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Atkey family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-3
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1914-1960

Fonds consists of photographs of scenes and people in and around the Ladner/Delta area (from ca. 1918-1923), students and teachers in the Delta Central School and Ladner Elementary School (ca. 1918-1923) and photographs of the Atkey family and friends. Fonds also includes one book, Webster's School and Office Dictionary (1914) and one pen and ink drawing by Ken Atkey.

Atkey (family)

Bell family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-4
  • Fonds
  • 1859-[ca. 1979]

The Bell family fonds is arranged in three sous-fonds: Edith Bell sous-fonds, Edward Bell sous-fonds, and Harry Bell sous-fonds. Edith Bell's records include diaries, scrapbooks and photographs of family and community events as well as records pertaining to her membership in various organizations including the Imperial Order Daughter of the Empire. Edward Bell's records consist of business papers, particularly land records and wills. Harry Bell's records are personal records related to the Bell family. Through photographs, cartographic material, and textual records, the records document not only the Bell family, but much of the community of Delta. Edith Bell's records provide insight into Delta social affairs and families, while Edward Bell's business records reveal economic and social change as it is documented in land transactions.

Bell (family)

Berney family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-14
  • Fonds
  • [191-?]-[192-]

The fonds consists of a family photograph album belonging to Gertrude Berney, photographs of the dedication of the cenotaph (1921), and photographs given to Harley Berney by Frank Beadleson.

Berney (family)

Bertha Reynolds fonds

  • CA DMA CR-71
  • Fonds
  • 1882-[ca. 1977]

The fonds consists of photographs and records of Bertha Reynold's family and her activities as teacher, secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, and historian for the Delta Museum Society. The fonds contains Delta Pioneer Record Sheets for 93 families in Delta, B.C. They list the names of Delta families and their members. Information includes: dates of births, location of birth, date of marriages, location of marriage, date of burial, location of burial, grandchildren, and reminiscences. Also included are newspaper articles containing additional information on some of the families, and photographs of family and street scenes, mostly in Delta. The fonds also contains miscellaneous records of Ladner families and a notebook of newspaper clippings of the Delta Board of Trade (1934-36). Family activities on the farm are documented in photographs. The fonds also consists of six notebooks containing minutes, clippings and literature pertaining to the British and Foreign Bible Society from 1936-1977.

Reynolds, Bertha, 1903-

Capadouca family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-10
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1930-1946]

This fonds consists of one autograph book belonging to Peter Demosten, and six photographs relating to the Capadouca family's activities on Deas Island.

Capadouca (family)

Chorlton family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-11
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1910-193-

The fonds consists of 136 photographs, some loose, most mounted in a photo album. The photographs include scenes of farming, travel, family, and livestock.

Chorlton (family)

Curtis family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-12
  • Fonds
  • [18--]-1991

The fonds consists mainly of two groups of records. One group was created as a result of Dr. E.J.Curtis' interest in the genealogy of the McKee family. The other is a compilation of material, some of which was arranged in 3 albums (see conservation note), that describes the activities and accomplishments of Edwin Johnson Curtis, his parents, and his children. The fonds includes photographs, correspondence, certificates, research notes, family trees, newspaper clippings and ephemera. The photographs contain many family portraits, scenes of early Ladner and Lowe Inlet, and depictions of family activities and holidays. Dr. Curtis corresponded with archives, genealogical organizations, and family members to obtain records and information about the family of his mother Isabella McKee, compiling this information in detailed handdrawn family trees. Original records include certificates of various family members' birth, death, marriage and accomplishments, and records of Dr. Curtis' war service, education, memberships, and professional competency and appointments.

Curtis (family)

Davie family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-99
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1987

The fonds consists of correspondence relating to Murray Davie's agricultural activities, and copies of records of the Delta Agricultural Society and Delta Co-Operative Breeders Society shares book (1929). The fonds contains photographs of Davie and Savage family members in portraits and participating in farm and community activities, as well as photographs of farms, barns, prize animals, and local scenes.

Davie (family)

Delta Ladner Saddler collection

  • CA DMA CR-25
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1870]-1960

This collection consists of photographs of several generations of the Ladner family.

Dennison family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-69
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1920-1995]

Fonds consists of photographs, an essay entitled "Memoirs of a Ladner Lad" written by William James Dennison, and a family tree prepared by Bill Dennison. The fonds also includes three ledgers from the Ladner Shoe Store. The photographs document many aspects of the Dennison's family life in Delta such as potato farming, gardening and a variety of social activities.

