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Mike Deimuth Jr.’s fonds (Grainville School District No. 2699)

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Date Range
1913-1971
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20191073
Physical Description
53 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
2019.1073/001: Mike Deimuth Jr.’s Farming and Ranching Administrative Records and Forms, 1928-1947. 2019.1073/002: Mr. and Mrs. Deimuth Jr.’s Truck Records, 1935-1941. 2019.1073/003: Letters and Notes pertaining to the Development of the Grainville School, 1928-1930. 2019.1073/004: Correspondence: …
Date Range
1913-1971
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Mike Deimuth Jr
Physical Description
53 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
The Grainville School was created in 1913 in the village of Turin, Alberta. The The Grainville School Board of Trustees had their first official meeting on July 16, 1913, where they selected the site for the new school building. The school opened on May 4, 1914, Gretta E. Adams first teacher. Grainville School employed only one teacher who taught grades 1-9. The School struggled financially throughout its operation but continued to educate students in the Turin area until 1940. Mike Deimuth Jr. was a farmer in Turin and a co-owner in the Deimuth Lease Association, which was a ranching and cattle grazing cooperative-style business. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Grainville School District No. 2699 from 1931-1940. The papers deal with Deimuth's ranching business and Grainville School Board operations.
Scope and Content
2019.1073/001: Mike Deimuth Jr.’s Farming and Ranching Administrative Records and Forms, 1928-1947. 2019.1073/002: Mr. and Mrs. Deimuth Jr.’s Truck Records, 1935-1941. 2019.1073/003: Letters and Notes pertaining to the Development of the Grainville School, 1928-1930. 2019.1073/004: Correspondence: letters with various banks and the School District about fees, Student fees, school supply lists, insurance policies, etc., Part 1/10, 1926-1931. 2019.1073/005: Correspondence: letters from the Government of Alberta, Statement of Grants, agreements between the Board and Teacher, etc., Part 2/10, 1931-1933. 2019.1073/006: Correspondence: letters from the Board, letters from various banks, school supply lists, Trustee’s and Teachers Standard Form of Contracts, etc., Part 3/10, 1932-1935. 2019.1073/007: Correspondence: letters to the Board, letters to School District tax payers, Tax Recovery information, school supplies forms, etc., Part 4/10, 1927-1932. 2019.1073/008: Correspondence: report of Inspector of Schools, teacher resignation letters, insurance policies letters, etc., Part 5/10, 1920-1930. 2019.1073/009: Correspondence: letters about school fees, tax fees, letters from the School Board, letters about the 1929 Tax Recovery Act, etc., Part 6/10, 1928-1929. 2019.1073/010: Correspondence: Trustees and Teacher Agreements, letters from the Board, letters from the Sundial School about student fees, etc., Part 7/10, 1927-1929. 2019.1073/011: Correspondence: teaching position advertisement letters, loan application letters, School tax collection letters, Report of School Inspector of the Finances of School, etc., Part 8/10, 1916-1921. 2019.1073/012: Correspondence: Trustees and Teacher Agreements, letters about the School’s library books, solicitor’s letters, instructions regarding taxations for Rural Municipalities, etc., Part 9/10, 1913-1924. 2019.1073/013: Correspondence: letters re: School District meeting, Canadian Bank of Commerce statements, Statement of Grants, Trustees and Teacher Contracts, etc., Part 10/10, 1935-1936. 2019.1073/014: Annual Financial Statements and Auditor’s Reports, 1915-1933. 2019.1073/015: Voucher Cheques and Payment Agreements on Bank Loans, 1915-1917. 2019.1073/016: Arrears of School Taxes- Government of Alberta Confirmation slips, 1925-1928. 2019.1073/017: Samples of Bank Statements, 1928-1930. 2019.1073/018: Agreements under Section 208 of the School Act, 192-? 2019.1073/019: Sample of Property Tax Receipts for Deimuth Lease Association, 1970. 2019.1073/020: Deimuth Lease Association Grazing Lease Correspondences, 1941-1970. 2019.1073/021: Application Letters to Mr. Nelson at Grainville School, Part 1/2, 1933-1934. 2019.1073/022: Application Letters to Mr. Nelson at Grainville School, Part 2/2, 1934. 2019.1073/023: Resolution Re: Signing Authorities, Canadian Bank of Commerce Agreement, and Mike Deimuth Jr. Financial Agreement Slip, 1933-1935. 2019.1073/024: Student Attendance Sheets at Grainville School, 1914-1934. 2019.1073/025: Meeting Minutes Book for Grainville School Board, 1928-1940. 2019.1073/026: Grainville Assessment and Tax Roll, Part 1/2, 1913-1924. 2019.1073/027: Grainville Assessment and Tax Roll, Part 2/2, 1925-1933. 2019.1073/028: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 1/14, 1918. 2019.1073/029: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 2/14, 1919. 2019.1073/030: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 3/14, 1920. 2019.1073/031: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 4/14, 1921. 2019.1073/032: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 5/14, 1922. 2019.1073/033: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 6/14, 1923. 2019.1073/034: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 7/14, 1923-1924. 2019.1073/035: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 8/14, 1924-1925. 2019.1073/036: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 9/14, 1927-1928. 2019.1073/037: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 10/14, 1928-1929. 2019.1073/038: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 11/14, 1929-1930. 2019.1073/039: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 12/14, 1930-1931. 2019.1073/040: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 13/14, 1931-1932. 2019.1073/041: Daily Register of Student Attendance at Grainville, Part 14/14, 1932-1933. 2019.1073/042: Minute Book of the Grainville School District No. 2699 and Agreement between Trustees and Teacher, 1913-1927. 2019.1073/043: The Deimuth Lease Association, 1954-1971. 2019.1073/044: Miscellaneous Papers- Pioneer Grain Company Pamphlet, handwritten notes, Postage Stamps, Authorization for Removal of Buildings and Improvement papers, 1924-1952?
