by Allen Meyer, AGS #3447
Greetings. I would first like to thank Laura Turnbull for her continued hard work towards making Heritage Seekers a great looking journal; especially since she included more photographs. They look great! After all, this is our voice, and it is equivalent to the swan's trumpet on our logo. Laura has also done much to advertise our branch and members on our internet site - an area of research that everyone should take advantage of. I will try to assist in this effort during our September meeting when I present a lecture on how to research genealogy on the internet.
I would also like to thank Catherine Ledger for the work she has done coordinating sales of raffle tickets at the Prairie Mall, Costco, Co-op, and Highland Games. Many thanks to all those volunteers who sold tickets. Your efforts help build our library, and promote genealogy to the general public.
Since our last issue we've enjoyed some great presentations at our general meetings. In March we learned how to prepare for and have fun enjoying a research holiday: Thanks to Barb & Don Moreau and Genevieve & Frank Shultz.
In April we showed & told: Bev Tucker shared her family history books; Leita Askew shared some information from the internet; Gail Schau tried to get help with an (almost) unreadable surname on a census, and she shared a most curious heirloom from Scotland having "eyes that follow you everywhere"; Hugh Impey told a story about how he was instrumental in bringing together some relatives who had lost touch with each other; Fran Moore shared some family history books and photo albums; Laura Turnbull shared some maps from Robert's Research Services; and I shared my grandpa's German passport from 1926.
And last month we enjoyed a first class lecture from Jerry Frank about Germans from Russia and Congress Poland.
I hope you all have a great, genealogical kind-of-summer. Keep diggin'.
Isabel Campbell (1907 - 1998)
Well-known local historian, Isabel M. Campbell, died on Saturday, May 30, 1998. Born March 18, 1907 at Rock Springs, Wyoming, Miss Campbell came to the Peace area with her parents in 1919.
Isabel Campbell has left a wonderful legacy to this area with her many accomplishments in writing, indexing, cataloguing and contributing stories, articles, photographs, books and personal artifacts on the community. To quote an article in the "Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune" June 1, 1998:
"Her legacy is immense - some 34,000 catalogue cards as part of the invaluable archival collection named for her in the Grande Prairie Public Library; a three-room log cabin in the Pioneer Museumís heritage village; a book - Grande Prairie Capital of the Peace - detailing every facet of the communityís history up until it became a city in 1958; another - Challenge of the Homestead, detailing her familyís experiences in the north - in 1988; and a slew of civic and provincial honors for her lifelong work."
Miss Campbell did much to preserve the history of Grande Prairie & area and she will be missed.
Alberta Community Development
May 1, 1998
The Grande Prairie Public Library was awarded the Creative Public Library Service Award for its Genealogical Genies program. Community Development Minister Shirley McClellan presented the award to Grande Prairie Public Library Board Chair Michael Weidlich and Supervising Librarian Barbara Moreau at the annual Alberta Library Conference awards luncheon in Jasper.
"The Grande Prairie Public Library has found a creative way to expand its service by forming a mutually beneficial partnership with the Genealogical Society and involving volunteers in an engaging project," said McClellan. "By publicly recognizing such innovations, ideas are shared with other libraries and organizations that may be looking for new ventures."
The winning project is an innovative partnership between the library and the Grande Prairie and District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society. Members of the society volunteer as "genies" to help library patrons to research their family backgrounds. Genies use specialized genealogical resources acquired by both partners and housed by the library.
"This project has been a resounding success in our community. It demonstrates how innovative thinking, library board and staff cooperation and community partnerships can result in creative public library service," wrote Weidlich in a submission to the award panel.
In 1997, 13 genealogical genies donated over 180 hours of their time to help 78 people with their research. The project also increased library memberships and use, increased membership in the Genealogical Society, generated publicity for library programs and served as a model for other cooperative library programs.
The project has also led to initiatives such as coordinated purchasing of genealogical resources, volunteer cataloguing of those resources and assistance with the library's ongoing project of indexing the local newspaper. Other public libraries in the Peace Library System have expressed interest in the program.
