Fonds PR1980 - R. T. McGrath fonds

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R. T. McGrath fonds

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    • 1912-1957 (Creation)

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    5 photographs and other material

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    Biographical history

    Robert Thompson McGrath was born October 2, 1892 in Lisburn, Ireland. In 1909, he traveled to Winnipeg, Manitoba. He found employment with Foley, Welch and Stewart, who had been contracted to build the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway west of Edmonton, Alberta; Robert was sent to Edmonton.

    His parents joined him shortly, and lived in the Calder area of Edmonton. Robert was then assigned to haul freight between Wolf Creek and Tete Jaune Cache, British Columbia; he returned to Edmonton in 1912 and worked for the Canadian Northern Railway Company and then the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company (as a fireman).

    In 1915 he joined the 49th Edmonton Battalion and went overseas in the fall of 1915. He returned to Canada in 1919 and continued to work in railroads, ending his career as an engineer when he retired in 1957. He subsequently moved to Kelowna, British Columbia.

    He married Milna Esther (Paterson) Stayner in Edmonton in 1919. He later married Dorothy Eileen Ross. R.T. McGrath died March 31, 1983.

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    The fonds consists of images of workers in front of a Grand Truck Pacific engine, First World War soldiers, train engines; most images include R.T. McGrath. The fonds also includes a short synopsis of R.T. McGrath's life.

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    Mrs. S. Frank Page donated the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1979. Her connection to R.T. McGrath is unknown.


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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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        Information for the biographical sketch is taken from the British Columbia Archives' Vital Events Indexes,, accessed December 12, 2006 and from the records. One image can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the number A.3349. Mrs. S. Frank Page also donated the records in the S. Frank Page fonds (PR1978).

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        Includes accession PR1979.0080.

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        Includes 4 photographic postcards, 1 postcard and 0.01 m of textual records.

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