Fonds F2633 - Trussler family fonds

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Trussler family fonds


  • 1899-1927 (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records.
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Herbert Trussler, ?-[ca. 1943], moved from Ontario to Alberta in 1896 and homesteaded in the New Norway district, near Wetaskiwin, Alberta. He married Nellie Orr in 1898 and they had five children, Byron, Bettie (Mason), Grace (Mackey), Mary (Schaaf), and Ralph. Herbert retired to British Columbia in 1942 and died shortly after. His brother, Albert Edward Trussler, 1867-1937, moved from Ontario in 1899 to homestead close to Herbert. He was soon joined by his wife, Alice Carr Trussler, ?-1947, and their four children, Evaline (Simpson), Lawrence, Maimie (Ellam) and Fern (Hamren). They shared a sod house with Herbert until a wooden house was constructed in 1900.

The Trusslers subsequently had seven other children, Harold, Ivy (Farmer), Arnold, Ruby (Trussler), Thomas, Wilma Iolene (Fowlow), and Ernest. They moved into Wetaskiwin from about 1911 to 1915 so the children could attend high school, then returned to the farm. Fred Taylor of Lacombe and his family in Delisle, Saskatchewan were friends of the Trussler family in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Gift of Robert G. Trussler, 1971-1976.

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The fonds consists of letters written to relatives in Ontario about their homesteading experiences; account of harvest excursion to Alberta (1925); biographical information on Fred Taylor; and letter from J. E. Brown to the Trussler family describing settling near Three Hills, Alberta. Includes photographs of the Trussler and Taylor families in Delisle, Saskatchewan, Lacombe and New Norway in Alberta, plus postcard views of Wetaskiwin and Edmonton regions.

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      The material is in English.

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      Wednesday, February 28, 2018




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