The Creative Public Library Service Award was established in 1986 to provide public recognition for libraries that develop enterprising and imaginative ways to promote the library and its services. The criteria for the award include creativity, impact on the library and the success of the project to fill identified needs. The Alberta Library Trustees Association administers the award.
Media enquiries may be directed to:
Alberta Community Development
Births, marriages and deaths as contained in the Grande Prairie
"Herald" newspaper. Continued from the December,
1997 issue of "Heritage Seekers", submitted by
Joan Bowman, AGS #1108.
April 26, 1921 Issue:
- Born to Mr. and Mrs. H. MATTINSON, April 19, a daughter.
- April 18, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. ROLAND of Lake Saskatoon, wedding of Laura THOMPSON and William PEARCY. Rev. G.A. KETTYLS officiated ... Madelene THOMPSON was bridesmaid.....
- Died at Grande Prairie April 10, Llewly, son of Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS of Scenic Heights. Funeral conducted by Rev. C.F. HOPKINS at the home, internment in the Northfield Cemetery....
- Died April 14 at her home, Miss Catherine TAYLOR. Funeral conducted by Rev. G.A. KETTYLS, held in her home, internment took place at Beaverlodge Cemetery .... relatives Mr. and Mrs. DEVIT....
- IOOF Funeral of George MUSK.....Rev. FORBES officiated.....
- Notice to Creditors and Claimants - In the estate of Dirk Peter STINTS, late of Spirit River, farmer, deceased....on 14 day of March, 1918.....
- Notice to Claimants and Creditors....the estate of the late Iver Peter JERMIASON, who died 25 Sept 1920 at LaGlace, Alberta.....
May 3, 1921 Issue:
- L. May USWELL, two month old infant daughter of Chris and Mrs. USWELL, died at the home of Mike COEHRAUE of Lake Saskatoon. Funeral took place April 27, 1921....
- Died - Donald CAMERON of Lake Saskatoon....cancer. Funeral at the Methodist Church in Lake Saskatoon on April 25. Bereaved widow and child....
May 10, 1921 Issue:
- Born to Mr. and Mrs. William BARNES, May 5, a son.
- Born to Mr. and Mrs. Tracy WILLIAMS, May 1, a daughter.
May 17, 1921 Issue:
- Died on April 30, Cecil Ralph, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles EDGERTON of Beaverlodge.
- On May Day, Frank REYNOLDS and Alma PACK, both of Beaverlodge married. Rev. KETTYLS officiated.
- Rev. A FORBES of Grande Prairie married May 10 in Edmonton to Miss Christine Elizabeth SMITH of Edmonton. Rev. D. G. McQUEEN officiated....Bride's brother - Hon., George P. SMITH.....Miss SMITH was the Superintendent of Public Health Nursing for three years....
- In the Estate of Johan BJORNSON, of Grande Prairie, AB., farmer, deceased....died 9 Oct. 1918.....
May 24, 1921 Issue:
- No births, marriages or deaths found.
May 31, 1921 Issue:
- Died May 28, Alexander, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex McNEELY. Funeral took place at Rolla, May 20, 1921.
- Born to Mr. and Mrs. J. M. SMILEY, on April 17, a son. (Rolla news)
- Mrs. Barney MICHEELS of Grande Prairie died at the General Hospital in Edmonton May 25....age 42. Internment at Catholic Cemetery....deceased leaves a husband and four children, two brothers in Saskatchewan, and three sisters (one in Hythe).....
June 7, 1921 Issue:
- Born to Mr. and Mrs. Chester MILLER on Monday, June 6, 1921, a son.
June 14, 1921 Issue:
- Wedding June 4 at the home of Mr. BRICK, when James Clifford LAWRENCE married Miss Bessie HALLETT, both of Buffalo Lakes. Rev. D. J. GRAHAM officiated.
