Fonds hint-9 - Ethel and Charlie Miller fonds

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Ethel and Charlie Miller fonds

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  • 1969-2003 (Creation)
    Miller, Ethel

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.19 cm textual records and other material

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Charlie Miller was born in 1936, at Vista, Manitoba, to John Charles and Isabel Miller (nee Smith). He was one of ten children, growing up on the family farm. Charlie married Ethel Muir of Inglis, Manitoba, on November 22, 1958. He would spend his career working in industry. He held tickets as a millwright, Welder, Heavy Duty Mechanic and 3rd year Machinist. Charlie was self-employed and had a business called Miller's Industrial Maintenance Ltd. He worked at nickel mines, pulp and paper mills and coal mines for over thirty years until retirement in 1990. Ethel and Charlie moved to Hinton from Calgary, in 1965. Ethel immediately took a job with North Western Pulp and Power, where she would remain employed for thirty two years. Ethel was also in charge of the books for her husband's business. Ethel retired in June of 1997. She wrote faithfully in journals, from 1969-1997 and it is those notes that reflect their life together. Ethel and Charlie were inseparable and shared their passions ofhorsepack trips into Jasper National Park and Willmore Wilderness area, photography, camping, quadding, and travelling. It would be photographs of their adventures together that would be inspiration for many of Charlie's paintings. After retirement in 1990, Charlie rekindled his love of art. He took art lessons from local artists Alicia Nielsen and Linda Wadley. He also received instruction from Paul Braid, Jerry Heine and Ron Wigglesworth. He became an active member of the Hinton Art Club. Charlie would go on to win awards from the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association (1991)for his painting "Camping at Brewster Wall". In 1993 and 1996, he won the Lillian Nunn Scholarship, also from the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association (ACACA). In 1994, he won the ACACA Martha Houston Scholarhsip for a painting of "The Frank Slide". Each year, he would enter in the ACACA Northern Zone Show and have his paintings go on to the Alberta Wide Show at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. It is said that his inspiration came from their horse packing trips, native Manitoba and the badlands of southern Alberta. His paintings reflect his love of the outdoors and interest in the natural beauty and scenery in Hinton and surrounding area. Charlie passed away in 2007.

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The Hinton Coal Branch Archives received this collection from Charlie's sister, Betty Musgrove of Didsbury, Alberta in June 2007.

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Fonds consist of journals written by Ethel covering the years of 1969-1997. Photo albums were created by Ethel relating to their horsepacking trips, Charlie's art, Miller's Industrial Maintenance Ltd. and one labelled "Work and Play". The fonds also consists of correspondence including a letter from Sherrit Gordon Mines Limited announcing the release of five-cent pieces in 1962 and letters congratulating Charlie on his numerous awards for his paintings. Other items in the collection include: certificates earned by Ethel during her career years, newspaper clippings and numerous hockey programs and photos reflecting Charlie's love of hockey. Books included in the fonds reflect the local history of Hinton.

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Includes 884 photographs, 1 map and 13 books.

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  • The material is in English.

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Record No. 070625<br><br>

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