Fonds PR4277 - Lunden Family fonds

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Lunden Family fonds

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    • [190-]-2013 (Creation)

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    ca. 0.70 m of textual records. -- 820 photographs.

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    Torgeir “Tom” Torson Lunden (1909-2000) was the fourth of nine children to Tor Drengsson Lunden (1877-1954) and Gunhild Knutsdotter Tveiten (1880-1972). Tom was born in Valle, Setesdal, Norway and moved to Canada in 1928 after completing Agricultural College. He took on many jobs across the prairies before joining the army in 1941 and took on lumber camp jobs after being discharged from the army. He met his future wife, Phyllis LaVerne Prestley, at a camp in Demmitt on Christmas of 1943.

    Phyllis LaVerne (Prestley) Lunden (1923-2011) was the daughter of Alma Beatrice McCann (1899-1978) and Alonzo Robert Prestley (1894-1960). Phyllis moved with her family to Peace River County from Saskatchewan in 1928. She left school at the age of 14 and took jobs cleaning before going to the Sexsmith branch of Three Hills Bible College at the age of 18.

    Phyllis and Tom were married in 1945 and had two children, Neil (1947-) and Shirley (1948-). Neil worked various jobs in construction, oil, and farming across the territories, BC, and Alberta. Shirley began her career as a hairdresser and later worked at Mount Norquay in Banff, at fishing and hunting lodges in the NWT and Yukon, took various jobs across the world.

    Louise (Peters) Grunau (1913-) was born to Heinrich “Henry” Peters (1885-1958) and Katharina (Friesen) Peters (1886-1941) in Kronsweide, Russia. The family moved to Canada in 1925 and began farming in Central Alberta, near Olds, in 1929. She went to Normal School in Calgary and taught at a one-room school called Huntcliff near their farm around 1933.

    Louise married Herbert Grunau in 1935 and together they had four daughters; Ella Margaret (1938-), Rita Katherine (1943-), Betty Charlotte (1948-), and Anita Louise (1951-). They lived in the same home as Louise’s parents until Henry and Katharina had both passed away. The donor and her sisters attended a one-room school called Poplar Creek from the late 1940s until the school closed in 1962.

    Neil married Anita in 1973 and together they had two children, Patricia Louise (1979-) and Tori LaVerne (1982-). Both were born in Chetwynd, BC, where Neil and Anita ran a clothing store. They moved back to Alberta in 1986 to farm and live close to Anita’s parents in Olds, Alberta.

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    Anita and Neil Lunden compiled the records and collected personal histories from their siblings and extended family over several years before sorting and documenting what they had collected.

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    The fonds contain textual records and photographs from various members of the Lunden family. The records come from across the family and have been sorted by which family members they came from and the time periods that they span. The textual records include documents such as birth and marriage certificates, letters between family members and friends, business records from various ventures, stories and histories written by the family, and school records, among others.

    The photographs are generally well-sorted and labeled with names and dates on the envelopes, depicting a broad picture of the family and their histories.

    The fonds represents a broad—and sometimes deep—picture of the work and lives of an Alberta family, including early years after immigration, raising of a multigenerational family, farming in Alberta, and life during the Great Depression.

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    Some records have begun to tear.

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    Anita and Neil Lunden donated the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2013.


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        The material is in English.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes the following accessions: PR2013.0211

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        Records have not yet been processed and are in the state in which they were donated.

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