- At the Presbyterian Church, Grande Prairie, AB., June 1, 1921, Martin Oliver FLATEN married Miss Ragna Elsie LUNSETH; both of Valhalla, AB.,.....Dr. D. J. GRAHAM officiated.
June 21, 1921 Issue:
- Born to Mr. and Mrs. W. N. MILLS, June 5, a son.
- Born to Mr. and Mrs. R. J. EVANS, on Jan. 16 at Grande Prairie, a daughter.
June 28, 1921 Issue:
- No births, marriages or deaths found.
by Bev Tucker, AGS # 3233
This was one very special lady. She died in 1959 and I have one memory of her. Giving me a cup of tea in her little house, smelling of wood smoke, and wearing her long black dress. As I was only five at the time, my mother says this was an accurate memory and description of her.
My Great Grandmother was Charlotte SMITH, born on April 14, 1869 in Pavenham, Bedfordshire, England. She was the daughter of Thomas SMITH and Charlotte BARTLE. She grew up in Pavenham, singing in church choir, and helped her father who owned the basket manufacturing company. She married Charles WARD (born Dec. 22, 1857 in Pavenham) on Sept. 25, 1892 in Pavenham. They had two sons, Sydney Charles WARD born Oct. 26, 1893 and Percy Bartle WARD (my grandfather) both born in Pavenham.
In 1911 they came to Canada on the Empress of Ireland and landed in Quebec. From there they journeyed to Chilliwack, B.C. till 1914, then from there they went to Edmonton, Alberta then to Lewiston, Alberta which is now known as Perryvale, Alberta (this is located south of Athabasca). While in England, Charles had been a Coal Merchant then a Rush Matting Manufacturer. In Canada he became a farmer, the greatest joy for him.
Charlotte was an avid church goer. She practiced what she preached. She was always willing to do her share and then some, give that extra helping hand. She loved her music, poetry, reading and writing. You would find her writing something almost everyday. She kept a series of diaries, recording the things that happened in her life. Many of these diaries have been passed down in the family, and I have had the opportunity of seeing many of them. There was always notes about birthdays, weddings, deaths in them, a real treasure chest of information for my genealogy research. She wrote many poems about incidents in her life, or those of her children or friends, commemorating a special event with a poem for that special occasion. Her love of music had her sitting at the piano composing music and songs. One song she wrote, she sent to the Queen of England from her home in Perryvale, and received a letter in return from the Lady in Waiting dated August 13th, 1944, it stated:
"The Lady in Waiting is commanded by the Queen to thank Mrs. Charlotte Ward for her letter which Her Majesty has read with interest, and to send Her Majestyís gracious acceptance of the hymn which Mrs. Ward has written to the tune Aurelia; with congratulations on Mrs. Wardís long life and pioneer work."
Granny Charlotte loved having her picture taken with family and friends and most had a little note on them about who were in those photos and often dates too. (What a godsend she was).
This poem was written in April 1958 the year before she died.
EIGHTY - NINTH MILESTONE
Having passed the eighty-ninth milestone of life
My thoughts wander back to decades long past;
Years spent at school when the Gold Rule
Was a precept taught, in the hope it would last.
Pleasure was mostly derived in the home,
The "Band of Hope" meeting was a weekly event;
Sabbath observance was rigidly kept.
Thus the Day of Rest was wholesomely spent
Modernized ways have, by stages, displaced.
the discomforts of those in the far away past.
But Iím doubtful if folk now lead more tranquil lives
Thank old-timers whose hardships were varied and vast.
Mrs. Charlotte Ward Perryvale, Alberta
I am currently finalizing a family history book on my motherís side of the family which will include many of those helpful hints left behind by my great grandmother.
by Catherine Ledger, AGS #3034
This section of the newsletter is dedicated to our volunteers at the Grande Prairie Branch of the AGS. This past year members have been busy with many different tasks relating to genealogy including executive duties, fundraising for the acquisition of new research aids, assisting others with their genealogy through the "Genies at the Library Program", and so on.
