Fonds PR1090 - William Henry and Edwin Henry Turton fonds

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William Henry and Edwin Henry Turton fonds

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    • 1909-1971 (Creation)

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    108 photographs and other material

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    William Henry (Harry) Turton was born in 1891 in Ottawa, Ontario and came west in 1908, taking a position with the Dominion Land Office at Grouard, Alberta. He left this post in 1913 to join the Department of Public Works. He was a forty-five-year employee of the Government of Alberta, retiring in 1958. He served with the Alberta Dragoons during the First World War.

    Harry married Anna Louise Rennick (1890-1967) in Ottawa, Ontario in 1916; they had one son, Edwin Henry (Ted) (1921-2012). William died October 27, 1974.

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    The fonds includes newspaper clippings, a Cree election pamphlet (1911), Alberta: A Land for Living magazines, Gyro Club of Edmonton roster book, a copy of Jerry Potts, plainsman (by Hugh Dempsay), a copy of The Prairie Garden (magazine), certificates belonging to Harry and Edwin Henry Turton, a marriage certificate for Kenneth Campbell MacLeod and Winifred Viola Macdonald (1920), booklets about Freemasonry, Jacques De Molay (order of De Molay) and the Grand Lodge of Alberta, a souvenir program of 1939 Royal Visit, a booklet of Alberta Historic Sites, Clarence Tillenius wildlife and prairie prints, and photographs and photographic postcards mostly dating circa (ca.) 1909 to 1915 and 1952, including Grouard, Sawridge, Sturgeon Lake, Peace River, Dunvegan, Athabasca Landing and the areas around Lesser Slave Lake, and include Cree Nation Chiefs Moostoosh and Kinisāoo, the Peace River landing, the first car in Grouard, Sturgeon Lake Mission, churches, local people, mail delivery, homesteads, main streets, horses and carts, stores, buildings, bridges, snowploughs, dogsleds, Indigenous peoples, as well as photographs and photographic postcards of Fort Edmonton, views of Edmonton, the 1915 Edmonton flood, 19th Alberta Dragoons, First World War Honour rolls, soldiers, mountain scenes around Banff, portraits of John Stocks, L.C. Charlesworth, H.P. Keith, J.D. Robertson, G.H.N. Monkman, Peter Tomkins, Kenneth MacLeod, Winifred Macdonald, and postcards from Bath, Folkestone and Taunton, England.

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    Keith D. Turton (PR1975.0302) and Edwin Henry Turton deposited the records in 1975, 1981,1982, 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992. Keith’s relationship to William Henry Turton is unknown.


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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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        Photographs can be located in the A file under the numbers A.7072, A.7122-A.7139, A.7307-7310, A.17920-A.17924, A.17927-A.17944, A.19224-A.19253 and A.19566-A.19568.

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        Includes accessions PR1992.0372, PR1989.0377, PR1989.0387, PR1975.0302, PR1981.0329, PR1981.0339, PR1982.0023, PR1990.0354, and PR1991.0104.

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        Includes 46 photographic postcards, 17 postcards, 7 prints and 0.01 m of textual records.

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