Alex Decoteau – September 10th, 1917

1905 Street, Letters From History

This is the last of our series of letters written by Alex Decoteau to his sister after he enlisted in the army. It provides us with insights into Alex’s nature, the experience of soldiers who fought in the Great War, and the level of participation in the war on the part of Edmontonians. It is a particularly poignant account, as …

Lovisa McDougall – December 27, 1879

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Welcome to the final letter in our 2012 ‘Letters from the Past’ series. Throughout the past year, we’ve posted the correspondence of Chief Factor John Rowand of the fur trade period, homesteader Lovisa McDougall, and Cree policeman and First World War heroAlex Decoteau. This series will continue in 2013, but we are pleased to celebrate Christmas with Lovisa’s misdelivered missive of yesteryule. In …

Alwyn Bramley-Moore – November 2, 1914

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We’re a bit late in our Letter of the Past for November, which should have been posted on November 2. However, we have a special treat for our readers to make up for it. Today we encounter a letter from Alwyn Bramley-Moore to his daughter Dorothy. Bramley-Moore was born in England, but by the time of the Great War he …

Alex Decoteau – October 4, 1916

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Welcome back! We continue our series following one of Edmonton’s more famous sons, Cree running champion and policeman Alex Decoteau. It has been 3 months since his last letter. The warm relationship with his sibling makes for a letter that is a distinct pleasure to read! In the early years of the First World War, the Sarcee Camp, located in Calgary, …

Lovisa McDougall – September 22, 1878

1885 Street, Letters From History

Once again, Lovisa writes to us. As one of the few literate women in the Edmonton settlement, her letters home offer us a unique window into our past. In 1878 John and Lovisa are itinerant traders, selling their goods from the back of a wagon as they travel across the territories from location to location. One constant in the prairies …

John Rowand: August 9th, 1846

1846 Fort, Letters From History

Welcome back to our Letters from the Past series, in which we enliven the epigrams of Edmontonians! This month we bring you a letter from John Rowand, The Chief Factor of Fort Edmonton and the Saskatchewan District from 1823 to 1854. This is the third of John Rowand’s letters to be featured in this series, including February and April. In this letter, Mr. …

Alex Decoteau – July 19, 1916

1905 Street, Letters From History

Welcome back to our Letters from the Past series, in which we enliven the epigrams of Edmontonians! This month we bring you our first letter from Alex Decoteau, a First Nations man who was born on the Red Pheasant reserve near North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and moved to Edmonton as an adult. In his thirty years on the planet, short compared …

Lovisa McDougall – June 16, 1880

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To make up for our brief May letter, we hope our readers will enjoy this longer epistle as well as special bonus music samples! As summer approaches, we find Lovisa especially homesick. She is concerned with her brother’s misfortune on a lumber deal and is longing for some treats from home. But how can we blame her? It doesn’t sound like …

Lovisa McDougall – May 7, 1884

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Welcome back to our monthly series, mis-delivering Edmonton’s mail since January 2012. Hopefully our gracious readers will not mind a shorter letter today, as our erstwhile “postal workers” are busy training a new crop of interpreters for the upcoming 2012 season! Unlike the busy hive of Fort Edmonton Park in May 2012, Edmonton in May 1884 was rather quiet. Settlers …

John Rowand – April 19, 1847

1846 Fort, Letters From History

Did it snow today? If not, you’re doing better than our old friend John Rowand 165 years ago! Welcome to another Letter from the Past, the feature in which we deliver Edmonton’s historic mail, only far too late and to the wrong people (you!). Fort Edmonton’s Chief Factor was well known for his fierceness, having been called ‘bold as a lion’ among …

Lovisa Jane McDougall – Mar 28, 1880

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Welcome back to our ‘Letters from the Past’ series, in which we present a monthly missive from an Edmontonian, snatching it from a moment in time to bring it to you, dear readers. In January we introduced you to Lovisa McDougall, the young Ontarian woman who travelled west to the tiny settlement of Edmonton in 1879 along with her husband, trader …

John Rowand – Feb 25, 1847

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We are very pleased to offer our second edition of Letters from the Past this February. Today you will be able to read a letter sent from Chief Factor John Rowand of Fort Edmonton to his employer, Sir George Simpson, Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company written over 160 years ago. Come down to Fort Edmonton Park this summer and …

Lovisa Jane McDougall – Jan 28, 1879

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We are very pleased to bring you the first in a series of letters from historical Edmontonians represented at Fort Edmonton Park! We hope you will forgive us for being a few days late. Lovisa Jane McDougall was born in Cannington, Ontario in 1854. She married John A. McDougall in 1878 and shortly thereafter moved out west where “Johnnie” worked …