Fonds CR-100 - Ethel Mowat fonds

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Ethel Mowat fonds

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  • 1886-1981 (Creation)
    Mowat, Ethel

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10 cm of textual records;73 photographs;6 audio cassettes

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Eunice Ethel (Berry) Mowat was born in 1899. Her father, Ernest Lower Berry moved his family from Vancouver to Ladner in 1913 where he started a grocery and bakery business. Ethel's brothers, Percy and Leslie, opened the Ladner Bicycle Shop in 1915. Later, they added a service station for motor vehicles. Two other brothers, Sidney and Harold, as well as Ethel until her marriage, assisted in the stores. Ethel married Sid Alexander Mowat (1891-1961) in 1921. They had three children, Dorothy (1923- ), Pat(1927- ), and Sid (1931- ). Sid Mowat served in the Air Force during the First World War and again in the Second World War. He earned his living selling lumber and machinery until 1929, when he joined the Shell Oil Agency, and then after 1943, operated his own trucking business. Ethel Mowat was an active member of the community, and was named "Good Citizen of the Year" in 1977. She was a member of the Ladner United Church, the I.O.D.E., the Delta Historical Society, and later the Delta Museum and Archives Society. She was a member of the Patriotic Society during WWI and of the Dugout Services club during WWII. She was also an active member of the McKee House Seniors' Centre. Ethel died in 1990 at the age of 91 years.

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The fonds consists of records and photographs that document the activities of Ethel's parents, children and husband, and collections of photographs, taped and transcribed interviews, historical notes, and records accumulated in her function as member of various organizations, author of a memoir "From Dawn to the Twilight Years", and local historian. The fonds contains miscellaneous records of the I.O.D.E. and the Delta Museum and Archives, and photographs of members of the I.O.D.E. and Dugout committee. The fonds holds a collection of Mowat family photographs used in Ethel's memoir; a collection of records and photographs, largely belonging to the McKee family, found at the McKee House prior to its renovation as a Senior Citizen's Centre; and a collection of taped and transcribed interviews with Ethel and Sid Mowat, and others conducted by Ethel with local residents, including Bob Trim and Rosetta Saga.

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Preliminary inventory and item level descriptions of photographs available. To view reference copies of photographs, see Photograph Reference binders under the photo number.

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BCAUL control number: DMA-340

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