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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)

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

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

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)

Margaret MacInnis and family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-111
  • Fonds
  • 1885-1940

Fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, certificates, school workbooks, two small watercolour paintings, and photographs. The material is about MacInnis family events and relationships, and the activities and accomplishments of individual family members. The fonds has been arranged according to the family member responsible for receiving or creating the records: Martin and Margaret MacInnis, Jessie MacInnis, Carlyle MacInnis, and John William Fraser. A fifth series contains an account book of the Brackman-Ker Milling Company.

MacInnis, Margaret Catherine

Whitworth family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-112
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1885]-1949

Fonds consists of correspondence and photographs created or received by Whitworth family members Isaac, Christiana, Leonie, Lillian, Fred, William, and Olive. Much of the correspondence is in the form of postcards.

Whitworth (family)

Edgar Dunning fonds

  • CA DMA CR-115
  • Fonds
  • 1830-1983, predominant 1930-1980

The fonds consists of Mr. Dunning's family and business records; records accumulated as a member of various community organizations; and documents, manuscripts, and photographs resulting from Edgar's work for the Delta newspaper, the Optimist, and his interest in Delta community events and history. Family records include correspondence and legal records regarding the property on 48th Avenue and Delta Street, as well as financial and educational certificates. A large series of memorabilia includes invitations and other ephemera, which Edgar accumulated as publisher and reporter for the Optimist and as active community member. Business records are largely from the Optimist printing business, and include examples of print products such as invitations, programs, letterheads, tickets, municipal reports, etc., which were printed for local people and businesses of Delta. A small series of Optimist newspaper records include lists of subscribers from the 1940s. The fonds includes a sample of Edgar's writings for the Optimist on historical topics, plus a larger group of manuscripts that have been edited by him in his capacity as editor of the Optimist and as an interested and knowledgeable local historian. The fonds also consists of minutes of meetings, correspondence, reports, etc. accumulated by Edgar as a member of the Delta Community Band, various centennial committees, the Delta Historical and Museum Society, and other organizations. Edgar is a talented amateur photographer, and his photograph collection reflects his work as a reporter and his interest in the people and events of Delta. The fonds has been arranged in the following series: Centennial committees records; Delta Community Band records; Other society and committee records; Family papers; Manuscripts; Memorabilia; The Optimist (newspaper) records; The Optimist (printers) records; Photographs; Reference files.

Dunning, Edgar, 1910-2010

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)

Margaret Arthur Berney fonds

  • CA DMA CR-13
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1886-1973

Fonds consists of photographs of Margaret Berney's family and friends, students from King George V High School, May Day events, picnics, farms, etc.

Berney, Margaret, 1909-

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)

Ebba Bowing Neilson fonds

  • CA DMA CR-151
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1920-1977

Fonds consists of photographs of the Bowing family and their home on Westham Island, an aerial photo of the Neilson family farm and May Queen photos.

Neilson, Ebba Bowing

Delta Ladner Saddler collection

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

This collection consists of photographs of several generations of the Ladner 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

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)

Frank and Winifred Fisher fonds

  • CA DMA CR-32
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1912-1930

The fonds consists of a diary kept by Frank Fisher. Part of the diary appears to be written at the time he was a bookkeeper at Deas Island in 1912; this section of the diary is written in pen. Other entries written in pencil chronicle the day to day activities of farm life. It is likely, therefore that this section was written after Mr. Fisher returned from the war and started farming Deas Island. The fonds also consists of a letter found in Mr. Fisher's diary, written to him by a relative or friend, Kathleen, living overseas.

Fisher, Frank

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-

Freda Hayman fonds

  • CA DMA CR-36
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1972

The fonds consists of four series: research notes made about Delta's history by Freda Hayman while she was a docent at the Delta Museum and Archives; Delta Museum and Archives records such as minutes and agendas from meetings; personally collected papers such as William McKenzie's booklets, music books, etc.; and photographs of students, teachers, family and friends.

Hayman, Freda

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)

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)

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-

John Dixon and Ruth Honeyman fonds

  • CA DMA CR-41
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1967

The fonds consists of single photographs and photograph albums, and letters, legal documents and ephemera created or collected by the Honeyman and Fisher families.

Honeyman, John Dixon

John and Douglas Honeyman fonds

  • CA DMA CR-42
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1944

The fonds consists of an accounts journal and seventeen daily journals kept by John Honeyman (1845-1926) and his son Douglas Ramsey Honeyman (1886-1968) from 1883 to 1944, which describe farming the Honeyman family farm at Eden, Manitoba, from 1883 to 1895, the farm at Gulfside near Port Guichon from 1896 to 1902, and the East Delta farm from 1903 to 1914 and 1920 to 1944. Entries from 1883 to about 1905 were made by John Honeyman, and from 1906 to 1944 by Douglas Honeyman. John Honeyman's daily entries are more detailed than those made by Douglas and record farm work and family activities, especially those of the Honeyman children. The journals describe visits with family and neighbors, trips to New Westminster and Vancouver, weather observations, illness, entertainment and social activities. Entries about farm work record seasonal activities for tilling, planting and harvesting grains and potatoes; raising livestock; improving and building farm buildings, fences, etc.; and employing workers such as East Indians and Chinese and their wages. Entries also refer to community political events and frictions, and to work done on shared community infrastructure such as dykes, drainage ditches and roads.

Fonds has been arranged in the following series:
Journals
Photographs
Receipts and Shares

Honeyman, John and Douglas

John McKee Allen family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-44
  • Fonds
  • [ca.1920]-1937

The fonds consists of cashbooks of J.M. Allen, a time book, correspondence and photographs of Delta scenes and the Allen family home.

Allen, John McKee

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 Christopherson fonds

  • CA DMA CR-48
  • Fonds
  • 1937-1976

The fonds consists of records relating to the functions and activities of John Christopherson, the manager of B.C. Packers Limited oyster operation on Boundary Bay in Delta. The records mainly deal with oyster operations at Boundary Bay and Pendrell Sound, and include daily work diaries, correspondence, invoices, cost estimates, time sheets, boat log books, inventories, newspaper clippings and other reference material. The fonds includes photographs that detail the operations of the Boundary Bay oyster plant. The fonds also includes personal records that belong to John and Grace Christopherson, including correspondence, a travel diary, and memorabilia that relate to their social activities in Delta. The fonds is arranged in seven series: Work diaries; Boundary Bay oyster operation records; Boat log books; Pendrell Sound seed operation records; Reference materials; John and Grace Christopherson personal records; and, Photographs.

Christopherson, John

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