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South Peace Regional Archives File
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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).

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.

Trial of Dan Lough

This file contains: a copy of a document that lists key people in the Dan Lough trial and a statement by Chief Inspector Nicholson; copies of newspaper articles about the 1920 trial; a copy of a statement made by F.A Baxter; and copies of various crime reports regarding Dan Lough and the trial.


This file contains information about the 1920 trial of Daniel Lough for the murders of Stanley and Joseph Snyder. There is a copy of a document that recommends a reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person who committed the six 1918 murders; photocopies of newspaper articles; a copy of a letter regarding money owed to Dr. Conroy for his participation in the trial; copies of various crime reports; a copy of the Report of Committal to commit Daniel Lough for trial in the murders of Joseph and Stanley Snyder; a copy of a document that lists Fred Pluff as Wanted for Murder by the Alberta Provincial Police; a copy of a report regarding custody of Lough’s children; and a list created by Wally of files to look for at the Provincial Archives, and people he should contact.


This file contains a copy of a December 28, 1919 Alberta Provincial Police Crime Report that lists Harry Lakosky as a suspect in the murders of Patan, Wudwand, Zimner, and Parzychowski.

Snyder Inquest

This file contains two copies of Dr. Joseph Herbert Conroy’s sworn statements during the Snyder Inquest; a copy of an Alberta Provincial Police report on the autopsy; two copies of the Inquisition form for the Snyder deaths; several copies of the full Snyder Inquest proceedings which contains interviews with James Dunlap, Daniel Lough, Benjamin Harmer, John McAuley, Alexander Peebles, Carl Erstad, and Albert Vilo Thompson; a copy of James Carrol Dunlap’s statement; a page of Wally’s manuscript with hi-lighted sections; two copies of an Alberta Provincial Police crime report; and a drawing of the Snyder crime scene.

Patan Inquest

This file contains one full copy of the Patan Inquest proceedings, and one partial copy of the same document. The Patan Inquest proceeding contains interviews with Thomas Marshall Newton, Detective Sargent Eagen (APP), Alexander I. Peebles, William L. Caldwell, Thomas Foote, Vernon Seymour Snowden, George Silvester, Dr. H.J. Conroy, Dr. M.L. MacDonald, Eurylee Salisbury, William Fletcher Bredin, Andrew Hobal, and Francis Belcourt.


This file contains a copy of an Alberta Provincial Police Crime Report from July 29, 1918; two photocopies of newspaper articles; and a copy of a document that names several individuals associated with the murders written by Nicholson.

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.

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