Fonds 0376 - Charlie and Winnie Moore fonds

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Charlie and Winnie Moore fonds

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CA GPR 0376

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  • 1920-1999 (Creation)
    Charlie Moore

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3 cm of textual records.

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In November of 1930, Curly Moore, (later known as Charlie), came to the DeBolt area. His brother, Tom had homesteaded there earlier and after Tom had convinced Charlie to file on a homestead too, the two of them built a shack for the winter on Tom's homestead. The first year they cleared and broke 8 acres on Charlie's and 18 on Tom's, all with a four horse team and homemade breaking plow. In 1932 the ground was ready for seed but they had no money. Luckily they met Robert Cochrane, a Grande Prairie seed grower who advanced them seed in order to get crops in. This was the beginning of a life of a seed grower east of the Smoky River. Charlie became interested in trying new varieties of cereals, legumes and grasses and built a seed cleaning plant in 1964. In 1920, Laura DeBolt followed husband and brother-in-law, Elbert and George from Adrian, Washington, to the Peace country bringing children, Winnie, 7, Dorothy, 5, and Dale, 7 weeks. In 1921 the family moved to their homestead, now the hamlet of DeBolt. From 1922 on the DeBolts operated a post office and store in their home until they builtt a new home in 1933. Four more children were born: Jack, Clifford, Frances and Georgia. Elbert worked as a land agent and a blacksmith. The two DeBolt families were active in community organizations. As their homestead became a hamlet, they leased land to a store, a hall, a sawmill, and a church. IN 1941 the Elbert DeBolt family, with the exception of Winnie, moved to Spirit River. Elbert worked as a land assessor and then was an MLA for the Spirit River area for 12 years. Charlie married Winnie DeBolt in 1935 and they raised six children: Maurice, Marvin, Norman, Lynda, Vernon, and Brian. Maurice and Marvin both graduated from Grande Prairie High School and Norman from Ridgevalley. Norman went on to university and taught for a few years before going into business. Lynda, Vernon and Brian graduated from Ridgevalley and Vernon studied Business Administration at the Grande Prairie Regional College. Charlie was active in the Alberta Seed Growers Association, , was a 4-H leader and active inchurch affairs. Winnie was an executive member of the United Church Women, Sunday School Superintendent, and Social Service Convenor. In 1964 the Moore family received the Master Farm Family Award. Moore seeds became a viable buiness with son Maurice and the younger boys working with Charlie.The family built a new home in 1970. Charlie and Winnie retired from active farming in 1980. Winnie was instrumental in the founding of the DeBolt and District Pioneer Museum, and the publishing of three books for the society, as well helping with the history of the DeBolt United Church. Vernon and Brian took over the management of the Moore farm and Moore Seeds in 1980. In 1993 Winnie was helping with the sequel to "Across the Smoky" when she became ill and passed away at 80 years of age.

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The records were donated to the DeBolt & District Pioneer Museum and subsequentlywere transferred to the South Peace Regional Archives by Fran Moore in 2006.

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The fonds consists of records belonging to Charlie Moore and his wife Winnie (DeBolt) Moore who homesteaded the land that the hamlet of DeBolt occupies and were very involved in the early community.

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The records were donated to the DeBolt & District Pioneer Museum and subsequentlywere transferred to the South Peace Regional Archives by Fran Moore in 2006.


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Accession number: 2006.049

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South Peace Regional Archives

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