Fonds 0189 - Louise Travis fonds

Bear Lake Picnic Ryley family with  their Model A Ford Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital Family Group at Bill Godfrey's Get Together at Bill Godfrey's Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital Board Teen Town Float Elevator Row, Grande Prairie Former Grande Prairie "ites" in Calgary Former Grande Prairie "ites" meet in Calgary
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Louise Travis fonds

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CA GPR 0189

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15 photographs
8 postcards

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Emilienne Louise Ryley was born in France and came to Canada after WW I as the war bride of Jim Smith. Originally from London, England, Jim Smith had come to Canada and homesteaded in the Peace country in 1911, but walked out to enlist in the 49th Edmonton Battalion in 1915. In 1919, their son, Francis, was born and in 1920 Jim died as a result of being kicked by a horse. In 1921, Emilienne married Bertie Ryley, who had purchased Boer War script west of Clairmont in 1911. They had three children: Tom, Louise and Edith. Mr. Ryley served on the board of McHenry School and the Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital Board. Both Francis Smith and Tom Ryley served in WWII, and Edith and Louise chose nursing careers.

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Records donated to South Peace Regional Archives by Louise Ryley Travis in 2005 and 2006.

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The fonds consists of 13 early photographs of picnics, parades, and gatherings with friends, Mr. Ryley's involvement with Grande Prairie Municipal Hospital Board, the return of the Fifth Anti-Tank Regiment celebration featuring the new Governor General, Field Marshall Earl Alexander, and 2 photographs of Louise Ryley Travis with former Grande Praire friends in Calgary. Also included are 8 post cards of Grande Prairie and area.

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Records donated to South Peace Regional Archives by Louise Ryley Travis in 2005 and 2006.


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Accession numbers: 2005.036; 2006.70

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South Peace Regional Archives

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