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Date Range
1925-2006
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20111023
Physical Description
0.19 m of textual records
Scope and Content
2011023/001 Three booklets of poems 2011023/002 Map of Alberta 1952 2011023/003 Piano recital program June 2000; fashion show and tea program May 1998; descriptive pamplet of Lethbridge Herald [no date]; playbill of Pajama Game August 1969; International Dance Program February 1967; Anne Campbell S…
Date Range
1925-2006
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Betty Purkis
Physical Description
0.19 m of textual records
History / Biographical
Betty Thompson Purkis was born in on a farm near Thorpe, Washington. She came to Canada and Alberta with her parents Marion and Lottie Thompson and siblings in 1920 at the age of four. Betty grew up on a farm 2 miles south of Coaldale and took her education in the Coaldale Consolidated School. After graduation she went into teaching and held postions in country schools at Plain Butte, McMahon, Hardieville, Passburg in the Crowsnest Pass and Pincher City [Pincher Station]. Her musical ability was used in many school and community events. She married Lloyd Purkis in 1940 and they settled and raised their four children in Pincher Creek before moving to Lethbridge in 1956. To supplement the family income she taught piano in her home in Pincher Creek and Lethbridge from 1942 to her retirement in 1995. Extending her musical interests, she was a member of the Lethbridge Symphony Association Board for many years and enjoyed the yearly Lethbridge Community Band concerts.Betty was involved in many aspects of the Southminister United Church - choir, C.G.I.T, Tuesday Evening Women's Group, Trusteeship from the early 1960s until her death in 2009.
Scope and Content
2011023/001 Three booklets of poems 2011023/002 Map of Alberta 1952 2011023/003 Piano recital program June 2000; fashion show and tea program May 1998; descriptive pamplet of Lethbridge Herald [no date]; playbill of Pajama Game August 1969; International Dance Program February 1967; Anne Campbell Singers Program February 1974 2011023/004 Salvation Army Centennial music program May 1998; United Church service program August 1977; Centennial of First Japanese in Canada program 1977; Coaldale United Church Cornerstone dedication June 1961; typed history of Lethbridge Central Church of Christ 2011023/005 Obituaries and funeral programs 2011023/006 Mosaic of Miracles [brief manuscript] June 1973; United Church programs 1956; 1958; 1975; 1978; 1984 2011023/007 Sermon 1987; agenda for United Church Women 25th anniversary, 1987; sermon [no date]; Annual report for Southminster United Church 2006 2011023/008 Writings of Howard Y. Kennedy 2011023/009 Certificate of Appreciation 2004 2011023/010 Southminster United Church rosters 1983; 1986; 1994; 1997; 2001; 2004; 2008 2011023/011 The Chinook [yearbook of Calgary Normal School] 1934-1935 2011023/012 Olds School of Agricultural 1933-1934 2011023/013 Lethbridge Music Club programs 1967, 1968; Lethbridge Symphony Concert Programs 2001-2009 2011023/014 Lethbridge Musical Theatre Programs [various years 1970-2005] 2011023/015 Manuscript: The School Teacher by Trish Purkis 2006 2011023/016 Alberta Women’s Institue Girls Club 1933, 1935-1938, 1941 2011023/017 Canadian Girls in Training (CIGT) handbooks 1925, 1930, 1952; Mother and Daughter banquet programs 1961, 1965, 1967, 1968 [two prgroams with no date]; CGIT Affiliation Service 1960-1961; Lanyard Ceremony; Graduation Ceremony 1959; song sheet 1961; U of L playbill: A Little of This & A Little of That 2005 2011023/018 CJOC Dan’s Diary, Volume 3; Remembrance Day Programs 1980, 1982, 1983-1985, 1990, 1992, 1994-1995
Accession No.
20111023
Collection
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John and Marguerite Taylor fonds

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Date Range
1901-1987
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20051015
Physical Description
0.24 m of textual records, 108 photographs, 56 postcards
Scope and Content
20051015/1: Taylor Family Financials; Insurance papers, Benefit Application, Discharge Papers, Army Notebook, Correspondence, News Clippings, Sales Contracts, Pension Papers. 1942-1963. (Papers originally stored in a green metal box.) 20051015/2: Various Correspondence; Holiday Cards, News Clippin…
Parallel Title
John and Margaret Taylor fonds
Date Range
1901-1987
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
John and Marguerite Taylor
Physical Description
0.24 m of textual records, 108 photographs, 56 postcards
History / Biographical
John Joseph Taylor (born 25 June 1915) and Marguerite Taylor (nee Grisak, 14 April 1917-1 December 1984) were married in 1940. John joined the military in November of 1942 and trained in Camrose, AB; Chilliwack, BC and Prince George, BC before deployment to France where he was injured twice on D-Day. Afterwards, he was sent to Birmingham General Hospital in England to recover from a severe arm would before his return to Canada. They had one son, Grange Taylor, born in the summer of 1943 while John was stationed in Chilliwack. While he was away Marguerite wrote “Johnny” frequently, sometimes multiple letters in a single day. She would often start by reminding him how much she missed him and then reassure him that she, and later the baby were doing fine in spite of how much they missed him. Marguerite often writes of how she prays for John and that the war will end soon. She would recount the goings on of her day and what she had done since she had last written and how she cherished his letters. Several letters mention ones that she did not send because she felt they were too sad and did not want to bring him down since he was already so far from home. Early on she writes of a fear of the doctor, but that she will go because she is pregnant and that John would want her to go. She also recounts local gossip regarding the local prisoner of war camp and the dances that she goes to with her friend Annie. She signs most of her letters with a lipstick kiss and “I love you 60 millions & millions more then last time” or something similar. Prior to his military service John was as an industrial painter working at the airports being built for military flight training that were built across southern Alberta. As a result, he developed what they would later discover to be lead poisoning from the lead-based paint. Throughout his military career he was afflicted with ill-health. He would later be diagnosed with Huntington’s Correa, as would his son Grange. Marguerite was a devout catholic and an original member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church in north Lethbridge. She and John lived in Lethbridge until 1961 when they moved to Calgary so that John could find work. While John was away with the military she lived with her family and upon his return they purchased a house through the veteran’s housing program. John was an avid photographer and artist. Included in the donation are several examples of his drawing and photography including photographs of his family and military companions and drawings from his time overseas.
