Fonds RBSC-ARC-1086 - Alice Maud Burge fonds

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Alice Maud Burge fonds

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8 cm of textual records

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Alice Maud Jones (1882-1948) was born in Great Britain and married James McKay Burge in 1903. After employment in South Africa, England, Rossland, and Vancouver, James Burge purchased the Cariboo Ranch at Gray Creek on Kootenay Lake and moved there in the early twenties where he combined managing the family farm with fulltime work as an assistant ranger for the B.C. Forest Service until his death in a car accident in 1934. His wife, Alice Maud, continued to live on the family farm and raise their five children on her beloved Kootenay Lake property.

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The fonds consists of the diary entries of Alice Maud Burge from January 1, 1931 - November 14, 1948 (1424 pages). They contain the record of a remarkable women whose resourcefulness, affection and good humour sustained her family thorugh difficult times. As well, her daily record, thoughts and observations offer a window on family and community life in the West Kootenays.

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An index is bound with the diary.

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