Fonds 0397 - Avery and Ida Winchell fonds

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Avery and Ida Winchell fonds

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CA GPR 0397

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  • [1913-1958] (Creation)
    Winchell, Ida

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0.5 cm of textual records
15 photographs

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Ida was born in 1883 and became the bride of Avery Winchell in 1901 and taken to a homestead in South Dakota. In 1904 they moved to an area 20 miles south of Ainsworth. On May7, 1913, they and another couple came north and after 6 weeks on the Edson Trail squatted on land one mile north of Spirit River. They lived in a sod shack for the winter and hauled logs for a house and barn. After several small houses, in 1926 they built a big house. In 1940, the couple sold their farm to Jessie and Kester Lillico and built a house in Spirit River. Avery passed away in 1943 in Spirit River and Ida remained there and became "Granny" to the Lillico children, worked in her garden and was very active in the United Church. She died November 22, 1963.

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The records were doanated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Bonnie Flintoff in 2009.

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The fonds consists of a letter Ida wrote to her relatives in the USA in 1962, 15 photographs of Dunvegan Mission, Spirit River, Ave and Ida Winchell and their homes on the farm and in Spirit River, Wesminister United Church in Spirit River and the Grande Prairie Kathryn Prittie Hospital.

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The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Bonnie Flintoff in 2009.


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Accession number: 2009.118

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South Peace Regional Archives

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  • English

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