Fonds PR0532 - Thomas and Elizabeth McCallum fonds

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Thomas and Elizabeth McCallum fonds

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    • Copied 1982 (Creation)

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    14 negatives

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    Thomas McCallum, originally from Prince Edward Island, and Elizabeth McCoubrey, a schoolteacher from Wyoming, met and were married near Westlock, Alberta in 1911. They homesteaded near Thorhild, Alberta and later near Croyden, British Columbia. Tom worked at sawmills in Mirror Landing, Alberta, Carrot Creek, Alberta, Aleza Lake, British Columbia, Alpen, Alberta and Croydon, British Columbia. Tom and Elizabeth owned a sawmill at Ellscott, Alberta and later operated a mill on the Athabasca River, which they later purchased and called McCallum's Mill; they also purchased a mill in the Northwest Territories, the Yellowknife Lumber Company. They settled in Quesnel, British Columbia. Tom died in 1961 and Elizabeth in 1963. They had one adopted son, Archie.

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    The fonds consists of images dating 1910 to 1942 relating to the lives of Thomas and Elizabeth McCallum, including images from locations such as Thorhild, Athabasca, Waterways, and Embarras, Alberta, of the construction of the Jasper railroad, a log house, musicians, icehouse construction, scows, boats, sawmills, a post office, and seaplanes.

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    Doris N. Haralson, on behalf of Archie McCallum, son of Thomas and Elizabeth McCallum, allowed the records to be copied by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1982. Doris Neeley Haralson included the photographs in her publication Northland Echoes, about the McCallum’s experiences. The original records were returned to Doris N. Haralson.


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        The material is in English.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is from Northland Echoes, which can be located in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 923.9712 M124. The photographs can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A.7640-7653.

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