Fonds PR1022 - Rowland family fonds

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Rowland family fonds

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    • [1870]-1939 (Creation)

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    100 photographs. - 9 negatives. - 0.01 m of textual records

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    William Colin Rowland (1855-1942) was born in the Peace River District, Alberta. He later moved to Edmonton, Alberta and took up a homestead at Township 53, Range 24, West of the 4th Meridian (53-24-W4). Rowland worked hauling mail and freight to Athabasca Landing and was also a scout in the Riel Rebellion. Circa (ca.) 1883 he married Margaret Ann Reid (1863-1916) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and together they had three children, Jane Adeline (1888-1911), George (1889-1873), and Napoleon (1891-1971).

    George Rowland married Cora Grierson (1891-1960) on June 12, 1912 and together they had three children, Vera Janet (Wilson) (born 1914), Gordon (1915-1994), and Ivan (1917-2011). The family lived in north Edmonton, Alberta and George Rowland operated a livery stable and shipped Caterpillar tractors and sleighs to northern Alberta.

    Napoleon Rowland lived on a farm on 82nd Street in Edmonton, Alberta.

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    Mr. Gordon Rowland deposited these records in the Provincial Museum of Alberta in 1974.

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    Fonds consists of personal records belonging to members of the Rowland family and includes a funeral notice, photographic and mechanically produced postcards, wedding invitations, correspondence, greeting cards, homestead records, grocery receipts, a pamphlet entitled Clover Bar Celebration: Fifty Years of Homesteading, and a biographical sketch of the Rowland family. Fonds also includes photographs, including tintypes and an ambrotype, depicting members of the Rowland family and their friends, as well as various people, buildings, and views in Edmonton, Peace River, Camrose, and Lac La Biche, Alberta including railroad bridges, Camrose Normal School, Peace River Creamery, camps, ice-houses, horse-drawn carriages, houses, the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Hopital de la Misericorde, dog teams, agricultural machinery, G. Rowland Livery and Feed, students of Turnip Lake School District No. 386 and a panoramic photograph of the Low Level Bridge in Edmonton, Alberta.

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    The Provincial Museum of Alberta transferred the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in1974.


    A manual for an S.I. Case Threshing Machine Company thresher was transferred to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

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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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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Some photographs from this fonds can be found in A File under location numbers A.9283-A.9301. Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the records. The location of William Rowland's homestead is represented according to the Alberta Township Survey (ATS) system.

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        Includes accession PR1974.0397.


        The majority of the records have been encapsulated

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