Dennison (family)

Edith Eleanor Pearson fonds

  • CA DMA CR-28
  • Fonds
  • 1902-1939, predominant 1902-1927

Fonds consists of black and white photographs, black and white copy prints, and negatives of the Pearson family at home in New Westminster and on holidays in British Columbia, Alberta, the United States (particularly California), and Europe. Includes many photographs of the Pearson family and friends engaged in leisure activities at their vacation home, "Edgewood", at Boundary Bay. The property was purchased by the Major and Pearson families in 1896. It is identified on the Corporation of Delta's Assessment Roll No. 160 as part of Lot 30, Group 2, consisting of two acres. The property was approximately where Meredith Place is now. The families that owned the neighbouring lots included the Corbould, Drew, Meredith, Major, and Kirkland families. Unidentified people in the Boundary Bay photographs may include members of these families. The majority of the photographs concern the activities of the Pearson, Major and Lee families. Edith's interest in photography appears to have begun around the time of her youngest son Geoffrey's birth in 1901, and the collection contains many photographs of him from infancy through adulthood. He married Shirley Foley and had a son, Ken. The two older boys, Thomas Roy (known as Roy) and Leslie, were born in 1888 and 1891, respectively. Roy appears to have been in the military during World War I, and later married Nora, a teacher. They had no children. The photographs show Roy and Nora at their home in Los Angeles and later in South Westminster, where they had a chicken farm. Leslie is also shown in uniform during the war. He married Ethel Watson in 1912, and they had a daughter Mary Isabel, who appears to have visited her Pearson grandparents frequently. Also prominent in the collection are Edith's niece and nephew, Dorothy and Ormsby Lee, the children of her sister Mildred Jane and John Andrew ("Jack") Lee, a New Westminster merchant. Dorothy traveled frequently with her aunt before her marriage to Sid Mallinson, with whom she had a daughter, Diana. Ormsby married Jessie Blair and had a son, John ("Jackie").

Pearson, Edith Eleanor

Esther Paulson collection

  • CA DMA CR-90
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1890]-1911, 1978

The fonds consists of a photograph album and postcards belonging to Martin Paulson. Also included are a list of Swedes who came to Ladner at the turn of the century, as well as historical notes on Martin Paulson and his sea chest compiled by Esther Paulson, Martin's niece.

Ethel Mowat fonds

  • CA DMA CR-100
  • Fonds
  • 1886-1981

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.

Mowat, Ethel

Fred Taylor fonds

  • CA DMA CR-35
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1914-1950

The fonds consists of photographs of the following: Ladner Elementary School students in 1915 and 1922, Ladner Baseball Team (oversize), Landner Lacross Team in 1935, Vernon (Ted) Taylor in his harness making shop, snow scene in Delta with Clement, Lambert and Myrtle Grant (McRae), the Hanford and Taylor families on a Sunday afternoon drive with horses and buggy in front of the Hanford home on Stanley Street in 1913, May Day, parade in front of Ladner Meat market, musicians in parade, crowd on the steps of what is now the Delta Museum and Archives building, and Australian Cadets. Also consists of program for the First Annual Banquet an Dance of the Delta Ex-High Club, a Farm Service News brochure and a small handwritten program for the graduating class of 1926 at King George V High School.

Taylor, Fred, 1910-

Garvey, Dodd family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-5
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900]-[196-?]

The fonds consists of a record book/scrapbook belonging to Mabel Garvey and photographs mostly of the Gray sisters and their families. The photographs are loose or in an album. The photographs are of the B.C. Interior, Ladner, Beach Grove, Washington and California. Several photographs are of early Ladner fishing canneries and of the Delta Hotel.

Garvey (family)

George William London family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-92
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1954

The fonds consists of financial records belonging to G.W. and Richard London, correspondence belonging to Hazel that is about her wedding in 1934, and photographs of family, friends, school classes and scenes of the local area.

London (family)

Husband family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-39
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1990

The fonds consists of two photographs and a recipe book entitled "The Best of the Husbands" (1990), which includes genealogical charts and family histories written by Rena Husband Trainor Reid.

