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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.

Reimer, Abe

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Abe Reimer (born May 20, 1900) grew up in the Didsbury, Alberta area. His parents, Henry L. and Agatha Reimer came from the USA, originally from Europe. Abe had one older brother Jake and a younger sister Marie [Munson]. Abe Reimer came to the Jasper area in the mid 1920s working seasonally at the Milner's Ranch in Hinton. In about 1930 he bought land at Dunster near Tete Jaune, BC. He began an outfitting and guiding business from there. Abe Reimer married Zip (Zita) Long [ca. 1930]. Zip was also from the Didsbury area and had come to Jasper in the early 1920s with her brothers Bert and Fabe. Zip died in the 1940s by her own hand at the Dunster ranch. Abe then worked for his brother Jake's trucking business, "James & Reimer" in late 1940s. In May 1952 Abe married Mary Thorsen. Mary's family (Art Thorsen family) moved to Hinton in 1925 to manage the Milner's ranch. Charles Milner was a conductor for the Canadian National Railway. He and his wife Mabel operated a dairy farm near Jasper and a ranch near Hinton. After the death of her mother (1927), Mary Thorsen came to Jasper to live with the Milners. Mary inherited the Milner's Hinton ranch in 1950. She and Abe operated the ranch raising black angus cattle. Mary had an older sister Emma (Nickerson) and younger brother Art. Art inherited the ranch after Mary's death (1989). Abe Reimer passed away in 1986.

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.

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