Fonds wet-54 - Montgomery, Pike, and West family fonds

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Montgomery, Pike, and West family fonds

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WET wet-54

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  • 1903 - 1988 (Creation)
    Montgomery (family)

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1 cm of textual records. -- 21 photographs

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John West was born at Brantford, Ontario July 7, 1845, and died in Wetaskiwin. He arrived in Wetaskiwin in 1893 from Prince Edward Island. He was a pioneer merchant in Wetaskiwin and area. His nephew, Hugh John Montgomery came from Summerside, Prince Edward Island in 1898 to work as a clerk. His brother W. Frank came out later and the two of them bought out the Star Store in Wetaskiwin. It had a staff of eighteen clerks and was the largest local employer. Hugh John sat in the provincial legislature as a Liberal from 1914 to 1921 and also served as Wetaskiwin's mayor until 1929. John West as well, sat on town council and its various committees. During the Depression, Hugh Montgomery acquired all tax lands from the City of Wetaskiwin. Marjorie Montgomery Bowker's father is Frank Montgomery and her great uncle is John West. Mr. Rodney Pike is the son of Frank Pike and Georgia West and grandson of John West. He was Commander of a Corvett during World War II and presented the bell from the ship H.M.C.S. Wetaskiwin to the city.

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The West family were prominent residents at Stephen, British Columbia, Canada. The Iverson family were residents of Banff, Alberta, Canada. Henry West, 1880-1932, Mary Charlotte West, 1883-1976, and children Violet (Harbidge), Dorothy (Dolly) (Iverson), Harry (1904-1955) and Gwen lived at Stephen, B.C., a logging camp near the Great Divide between Laggan and Field B.C., from ca.1910 until 1913. In 1913 the family moved to Banff, and Vi, Dolly and Harry West continued their father's logging business during the First World War. In 1925 Dolly married Charles (Carl, Blondy) Iverson, 1896-1972, had two sons, Charles (Bud) and George. Between ca.1927 to 1947 Dolly worked at the Upper Hot Springs and Cave and Basin. Carl operated a gas station in Lake Louise followed by a vulcanizing business on the corner of Wolf and Bear Street in Banff. In 1932 Carl Iverson began work as a National Park employee until his retirement in 1961. Carl Iverson died of lung complications stemming from gas during the First World War. George Iverson operates a guide and outfitting company in British Columbia, and has two sons. Charles (Bud) Iverson is a forestry engineer, has three sons and also resides in British Columbia.

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Fonds consists of records and photographs relating to the Montgomery, Pike and West families in and around Wetaskiwin, Alberta from 1903-1988. Consists of copies of photographs showing the changes from the Star Store to Montgomery's (1904-1956); photographs of interest to Wetaskiwin (1925-1932); West's family papers and a small photobook by LeRoy Talbot (1903-1951); information and photographs regarding Sackville West and of H.M.C.S. Wetaskiwin (1918 - ca.1970); and a program for the Wetaskiwin Turf Club Race Meet (1908).

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Gifts of Don Montgomery, 1986, James Montgomery, 1987, Mr. Rodney Pike, 1988, Marjorie Bowker, 1989 and Mr. J.W. Montgomery, 1990.


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Record No. 86.23; 87.6; 88.40; 88.46; 89.35; 90.1; 92.18; 96.29<br><br>

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