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Wally and Doris Tansem fonds
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Belcher Hugh

This file contains copies of correspondence written by Pearcy Hugh Belcher, the coroner for Grande Prairie, listing monetary costs associated with an Inquest; a copy of correspondence from Belcher justifying his request for reimbursement for attending the murder scene on July 25, 1918; a copy of account fees of the coroner, witnesses, and jury for the Inquest held for the Snyder murders; and the sworn oath of Marjorie Isobel Clarke.

Birth + Death Certificates

This file contains a verbatim record of death for Anne Jane Lough and Walter Ernest Lough; a copy of the Alien Registration Card for Joe Harlen Lough; a copy of a birth certificate of Jane Elizabeth Lough; a copy of the death certificate of David Keating; and copies of the birth certificates of Joseph and Charles Lough. File also includes a copy of a page from the Register of Deaths that list all of the 1918 murders.

Book File

This series consists of copies of records that are held at other archives including the Provincial Archives of Alberta, correspondence, newspaper articles, photographs, and manuscript pages from the book “Foulest of Murders”. These records were collected and created while Tansem was researching and writing his book. This book was published by Wally’s wife, Doris, and daughter, Brenda, after his death.


This file contains incoming and outgoing correspondence for Wally Tansem related to his research into the 1918 murders. Correspondence is to several different archives and historical societies asking for information, descendants of people involved in the case (Snyder, Lough), and a graphologist. Along with email correspondence with a graphologist, there are handwriting analyses for Daniel, Harry, Richard, and Joseph done by Darlene Dawe. Their last names are not included in the analyses. This file also contains a copy of a birth certificate for John and Nellie Lanham.

Crime Reports

This file contains copies of correspondence regarding Frank Parzychowski’s estate; a copy of a crime report from August 6, 1918; a copy of a crime report from August 15, 1918; and a copy of a crime report from September 15, 1918.

Dan Lough

This file contains: a copy of a document written by Inspector and Chief Detective J.D. Nicholson about Dan Lough and the events that occurred the night of the Snyder murders; a copy of a statement made by Daniel Lough on July 18, 1918; a copy of the biography of Dan Lough by Young Harmon as it appears on page 826 in the book "From Wagon Trails Grown Over"; a handwritten list of Lough and Swygart family members in Illinois from the 1850 United State census; a copy of Lough's death record; a copy of land title records from San Jose listing Daniel Lough; and a handwritten list of the members of the Lough family and their birth dates. On the back of this document is a description of the injuries sustained by the murdered men.

[Descendants Research]

This file contains correspondence written by Wally to possible descendants of Daniel Lough; a copy of the birth certificate of John and Nellie Lanham; information on how to perform genealogical research at several different archives; Sean Lanham's biography that was taken from his personal website; and several different lists of people with the same last name. One list was for Lanham, one for Barnes, and one for Nicholson.

Dick Knechtel

This file contains a copy of a July 16, 1928 Alberta Provincial Police Crime Report summarizing the 1918 Grande Prairie murders; photocopies of newspaper articles; a copy of Alexander Peebles’ deposition at Richard Knechtel’s hearing on February 9, 1921 for the murders of Ignaze Patan, Charles Zimner, and Frank Parzychowski; a copy of a crime report listing Knechtel as a suspect in four murders; a copy of a resolution passed by the United Farmers of Alberta about Richard Knechtel along with a copy of a written response from the Attorney General; and a copy of trial examination of Rosie Knechtel, William L. Caldwell, and John Pazychowski by Nicholson and Mr. Eagar (Solicitor for Accused).

Elock’s Reports

File includes copies of reports completed by William Elock during his time working undercover for Nicholson. They recount both his actions, and what he saw and heard while undercover.

Grade One at Southslope School

Doris Tansem's first grade one class at Wanham: (back row L to R) Robert McCarty, Alec Posty, Frank Kasprow, and (front row) Lorraine Sather, Annette Prevost, Beverly Fowler, and Mary Manzulenko.

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