Fonds PR0186 - Storer family fonds

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Storer family fonds

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    • 1890-1950 (Creation)

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    0.30 m of textual records and other material

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    Biographical history

    Juan Enrique Storer was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico on 23 September 1854. At some point he moved to England and married Maria Andrea Denton (born in Falmouth, Cornwall, England in 1858) in Falmouth in 1885. The couple had five children: Andreita Theodora (born in Plymouth, England on 29 April 1886), Guillermo Enrique (born in Grampound, England on 24 March 1888), Gladys Winona (born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico on 13 March 1891), Doria Christine (born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico on 28 December 1892), Elsa Beatrix (born in London, England in January 1895, died in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in September, 1895) and Victor Melville (born in Falmouth, England on 21 November 1896).

    Juan Storer owned and operated sugar plantations in Puerto Rico and the family spent time between Puerto Rico, England, and Belgium, where the children received their education in Brussels. Sometime after 1903, the family moved to Australia, where Juan Storer had interests in a mine. After a mining accident that blinded Juan Storer, the family moved to Hollywood, California in 1911.

    In 1917, the family decided to homestead an area east of Millet, Alberta, and subsequently dismantled their Hollywood house, a California bungalow designed by the Greene & Greene architectural firm, and had it shipped by sea to Vancouver, then by rail to Edmonton and finally hauled to their 640-acre plot east of Millet that they named Silver Water Ranch. Along with their entire house, the Storer family also shipped their menagerie of animals, including monkeys, lemurs, llamas, parrots, chickens, cows, and dogs. During the hauling from Edmonton to Millet, Gladys Winona was trampled by a horse and would spend much of the rest of her life in a wheelchair.

    By the time the Storer family left California for Alberta, Guillermo had returned to England to enlist in the British Army and Theodora had married Aage L. Worm on 11 April 1917 and remained in California, but the remainder of the Storer family arrived in Millet in late 1917 and proceeded to rebuild their California bungalow. Juan Storer died in June, 1919 and the house was completed in December of that year. Maria Storer died in 1936 but the rest of the Storer family managed a successful cattle ranch on the site for many decades.

    By the 1950s, the effort of running a ranch was too much for the Storer siblings so they once again decided to relocate their entire house closer to Edmonton. In 1956 the house was separated into three pieces and reassembled on a plot of land in the former Papaschase reserve, in what would eventually become Mill Woods, Edmonton. The Storer siblings remained in the house for the next 12 years until health issues and the annexation of the Mill Woods land by the City of Edmonton compelled them to move into Edmonton. Victor died in 1971 at the age of 74, Christine died in 1972 at the age of 77, and Winona died in 1977 at the age of 86.

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    Fonds consists of records pertaining to the many interests of the Storer family including photographs, correspondence, certificates and musical scores.

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    The records in this fonds were either purchased by or given to the Provincial Archives of Alberta by various members of the Storer family over the course of several years.


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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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        A taped interview with members of the Storer family can be found in accession GR1966.0177 at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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        Most of the information in the Administrative history/Biographical sketch was obtained from a taped interview with Victor, Christine and Winona Storer conducted by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1966.

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        Also includes ca. 160 photographs, 21 negatives and 1 painting.

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