Fonds 670 Sims Family fonds

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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: Sims Family fonds
Reference code: 0670
Date: ca. 1900-1919 (date of creation)
Physical description: 31 photographs

0.1 cm textual records

Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Processed by Donna Richards, November 2017
Added to new database July 2023 – TD

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

Charles “Harry” Harrison Sims was born in Spondon, Derbyshire, England, on February 18, 1890. Charles served as a corporal for Britain in World War I. He was in the 2nd Sherwood Foresters; Army Service Corps; Regimental #10784 373463. Charles fought in the battles of Mons and Aisne. He was discharged on February 22, 1915 due to a foot injury.

He married Edith Annie Puckering on June 23, 1921. Charles was experiencing health issues due to the weather conditions in England. It was suggested that he and his family move to Canada where the weather would be better for him. In the spring of 1926, Charles, Edith, and their three oldest children, Ronnie, Winnie, and Mary travelled by boat to Canada as part of the Soldier Settlement Plan. The family settled in the Five Mile District, 6.5 miles directly east of Grande Prairie. The family welcomed nine more children after arriving in the Peace region: Bill, John, Grace, Marg, Wes, David, Joan, Edith, and Dorothy. All the children attended Five Mile School, walking to and from school no matter what the weather.

In a letter to the Northern Tribune newspaper dated August 8, 1935, the Lord Mayor of York, England wrote a response to the Jubilee Number of the Northern Tribune article that Charles had sent to him. In the letter, the Lord Mayor thanked Charles for sending him a copy. He goes on to say how enthusiastic the celebrations were in the old city of York. Specifically he wrote about the large number of teas held in the streets, and his personal observations that the poorer the street the more enthusiasm/interest there was and the more delightful the decorations. The Lord Mayor concluded with good wishes for the success of the paper. Charles was also a contributor to the Northern Tribune writing the East End News column for the newspaper. On June 11, 1936 he wrote an article regarding the status of his farm. The family was unable to put a crop in that year due to not having sufficient horses. The Solider Settlement of Canada representative and Charles mutually agreed that the farm would be leased on a crop share basis for one year.

Charles “Harry” Sims died on July 25, 1974 in Magrath, Alberta. Edith Annie Sims (Puckering) died April 30, 1975 at Magrath, Alberta.

Custodial History

These records were created by Charles Harrison Sims and donated by Chonita Sims-Robertson in 2016.

Scope and content

This fonds contains records related to Charles Harrison Sims and Edith Annie Pickering and depicts their life from the early 1900s to 1968, including World War I military service and family life. These records consist of one small photog album, and a set of photographs (copies). It also contains digital copies of Charles Sims’ attestation records, a letter dated October 10, 1914 written by Sims to his mother, and a military history sheet.


Title notes

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

Access points

  • Textual record (documentary form)
  • Graphic material – photograph (documentary form)
  • Education (subject)
  • Military (subject)
  • Women (subject)
  • Buildings (subject)
  • Transportation (subject)

Series descriptions

Reference code Title Dates Physical description
0670.001 Item – Charles Harrison Sims Photograph Album  ca. 1900-1919 1 photograph album : 2.75 X 4.5 in.
Scope and content:

This scrapbook contains 4 photographs of Charles Harrison Sims in what appears to be a Boy Scout uniform and a military uniform. The scrapbook also contains 3 photographs of girls identified as friends or little sister.

0670.002 Item – Charles Harrison Sims photograph collection  ca. 1900-1919 24 photographs : b&w ; 4 x 6 in.
Scope and content:

This file consists of 24 unidentified photographs that depict World War I, World War II, military uniforms, family life, schools, travel, and scenes of Grande Prairie. These photographs are copies from a scrapbook retained by the family.