Fonds PR1351 - Vern Hunter fonds

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Vern Hunter fonds

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    • Copied 1983 (Creation)

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    11 negatives

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    Biographical history

    Vernon H. Hunter was born in 1906 in Nanton, Alberta, to James Franklin Hunter, a Baptist minister who was homesteading the northwest quarter of Section 24, Township 16, Range 28, West of the 4th Meridian (24-16-28-W4).

    In 1923, Vern joined Imperial Oil in Calgary, Alberta, beginning an over forty-year career with the Company. In 1927, he worked as a roughnecker and driller at Turner Valley, Alberta, and in 1941 as a tool push in Brooks, Alberta. He worked at the Norman Wells fields and in Saskatchewan drilling dry holes. Beginning in 1946 he worked in Devon, Alberta, and was a tool push at the time of Leduc No. 1 on February 13, 1947. He stayed in Devon until he was transferred to Redwater, Alberta in 1950. From Redwater he went to Regina, Saskatchewan as Division Manager in 1954, and then Division Manager in Edmonton, Alberta beginning in 1961.

    Vern retired in 1967 and from 1967 until 1978 he was an independent consultant. He and his wife Beatrice had two sons, Donald and Gregory. Vern died January 25, 1985.

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    The fonds consists of 11 images dating circa (ca.) 1915 to 1968, including an aerial views of the Imperial Leduc No. 1 oil field, Imperial Leduc No. 1 gushing, the 14th Troop of the Calgary Boy Scouts, the Hunter family home with parents and brothers, Vern, a Good Luck plaque on Vern’s departure from Devon for Redwater.

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    Vern Hunter allowed the records to be copied by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1983.


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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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        An interview with Vern Hunter is located in the Petroleum Industry Oral History Project collection at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is from the records, from For Devon's Sake: a History of the Town of Devon, from Mosquito Creek Roundup: Nanton-Parkland, which are located in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.233 D498d PAA and 971.234 N158 PAA respectively and from the Alberta Genealogical Society Cemetery Database. The homestead location is represented according to the Alberta Township Survey (ATS) system. The photographs can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A.9188-A.9191.

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        Includes accession PR1983.0126.

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