SOME RECENT ACTIVITIES
Several members have been working on copying information from the 1901 Canadian census (Unorganized Territories), proofreading it and entering it into a computer program for the Alberta Genealogical Society. The Edmonton Branch of the AGS has indexed the rest of the Alberta areas. Thank you to Paulette Hrychiw for taking charge of this endeavor and also a special thank you to Bev Tucker who entered so much of the information.
A beautiful quilt has been hand-crafted by Paulette Hrychiw & Genevieve Shultz. This quilt, along with an exquisitely decorated goose egg made and donated by Dorothy McDonald, will be raffled off on June 16 at the monthly general meeting in Grande Prairie. While many members have been selling raffle tickets on their own, a few members deserve special mention, as they have pitched in to sell tickets in three local locations in town:
Laura Turnbull, Leita Askew, Bertha Melnyk, Paulette Hrychiw, Dorothy McDonald, Evelyn Stark, Barb Smith, Jane Littleton, Valerie Jenner, Merna Nelson, Heather Gass, Bev Tucker, Debby Was, Genevieve Shultz
The money from this raffle will go towards the purchase of the 1881 Canadian census on microfilm.
Three experienced genealogists from this branch have been offering beginnerís classes in and around Grande Prairie. The most recent session was held February 28 at the Grande Prairie Public Library. Thank you to Laura Turnbull and her assistants Paulette Hrychiw and Debby Was. No doubt more classes will take place next year!
A BIG thank you for a BIG job well done. After a year of clipping obituaries from the Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune, Heather Gass has decided to take a break. Heather is a volunteer who helps out wherever needed.
Barb Moreau has stepped down from her post as publicity person after four years. Her dedication to the society and her wonderful sense of humour will surely be missed by the executive at their meetings. However, Leita Askew will be taking her place on the couch at those meetings. Thanks Leita for filling in when we needed you!
WHAT'S COMING UP
The branch has been invited to set up a table at the Highland Games on Sunday, June 14 at Muskoseepi Park. A few members have already volunteered to sit at the table and answer general questions about the branch and genealogy. This will likely be an interesting afternoon for those doing Scots research.
WHAT'S UP FOR GRABS
At this point in time the executive position of secretary remains vacant. Thankfully, past secretary Genevieve Shultz has been taking minutes since elections in February. Any member who wishes to do so may relieve Genevieve at any time. Please speak to Catherine Ledger if interested.
The role of cemetery coordinator is also up for grabs, as Tracey Kirouac has stepped down after four years. Tracey has completed quite a bit of work in this area and many others will benefit. If anyone wishes to take on this position, please talk to Catherine.
Report June 1998
by Debby Was, AGS #2650
Have a nice Summer!
of "History of a DeBolt Family"
by Fran Moore, AGS #1288
After a number of years in the gathering and compiling, by James Dene DeBolt of Lompoc, California, we, the relatives, are the fortunate who have received a copy of this finished document.
James Dene DeBolt (b. July 27, 1917) is first cousin to my late mother-in-law, Winifred Louise (DeBolt) Moore. Over the last number of years I, as well as Frances (DeBolt) Moravec of Spirit River, have been corresponding with Dene and have provided the Henry Elbert DeBolt (Canadian) line.
The Ancestor Charts take us back to "George DeBolt arrived in Pennsylvania from Alsace-Lorraine in the early 1750's. He brought his family which included three sons who were named George, Henry and Nicholasî. Our family line descended from this George DeBolt.
The document is thirty pages of text interspersed with eighty pages of: Ancestor Charts, Family Group Sheets, Documents, Photos and Descendant Lists to bring it up to date. He put it together by generations, with George DeBolt being the first and Dene's grandsonís generation being the tenth.
There were other lines of DeBolts but Dene has not gone into these lines or tried to connect with them. He does, however, mention a "Hans Michael DieBolt arrived on the shop Robert and Alice in 1739", this was before our relative. I have quite a lot of information on these DeBolts and would like some day to connect them. But, time ......
