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DeBolt & District Pioneer Museum fonds
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"Big 7" Company

The "Big 7" Company Ltd., a threshing company, operating at Lake Saskatoon in the Grande Prairie district. Equipment shown includes a threshing machine and a steam engine. Various buildings are visible in the background.

Used in "Edson to Grande Prairie Trail," p. 94.

"Sawmills Across the Smoky"

“Sawmills Across the Smoky” was researched by Stella Loewen and Fran Moore and written by Joan Bowman. Although it was initially printed as an individual coil-bound booklet, it was published in 2001 as the last chapter in Bridges to the Past.The series consists of research, first draft (including photographs) and final textual draft of the “Sawmills Across the Smoky” chapter in Bridges to the Past. Histories, stories and photographs are included of the following mills: Airth, Bartel, Bickell, Binks, Burroughs, Chapman, Croken, Dana, Dascalo, DeBolt, Jantz/Diemert, Dorscheid, Enns, Gerwatoski, Giesbrecht, Gitzel, Haldin, Halwa, Hystad, Isaac, Isaac/Esau, Jantz, Loewen, Big 6, We 3, Maile, Pete Moon, C. Moon, Newman, Nilsson, Norton, Nowry, Perry, Reimer, Scott, and Smith, with minor notes on other mills in the area. There are also notes on interviews with Gene & Grace Dana, Art & Marion Loewen, and Sam & Mabel Jantz.

Across the Smoky

Across the Smoky is the history of the early settlers “who passed ‘Across the Smoky’ and were brave enough to stay long enough to leave their mark” in the district from Smoky River to Sturgeon Lake, comprising those areas served by the post offices of Goodwin, DeBolt, Crooked Creek, Clarkson Valley and Sturgeon Heights. Accounts include individual and family histories by date of arrival, poetry, post offices, schools, churches, entertainment, roads, floods and rivers, armed forces, and the Smoky River Bridge. Artwork is by Flora Mehlum and Alice Wilde. The book was edited by Winnie and Fran Moore and printed by Friesen Printers in 1978. A second printing was made in 1996.The series consists of correspondence regarding the writing and printing of the book: the original, hand-written, first person accounts of the settlers or their descendents sent in specifically for this publication; accounts of community organizations compiled from research or memory; a series of township plans showing who was living in the district; lists of photographs and captions used in the publication; a codilith of a drawing used as the cover of the book; and a published copy of the book. Included with the original first person accounts is the Memoirs of Bill Sargent. There is also one unidentified photograph of a man playing a violin.

Adolph Weiss, Sr.

Adolph Weiss Sr. ready for the trapline. He is shown holding a pair of snowshoes with dogs bearing packs circling his feet. A barn and outbuildings are visible in the background.

Used in "Across the Smoky", p. 205

Berry Picking Trip

Mrs. Irene Taylor and Mrs. Anna Bronson and daughters in a wagon on a berry picking trip.

Used in "Across the Smoky", p. 319.

Bridges to the Past

The series consists of the history book committee minutes, original family story submissions, histories of organizations, schools and businesses, correspondence and grant application, planning and organizational documents.

Buckskin Charlie

Buckskin Charlie (Charles Wellington Connor) on the Edson Trail. Charlie is seated on the back of a wagon box with an unidentified man looking on.

See also photograph 116.09.01.02.426.

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