Fonds 0355 - Rorem family fonds

Ivor Wold, Blacksmith Fencing Valhalla Cemetery Swanberg and Rorem Boys First  Businesses, Valhalla Torgrim and Marvin Rorem Hilda Rorem and son, Marvin Ted's Sixth Birthday Lutheran Camp, Lake Saskatoon The Rorems, Valhalla Center, Alberta. Valhalla Center School, Alberta.
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Rorem family fonds

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CA GPR 0355

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0.5 cm of textual records
65 photographs

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Lyman Rorem, an American by birth, came to the Bardo district in Alberta with his parents. In 1915, he came to the Peace country to homestead and in 1916 filed on SW-10-74-9 W6 in the Valhalla district. He stayed with his uncle, Halvor Ronning the first winter while he got logs out for his house. There was an active community and Lyman fit in well, taking part in the Young People's Society, helping to teach school, taking part in a band and a choirand ,and many outdoor activites. In 1929, Hilda Solheim, his future wife, came from Nordfjord, Norway to stay with her aunt, Inga Fimrite. She and Lyman were married in 1930. Lyman was the butter maker and manager at the Valhalla Creamery at the time. Hilda was disappointed at having to give up her membership in the "Helping Hands " girls club when she married. In 1931, their first son, Torgrim (Ted), was born and in 1933, Marvin was born. Hilda was an excellent cook and operated the Valhalla coffee shop. In 1941, the family moved to Peace River town for a time so Lyman could help in the creamery there. The boys tookl their schooling in Valhalla and Marvin attended Grande Prairie High School for his grade 11-12. Ted married Kristine MacEachern, a nursing aid from Nova Scotia and they have three children: Janet Mooney, Margaret Drysdale, and Lyman (Thomas). Marvin married a school teacher, Muriel Stewart, and they have five children: Reed, Marnee Durward, Lane, Robin and Joel.

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The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Ted Rorem in 2009.

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The fonds consists of 65 photographs relating to the history of the Rorem, Fimrite and Ronning families, Valhalla Center, Valhalla Luthern Church, and Valhalla School and newspaper articles relating to the same. Also included is a copy of Lyman's Teaching Cetificate, 1911 and a copy of 1915 Rules for Teachers.

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The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Ted Rorem in 2009.


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Accession number: 2009.082

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South Peace Regional Archives

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