The sharing of information from all across the West of North America has made this project possible and Deneís diligence has made it become a reality. We thank him, with all our hearts, for putting this book together. We will treasure it always and pass it on to our descendants.
in the Grande Prairie Area
Grande Prairie Public Library
(Where your Grande Prairie & District Branch Library is located)
9910-99 Ave, Grande Prairie
Tues. - Thurs. - 10 am to 9 pm
Fri & Sat. - 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday - 1 pm to 5 pm
Family History Centre, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
11212-102 St., Grande Prairie
Tuesday: 10 am - 4 pm & 6 - 9 pm
Wednesday: 1 pm - 4 pm & 6 - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm
Grande Prairie Regional College
10726-106 Ave, Grande Prairie
Mon - Thur - 7:45 am - 10 pm
Fri - 7:45 - 4:30 pm
Sat - 10 am - 4:30 pm
Sun - 1 pm - 9 pm
Obituaries - 1997
Names taken from the obituaries in the ìGrande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribuneî from January to December, 1997
ABBOTT, Erika Anne (FURTMANN)
AGREY, June Christine (STREBERG)
ALBRIGHT, Ruth Katherine (LOWE)
ALEXANDER, James Donald
ALEXANDER, Rita Margaret (STANNARD)
ANDERSON, Edna M ( )
ANDERSON, Margaret (TAYLOR)
APOTRE, Erin (MENZIES)
ASHMEAD, Francis Colin
BASS, Florence ( )
BAUMAN, Ina (SIMONS)
BEGALKE, Antonia ( )
BELCOURT, Judith Ann (COURTOREILLE)
BELL, Sharon Ruth (McVETY)
BERG, Evelyn May ( )
BERRIGAN, Mable "Mae" ( )
BIDEWELL, Donovan Leslie
BLACKMORE, Gordon Lyle
BOE, Arthur Sidney
BOISVERT, Philomene ( )[DUCHESNEAU]
BOLIN, Gladys (MATHESON)
BORDEN, Sarah Mary Margaret (FYFE)
BOURKE, Bonnie Lou ( )
BOWEN, Russell Bruce
BOWES, James "Jime" E
BRINK, Daniel Warren
BRISSARD, Charles Edward
BRONS, Mervin Joseph
BROWN, Daisy Margarert ( )
BROWN, Gordon William
BROWN, James Alexander
BRYCE, Clara Edna (STROMQUIST)
BUDZINSKI, Moira (TONER)
BUTLER, Alisha Elizabeth
BYRNES, Alice (LECLERC)
CADIEUX, Rene Joseph
CAGE, Doris (INGLEDEW)
CAGE, Mabel ( )
CALVERT, Randal R "Rand"
CAMPBELL, Bryce Kenneth
CARDINAL, David Malcolm
CARSTENSEN, Jorgen Peter
CARVETH, Iris Grace (HAYTER)
CAVANAGH, Isabelle ìBelleî (MILLER)
CHAREST, Germaine Angeline (THIBEAULT) [PARADIS]
CHRENEK, Anna ( )
CHRENEK, Peter John
CHRISTENSEN, Christian Lysgaard "Lusco"
CHRISTOPHERSON, Reuben James
CLARKE, Charlotte ( )
CLOUTIER, Jeanne (DESCHENE)
CLOUTIER, Patrick Edward
COBB, Lawrence Vincent "Larry"
COCHRANE, Cheryl A (MacFARLANE)
COOPER, George Evans
CRAIPLEY, Delmar Moral "Gus"
DANROTH, Stewart Earl
DAVIES, Audrey Eileen (CUTHBERTSON)
