Fonds 0043 - Billy Salmond fonds

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Billy Salmond fonds

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CA GPR 0043

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18 cm of textual records
6 photographs
265 postcards.

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William (Billy) McCausland Salmond was born in 1889, in Ontario. He received his education there, attending the Kingston Business College in 1910. Following college, he worked his way west, arriving in the town of Grande Prairie in 1911. Upon his arrival in Grande Prairie, Billy was hired to manage the primitive Bredin Hotel because of his genial manner and his cooking skills. Billy saw the need for better hotel accomodations and in 1912, he built his own hotel. Two stories in height and of lumber construction, this was the first real hotel in Grande Prairie. There were 14 rooms on the top floor, with the office, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor. All meals were served at tables. Later, a livery stable was added at the back of the lot. Mr. Salmond also farmed and kept herds of cattle in the Grande Prairie area. He had the reputation of being a good stockman and an enthusiastic athelete. Billy remained a life-long bachelor. Other family members who came to the Peace Country included his sister, Mrs. George Head and his parents. Mr. Salmond passed away in 1963.

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Records were donated to the Grande Prairie Museum by Laura Partlow and Martha Head, the children of Billy’s sister, Mrs. George Head.

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The fonds consists of six photographs and personal papers, including a permit to cut hay on Dominion Land; Kingston Business College workbooks relating to his education; a hotel register and account book from the Salmond Hotel; an envelope advertising Grande Prairie's Fourth Annual Agricultural Fair 1913; a 1916 program for an event in Spirit River; and some miscellaneous business account books and papers. In the series of 265 postcards, there are many with personal messages to Mr. Salmond.

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Records were donated to the Grande Prairie Museum by Laura Partlow and Martha Head, the children of Billy's sister, Mrs. George Head.


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Artefacts from Billy Salmond are included in the museum collection

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Accession numbers: 1993.01; 994.48; 2014.22

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South Peace Regional Archives

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  • English

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