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Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives

1980 Jasper High School Reunion

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  • 1980

In 1980 the Jasper High School held a high school reunion which was to include everyone who had ever graduated from Jasper High School, beginning with the year 1914, all the way to 1980. The idea for this event, as well as some of the funding, came from the Provincial Government of Alberta, as 1980 was the province's 75th anniversary. The Province had a program entitled "Homecoming 1980" which was run by Travel Alberta. Locally various committees made of volunteers were put into place to set up this event with expectations of 2000 to 2500 attendees. Two major components of the project were undertaken. Firstly there was a quilt with the names of all Jasper High School graduates, and secondly a large photo album containing pictures of graduates and their families from past and present. There were also many clippings from newspapers compiled which were then photocopied.

Abram, Edward (Ted) Bridge

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Ted Abram was a young adventurer from England searching for gold. He worked for a while in a sawmill as prospecting never yielded much gold. He went on a prospecting trip with his partners, Mort and Bill Teare. The group ended up in Tete Jaune Cache were Abram worked as a drayman and mining recorder. He married his wife Millicent in 1922 who came from England also. The couple homesteaded on the banks of the Fraser River in hopes that a highway from Kamloops to the Alberta border would open up the Yellowhead Pass. They eventually sold their 17.9 acres in 1945. In 1969, Ted Abram attended the opening ceremonies of the Yellowhead Highway where a section of it ran right through the old Abram homestead. The couple was also memebrs of the United Church choir in Jasper. Ted passed away at Powell River, B.C. at the age of 86. At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife, Millicent, two daughters Peggy and Nora, and a son, George.

Akeley, Mary Jobe

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Mary Lenore Jobe was born on January 29, 1878 in Tappan, Ohio to Richard Watson Jobe and Sarah Jane Pittis. Mary had one sister. In 1897, Mary graduated from Scio College in Alliance, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She went on to teach at several colleges. She later finished a Master's degree in English and American history from Columbia University in 1909. An athletic girl, Mary Jobe also yearned to be and explorer. She went on many climbs and backcountry trips in the Canadian Rockies and Jasper area, including some with Curly Philips as guide. Mary later married Carl Akeley on October 18, 1924. She went to Africa with him on his fifth expedition. On July 19, 1966 Mary died at a nursing home in Mystic, Connecticut. For more information see the book "Off the Beaten Track" by Cyndi Smith.

Alpine Club of Canada

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The Alpine Club of Canada is Canada's national mountaineering organization. Based in Canmore, Alberta, the ACC has been a focal point for Canadian mountaineers since 1906. The ACC offers 23 alpine huts, 19 regional club sections across Canada, year-round mountain adventures, support for access and environmental issues, affiliate membership in the Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme (UIAA), an avenue into competition climbing and financial grants that support a variety of mountaineering-related projects and initiatives and much more. The ACC has grown significantly from its early inception into a Canada-wide mountaineering club with a strong foundation of volunteers as well as professional and corporate support. The Alpine Club of Canada has a long association in Jasper National Park. They have built and maintained the alpine huts. The Wates-Gibson in Tonquin Valley, Sydney Vallance in Fryatt Valley, Mt Alberta and Colin Centenial Huts. They have placed registers on the summit of significant peaks in the Jasper area. The Whyte Museum holds additonal Alpine Club of Canada records.

Brewster, Fred

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Frederick Archibald (Fred) Brewster (1884-1969) was a key player in the history of Jasper and the development of tourism in the area. Fred, the fourth son of the well known Brewster family of Banff, Alberta, attended public school in Banff and received an engineering degree from Queen's University in 1910. After graduating, Fred and his brother Jack came north from Banff to work as freighters during railway construction east of Jasper. In partnership with their sister Pearl's husband, Philip Moore, they freighted ties for the railways and developed a guiding and outfitting business. During the summers of 1912-1914, Fred accompanied a variety of hunting and scientific expeditions, including a patry from the United States Biological Survey and the Smithsonian. The Prescott-Fay expeditions were interested in collecting specimens of plant and animal life along the eastern slopes of the Rockies between Yellowhead Pass and Peace River as well as exploring the country. Serving overseas during World War I, Fred attained the rank of Major and received the Military Cross and Bar. After Fred returned to Jasper, he and Jack purchased a tent camp (Tent City) in 1919, on the shores of what now is Lac Beauvert. A few years later Canadian National Railways bought the expanded camp and developed it into Jasper Park Lodge. Fred retained the horse concession there and encouraged trail riding as a major tourist attraction. He built the Maligne Lake Chalet at Maligne Lake and had camps at Medicine Lake, in the Tonquin Valley and at other backcountry locations. He guided summer horse trips and winter ski trips and also pioneered the world reknown Skyline Trail between Maligne Lake and Jasper Park Lodge. He was affectionately known as "Mr.Maligne" and also as "Mr. Jasper". Beyond the tourist business, Fred was a very active member of the Jasper community. He was a founding member and the honorary president of the Jasper-Yellowhead Historical Society. Fred was a life member of the Jasper Park Ski Club, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce and the Jasper branch of the Canadian Legion. This collection of Fred Brewster's is a significant addition to the recorded history of the Jasper region.

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