Fonds 376 Charlie and Winnie Moore fonds

Charlie and Winnie Moore fonds. — 1980-1999. — 3 cm..

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Biographical Sketch

In November of 1930, Curly Moore, (later known as Charlie), came to the DeBolt area. His brother, Tom had homesteaded there earlier and after Tom had convinced Charlie to file on a homestead too, the two of them built a shack for the winter on Tom’s homestead. The first year they cleared and broke 8 acres on Charlie’s and 18 on Tom’s, all with a four horse team and homemade breaking plow. In 1932 the ground was ready for seed but they had no money. Luckily they met Robert Cochrane, a Grande Prairie seed grower who advanced them seed in order to get crops in. This was the beginning of a life of a seed grower east of the Smoky River. Charlie became interested in trying new varieties of cereals, legumes and grasses and built a seed cleaning plant in 1964.

In 1920, Laura DeBolt followed husband and brother-in-law, Elbert and George from Adrian, Washington, to the Peace country bringing children, Winnie, 7, Dorothy, 5, and Dale, 7 weeks. In 1921 the family moved to their homestead, now the hamlet of DeBolt. From 1922 on the DeBolts operated a post office and store in their home until they builtt a new home in 1933. Four more children were born: Jack, Clifford, Frances and Georgia. Elbert worked as a land agent and a blacksmith. The two DeBolt families were active in community organizations. As their homestead became a hamlet, they leased land to a store, a hall, a sawmill, and a church. IN 1941 the Elbert DeBolt family, with the exception of Winnie, moved to Spirit River. Elbert worked as a land assessor and then was an MLA for the Spirit River area for 12 years.

Charlie married Winnie DeBolt in 1935 and they raised six children: Maurice, Marvin, Norman, Lynda, Vernon, and Brian. Maurice and Marvin both graduated from Grande Prairie High School and Norman from Ridgevalley. Norman went on to university and taught for a few years before going into business. Lynda, Vernon and Brian graduated from Ridgevalley and Vernon studied Business Administration at the Grande Prairie Regional College. Charlie was active in the Alberta Seed Growers Association, , was a 4-H leader and active inchurch affairs. Winnie was an executive member of the United Church Women, Sunday School Superintendent, and Social Service Convenor. In 1964 the Moore family received the Master Farm Family Award. Moore seeds became a viable buiness with son Maurice and the younger boys working with Charlie.The family built a new home in 1970. Charlie and Winnie retired from active farming in 1980. Winnie was instrumental in the founding of the DeBolt and District Pioneer Museum, and the publishing of three books for the society, as well helping with the history of the DeBolt United Church. Vernon and Brian took over the management of the Moore farm and Moore Seeds in 1980. In 1993 Winnie was helping with the sequel to “Across the Smoky” when she became ill and passed away at 80 years of age.

Custodial History

The records were donated to the DeBolt & District Pioneer Museum and subsequentlywere transferred to the South Peace Regional Archives by Fran Moore in 2006.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of records belonging to Charlie Moore and his wife Winnie (DeBolt) Moore who homesteaded the land that the hamlet of DeBolt occupies and were very involved in the early community.


Title based on contents of the fonds

Table of Contents

Series 376.01 Charlie Moore
Series 376.02 Winnie Moore
Series 376.01 Charlie Moore. — 1947-1975. — 1 cm.The series consists of invoices from and cheques to businesses and individuals (1947-1975), a letter from Tom Moore while in service during WWII (1945) and one from Peace River Co-operative Seed Growers Assoc., (1951), 2 War Savings Certificates, a pass book from Cooked Creek Co-operative Assoc., livestock market reports from Weiller and Williams (1954-1974), a 1945 receipt from East of the Smoky District Nursing Assoc. for payment for 2 diptheria innoculations, 3 score cards from the DeBolt Country Club, and a hand drawn map showing landowners of some of townships 71-73, ranges 1, 2, and 26.
Series 376.02 Winnie Moore. — 1920-1986. — 2 cm.The series consists of a 1920 diary (likely Winnie’s mother’s); medallions handed out during a celebration of the coronation of King George VI and a meat token from WWII, receipt for filing on her homestead SW 7-73-1 W6 in 1931and assessment notice in 1932; two WWII ration booklets; a 1965 survey plan of DeBolt and a 1968 first telephone directory for DeBolt; a reminisence by Winnie of the Social Credit Party winning the election in 1935; a list of the first grauates from Ridge Valley School, paper artefacts from DeBolt’s sports days, graduations, drama and music festivals, ice carnivals (1970-1980), and from the first Valleyview Agricultural Fair in 1968; and posters from the 9th annual sports day in 1939 and from the DeBolt Theatre presenting “State Fair” [1950]. Also included are records from the DeBolt Country Club and Agricultural Soc.[1985-86) the DeBolt Public Library, [1981] The East Smoky Minor Hockey Assoc.[1971], The DeBolt Country Club, [1970], East Smoky Recreation Board [1975] and the DeBolt United Church, 1968-1982.
Debolt Theatre Poster for “State Fair”, [1950]
Creator: poster
Debolt Theatre announces the attraction “State Fair” as their next movie.
Location: 0376.02.01
Debolt Sports Day Poster for 1938, 1938
Debolt Sports Day poster for 1938.
Location: 0376.02.02
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