Fonds 0344 - Frank Earnest Hardy fonds

Four-Horse Team Eight-Hitch Plow Barge on the River Boy on a Pony Car Stopped on  Wooden Bridge Building a Log Home Cabin in Winter Anglican Church, Grande Prairie? Newly Built Church Farmstead in Lake Saskatoon area
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Frank Earnest Hardy fonds

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CA GPR 0344

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4 cm textual records
51 photographs

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Frank Earnest Hardy was born October 15, 1884, in San Jose, California and left home when he was 17 after a major argument with his father. In 1906 he came to Canada and and worked as a cook on Lesser Slave Lake boat before coming to the Peace country and on May 21, 1913, he filed on the NE 28-71-7 W6 in the Hermit Lake district. He worked for the Van Schaicks and other threshing crews while proving up his own land. In 1914 he and a friend went to Edmonton to enlist for the War but he was turned away because of a leg injury. He loved photography and took many photographs around the Lake Saskatoon area and Grande Prairie. He became severly ill with the flu of 1918 and because he had trouble recovering, a doctor suggested that a climate change might be helpful. In January, 1919, he left the farm and years later settled in the State of Maine, USA.

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These records were donated on a CD "Mementos Francis E. Hardy", to the South Peace Regional Archives by Frank Hardy's daughter, Thelma Brunner, in 2009.

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The fonds consists of 51 photographs, 2 diaries, a journal recording photographic information, a Christmas card from Hermit Lake School, and a copy of 1 letter.

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These records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Frank Hardy's daughter, Thelma Brunner, in 2009.


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This fonds has been identified as having Indigenous related content. Researchers may encounter language that is outdated and offensive. To learn more about Indigenous records at the South Peace Regional Archives please see our guide:

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Accession number: 2009.034

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