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No.: PR1813
TITLE: Ladell Family Fonds
CREATOR: Ladell Family
DATE RANGE: 1899-2003
EXTENT: 1.13 m of textual material -- 112 photographs.
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Arthur Henry Ladell was born on March 22, 1856 in Holt, Norfolk, England to Henry George and Mary Ann (nee Spanton) Ladell. The family immigrated to Canada in 1858 and settled in the London, Ontario area. Under the Free Grants and Homestead Act, the family moved to Stephenson Township in Muskoka, Ontario, the future village of Port Sydney, circa 1868. Arthur Ladell married Cecily Crompton in February 1881, and they had seven children: Constance, Charles, Norman, Edna, Harold, Elsie, and Cecily. In March 1892, Cecily died, and Arthur married Ada Emily Toms on April 3, 1893. Arthur and Ada had seven children: Arthur, George, Ambrose, Bernard, Margaret, Constance, and Ada Dorothy. Arthur and his family moved to the Austin Texas area and purchased the Elm Grove Dairy circa 1894. They remained in Texas until 1905 when they returned to Port Sydney, Ontario. Arthur briefly owned a store with partner Charles Butcher in 1906, but he moved his family to Alberta in 1907, and purchased a homestead near Bittern Lake at Section 7, Township 48, Range 21, West of the 4th Meridian (7-48-21-W4). In addition to farming, Ladell operated a general store from home, served as treasurer of Ellswick School District No. 2203 circa 1910, and worked as Postmaster for the Bittern Lake Post Office (later renamed Halley Post Office) from 1908 to 1917. Ladell and Cecily moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1917, but settled in Victoria, British Columbia. Arthur died on June 27, Ada Emily Tons died on May 16, 1942. Ambrose Merton Ladell was born in Texas on September 8, 1898. He joined the army in 1916 and served overseas during World War I from 1917-1918, and returned to Alberta after the war. He married Gladys Johnson on June 15, 1922. They lived first in Vermilion, Alberta then Marwayne, Alberta in 1926. In 1941, the family moved to Victoria, British Columbia, but retired to Camrose, Alberta. Ambrose worked in the construction business, and crafted grandfather clocks as a hobby. He died on November 2, 1988. Gladys May Johnson was born on November 4, 1900 in Buckinghamshire, England to William and Edith (nee Probets) Johnson. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1904, settling on a homestead in Lloydminster, Alberta. William Johnson was a master carpenter and woodcarver, reputed to have produced the ornamental carving in the University of Alberta Convocation Hall. Gladys married Ambrose Ladell on June 15, 1922; they had six children: Sydney, Ambrose, Marion, May, Gladys, and Ian. Marion married Don Murray. Gladys studied music, and gave piano lessons from their home in Marwayne, Alberta. Gladys also taught at various school districts from 1918-1920, and as a substitute teacher from 1958-1959. Gladys died on April 16, 1988.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The fonds consists of diaries, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, certificates, correspondence, and memorabilia produced and collected by the Ladell family from 1899 to 2003. The fonds is divided into the following series: Arthur Ladell, Ambrose Ladell, Gladys Ladell and Don Murray, and Memorabilia.
GENERAL NOTE: Information for biographical sketch sourced from the fonds. For more information on the Ladell Family, please see The Bitter N'Sweet; the History of the Bittern Lake- Sifton District and Echoes of Marwayne Area available at the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library. Land described according to the Alberta Township System (ATS).
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