DAVYDUKE, Dennis Albert
DICKENS, Dorothea "Dora" (MILWARD)
DIEPDAEL, Rose ( )
DIEVERT, Arthur Julius
DOMBROVA, Frank Max Gustav
DONALD, Murray Francis
DUDA, Michael Joseph
DUFFY, Charles George "Bill"
DUNBAR, Ethel L ( )
DURDA, Frances ( )[KOWARSKI]
EADY, Margaret (GOERTZEN)
EDEY, Charles Alexander
ENDRESEN, Esther (LARSON)
ERICKSON, Margaret "Maggie" (WALDNER)
EVANS, Derrick James
FIDDLER, Katherine (BOURASSA)
FINLAY, Tyler Lorne
FITZPATRICK, Vernon J
FLETCHER, Florence Alexandra (SAZWAN)
FOGLE, Leonore (RUCH)
FORTIN, Colombe Therese (GAGNON)
FOSHAUG, Hazel Josephine ( )
FUNK, Wilfred Leslie
GALE, Lydia ( )
GLENN, Ethel ( )
GOODINGS, Patricia Florence ( )
GOULD, Anne Christine (STEINKE)
GRANT, Anne Barbara ( )
GRENSMAN, Gustav A
GRIFFITHS, Elma Violeg (GRAHAM)
GRUBB, Helen ( )
GRUBB, Nora (BROWN)
GUTTAU, Ellen Elizabeth ( )
HALEY, Johan ( )
HALLSTONE, Anna (BREKKAAS)
HANSEN, Doris Kathleen (MARSHALL)
HANSEN, Robert Thorleiff
HANSON, Diana Laura (ROCHON)
HART, Edna (HART)[COMMET]
HARTMAN, Carol Ann ( )
HAUGLAND, Flossie Josephine (CLEVELAND)
HAWKINS, Loyd B
HEIKEN, Donald S
HENDERSON, Ella "May" Pearl (MIDDLETON)
HENRY, Theodore Roosevelt "Ted"
HILLIS, John "Jack" Warren
HINKS, Daniel George
HOGG, Harry Harrison "Joker"
HOGG, Robert J "Bob"
HOLLINGWORTH, Gladys Winnifred ( )
HORSEMAN, Christine Mabel (NOSKIE)
HORSEMAN, Jean E (GLADUE) [GLADUE]
JACOB, Ida ( )
JAKUBOWSKY, Rose (ULLMAN)
JANDRISOVICS, Joseph "Joe"
JARDIE, Raymond William
JENDRICK, Carol Ann ( )
JOHNSON, Edward B
JOHNSTON, Phyllis Mae (WELTER)
JOHNSTON, Samuel Malcolm
JOHNSTON, Ursule Rose ( )
JONES, Cecil H "Harold"
JUZWISHIN, Joseph "Joe""
KABANUK, Lyle Norman
KENNEY, Margaret (PENNEY)
KERR, Raymond Allan
KIRSCHT, Otto Paul
KJEMHUS, Jorand (RUDY)
KOSABECK, Ruth M (SPEED)
KOSSMANN, Patricia Ethel (REDWOOD)[LUCKWELL]
KRAMPS, Michael Paul
KUTROWSKI, Bill "Wasyl"
LANDRY, Joan ( )
LANGERUD, Helen Marie (TANGEN)
LARSON, Ellen Louise (CHILDERS)
LAYE, Bernard Henry "Harry"
LEWIS, Gladys Lois (LETENDRE)
LILLICO, Grant Harrison
LINDSTROM, Marlene ( ) [ALEXANDRE]
LOBERG, Peder Nelvin
LOCK, Mary Nancy (TISSINGTON)
LOE, Arne Ole
LOKSETH, Stanley Rodney
LOVE, Thelma (BJORGAN)
LOWE, Marjorie (CAHOON)
LUNDBLAD, Wilhelm Enoch
LUNN, John M "Jack"
LYALL, John B "Jack"
MACKEY, Frances Jo (RHODES)
MAH, David Y
MARCY, K Mary (FUNNELL)
MARKOVICH, Anton "Tony"
MARSH, Dorothy (ENGLAND)
MARVIN, Elizabeth "Betty" (WIEDMAN)
MASSEE, Anna ( ) [REMPLE]
MATHESON, Ewen Brad
MATLOCK, Elizabeth Anne ( )
MAZURKEWICH, Lena ( )
McCOAG, Laura Dorothy (McFADDEN)
McLEOD, Hugh C ìScottyî
McLEOD, Muriel Evelyn (HOLMES)
McMURRAY, Shirley ( )
