Fonds 673 Doug Van Schaick Family collection

Doug Van Schaick Family collection. — 2005. — 550 photographs. — 1 postcards.

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Biographical Sketch

Foster Van Schaick was born at Camrose, Alberta in 1907 to Herbert Ellsworth and Nellie M. [Stearns] Van Schaick. The Van Schaick’s immigrated to Canada from South Dakota in 1905. His family, including his parents and three older brothers – Floyd, Chester, and Glen – traveled over the Edson Trail to homestead on what is now Richmond Hill in 1911. Another brother, Clifton, was born that same year.

In 1932, Foster married Marie Brooks, originally from Huntville, Washington, whose parents homesteaded near Pipestone Creek. Marie and Foster homesteaded at the South Wapiti along Iroquois Creek on W 1/2-6-69-8-W6. Like most homesteaders, they spent the winter months working off the farm at various mills in the area. In 1943, from April to October, Foster packed supplies up the Yukon for the Canol Project for Carl Brooks outfit. In 1950, the Van Schaicks moved to Grande Prairie, along with their three children, Irene, Patricia, and Douglas. Foster worked several jobs, including construction and a service station, until his retirement. Irene married Bert Varty; Patricia married Don Houston, and Doug married Patricia Smith.

Doug and Patricia remained in Grande Prairie, where Doug worked for McGavins baker and later Proctor and Gamble until his retirement.

Custodial History

These items were collected or created by Carol Hamilton and Shelagh Perez, daughters of Doug and Patricia Van Schaick during their research on the Van Schaick ancestors.

Scope and Content

This fonds contains records related to the American ancestors of the local Van Schaick family. These records consist of 1 CD containing approximately 550 photos of Van Schaick Island and the Van Schaick mansion and 1 postcard of Van Schaick mansion. This material was compiled as part of research related to the historic Van Schaick family who originally immigrated to Pennsylvania and New York ca. 1640. The Van Schaick mansion, built between 1735-1750, is now an historic site.


Accession 2015.024.

Van Schaick Postcard, 2005
1 Postcard; colour; 14 x 9 cm
Image of the historic Van Schaick mansion at Cohoes, New York.
Location: 0673.01
Van Schaick Photos, 2005
1 CD; ;
Approximately 500 photos of historic Van Schaick Island.
Location: 0673.02
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