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Trelle family fonds Subseries
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Andreas Trelle Family

The sub-series consists of photographs of Herman Trelle as a child and throughout his teen years; and of the Andrew Trelle family, including daughter Henny who remained in Germany, and daughter Louise who married Lorne Smith.

Community Photographs

The sub-series consists of photographs of buildings and people from the Lake Saskatoon, Wembley, Beaverlodge, Grande Prairie, and Pouce Coupe area.

Extended Family

The sub-series consists of photographs of extended family in the States, many of them taken by Herman and Beatrice on visits to the States in the 1920s and 30s, and later during World War II.

Herman & Beatrice Trelle

The sub-series consists of photographs of Herman and Beatrice Trelle and their children Marie, Kay and Ronald as they grew up in Wembley, then Calgary. Included are photographs of Kay at University, and Marie in Nursing School, and photos of her husband Don Baynton and children. There are also photos of Herman and Beatrice in the Monkman Pass in 1937, the Slave Lake Flood in 1935, and three small black albums of unidentified family photographs.

Herman & Beatrice Trelle Papers

The sub-series consists of copies of birth and confirmation certificates for Beatrice (Burdick) Trelle; a card from her Aunt Nina in 1910; a letter from her Grandpa Tyler after she went to live with the Zimmermans; a 1914 Christmas greeting card from Herman Trelle at the University of Alberta; a copy of the marriage certificate; cards sent home during their world tour in 1931; death and burial records for Herman William Trelle in 1945; a 1956 letter from Beatrice to her children regarding her will and burial; certificate of death, obituary and burial records for Beatrice Irene Trelle; and diagrams, photographs and correspondence regarding the Herman and Beatrice Trelle monument in the Lake Saskatoon Cemetery designed by Kay Trelle. The file also contains writings by Herman--a poem written in high school titled “The Old Peace River Road”, and an article, “The Empire of the North” written ca. 1930. The sound recording is a 1 ½ minute Canadiana sound-bit about the World Wheat King by Paul Preston for CKNW Vancouver Radio in 1981.

Historical Paper Artifacts

The sub-series consists of three cheques written on the Beaver Lodge and the Lake Saskatoon branch of The Canadian Bank of Commerce by A.M. Smith from 1926-1928. On each cheque, the branch name has been changed to Wembley.

Kay & Mae Trelle Papers

The sub-series consists of a 1933 letter written by Kay about his new baby brother, Ronald; a 1934 agreement between 9 year-old Kay Trelle and his parents, Herman and Beatrice Trelle, regarding his responsibilities and monthly allowance; his certificate of confirmation at St. Mathew’s Church, Wembley; a few papers relating to his service in World War II; his certificate of Canadian citizenship; his life membership in The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia; correspondence with two historians (Frank Turek and Ina Bruns) regarding the accomplishments of Herman Trelle, Alberta Agriculture and the Glenbow Museum about the donation of an Alberta Grain Co. Trophy won by Herman Trelle, Lake Saskatoon Agricultural Society about two reunions at Wembley during the 1980s, and Peter Trelle on Trelle family genealogy in Germany; a drawing of Kay and Mae’s proposed home on the shore of Lake Saskatoon; financial records regarding the purchase of four lots in the Lake Saskatoon Cemetery; a 2002 article on Kay and Mae Trelle in the Grande Prairie Regional College newsletter; and a 2005 article about Kay Trelle in the Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune. The sound recording is an interview of Mae Trelle in 2011 about the Trelle family and the life and work of Kay Trelle.

Marie (Trelle) Baynton Papers

The sub-series consists of a postcard from her friend Ann J in 1931; a 1934 agreement between 11 year-old Marie Trelle and her parents, Herman and Beatrice Trelle, regarding her responsibilities and monthly allowance; a 1980 history of the Herman Trelle family written by Marie Baynton for Lake Saskatoon Reflections, produced by the Wembley Historical Society; writings titled “Chinook” and “Reflections of a Pioneer Life in the North Country” written by Marie in 1981 for the Boerne Reading Club in Oceanside, California; and correspondence with the Glenbow Museum making corrections to some of the recorded history of the Trelle family and the Trelle tropies in the Glenbow collection.

Ronald Trelle Papers

The sub-series consists of a 1945 inoculation record; genealogical research about the Trelle family in Germany, Canada and the United States; memories about the Trelle family, illustrated with photographs, written by Ronald Trelle; personal communications from Ronald to Marie and Kay regarding his funeral and memorial; and a 2004 Christmas letter.

Trelle Family Articles

The sub-series consists of newspaper and magazine articles which add research material to the history of the Trelle family. It includes “The Mountain Fell on Her Town” by Jessie Bryan about the Frank slide when the Trelles were living in Frank, Alberta; “The Wife of the World’s Wheat King” which appeared in a 1931 Chatelaine Magazine; a 1951 address by J.E. Birdsall (in honour of Gordon Moyer) about the Peace Country grain kings; “Behind Wheat King was Aggression and Controversy” by Ina Bruns in 1979; “Wheat King of the Peace Country” by Eric Holmgren in 1980; and Herman Trelle’s entry in “Alberta, A Heritage of Pride” as one of the top 25 people in Alberta’s history.

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