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Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives

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.

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.

Simpson, David

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Reverend David Simpson was a Methodist Minister. He came to serve the men during the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.

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.

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