Fonds - Earl Tomyn fonds

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Earl Tomyn fonds

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  • 1932 (Creation)
    Earl Tomyn
    Blind Bay
    Death date October 13, 2003

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7.5 cms of textual records
89 negatives
45 photographs
one VHS film

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Earl Alvin Tomyn was born 10 April, 1932,on a farm in Margo, Saskatchewan to Mike and Anna Tomyn. One of ten children, Tomyn is of Ruthenian descent. His parents immigrated to Canada from Austria, through Ellis Island in 1910.

Tomyn began elementary school at the age of 8 in 1940, completing his public school studies in 1951. He worked in a variety of jobs including the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company in Flin Flon, Manitoba (1952), the oil fields in Leduc, at Canadian Equipment Sales and Service Co. in Edmonton (1953) and in a pharmacy in Lucky Lake, Sask. (1954). Tomyn then worked as a reporter for AThe Post@ in Fairview Alberta (1954) and for Fairview Photo (1955). Wanting further training, Tomyn enrolled in the Falk School of Professional Photography in Maryville, Missouri, graduating in 1956. His jobs included working at Heath Photography in Melfort, Sask, then Fairview Photo Studio 1956-1957). In 1957 he worked at Edstrom Studio in Winona, Minnesota. Tired of the wages, Tomyn moved back to Flin Flon, Manitoba to work for Mid West Diamond Drilling as a relief driller and timekeeper. At Mid West he created a commissary for other employees.

From 1958 to 1960 Tomyn owned and operated Earl=s Photo Studio at Leader Saskatchewan. In 1960 he moved to Edmonton, working for Goertz Photo Studio, as a contracted photographer for the Edmonton Journal. In 1961 he moved to Camrose, to work at Langbell=s studio. During 1963 Tomyn moved frequently, working in the resource and construction sectors in Clearwater, BC, Pinepoint, NWT and Little Fort, BC.

In 1965 Tomyn moved to Avola and worked as a driller for Emil Anderson Construction. He and his family moved to Salmon Arm, where he worked for Federated Cooperative in Canoe. From 1969 to 1976 Tomyn operated Earl's Photo Studio in Salmon Arm. From 1976 to 1993 Tomyn returned to work at Federated Cooperative as a forklift driver and watchman.

While in Salmon Arm, Tomyn took an active interest in First United Church, The Salmon Arm Fall Fair Board, The Lions Club, Salmon Arm Light Horse Academy, and Salmon Arm Museum. In 1980,he wrote the The History of Margo Sask ,a 400 page volume encompassing the history of the area and it=s people from the early 1900's . He also compiled a phonetic language dictionary of English to Ruthenian.

On November 5, 1966 Tomyn married Marjorie Kernaghan [1937-1991]. The couple had two children, Michael Walter, born Aug. 8, 1967 and Anne Marie, born March 10, 1969.

Earl Tomyn died at his home in Blind Bay, BC with his family around him on 13 October, 2003.

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The fonds is divided into eight series including a history of the Lions Club of Salmon Arm, bulletins published by the Lions Club, correspondence, newsletters, negatives and photographs.

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      • English

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