Scope and Content
20051015/1: Taylor Family Financials; Insurance papers, Benefit Application, Discharge Papers, Army Notebook, Correspondence, News Clippings, Sales Contracts, Pension Papers. 1942-1963. (Papers originally stored in a green metal box.) 20051015/2: Various Correspondence; Holiday Cards, News Clippings, Drawings, Souvenir, Photographs, Notes, Gun Permit, Ticket Stub. [1940-1968] 2 PHOTOGRAPHS 20051015/3: Correspondence, Etc. (July 1940 – March 1942); Letters, News Clippings. 1940-1942.—File primarily contains letters from Marguerite Taylor to John Taylor while he was stationed in Camrose, AB, Chilliwack, BC and Prince George, BC. The letters relay the happenings of Marguerite’s day to day life, local gossip, and the development of her pregnancy. Also included are letters to Marguerite from John, Marguerite’s aunt Julia, brother Pete, and their friend A. C. (Alf) Tomlinson of the R.A.F. stationed in Calgary. 20051015/4: Correspondence, Etc. (March 1942 – April 1946, 1965); Letters, Postcards, Newspaper Clippings. 1942-1946, 1965. — File primarily contains letters from Marguerite Taylor to John Taylor while he was on active duty in Canada and after he had been injured in France and was in hospital in England. The letters include accounts of the development of Marguerite’s pregnancy and the birth of the couple’s son Grange. Also included are letters to Marguerite from John, their friend A. C. (Alf) Tomlinson, Mrs Tomlinson (A.C.’s mother) and other men with whom John served. 20051015/5: Bills; City Taxes for 1004 – 13th Street N. 1938-1953. 20051015/6: Fighting Fifth; Newsletters, Correspondence. 1965-1983.—Papers relating to John’s military unit and several 1980s reunions. 20051015/7: Old House; Correspondence, Pension Documents, Birth Certificate. 1949-1981.—Correspondence and other documents relating to Marguerite’s parent’s home at 1004 – 13th Street N. Also included is a copy of Marguerite Oliver’s birth certificate issued in 1949 20051015/8: Personal (Bills); City of Lethbridge Tax Notices, Correspondence. 1959-1962. 20051015/9: Personal; Correspondence, Inventory Lists, Poetry. 1959-1974. 20051015/10: Dept of Veterans Affairs; Correspondence, Financial Records. 1946-1983. 20051015/11 Medical Records 1967-1987.—Copies of John’s medical records. 20051015/12: Taylor Family Various Papers; Certificates, Photographs, Coasters, Keepsake Box, Correspondence, Promotional Mirror. 1924-1984.—File includes a number of different items including several photographs and small documents that were folded up and kept in a small metal box along with a piece of a broken crucifix. 5 PHOTOGRAPHS 20051015/13: Notebook; Songs. [1944]—File contains a notebook filled with hand written song lyrics. 20051015/14: Pamphlets. 1927-1946—File contains several pamphlets on subjects relating to acceptable behaviour. 20051015/15: Pension; Correspondence. 1960-1974.—Documents related to John and Marguerite’s pensions. 20051015/16: Photographs. 1934-1969.—Baby pictures of Grange Taylor as well as other family pictures. 40 PHOTOGRAPHS . 20051015/17: Photographs. [1923-1945].—Matted oversize photographs and John and Marguerite’s wedding picture. 4 PHOTOGRAPHS. 20051015/18: Religious; Photographs, Prayer Cards. 1925-1971.—Photographs of a religious ceremony and several commemorative prayer cards. 9 PHOTOGRAPHS. 20051015/19: Photo Album (Kitten Cover); Photographs, Newspaper clippings. [1940-1976].—Family photo album contents including hand tinted portraits. 16 PHOTOGRAPHS 20051015/20: Taylor Album; Post cards, Newspaper Clippings, Post Cards, Marriage Certificate. [1901-1969]—File contains items from an album as well as a photocopy of the original placement of the items within the album. Notably there are a large collection of souvenir postcards from Lethbridge and military postcards from local studio Jackson & Co. 1 PHOTOGRAPH / 53 POSTCARDS 20051015/21: John Taylor Military Album; Photographs, Patches, Letters, Drawings, Postcards, Telegrams, Greeting Cards. [1942-1981]—File contains photographs and keepsakes from John’s time in the military. 31 PHOTGRAPHS / 3 POSTCARDS 20051015/22: Calendar.1962 —Catholic Art Calendar from Martin Bros. funeral home. 20051015/23: Donation Correspondence. 2004-2005. Correspondence between Terri Taylor and Galt archivist Greg Ellis.
Accession No.
20051015
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