Accession No.
20191073
Collection
Archive
Less detail
Date Range
1889-1964
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20181046
Physical Description
1.1 m of textual records, 5 photographs
Scope and Content
001: Financial log book (1889-1908) 002: Work day planner for Drumheller Rosedeer Mine (1916-1917) 003: Work day planner for Drumheller Stirling Mine (1917-1918) 004: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine (1918-1919) 005: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine & office (1921)…
Date Range
1889-1964
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Hans Enoch Wight
Physical Description
1.1 m of textual records, 5 photographs
History / Biographical
Hans Enoch Nielson Wight was born July 29, 1889, in Hyrum, Utah, USA. His father was Joseph Moroni Wight, and his mother’s maiden name was Cynthia Elnora Nielson. Joseph was born in 1844 in Hume, New York, and as a seven-year-old travelled west in the year 1851 with his LDS (Mormon) pioneer family. In line with LDS teachings of the time, Joseph became a polygamist and had two wives. Cynthia was his second wife. She was born in Weber County, Utah, in 1860. Hans was the sixth child born to Joseph and Cynthia, but only the second to live past infancy. After his birth, his parents were more successful and brought eight more children into the world, all but one of whom lived to adulthood. In the late 1880s, the LDS Church was sending members north to colonize Southern Alberta, and on June 8, 1891, when Hans was not yet two years old, his parents took their two living children and moved to the brand new community of Cardston, Alberta, snuggled on the edge of the vast, untamed, Canadian prairie. Hans learned to fish and hunt, and even before his teenage years he was an expert marksman. During the day in his father’s blacksmith shop, he learned to be a blacksmith, a wheelwright, and a carpenter, and in the evening he studied books. While finishing high school, he learned to play several instruments. He was a member of the Cardston Military Band. He became a certified machinist, a master electrician, and a licensed plumber. Because he drove a tractor, aborigine friends on the Blood reservation next to Cardston called him Iron Horse. Some remained life-long friends. On August 1, 1908, when nineteen years old, Hans went to Utah to attend Brigham Young College in Logan. He also studied through correspondence courses at the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, the University of Missouri, and the Alberta Institute of Technology and Art, obtaining degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering. For the first six years of his professional career, he worked for the US Reclamation Service on the St. Mary’s River project in Montana, but he still spent his weekends in Cardston, which was only twenty miles away. On one of these weekends, he met a young lady named Alice McClung from northern Ireland who was a recent convert to the LDS Church. On January 11, 1911, Alice became Mrs. Hans E. Wight. He was not quite 22 years old and she was 20. An aside: Five years later, Hans’s younger brother Eugene married Alice’s younger sister Jenny, and their two families generated double cousins who grew up very close. At that time the LDS Church was constructing a temple in Cardston; it was to be used to perform certain sacred ceremonies, and Hans was offered a job as construction engineer, thus beginning his professional life in Canada. When the main part of the construction was finished, he accepted a position in Drumheller, Alberta, where, as a mine surveyor and master mechanic, he was instrumental in the development of its huge coal resources. He remained in Drumheller ten years. In addition to his mining duties he also taught night classes in mechanical, electrical, and steam engineering. When his family finally left Drumheller, he had three children: Elizabeth (Bessie) who was 14, Marjorie (Marge) who was 7, and Eileen who was 5. To be nearer to the LDS community, he moved his family to Taber, Alberta, in 1926. He had obtained the position of Chief Engineer and Master Mechanic for the Leland Coal Company based in Chicago. He was responsible for all mine maintenance both above and below ground. In addition to its large land holdings and mining operations, Leland Coal supplied the district with electricity. Their electric system was later purchased by the Calgary Power Company, and Hans became involved in extending power lines throughout Southern Alberta as well as in building power and light systems for its towns. Soon he relocated to Lethbridge, Alberta. However, his Calgary Power