Collection PR2449 - Percy Biddell collection

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Percy Biddell collection

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    • 1966 (Creation)

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    36 slides. -- 20 photographs. -- 0.01 m of textual records

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    Percy James Biddell was born in 1874. He immigrated to Canada from Essex, England at the end of the 19th century. When he arrived in Canada, he began traveling over southern Alberta, Montana, and Wyoming working as a ranch hand. He started to build up a ranch, but left the ranch to fight in the Boer War.

    In ca. 1902, Percy returned to Canada and worked in B.C. as an ambulance driver and for the B.C. Telephone Company. After several months, he returned to Alberta and began working on ranches. He later opened a livery store in Cowley, Alberta. He also worked as a Justice of the Peace for 25 years. In 1908, he married Sara Gertrude Lloyd (1881-1947), and together they had five children: a baby girl (1909-1909), John Reginald (1913-1989), Brian (1914-1989), Elizabeth "Betty" (Sanderson) (1912-1987), and Daphne (Fraser) (1919-1997).

    After running the livery store, Biddell became a brand inspector for the Government of Alberta. He left brand inspecting to become a lease and homestead inspector, but later returned to brand inspection. He retired from brand inspecting at 65. While working as a rancher, Biddell painted scenes of western life.

    Percy died in Edmonton in 1967. The Glenbow Museum and Archives holds several of Percy Biddell's artworks.

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    The collection consists images capturing Percy Biddell's art work as well images featuring Percy Biddell at his home in 1966. The fonds also includes notes on an interview with Percy Biddell in 1966.

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    In 1966, Percy Biddell allowed the Provincial Archives of Alberta to copy the material.


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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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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the fonds.

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        Includes accession PR1966.0095.

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