize List, a hymnbook, mechanically produced postcards, a souvenir book for Penetanguishene, Ontario, agricultural information sheets, and an agricultural machinery catalogues, maps depicting the artillery area of Camp Sarcee and the geological area along Bow River, Alberta between Cochrane and Kananaskis, plans for construction of an outhouse and a well, and photographs depicting the Hess family, a sawmill, and a hunting party. Fonds also includes a scrapbook belonging to Ina Perkins Hess which includes calendars, church bulletins, certificates, signatures, clippings from magazines and newspapers, songs, programmes, theatre programmes, shipping company timetables and menus, greeting cards, and various artistic images. Fonds also includes records related to Ina Perkins Hess and Margaret P. Hess’s affiliation with the Canadian Girl Guides Association and includes, newspaper clippings, the Girl Guides prayer, correspondence, notes, inventories, agendas/itineraries, badge certificates, songs, receipts, minutes, Fuchia Patrol charts, and convention newsletters. This fonds has been divided into the following series: Girl Guides (1930-1937); Family papers (1897-1967)

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    Some pages have been cut out of the scrapbook and the binding is detached.

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    Miss Margaret P. Hess deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1974.


    Arrangement note: Some textbooks from this fonds have been transferred to the textbook collection at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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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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        Other records pertaining to the Hess family can be found in the Frederick Welker Hess fonds located at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta, and in the Margaret P. Hess pamphlet collection located at the University of Calgary Archives and Special Collections, in Calgary, Alberta.

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        Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the records and from the biographical sketch for the Frederick Welker Hess fonds located at the Glenbow Archives.

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