Fonds 0597 - Ethel Buck fonds

Ethel Foote and Ray Rappel Jean Goff Ray & Ina Rappel Ethel Buck's Registration Certificate

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Ethel Buck fonds

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GPR 0597

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  • [ca. 1942-1950] (Creation)
    Buck, Ethel

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16 pp of textual records
14 photographs

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Ethel Louise Foote was born August 30, 1925 in Vanguard, Saskatchewan, and arrived in the Spirit River area with her parents, Emily and Joe Foote, in 1929. They came to join family members Vern and Becky Foote, and Vern and Hattie Rappel, who had come to the Peace Country in 198. In 1942, her cousin, Ray Rappel, enlisted in World War II and was sent overseas, and in 1943, Ethel married Walter Buck, whose family had settled in the Bridgeview area south of Spirit River in 1929. Based in England, Ray became friends with Jean Goff, and asked his cousin Ethel to write to her so she would know a little bit about Canada. Although that relationship did not last, Ray did marry in England, to Rosina Elizabeth Stredder, and asked Ethel to write to her as well. Ray was injured in the war and sent home in 1944. Rosina followed later that year. The couple went on to have two children, James and Frederick, but Ray passed away in 1954 while the children were only 6 and 8 years old. Rosina later married Robert Giles. Meanwhile, Ethel Foote had continued to write to Jean Goff and was still writing to her at the age of 90, when this collection was donated to the Archives.

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These records were sent to Ethel Foote during and/or after World War II and were donated to South Peace Regional Archives by Gary Buck in November 2014.

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The fonds consists of 14 photographs of Ethel Foote, her cousin Ray Rappel, Jean Goff and Ray's other friends in England, and Ray's wife Rosina. There is also Ethel's war registration card, and a 16 page letter from Rosina to Ethel in September 1944, written in response to Ethel's first letter to her. At the time, Rosina was already married/engaged to Ray and had applied to come to Canada.

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These records were donated to South Peace Regional Archives by Gary Buck in November 2014.


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  • English

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Accession number: 2014.082

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South Peace Regional Archives

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Description created by TD on May 13, 2015.

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  • English

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