Fonds wet-1369 - Thorn family fonds

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Thorn family fonds

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WET wet-1369

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20 cm of textual records. -- 6 photographs

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Frank Thorn (1898 - 1980) was born in North Dakota and came with his parents to the Red Deer area in 1907. They homesteaded until 1912 when the illness of his father caused the family to move back to the United States for a time. They returned to Canada in 1914 and in 1920 Frank came to Wetaskiwin. He married Vina Meyer of New Norway, Alberta, and they had four daughters. He first worked as a house painter, then as a mechanic for the Sims-Brown garage and became a master electrician. He was a volunteer fireman from 1920 - 1962 and played for many years in the Community Band and in various dance bands including the Thorn Family Orchestra with two of his daughters. In 1935, he became Secretary of the first Social Credit Provincial Constituency Association. He was a founder of the Wetaskiwin Pioneer Savings and Credit Union and was asked to cut the ribbon to open the new Credit Union building in 1979.

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Fonds consists of the personal papers and photographs of Frank and Vina Thorn. The fonds consists of these series: 1. Social Credit Party (1935- 1960) Series consists of clippings, correspondence, receipts, and other materials relating to the Alberta Social Credit Party and Federal Social Credit Party and the Wetaskiwin chapter of the Social Credit Party. 2. Personal (1900- 1960) Series includes ration books and other records, Vina Meyer's post cards, correspondence with Glenbow Institute regarding papers deposited there, information regarding bands and businesses in Wetaskiwin and photographs of Wetaskiwin, 1900-1960.

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Gifts of Mrs. Vina Thorn, 1980 - 1991.


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Glenbow Archives holds some papers of Frank Thorn regarding dance bands and the Social Credit party.

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Record No. 80.39; 83.14; 83.24; 85.22; 89.44; 91.06<br><br>

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