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Delta Museum and Archives Society Ila McCubbin Embree fonds
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Ila McCubbin Embree fonds

  • CA DMA CR-40
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1877-1948

The fonds consists of textual and photographic material relating to Ila McCubbin Embree and her family, including members of the Dinsmore, McCubbin, Embree, and Forrest families.

Embree, Ila McCubbin, 1901-

T.W. Forrest's Day Book

File contains a small day book written by T. W. Forrest with daily entries recording expenses, income and events between 1877 and 1880. T.W. (Wesley?) Forrest was the father of Irene Forrest who was Lester Embree's first wife and Ivan embree's grandfather. Mr. Forrest farmed in Nova Scotia, where the day book may have been written, and at an unknown date moved to New Westminster.

Pupils' monthly report cards

File contains two student report cards for Ila McCubbin for school term ending December 1915 at Ladner Public School, and for term ending June 1919 at Ladner High School [King George V High School].

Ration booklets

File contains five "Ration Book 6" booklets with coupons enclosed issued to Ivan Embree, Elinore Embree, Yvonne Embree, Howard Embree and Ila Embree. Gasoline license and ration coupon book and ration book holder envelope was also issued to Ivan Embree in 1940, address given as 949 Embree Road in Delta. The file also includes three newspaper clippings, one about a sale of equipment from Harry M. Wilson's farm.


This series consists of one photograph of Annie Forrest (ca 1920) enclosed in a small card, and one carte de visite album with twelve photographs and some ephemeral material. This album may have belonged to Annie Forrest, as it appears to contain three very small photographs of Miss Forest as a young woman. There is also carte de visite and other mounted portraits of young people, many unidentified. Those that are identified include Effie Wells, the Graham children, and Miss Turner.

Souvenir Cards

File consists of Christmas and birthday greeting cards, a souvenir school card from Canoe Pass School that lists students and teacher at the school in 1916, 9 postcards sent to Frank McCubbin from family members on trips, and a set of postcards sent to the McCubbin family from the Vogue family on holidays in California. Three of the greeting cards are made of heavy card and comprise several pages with colored illustrations and poems.

Souvenir Cards

File consists of Christmas and birthday greeting cards, one of which is printed on birch bark; small prayer cards; postcards; calling cards (Brandrith, Gunn and Dinsmore); and a small 1912 calendar.


File contains a certificate awarding Mrs. Forest [sic] a Life Membership in the Woman's Missionary Society of the Methodist Church (New Westminster) in 1915, and a certificate awarding Anne T. Forrest Life Membership in the British Columbia Woman's Christian Temperance Union in 1948.

Autograph Album

File contains one autograph book, the album given as an Xmas gift in 1901 with signatures and poems entered from 1902 to 1905. The entries are to "Essie" from friends in Matsqui and Delta.

A. Theresa Forrest's employment records

File contains a 1905 letter of recommendation from John Oliver, Secretary for the Board of Trustees, Delta School; a letter from the Burnaby School Board to acknowledge Miss Forrest's application for a teaching position and acceptance in 1906; a letter advising Miss Forrest of a raise in 1914; and a letter of thanks and appreciation for her service at the time of Miss Forrest's retirement from teaching in 1941. An envelope is also part of the file (1920).

Letters to and from Mrs. F. McCubbin (Maude)

File contains letters written to Mary Florence Maude (nee Dinsmore) McCubbin from her Uncle James and brother Allan regarding her father John's death and settling of the will (1924, 1925) and from her husband Frank and her children between 1917 and 1948, and letters from Maude to her children. The correspondence describes activities on the farm, on visits away, and family matters.