Fonds 041 Priscilla Gilmour fonds


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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: Priscilla Gilmour fonds
Reference code: 0041
Date: 1911-1942 (date of creation)
Physical description: 1 cm of textual records

2 photographs

Language: English
Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Exported from AoR and added to new database April 2022 – TD

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

In 1911, at the ages of 60 and 59, William and Priscilla Gilmour came to the Peace Country with their grown sons George and Ernest, (Bill) to take advantage of low-priced homestead land. They traveled by train from Port Robinson to Edson, where they bought horses, wagon and supplies, then spent four months on the trail, arriving on September 12, 1911. They settled on SW 22-71-8-W6, just north of where the Wembley elevators now stand. Mrs. Gilmour kept a diary of the trip and the first few months on the homestead. In 1916, their daughters, Hattie May Gilmour and Sarah Wood came with their families to join their parents in the Peace Country. William is buried in the old Methodist Church cemetery, which is now the Wembley Community Cemetery.

Custodial history

Diary was donated in 1990 by Mary Wilson Moschenrass and photographs were passed on to the archives by Elsie Wilson Colby Denney through Dr. David Leonard in 1999.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of one 78 page diary written by Priscilla Gilmour about her experiences going over the Edson Trail in 1911; two photographs of Mrs. Gilmour, one with the Lake Saskatoon Church group c. 1920, and one when she was 90 years of age; and a Succeeding Generations Scroll from the Grande Prairie District Oldtimers Association for Elsie Denney, a grand-daughter of the Gilmour’s.


Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title of fonds based on contents.

Physical condition

This diary was originally housed in a mylar folder with taped edges. The edges came undone and tape was sticking to the front and back cover. The mylar folder was carefully removed. The stickiness on the covers was carefully scraped off and the item wrapped in tissue and tied. The diary is in good shape but should be handled with care and not exposed to excess light. 2020 JS.

Access points

  • Textual record (documentary form)
  • Graphic material – photograph (documentary form)
  • Family and personal life* (subject)
  • Land, settlement and immigration* (subject)
  • Women (subject)

Series descriptions

Reference code Title Dates Physical description
0041.01 Item – Priscilla Gilmour with a group of Lake Saskatoon Church Women  [ca. 1920] 1 photograph : b & w ; 25 x 15 cm
  Scope and content:

An exterior, close-up photograph of a Lake Saskatoon/Wembley church group. Back row, left to right: Reverend Findley, Mrs. Neilson (hardware store), Mrs. Yeats, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Archer, Mrs. Findley, and Mrs. Cranston. Front row: Mrs. Sara Wood, Mrs. Loudfoot, Mrs. Rowland, Mrs. Priscilla Gilmour, Mrs. Bonnie Carlisle, Miss Sharpe, Jessie Smith (front), Mrs. Albert Smith, and Mrs. Cooper (?).

0041.02 Item – Priscilla Gilmour  1942 1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 6 cm
  Scope and content:

Full length snapshot of great grandma Gilmour sitting in a lawn chair.

1990.11.1 Item – Priscilla Gilmour diary  1911 78 pp of textual records
  Scope and content:

One 78 page diary written by Priscilla Gilmour about her experiences going over the Edson Trail in 1911.