Fonds ath-2163 - James William Mills family fonds

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James William Mills family fonds

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CA ATH ath-2163

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54 photographs. -- 0.5 cm of textual material. -- 1 audio cassette.

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The fonds consists of 54 photographs which include subjects: northern river transportation and steamboats (SS Athabasca River, SS Slave River, SS Fort McMurray, SS Nipawin, Grahame, SS MacKenzie River, SS Wrigley II, SS Distributor and the D.A.Thomas), transporting a steam boiler on the Athabasca Landing Trail, then on scows and finally portaging overland to Fort Smith; George Lewis family, Captain Charles D.A.Barber, Captain Haight, J.Bird, P.Patmore, Wm.Hay, A.F.Fugl, J.Irvine, J.Sutherland, W.Johnson, Marion (Gill) Little, George Mills, Colin Fraser, B.Herschel, Hubert Thorne, Mr. McSwiney, Walter Mackie, E.G.Royds, N.Wilson, Mr. Ross, J.I.Case, Mr.and Mrs.Hayward; Mr. and Mrs.E.J.Gordean and sons Isadore and Jack; Dr. John Howard W.Moore (dentist), I.D.M.Latta and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Depew, J.D.Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lavell, Cecile Juneau, Miss Sinclair, Edith Haight, RNWMP Sgt. Arthur Howard Llewellyn Mellor and wife Mary (Fraser), members of Captain Mills family and their house on Skinner Street, Strathcona Street in Athabasca on Dominion Day, 1913; reindeer (at Boiler Rapids), tracking, curling, First Nation camp at Calling River; and Big Cascade, McDermot's Rock and Grand Rapids on the Athabasca River. There is also the text of a speech made by Louisa (Camsell) Mills in 1948 to the Historical Society of Edmonton recounting her early days at Fort Simpson, a 1959 newspaper article about Julian Mills, captain of the Northern Transportation Company tug Radium Prospector on Lake Athabasca, and the 1914 program for the entertainment held in the Star Theatre to officially open the Athabasca Public School (now known as the Brick School). Photographs of the school board members are in the program. The audio cassette was recorded at the Athabasca Archives in August, 1995 in a discussion between Violet Aldridge, Marilyn Mol and Bob Tannas and includes talk of the boats Captain Mills built and captained, the funeral of the "Lost Patrol" at Fort McPherson, friends in Athabasca Landing and schooling.

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Donated in 1995 by Violet (Mills) Aldridge.


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  • The material is in English.

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Captain Mills photographed and developed his own work. Biographical information came from the fonds and from the Athabasca Archives clipping file. The audio cassette was digitized and is available at<br><br>Record No. 95.19 FFC (photo# 13698);95.30 FFC (photos# 13639-13692), audio cassette# 162<br><br>

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