Fonds - Betty Burton fonds

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Betty Burton fonds

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CA EDM

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  • 1914-1944 (Creation)
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    Burton, Betty

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5 cm of textual records

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(1907-1983)

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Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Burton was born on April 27, 1907in London, England. She moved with her mother and father, Edward S. and Margaret Burton, and her brother, Geoff, to Oyama in 1914 and to Enderby in 1915. Betty attended Provincial Normal School in Victoria in 1925; she taught school in north central British Columbia for a few years. She was interested in history and gave occasional lectures on the history of the Cariboo. In 1937 Betty trained to be a registered nurse in Victoria. Betty married V.S. Stephens of Mara in 1953 and they moved to Salmon Arm. Betty died September 5, 1983.

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Donated by Pam Booth, Betty's step-daughter.

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Fonds consists of hand-written original manuscripts by Betty Burton. Includes Betty's story of teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in 1928 in Fort Fraser, a story of Lillian Alling's walk from New York to Dawson in a bid to reach Russia, a history of the Young Ranger Bands, a description of Betty's trip with family from England to Oyama in 1914, a description of two camping holidays in 1944 in Mara and Mabel Lake, a description of a trip down the Shuswap River in a row boat in 1919, and a description of the natural geography of the North Okanagan. It includes a few notes and several lengthy letters to her parents describing in detail experiences during a cruise on the 'Aurania' from Montreal to the Caribbean and around South America to San Francisco and Vancouver in 1940. Fonds also includes certificates from Enderby High School and Provincial Normal School (1922, 1925), a list of settlers' effects (1947) and an autograph album with original drawing and paintings and notes from friends in 1925-1931.

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