Fonds 194 Edward Heller fonds

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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: Edward Heller fonds
Reference code: 0194
Date: 1914-1976 (date of creation)
Physical description: 70 pp, of textual records

2 photographs

Language: English
Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Exported from AoR and added to new database July 2023 – JL

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

Edward Joseph Heller was born in Iowa in 1889. Ed came to Saskatchewan in 1913 , where he drove a 60 HP gas tractor pulling a breaking plough. He soon teamed up with Fred Colette and Kenneth Murray walking over the Edson Trail. He worked for Oliver Johnson for the winter, then filed on the Sammy Johnson place on April2, 1914 and enlisted in the 66 Infantry for WW1. He was discharged in 1919 and took up Free Grant land that had been abandoned. Ed married Laura Davis in 1920. In 1926, because of a war injury Ed had sustained, they rented out their farm and moved to White Rock. They returned in the fall of 1930 to resume farming and built a two-storey house on the Beaverlodge River. They had four children: Robert, a farm manager at Vermilion Agricultural College married Muriel Fulton; Marion, a teacher married to Vernon Hill in Beaverlodge; Edna, a secretary married Stanley Sparkes, R.A.F. settling in Beaverlodge after WW11; Beth married Bruce MacDonell and lives in Drumheller. Ed was always athletic He competed as a wrestler and a runner while in military service and in local sports days during two years with the Veteran’s Guard during WW11. He served on the Appleton School Board, the Divisional School Board, and was active in the U.F.A. and the Legion.

Custodial history

The collection was preserved by Edna Sparkes, daughter of Edward Heller, and donated to the South Peace Regional Archives in 2005. An accrual to the fonds was donated by daughter Marion Hill in 2011.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of a copy of a handwritten memoir of his WW1 experiences, a scanned postcard photograph of Edward Heller, and a copy of a photograph of WW1 trenches. Accruals have added a soldier training certificate (1916), wedding anniversary poems, and a birthday scrapbook collage.


Title notes

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

Restrictions on access

There are no restrictions on access.


No accruals are expected.

Access points

  • Graphic material (documentary form)
  • Textual record (documentary form)
  • Family and personal life* (subject)
  • Military (subject)

Series descriptions

Reference code Title Dates Physical description
0194.01 Item – Edward Heller  1916 1 photograph : jpeg
Scope and content:

Edward Heller photographed in his WW1 uniform.

0194.03 Item – World War I Soldiers Trudging Across a Muddy Field  1916 1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10 in.
Scope and content:

Copy of a photograph showing soldiers in the distance walking along a wired barricade through a very muddy field.

0194.04 Item – Birthday Scrapbook  1 Book, 42pp.
Scope and content:

A scrapbook made by family for Edward Heller’s birthday, including collages of different life events and celebrations primarily made from magazine clippings and some photographs.

0194.05 Item – Edward and Laura Heller Anniversary Poems  1970 – 1976 0.5cm of textual material

Heller, Edward

Scope and content:

This folder contains poems written about the Heller family, including poems relate to Edward and Laura Heller’s 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries.