Fonds 0641 - Dale Family Scrapbook fonds

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Dale Family Scrapbook fonds

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CA GPR 0641

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9 cm of textual records
94 photographs

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Harold 'Ross' Dale was born on September 8, 1893 in St. Andrew's, Quebec to parents Samuel and Margaret Beggs. The Dale family later moved to Carleton Co., Ontario and when WWI started Harold was working as a farm laborer in Regina, Saskatchewan. Harold joined up in 1915 and served for the duration of the war, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Upon returning home Harold married Christina Boyd July 29, 1920 in Silton, Saskatchewan and they had six children Lloyd, Fred, Bill, Harold Alexander, Douglas and Sharron. At some point the Dale family relocated to Vandura, Saskatchewan but during the WWII Christina moved back to her father's home in Silton, her husband Ross and their two sons enlisted. Harold joined the R.C.A.F. and Bill with the anti-tank division of the R.C.A. While living in Silton the Dale family was quite active in the community, helping with major building projects and serving on the various community organizations. After the war the family eventually moved to Vancouver, B.C.
Harold followed the Kabalarian Philosophy and believed in applying outside principles in chosing your name. This led to his first name Harold becoming Hilton and later his surname changed to Shearing, his wife Christina also changed her name, and became known as Alice Shearing. Hilton Ross Shearing died January 12, 1985 in Vancouver, B.C. and was cremated. His wife Alice Shearing died September 12, 1988. Their son Bill married Erma Greta Gee on Dec. 17, 1946 and they moved to Grande Prairie in the 1970's.

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The scrapbook was donated by the great-grandson of creator, Mrs. Ross Dale (Alice & Hilton Shearing), in January 2016

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The fonds consists of one scrapbook given to Mr. & Mrs. Ross Dale by friends and neighbours in Silton, Saskatchewan when the family moved from there in 1941.The scrapbooks consists of a program from the dedication of the Silton United Church window honoring the soldiers killed in WWI, the speech given at the Silton Memorial Window unveiling with a write up on each of the soldiers who it was dedicated to - Renwick W.H. Anderson, John & Thomas Ramsay, Eric Waterloo, Raynor Wright, George B. Flavell, W.J. Ross, Lieut. F. Atkinson and Comrade H.H. Williamson.and a financial statement from the church (1928); photographs of the building of the Silton Curling Rink (1936, 1937); Silton curling teams (1938-1941), a set of photographs from Winnipeg Special Operations Aviation Squadron in 1941, signatures, newspaper clippings of friends, family and events mosty in Silton, numerous obituaries, an invitation to the Boyd reunion, a letter from Betty (1980), a marriage certificate of William Norman Dale and Emma Greta Gee (1946) and a brief family history.

Some of the surnames that appear in the scrapbook are: Bonar, Beggs, Binnie, Burwash, Cowan, Burrows, Boyd, Kidd, Robertson, Shearing, Dale and place names are Vandura, Arcola, Brookside, Earl Grey, Marieton, Silton in Saskatchewan and Vancouver, B.C.

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Accession number: 2016.003

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South Peace Regional Archives

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