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No.: PR1477
TITLE: Edith and William Rogers fonds
CREATOR: Edith Rogers
DATE RANGE: 1899-1983
EXTENT: 2.08 m of textual records and other material
Also includes 141 photographs (including 1 cyanotype), 122 postcards, 37 photographic postcards, 16 posters, 6 maps, and 1 transparency.
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Edith Blanche Cox was born September 20, 1894 in Eastville, Nova Scotia to Samuel G. and Mahala (née Graham) Cox. She attended the Eastville Nova Scotia High School and Normal School and subsequently taught in Nova Scotia. In 1913 Edith visited her aunt, Mrs. Alfred (Margaret) Redmond, in Edgerton, Alberta, where Edith was invited to teach at the Bloomington school. Edith attended the Camrose Normal School in 1914 and then taught near Tofield, Alberta and again in Edgerton. In 1918 she began work in the Merchants Bank (which amalgamated with the Bank of Montreal) at Edgerton, then Tofield in 1922 and finally Killam, Alberta in 1923. On October 12, 1923 she married William Wright Rogers, the principal of the Killam High School. William had come to Strathcona, North-West Territories in 1904 with his parents. He attended the Grandin Street School, the Stranthcona Collegiate Institute, the University of Alberta and the Calgary Normal School. He taught at the Willow Creek School, west of Leduc, Alberta, before enlisting in 1914. After Edith and William were married, William was principal at Edgerton, Warner, Alberta and Crossfield, Alberta. In 1929, Edith and William moved to Calgary where they became interested in William Aberhart's Social Credit ideas; from 1933 to 1935 they traveled throughout Alberta speaking and helping organize the Social Credit Party. Edith was a Social Credit candidate in the Ponoka constituency in 1935 where she defeated Premier John E. Brownlee; she was defeated in the 1940 election. The Rogers moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1940. During the Second World War, William worked for the Marine Operators, a contracting firm from Omaha Nebraska and Edith was on the auditing staff of the United States Army, Corps of Engineers. Edith was elected as a school trustee to the Edmonton Public School Board in October 1959, and served until her retirement in October 1974. A school in Millwoods (Edmonton) was named in her honour. In 1973, she was awarded with a life membership in the Alberta School Trustee Association. She is the author of Pioneers of the West and History Made in Edmonton. William died November 7, 1968 and Edith died July 17, 1985.
CUSTODIAL HISTORY:Edith Rogers deposited records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1984. More records were donated to the Archives after her death. Keith Chisholm, on behalf of Kathleen Redmond, Edith Rogers' cousin, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1986.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The fonds consists of records relating to the lives of Edith and William Rogers, and includes correspondence, speeches, newspaper clippings, posters, cards, constitutions and bylaws for groups such as the Rebekah Assembly of Alberta, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Canadian Protestant League, Edmonton Branch and the Social Credit Party, notebooks, diary/scrapbooks, financial statements for Sun Valley Apartments, education manuals, programs, minutes, reports, speeches and correspondence regarding Edith's time as Member of the Legislative Assembly, trustee for Edmonton Public School Board, member of the Alberta School Trustees' Association, and member of the Metropolitan Edmonton Educational Television Association, and photographs used by Edith Rogers in Pioneers of the West, and includes the photographs of John Diefenbaker, R.B. (Richard Bedford) Bennet, Alexander Cameron Rutherford and Reverend Leonard Gaetz, D.D
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL: Other records pertaining to Edith Rogers are located in the Edith Rogers fonds at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta and in the D.S. MacKenzie Junior High School fonds at the City of Edmonton Archives in Edmonton, Alberta.
RELATED RECORDS: Edith Rogers' books, Pioneers of the West and History Made in Edmonton, are available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta, 971.23 R631 PAA and 971.233 R631 PAA respectively.
GENERAL NOTE: Information for the biographical sketch is taken from the records, from Edmonton Journal obituaries and from Pioneers of the West, which is available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.23 R631 PAA. Included in accession PR1986.0561 are records belonging to the Edith and William Rogers fonds (PR1477), the Alberta Federation of Property Owners' Associations fonds (PR0473), the Ponoka Social Credit Group fonds (PR0474), the Warner Women's Institute Girls Club fonds (PR0475), the Ponoka Woollen Mills, Limited fonds (PR0476), the Home Protective Association fonds (PR0477), the Property Owners' Association of Edmonton fonds (PR0478), the Ponoka Social Credit Auxiliary Group fonds (PR0479), and the Social Security League of Canada, Edmonton Branch fonds (PR0480).
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