Husband (family)

Jessie Reagh Belcher fonds

  • CA DMA CR-47
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1905-1993

Fonds consists of textual and photographic material related to the Reagh family. The textual material consists of two papers regarding genealogical research conducted on Jessie Belcher's family. The first is entitled "The Wassell Family", was written by Wassell Randolph, with a forward added by Jessie Belcher, as well as a page indicating references to her mother's family. The second, which investigates the life of Elizabeth Wedgwood Hawksworth, Jessie Belcher's great-great-great paternal grandmother, was written by Mrs. Belcher herself and is entitled "Who Are You?". Another manuscript entitled "Reflection of Delta Central School" records Mrs. Belcher's memories of Delta Central School and includes anecdotes about teachers, classmates, and school activities. Mrs. Belcher attended the school in the 1930s. The textual records also contain advertising material including monthly calendars from Fisher's Drug And Book Store (1923), envelopes from Ladner United Sunday School, Mc & Mc Department Stores, the Ladner Studio, and a greeting card from Home Oil Distributors Limited. Another file contains greeting cards, an invitation to the opening of the No. 18 Elementary Flying Training School, Boundary Bay, and a name tag for a Graduate Dance for the Air Force, which Jessie Reagh attended in 1941. The tag is "part of wing of plane which cracked up on Sea Island." The file also contains a "Coronation 1937", a booklet prepared by the Department of Education and presented to elementary and high school children in the province. Jessie Reagh wrote an inscription in the centre of the booklet which includes the names of her teachers and classmates. Also included in the textual material are two books, "The New Canadian Hymnal" (1922), and the "Canadian Reader" (1931). The photographs include seven black and white photographs related to the Reagh family.

Belcher, Jessie Reagh, 1924-

John Landysheff fonds

  • CA DMA CR-104
  • Fonds
  • 1951-1979

The fonds consists of submisions and briefs, correspondence, minutes, landscape plans, and reference material generated by Mr. Landysheff's interest in promoting better community parks and recreation facilities for Delta. The fonds also includes Mr. Landysheff's original registers of meteorological observations taken at Pebble Hill, Tsawwassen, as well as publications from and correspondence with the Meteorological Branch. The fonds also includes memorabilia and writings by Mr. Landysheff on topics related to his work in the sugar beet industry, and to his interests in the history and welfare of his adopted country. The fonds has been arranged in four series: Weather observation materials; Community campaign and project materials; Writings; and Memorabilia.

Landysheff, John Joseph, b. 1893

Lanning family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-87
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1958, 1984

The fonds consists of school records and exercises belonging to Marjorie and Harold, Gertrude's cash book, some records belonging to Lanning, Fawcett & Wilson, and photographs of members and friends of the Lanning family engaged in picnics, work, school activities, and other social events.

Lanning (family)

Leary family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-54
  • Fonds
  • 1897-[196-?]

Textual records consist of legal records belonging to A.R. Leary including land deeds, mortgage papers, and fire insurance policies. The fonds also includes British Columbia history and geography textbooks, newspaper clippings, a June 3, 1948 issue of the Ladner Optimist, school certificates, a short history of Vancouver, May Day raffle tickets, rules and regulations of the Grand Black Chapter of Ireland, programs, receipts, notebooks, correspondence, etc. It also contains genealogical notes on the Leary family compiled by Mabel MacNamara and Laura Miller. The fonds includes photographs of men during the gold rush, Knickerbocker's Barber Shop, schools and students, Ladner Ferry, World War I tanks, logging, canneries, ferries, etc. as well as photographs of various members of the Leary family.

Leary (family)

Lord family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-72
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1865-1920]

The fonds consists of two Lord family photograph albums. Photographs include cartes de visite. Also included is an obituary for William Booth and a genealogy of May's descendants.

Lord (family)

Margaret Wayte collection

  • CA DMA CR-98
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1890-1960

The collection consists of photographs of members of the Whiting, Love, Brandrith, Skinner, Foote and Gunn families. Also includes photographs of Boundary Bay school classes and Skinner's Service Station, as well as one tintype of two boys possibly around 1890. Textual records include a letter from Thomas Gunn to his uncle Hugh Gunn, and a letter by F.J. Brandrith.

Martha Taylor collection

  • CA DMA CR-56
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1915-1920]

The fonds consists of photographs of friends, family, farm scenes, cows, ferries, horses, parades, hunting scenes, an old motorcycle with children on it, etc. Most of the photographs are unidentified in terms of people and places.

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