McPHERSON, Martha (MOSLEY)
McWHINNIE, Regina May ( ) [JOHN]
McWILLIAM, Myrna (FOSTER)
MENZIES, Inex Olga ( )
MICKELSON, Ralph Harold
MILLIKEN, Mona ( )
MITCHELL, Jonanna Pauline (PALSSON)
MITCHELL, Robert Irvin
MITCHELL, Stanley Henry
MOORE, Gloria Ann (CRANSTON)
MOORE, John R
MOORE, Richard David
MORKEN, Melina (BARRE)
MUNDLE, Carrie Lynn (DODD)
MURPHY, Garnette "Garney" Winnifred (VICKS)
MURPHY, William Wilfred Anton "Wilf"
MURRAY Vivian Mary (REDWOOD)
NAGY, Kathleen Yvonne (GRANT)
NASLUND, Jonette Marie (LOBERG)
NELSON, Joyce A (HANKS)
NEPSTAD, Leonard K
NEWNHAM, David John
NORDHAGEN, Palmer Hortvik
OGREN, Arvid Harry
OLSON, Christian Alfred "Al"
OLSON, Virgil Irwin
OPHUS, John "Buster" Anton
OPHUS, Pearl Elaine (PALSER)
OTTO, Kristi Michelle
PALSER, Mabel Agnes (OPHUS)
PARR, William ìBillî
PAZUIK, Fleurette G ( )
PETERS, Lorna Georgina (LOCK) [McKAY]
PETERSON, Emily Rachel (EVENSON)
PLAHTA, Josephine ( )
POOL, Lee Ruben Oliver
RASI, Anna ( )
RAY, Melvin C
READE, Raymond Duane
REAUME, Leda Helen ( )[TSCHETTER]
REDMOND, Fredrick Fraser
REDWOOD, Florence Evelyn Theresa (GAGNE)
REID, Avril ( )
REIMER, Elizabeth (FAST)
RENFREE, Harry A
REYNOLDS, Arthur Edward ìTedî
RINKE, Alice (BORY)
RINKE, Kevin Curtiss
ROBERTS, Margaret Alberta ìMaggieî (LEIGHTON)
ROBERTSON, William ìBillî
ROY, Albert Joseph
RUSSELL, Faye ( )
RUTHERFORD, Martha Maria ìMaeî (ELHART)
RYAN, Edith Eleanor (BLACKBURN)
RYAN, Ronald M
SALTER, Lisa Marie
SANSOM, Madeline "Daisy" (KNUDTSON)
SAZWAN, Iris (SMOKE)
SCHNEIDER, Anna (ROSET)
SCHOLLENBURG, Mathilda ( )
SCHWEITZER, Dale Alvin
SEDERSTROM, Rose Linda (NIKOLAUS)
SEMENIUK, Mary (BABUNIUK)
SHOFNER, Clayton Eugene
SIEBEN, Julia Ford ( ) [FORD]
SILVANIUK, Lillian Frances (ROMANOFF)
SIMMONS, Gerald Henry
SINGH, Suragbasi Bishan
SIPE, Howard Andrew
SKREPNEK, Shirley ( )
SMASHNUK, Ruth Helena (WERNER)
SMITH, Donald Melvin
SMITH, Edith Alice (DODWELL)
SMITH, Jennifer Margaret (HUGHES)
SORGEN, Winnifred Yvonne (MOSES)
SOUTHWELL, Blanche Isabel (REED)
SPIERS, Murray Wayne
STEINKE, Gordon Otto
STERR, Chester William
STERR, Myron M
STEVENSON, Frederick Harold
STEWART, Howard Morris
STOLL, John Kenneth
STRETCH, Helene (THOMPKINS)
SUAREZ, Lourdes ( )
SYKES, Lena (SCHULZE)
TALBOT, Oliver Dee
TAYLOR, ìEdnaî Mae ( )
TAYLOR, Claude Leon
TELFER, Blanche Evelyn (SMILLEY)
TETREAU, Rose (BOISVERT)
THIESSEN, David Frank
THOMSON, James Alexander
THORPE, Irene (McKENZIE)
THURBER, Winifred Laura (HAINES)
TINHOLM, Marguerite Agnes Marie ( ) [REBER]
TOLWAY, Roy Thomas
TOSO, Bryan Andrew
TOSZAK, Krystopher Kyle
TOSZAK, Ronald Lionel
TRAUTMAN, Richard Kurt ìRickî
TRYDAL, Wayne Norman
