Fonds F1530 - Ethelbert Reavley fonds

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Ethelbert Reavley fonds


  • 1898-1969 (Creation)

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75 cm of textual records. -- 7 photographs

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Ethelbert Reavley, 1863-1940, was born in Port Robinson, Ontario. He received his medical degree from McGill University in 1887 and he practiced medicine in Ontario until moving to Colorado, USA in 1893. He resumed his practice there, and also served in the South African War. He and his wife, Mary Jane "Jenny" Goulding, ?-1964, a school teacher, had five children, Edgar, 1903-1974, Dudley Cromwell, 1900-1976, Charlotte Leothetta, 1906-1993, Edith Aelfrida, 1895-1988, and Picton who died in his early twenties.

In 1905 Ethelbert moved his family to Rosthern, Saskatchewan and became a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the North-West Territories. The Reavleys then moved to Steveville, Alberta in 1910, where Dr. Reavley exchanged his South African War Scrip for land. During the First World War he served with the Canadian Medical Corps and Royal Army Medical Corps. In 1921 he settled in Grande Prairie, then moved to Spirit River in 1925. He was also an inventor of medical and military devices.


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Gifts of Charlotte and Aelfrida Reavley, and their estate, 1985-1995.

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The fonds consists of patient correspondence; First World War certificates, Second World War scrapbook, newsclippings, etc.; patient histories, records of treatment and patient accounts; miscellaneous music teaching materials; and Reavley's poems. Includes photographs of the family and family home.

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The material is in English.

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