Fonds 0475 - Billy Wood family fonds

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Billy Wood family fonds

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  • Moving images

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CA GPR 0475

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  • [ca. 1950]-1984 (Creation)
    Wood, Billy

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5 film reels
1 video cassette.

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Biographical history

William "Billy" Frederick Wood was born in Kent, England on August 19,1903. He immigrated to Canada in 1924 with his uncles and worked for his uncle in the wholesale grocery business in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia for two years. For the next couple of years Billy journeyed west each fall on the harvest trains, while working at a grocery in Glace Bay the other months of the year. After contracting pneumonia one winter, Billy's doctor advised him to go the mountains. Since he had a cousin in Bezanson (Bill Hall), Billy decided to come to the Peace Country. He took a train to Edmonton then on to Kinuso where he worked at the fish camp for a few weeks to earn enough money to continue his journey. Billy stayed with his cousin Bill Hall for a couple of years working as a trapper in the winter and a harvester in the fall. In 1930 Billy acquired his own homestead in the Goodwin area (SE 3-72-2 W6th). He made his living trapping muskrats living in the sloughs on his land and the school section. In the early 1940s, Billy worked for Lewis McLaughlin of Bezanson working on the road and cooking for the crew. He then sold his homestead to August Kirner, and moved to Grande Prairie to do armature winding for Cliff Fee. Around 1945, Billy started his own battery repair, fix-it, and gunsmith shop. Mable A. Dryer and her family had come to Glen Leslie from Hanna, Alberta in August 1931 when farms in southern Alberta were not producing very well. The John Dryer family had nine children and rented the Morrison farm until they bought the Voz land in Grande Prairie in 1941. Mable attended the Somme School until she was 14 years old when she was needed at home. Mable also worked outside of the home before she was married, doing housekeeping. Billy and Mable were married on August 19, 1945 and had four children: James (died 2011), Verna, Winston, and Barbara (died 1953). Billy retired from his business in 1966 after an accident with a gun he was repairing. Billy was involved in community life as a volunteer firefighter with the Grande Prairie Fire Department from 1946 to 1972. The department awarded him a lifetime membership. Billy was also an amateur radio operator under call sign VE6BL. Billy died August 24, 1989 in Grande Prairie at the age of 86 and is buried at the Grande Prairie Cemetery. Mable died in 2000 at the age of 82.

Custodial history

The films were donated by James (Jimmy) Wood, son of the creator, William (Billy) Wood, in 2009.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of 8mm film and a VHS transfer showing scenes from the life and activities of the Billy Wood family from the 1950s to the 1980s.

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The films were donated by James (Jimmy) Wood, son of the creator, William (Billy) Wood, in 2009.


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The films have been digitized.

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There are no restrictions on access.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Accession number: 2009.121

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South Peace Regional Archives

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  • English

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