The 20th Field Battery of Lethbridge and the 108th Battery, a British Columbia unit, became part of the 2nd Anti Tank Regiment in 1939. From October 1939 until May 1940 the batteries lived and trained on the Mounted Police Barracks Square in Lethbridge. In May 1940 they were sent to Shilo, Manitoba.
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View of the barracks and dining room of the 20th and 108th Batteries on the Mounted Police Barracks Square in Lethbridge.
William T. Ainscough (Born 1854,) and his wife Margaret moved to Alberta in 1899 with their six children from Utah. They had a total of 15 children, 9 lived to adulthood; Mary Elizabeth (md. Ernest Quinton), Ada Ann (md. Alfred Mandel), William George (md. Zina Peterson), Elmer Earl (md. Evelyn May Bradbury), Lewis Franklin (md. Leah Hanson), Charles Owen (md. Marguerite Dalley), Lillian Hortense (md. 1. William Canning 2. Dave Munson), Scott Thomas (Died 10 years old from raptures appendix), and Stanley Russell (md. Leona Stoddard.)
William George Ainscough (Born May 15, 1885,) served in WW1 as Captain with 13th Canadian Mountain Rifles. After the war, he worked as a general road foreman in Southern Alberta. He married Zina Peterson and had five children; Rex William (Born August 3, 1912 and Died November 12, 1925), Hugh Scott (md. Violet Lutz), Reed Wilson (md. Buck Craig), George Alan (md. Jean Suffern), Grant Lee (md. Jacqueline Cross).
Reed W. Ainscough (Born June 2, 1918,) son of William George Ainscough and Zina Peterson, joined the 93rd Field Battery in 1940. His battery served in Normandy and in North West Europe. (In July 1942 he took a leave to marry Buck Craig.) After the war he returned to Fort Macleod and took command of the 93rd Field Battery. He also commanded the Fort Macleod Cadet Corps and formed three other Cadet Corps – Pincher Creek, St. Pauls, and St. Marys Corps on the Blood Reserve.
Reed was very active within the community. He was awarded the Fort Macleod “Citizen of the Year” award in 1958. In June 1959 he moved to Medicine Hat as District Manager of Canada Life. He became Commanding Officer of the South Alberta Light Horse from 1964 to 1968. In 1969, he moved back to Lethbridge as Manager of the Canada Life Office. Reed was also very active in the Alberta Heart Foundation in 1964, joined the Provincial Board in 1970, and served as Provincial President in 1981 and 1982. When Lethbridge hosted the 1975 Canada Winter Games he served as Chairman of the Ceremonies Committee. Reed was appointed to the Senate of the University of Lethbridge from 1981-1987 and served in the Board of Governors for two years. Reed and Buck had two sons Craig and Chris.
(For more information on the Ainscough Family see file 2016.1070/019)
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Macleod Parade with Aboriginal members in traditional dress on horseback. The Alberta Pacific Grain Co. LTD elevators are visible in the background.
The fonds consist of a mixture of studio portrait work, photographs of local businesses and other images. The 1972-1999 collection consists of 300,000 negatives and prints organized by individual projects in chronological order. It includes all the photographic work done by the studio in this perio…
Alfred Ernest Cross, circa 1890 -1951, emigrated from England to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and settled in Lethbridge in 1920. By 1924 he had opened A.E. Cross Studio, a photography business which offered portraits and commericl photography, photo finishing and picture framing. The studio was located at 906 3rd Avenue South and moved to 614 3rd Avenue in 1927, and 710 3rd Avenue South in 1952. A. E. retired circa 1948 and his son, Reginald A. became manager. The company was renamed A. E. Cross Photography Limited circa 1967. By 1973 A.E. Cross Studios was apparently re-established at the same location with Reginald as manager. Ed Keeling became manager circa 1976 (source Glenbow Archives: A Guide To The Holdings Volume 1, 1992).
Ed Keeling was born in 1942 in Bassano, Alberta, and attended school in Coaldale, near Lethbridge. He started working at the A.E. Cross Studio in 1962 at the age of 20 as a support staff. That was the year when the studio started color processing. In 1972 he became the manager of the studio in partnership, and in 1974 the sole owner of the business. Over the years, Ed Keeling was a member of Photographers' Assn of Canada. For 11 years he was the President of the Alberta branch; 3 years he was the President of the national organization.
The majority of the early work of the Studio - 1865 images and 0.5 cm of textual records - was donated to Glenbow Archives by Reginald Cross in 1972. The remaining portion of the collection (700 images) was collected by the Galt Archives.
The 1972-1999 collection had been accummulated and stored in carton boxes in the basement of the studio. The boxes stayed in the basement untill August, 2011, when they were donated to the Galt Museum and Archives by the new owner Peter Etches.
Scope and Content
The fonds consist of a mixture of studio portrait work, photographs of local businesses and other images. The 1972-1999 collection consists of 300,000 negatives and prints organized by individual projects in chronological order. It includes all the photographic work done by the studio in this period. The photographs are largely portraits and weddings and occasional commercial projects.
Alfred E. Cross (ca. 1890-1951) emigrated from England to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and ultimately settled in Lethbridge in 1920. By 1924, he established A.E. Cross Studio, a photography business which offered portraits, commercial photography, photo finishing and picture framing. Alfred Cross retired in 1948, and his son Reginald became manager of the studio. The name of the studio became A.E. Cross Photography in 1967 before reverting to its original name in 1973.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of prints and negatives of A.E. Cross Studio, including individual portraits, weddings, and commercial photography.
Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Additional negatives and prints of the A.E. Cross Studio are located at the Glenbow Archives.