Company job required that he be away from home too much, so he resigned and accepted a position at the newly constructed Lethbridge Government Grain and Storage Elevator. In 1935, Hans campaigned for the new Social Credit Party and was elected Member of the Alberta legislative assembly (MLA) for Lethbridge by a landslide. In 1937, he resigned under pressure. Someone was leaking sensitive political information to the Lethbridge Herald, and Social Credit leadership suspected him (probably correctly). He moved to Calgary and became Chief Engineer of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Calgary department store where he remained until World War II. In 1941 Hans left the Hudson’s Bay Company and enlisted at the rank of Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He had hoped to work on the Alaskan Highway as an engineer, but was instead deployed to air bases across the Prairie Provinces and Newfoundland where he was charged with maintaining and constructing airbase facilities. At the same time, he was often assigned to organize recreation and entertainment for the airmen. He was released from active duty with the rank of Flight Lieutenant in February, 1945, and moved to Bremerton, Washington, where he was hired as an electrical engineer repairing American ships, mostly destroyers, damaged in Pacific Ocean warfare. He performed this work until the Japanese surrender. Then he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. Hans was 55 years old when he returned to the USA, and he remained there the remainder of his life working as surveyor, city engineer, construction engineer, and city manager in cities throughout northern Utah. He also lived in Los Angeles where he was employed in the development of the San Clemente Island Missile Base for the US military. He died in Salt lake City, Utah on October 12, 1965, at 76 years of age, leaving behind his wife Alice and their three daughters. Although only the oldest daughter married, she had seven children, and those children now have over one hundred descendants. The biography is compiled by Howard Shafer, Grandson based on the following sources EXPERIENCES OF CYNTHIA ELNORA NIELSEN WIGHT from her diaries and journals: 1890 to 1943, edited by Alice W. Terry; A LIFE OF SERVICE: HANS ENOCH NIELSON WIGHT as revealed through his diaries and by his family, edited by Marjorie Wight and Eileen Wight; BACKWARD GLANCES: Stories of and by our Wight ancestors, compiled by Eileen Wight and Marjorie Wight A more detailed biography is found in file 20181046052
Scope and Content
001: Financial log book (1889-1908) 002: Work day planner for Drumheller Rosedeer Mine (1916-1917) 003: Work day planner for Drumheller Stirling Mine (1917-1918) 004: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine (1918-1919) 005: Work day planner for Drumheller unidentified mine & office (1921) 006: Day planner in Drumheller (1921-1922) 007: Day planner in Drumheller (1922-1923) 008: Day planner in Drumheller (1923) 009: Day planner in Drumheller but planner days are not all filled in (1924) 010: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1924-1925) 011: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1925-1926) 012: Bundle of daily calendar pages (1926-1927) 013: Journal with daily entries (1927-1930) 014: Scrapbook of newspaper cutouts talking about the Social Credit party during Wright’s time as MLA till the fall of the Social Credit party (1935-1938) 015: Diary (1931) 016: Handmade diary and a handmade planner (1932) 017: Handmade diary (1933) 018: Diary (1934) 019: Diary (1935) 020: Diary (1936) 021: Diary (1937) 022: Diary with a couple pages torn from the front (1937-1938) 023: Diary (1939) 024: Travel Journal: Journal written till page 45 then it goes blank and then writing on page 194-195 (1939-1942) 025: Diary (1940) 026: Diary (1941) 027: Diary (1942) 028: Diary (1943) 029: Diary (1944) 030: Diary (1945) 031: Diary (1946) 032: Diary with Utah stamp (1947) 033: Diary with Utah stamp (1948) 034: Diary with Utah stamp (1949) 035: Diary with Utah stamp (1950-1952) 036: Diary with Utah stamp (1952) 037: Day Planner not that much is written in the entries (1953) 038: Diary (1953) 039: Account book (1954-1957) 040: Diary four stamps on the first page from Utah, Alberta, Washington, and Oregon (1954) 041: Diary (1955) 042: Diary (1956) 043: Diary (1957) 044: Diary (1958) 045: Diary (1959) 046: Diary (1960) 047: Diary (1961) 048: Diary (1962) 049: Diary (1963) 050: Diary stops writing on May 6 (1964) 051: 5 photographs of H.E. Wight and family 052: Biography of H.E. Wight
Accession No.
20181046
Collection
Archive
Less detail