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Attrux, Laura Margaret

  • AARN
  • Person
  • 1909-1987

Laura Attrux graduated from St Paul's Hospital School of Nursing in Saskatoon in 1930. Her post-graduate education was taken at Vancouver General Hospital (obstetrics), the New York Maternity Centre, and the Kentucky Frontier Centre. The University of Alberta granted her a certificate in Advanced Obstetrics for Nurses, and the University of Toronto a diploma in Public Health Nursing. In 1933 she became Supervisor of Obstetrics at Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, and in 1939 began her career in Public Health Nursing serving in the northern Alberta communities of Valleyview, Slave Lake, Swan Hills, Whitecourt, Smith, High Level, Rainbow Lake and Wabasca/Desmarais. She provided medical and obstetrical care; on occasion she acted as dentist and veterinarian. The district nurse was also looked on as the community's doctor, counselor, social worker and community leader. Miss Attrux was particularly concerned for the Indian and Metis residents of these northern communities and extended her care to their social as well as their medical needs. At age 58 she became a licensed pilot, owing her own airplane. She received recognition for her work: the Queen Elizabeth Coronation Medal in 1953, the Pope John XXIII Bene Merenti Medal in 1960, and in 1970, an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. Much of her personal record of her work no longer exists: she was an accomplished photographer, but her prints and negatives were destroyed in a flood in High Level; her diaries and notebooks of her field visits were destroyed on the orders of the Department of Health when the Public Health Nursing Service was disbanded. Miss Attrux retired to Edmonton in 1972, where she became an active volunteer with senior citizens and in church activities. She died in Edmonton in 1987 and was buried in Hafford, Saskatchewan, near her childhood home.

Alberta Society of Artists.


The Alberta Society of Artists was founded by a group of Calgary artists led by Alfred C. Leighton and incorporated in 1931. Objectives of the Society are to foster and promote the fine arts in Alberta. A.C. Leighton, the first president, was succeeded by a number of prominent Alberta artists including H.G. Glyde, Illingworth Kerr, Stan Perrot and Ken Sturdy. The Society published several issues of a newsletter Artometer in the 1930s, followed by Highlights, which began publication in the late 1940s. Highlights flourished under the editorship of Jim Nicoll, when it included original works of art and was published in limited editions of 100 issues, the average size of the membership at that time. Additional information in Alberta Society of Artists : the first seventy years / by Kathy Zimon (Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2000).

Ida Schrader

  • AR0010
  • Person
  • [18--]-[19--]

Ida Schrader was a student at Mount Royal College in 1914-1915. She was enrolled in the Commercial Department and received a diploma in shorthand in 1915. She was originally from Harmattan, Alberta.

Athabasca School Division No 42

  • ASD No 42, 20.06
  • Corporate body
  • 1938 - 1959

The Athabasca School Division No. 42 was established by an Order in Council October 22, 1938. It contained five subdivisions and organizational meetings were held in each subdivision in November in the following centres: Subdivision 1 Meanook, Subdivision 2 Athabasca, Subdivision 3 Boyle, Subdivision 4 Plamondon, and Subdivision 5 Craigend. Eric A. Gilders was appointed temporary secretary. ASD No. 42 operated until 1959 when the County of Athabasca No. 12 was formed by combining the Municipal District of Athabasca No. 103 and the Athabasca School Division No. 42. At this time, there were no longer one-room schools in operation, only centralized schools. The first organizational meeting of the board was held on December 21, 1938. The old school districts were officially absorbed as of January 3, 1939 when an Act of Parliament turned over all liabilities and assets of the districts to the School Division.

The original school division contained the following 86 school districts: Keyes 1882, Tawatinaw 2473, Lahaiville 2637, Parkhurst 2645, Plamondon 2696, Dover 2725, South Athabasca 2768, Plum Lake 2815, Toles 2895, Atlanta 2909, Fairhaven 3044, Cash Creek 3045, Lewiston 3093, Meanook 3105, Flat Creek 3106, West Athabasca 3110, Fork Lake 3155, Rodgers Chapter 3159, Colinton 3169, Forest 3171, Dokeville 3173, McArthur 3266, Silver Fox 3273, Willow Ridge 3292, Bouvier 3308, East Park 3349, Ste. Cecile 3377, Irene 3405, Youngville 3621, Baptiste Lake 3651, Grosmont 3639, George Lake 3820, Lee Heights 3821, Greyville 3836, Mangin 3935, Berney 3937, Quebec 3989, Sarrail 4001, Grandin 4066, Big Beaver 4067, Craigend 4088, Granville 4091, Trieste (Hylo) 4101, Venice 4102, Forfar 4105, Forest Grove 4209, Charron 4224, Vincent 4255, Richmond Park 4280, Rich Lake 4329, Monticello 4374, Perryvale 4390, Hammond 4398, New Pine Creek 4473, Big Coulee 4497, Hallcroft 4508, Larvert 4521, Owl River 4526, Rocky Island 4536, Winding Trail 4549, Narrow Lake 4546, Blueberry Ridge 4562, Black Loam 4565, Green Pine 4568, Ferguson 4573, Deer Run 4597, Gamefield 4597, Spruce Park 4618, Cristy Lake 4621, Helina 4629, Spruce Valley 4652.

