Fonds PR2763 - Rodberg and Roy family fonds

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Rodberg and Roy family fonds

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    • Copied 1966 (Creation)

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    97 photographs

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    Charles Rodberg (1867-1917) was born in Brussels, Belgium. He arrived in Canada from Belgium in 1892, with four others, with the intention of raising horses. He filed for a homestead, the northwest quarter of section 24, Township 46, Range 23, West of the 4th Meridian (NW-24-46-23-W4) in 1895. Charles married Geraldine Roy in about 1897.

    Geraldine Roy (1874-1964) was born in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba. She came to the North-West Territories in 1887 with her father, George Roy (1846-1932), her mother Mathilda Langevin (1850-1932) and her sisters Mary Mathilde Georgina (Prince, then Savoie) (1873-1957) and Marie Blanche Antoinette (Royal) (1877-1961). George Roy was the first land registrar in Edmonton and held this position for twenty-seven years. He built one of the first private residences in Edmonton, at 10007-105 Street, which he lived in until his death in 1932. Georgina married Antonio Prince (d. 1906) in 1891 and remarried after his death. Marie Antoinette married Jules A. Royal in 1894.

    The Rodbergs lived near Gwynne, North-West Territories (later Alberta). The home served as a store and the post office (initially named Diana in honour of their first daughter; this was changed to Gwynne in 1906). Charles and Geraldine had seven children: Diana (Turgeon) (1898-1964), Liliane (1900-1965), Roxane (Voyer) (1901-1990), Ruby Solange (1903-1988), Charles Joseph (1906-1986), Francis "Frank" (1910-1988) and Leonie (Armstrong) (1915-1999). For a number of years, Belgium immigrant Emile Jacmard lived with the family and worked on the homestead. The family then moved to Wetaskiwin, and later to Edmonton.

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    The fonds consists of photographs documenting the life of the Roy and Rodberg families and features family portraits, the 105th Street Roy family home, the Rodberg family attending church, a hunting party, and school, boating on the Sturgeon River, images of homesteading, the Rodberg's home, the Diana Post Office at Gwynne, school children, First Nations playing musical instruments and at camp, a Blacksmith shop, a Wetaskiwin street scene, McDougall Hill in Edmonton, the Richelieu Hotel in Edmonton, and the Alberta Hotel in Edmonton. The images date from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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    In 1966, Frank Rodberg allowed the Provincial Archives of Alberta to copy photographs from his family's collection.


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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required.

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        Please see the Frank Rodberg fonds at the City of Edmonton Archives.

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        Includes accession PR1967.0027.

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