Fonds PR3109 - John Kaasa fonds

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John Kaasa fonds

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    • [ca. 1788] - 1961 (Creation)

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    0.20 m of textual records. -- 41 photographs -- 1 map.

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    Biographical history

    John Ole Kaasa was born in 1894 in Minnesota. He became a Canadian citizen in 1920 and spent most of his life in the Canadian north. He worked as boat captain for the Northern Transportation Co. during the 1930s in Northern Alberta and as a prospector. In the 1950s, he gave lectures on his northern experiences.

    He married Christine Paterson (1897-1991), and together they had three children: George (1922-2002), Maynard, and Martha (Dunlop).

    John Kaasa passed away in Wetaskiwin in 1978.

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    The fonds consists of materials acquired by John Kaasa including a Bible belonging to the Ide Family circa 1788, a confirmation certificate in Swedish for Berlus Benu Overlie dating from 1889, a confirmation certificate in Swedish for Ada Emelia Overlie dating from 1889, photograph albums featuring unidentified individuals dating from the 1880s, a photograph of a hockey team dating from the 1900s, a post card photograph of a team of oxen hitched to a wagon dating from the 1900s, a copy of the Richmond Examiner dating from 1864, a copy of the Edmonton Bulletin circa 1930, a map of Alberta dating from 1961, a photograph featuring Hilda Helick circa 1900, and a photograph featuring Mr. and Mrs. Teruston circa 1900.

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    In 1965, John Kaasa donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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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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        A photograph of John Kaasa can be found in PR1991.0383/0546 at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

        Please see the John Kaasa fonds at the Glenbow Museum and Archives.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Includes accession PR1965.0030.

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