ULMER, Elsie Martha ( )
VALIN, Elmer Erik
VAN NATTER, Alma ( )
VANBERG, Charlotte Ann (PRATT)
VISSCHER, Gordon Arthur
WALD, Richard ìDickî
WALKER, Ronald Stanley
WALKER, William Lawrence ìBillî
WANDLER, Sister Aquina "Mary Eva"
WASYLCIW, Anthony Joseph
WATSON, Anne (SHYKULA)
WATSON, James Stanley "Jim"
WATSON, William ìBillî
WATT, Donald ìMacî
WEATHERLY, Margaret Mary (JORDAN)
WEISS, Dean Newal
WELLS, Charles Richard
WELLS, Delbert ìSonnyî
WHITE, Beatrice Maude ( )
WHITE, Dorise Olive (MILLER)
WHITE, Ethel Mildred ( )
WHITE, Grace Evelyn (JOHNSON)
WHITE, Wilmot "Bill" Richard
WIEBE, Isola ( )
WIEGEL, Leighton Roger
WILSON, Alberdiena Margaret (GANZEVELD)
WILSON, Bruce A
WINTER, Arny Roger
WOHLGEMUTH, Charles Wayne
WOLD, Elise (MENARD)
WOLD, Lennie Walter
WYANT, Frank Earl
The obituary index consists of index cards, on which the actual obituary from "The Daily Herald-Tribune" in Grande Prairie has been pasted. As well, funeral cards, thank you notices, memorials and notices to creditors & claimants have been included where applicable. If there were other news articles containing information of the deceased, these have also been collected.
This obituary file covers the period from 1978 to the present. Past issues of "Heritage Seekers" which contain surname lists of these obituaries are:
Vol. 11, Nos. 1,2,3,4 Mar-Dec 1988 1978-1987
Vol 13, No. 2, Jun 1990 1988
Vol 13, No. 3, Sep 1990 1989
Vol 14, No. 1, Mar 1991 1990
Vol 15, No. 1, Mar 1992 1991
Vol 16, No. 1, Mar 1993 1992
Vol 17, No. 1, Mar 1994 1993
Vol 18, No. 1, Mar 1995 1994
Vol 19, No. 1, Mar 1996 1995
Vol 20, No. 2, Jun 1997 1996
Our Research Committee will search any surname for a SASE.
If copies are requested, you will be notified
of the number of entries available and copying costs (approximately $1.00/copy).
The old Grande Prairie newspapers are located on microfilm in the Grande Prairie Public Library. The newspapers and films begin in 1913.
Since June, 1983, Joan Bowman's ongoing contribution to "Heritage Seekers" has been to provide extracts of the births, marriages and deaths as found in these old newspapers
These extracts are now available in a published and indexed book which contains the extracts from:
a) Grande Prairie "Frontier Signal", published September
1914 to August 1916, and
b) Grande Prairie "Herald", published March, 1913 to December, 1920.
Write to the Branch for an order form. Cost is $12.00 plus $1.75 for postage & handling. We look forward to sending this excellent work to as many as possible.
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Updated: August 30, 1998