Several other districts, formed after 19439 were subsequently added to the division. They were: Blue Jay 4658, Willow Flat 4668, Noral 4692, Laura 4722, Gourin 4755, White Clover 4777, Caslan 4780, South Noral 4781, Birch Grover 4808, Dionne 4813, Nelson 4814, Big Bay 4817, Caribou Range 4836, Mercury 4849, Sun Ray 4868, Cumley 4891, Lawrence Lake 4909, Cloverview 4919, Deep Coulee 4959, Ellscott 4960, Locher 4975, Old Trail 4853 and *Twin Spruce 4864.

In 1944 Lac La Biche School Division No. 51 was formed resulting in the transfer of 36 districts (*) in the list.

Alice B. Donahue Library and Archives

  • ATH
  • Corporate body
  • 1946-

In 1946, Eric Hodgson held a meeting of representatives of different community organizations to discuss establishing a library in Athabasca. A committee was struck and met in June 1946 to nominate a library board. The library was known as the Athabasca and District Public Library from 1946 to 1966, the Athabasca Municipal Library from 1966 to 1980, and the Athabasca Municipal Library and Archives from 1980 until it adopted its current name in 1988. The library was located in the Town Hall, the Community Centre, and the former Provincial Building until it moved to the Brick School Complex in 1979. The archival program began as early as 1957 when the library stored historic documents until a historical society could be formed. In 1979 a separate room was designated, and volunteers organized and solicited material for a history book published in 1986. The first part-time archivist was hired in 1988.

Mol, Marilyn Anne

  • ATH
  • Person

Marilyn (Lane) Mol was born in Regina, SK in 1945 and grew up in Young, SK. She graduated with a B.Ed from the University of Saskatchewan and a B.L. Sc from the University of Alberta. In 1979 she married Dr. Adrianus Mol and they moved to Athabasca, AB where their three children Daniel, Catherine and Miriam, were born. Marilyn became the archivist for the Town of Athabasca in 1991, and helped to write the book: Athabasca Album: a Pictorial History, 1875-1999.

Mills (family)

  • ATH
  • Family

Mr. and Mrs. Oran Mills moved to Athabasca in 1913, where Oran Mills served as the first station agent for the Canadian Northern Railway. While living in Athabasca, their fourth son, Donald, and their only daughter, Eva, were born. Two other sons were named Lawrence and Wellington.

In 1914, Oran Mills was manager of the Northern Transportation Company, Limited at Athabasca Landing. In about 1915 the family moved to a farm near Westlock where they lived until about 1937. Mr. Mills died in a road accident near Perryvale, AB in Sept., 1946. Eva married Bill Forsyth from Pibroch, AB in June, 1940. Later they moved to Mission, BC.

Guay, John Wilfrid

  • ATH
  • Person
  • 1925-2012

John Guay's father, Wilfred, moved his family to the Perryvale area from Peace River in [1933]. John was the eldest son of 7 children born Aug. 23, 1925 in Donnelly, Saskatchewan. He was responsible for the farm work. He joined the Canadian Army in WWII and was wounded in Italy. He worked for the City of Edmonton Transit System from 1946 to 1979. In 1948 he married Margaret Busby of Edmonton with whom he had 3 children. They retired to Perryvale where John pursued his hobbies: building working models of a 1915 75hp Case steam engine, 1919 Model T coupe and a Civil War black powder cannon. He built a stagecoach for Athabasca's 75th Anniversary in 1986. He was a member of the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association and helped to salvage and restore the streetcar in Fort Edmonton Park. He was also an oldtime fiddler. John Guay died March 10, 2012.

Frederick Lawrence Rein

  • ATH
  • Person
  • 1904-1974

Frederick Lawrence Rein was born in 1904 in Ontario. He married Violet Wilson in 1938. They farmed in the Perryvale area on his parent's homestead. They raised five children. Fred died in 1974.

Day, Cloe Irene

  • ATH
  • Person
  • 1910-

Cloe, born in 1910 in Nebraska, was one of five children born to Clyde Payne and his wife, Nettie Jackson. The family moved from the USA in 1928 seeking a drier climate for Cloe's tuberculosis. Cloe attended Normal School in Edmonton and began teaching in July, 1930 at Calling Lake, AB. Cloe married Jack Day in 1931. They had two children, Pat and Chester. They separated in the early 1940s. Cloe taught in many schools, retiring in 1970.

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