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Miles, Hanlan family fonds


Physical Description:
1.75 m of textual records. -- 107 photographs

Sophie Alice Puckette, 1885-1971, was born in Kansas, USA and moved to Alberta with her family in late 1903. They homesteaded at Del Norte, which was renamed Innisfree in 1905. Sophie attended Alberta College in Edmonton and in 1907 taught for a year in Pullman, Washington. She married Jim Gareld Miles in 1908. Jim G. Miles, 1883-1958, was born in Missouri, USA. He homesteaded near Innisfree in 1905. He farmed and worked for farm implement dealers until the family moved to Edmonton in 1920. There he sold real estate, and in 1925 joined the Edmonton Police Force. He returned to real estate when he retired in 1947. The Miles had five children Margaret (Hanlan), Ray, George, Edwin and Esther (Seutter). In 1934 Margaret, 1909-1995, married Roy Mitchel Hanlan, 1912-2000. They had several children, including Phyllis (Chapotelle). Margaret was a teacher, and also sold instructional materials to schools as "Your Instructor Lady". The Hanlans moved from Edmonton to a farm near Westlock in 1956. For further information see Susan Kooyman's article, "The Diaries of Sophie Puckette", in Glenbow Magazine. -- vol. 7, no. 6 (Nov/Dec 1987), p. 9-11; and Nanci Langford's article "Sophie Alice Puckette, 1885-1971" in The Small Details of Life : Twenty Diaries by Women in Canada, 1830-1996 / Kathryn Carter, ed. - Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2002, p. 255-276.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Sophie's diaries (1892-1908), extensive family correspondence (1884-1969), household accounts (1906-1928, 1950-1966), and guestbooks (1951-1970); Jim's homestead documents, farm implement correspondence (1912-1919), real estate correspondence and property listings (1915-1950s); Margaret's correspondence (1950-1994), "Instructor Lady" records (1960-1963); and family certificates, greeting cards, and photographs.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Margaret Hanlan, 1971-1994.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-843, M-8410, PA-1455, NA-2412, NA-5166

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