Fonds 136 Grant Family fonds


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1905-1977. — 10 cm of textual records, 16 photographs, 16 postcards.

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Biographical Sketch

Patricia and Leslie Allan Grant lived in the Grande Prairie area during the latter half of the 1900s.  Their son, Morley Allan Grant, graduated from the Grande Prairie High School in 1969 and from Fairview Agricultural College in 1971. Leslie Allan Grant, born in 1922, was the oldest child of John Gordon Grant and Ada Jane McKeage.  John, born in Scotland in 1887, had immigrated to Canada in 1911 and moved to High River in 1914.  There he met Ada McKeage, who lived in Gladys, Alberta, near High River, with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. John McKeage, and siblings, Herman and Margaret.  They corresponded for four years while Ada traveled (possibly worked) in Alberta, Quebec and Vermont, and were married in 1920.  There were two other children born to the Grants:  Norman Edward in 1924, and Margaret Elaine in 1928.  They farmed near High River, 1 ½ miles east of Gladys Ridge store from 1919 until 1932. Ada passed away in 1957. Patricia McIntosh Grant lived in the Calgary area before she married Allan Grant in 1947.  She was the daughter of Kitty Short McIntosh.  Kitty’s sister, Alice Mary Short, was a graduate and long-time employee of the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary.

Custodial History

The records were donated to the Grande Prairie Museum in 1992 by Mrs. Patricia Grant. In 2002, responsibility for the collection was transferred to the Grande Prairie Regional Archives.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of certificates from family members over three generations, letters from Ada McKeage to John Grant during their courtship,  photographs of the Grant children, diaries and financial records from Alice Mary Short, and miscellaneous cards and letters.  Included in the collection are the records of St. Andrew’s Women’s Auxiliary from Gladys, Alberta, dating from 1913-1923, for whom Mrs. McKeage was the secretary.

Table of Contents

Series 136.01 Pat & Allan Grant
Series 136.02 John & Ada Grant
Series 136.03 Alice Mary Short
Series 136.04 Miscellaneous
Series 136.01 Pat & Allan Grant. — 1947-1971. — .1 cm of textual records, 1 photographs.
The series consists of a wedding photograph of Leslie Allan Grant and Patricia McIntosh; a list of graduates from Grande Prairie High School  in 1969, among them Morley Allan Grant; and a Diploma in Agriculture from Alberta Agricultural Vocational Colleges, Fairview.
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Series 136.02 John & Ada Grant. — 1905-1977. — 4 cm of textual records, 14 photographs.
The fonds consists of a series of letters from Ada McKeage to John Grant before their marriage in 1920, a scrapbook made for their marriage or the advent of their first child, some miscellaneous correspondence and certificates, and photographs of the Grant family and their home near High River.  Also included are the records of the St. Andrews Women’s Auxiliary in Gladys, Alberta, from its first meeting in 1913 to 1923.
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Series 136.03 Alice Mary Short. — 1925-1943. — 2 cm of textual records, 2 photographs.
The fonds consists of five small diaries from 1925-1929, filled with notes on her patients, her activities and the weather; and a file of financial records with income tax statements, insurance records and victory bonds.  The  two photographs are of a nursing class graduation in the early 1900s and of Mary Alice Short as a child.
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Series 136.04 Miscellaneous. — 1905-1977. — 2 cm of textual records, 16 postcards.
The fonds consists of two files of miscellaneous cards, postcards, letters and publications.  There is also a small address book used by various members of the Grant, McIntosh and Short families.
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