Fonds - Arline and Graham Robertson fonds.

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Arline and Graham Robertson fonds.

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  • [ca.1910] – [ca.1985]. (Creation)

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5 photographs + other items

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Arline Sanderson (known as Sandy) was born in Adams, North Dakota. She moved with her family to Florence, Minnesota at the age of six and from there to Minneapolis. Arline worked for Wade's Restaurant in Minneapolis and then for Honeywell Minneapolis fabricating aircraft components. In 1950, Arline met and married Swaney Peterson. Swaney died in 1969. Arline moved to Canada and married Graham Robertson of Elgin, Manitoba on December 11, 1971. Graham was a member of the Manitoba Antique and Classic Auto Club and the Western Manitoba Pioneer Auto Club. Arline and Graham enjoyed appearing in vintage parades and auto shoes form 1975 to 1985. Arline passed away in 1991.

Graham Robertson was the son of Marta Trotman and Arthur Robertson of Winnipeg (married 1 January 1914). He played saxophone in a dance band in Elgin from 1939 to 1941 with Keitha Naylor (piano), Harry Eykelboom (drums), Wattie Ewen (accordion), Irvine Arde (trumpet and violin) and Mickie Lowry (clarinet and piano).

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Items were donated to the Dugald Costume Collection, Inc. in 1992 and 1993 by Graham Robertson following the death of his wife in 1991.

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Items consist of 5 photographs. Three are photographs of Martha Trotman, former Brandon resident and mother of Graham Robertson, and two are of Arline and Graham Robertson. In the photographs Arline is wearing a vintage/replica dress given to her by Nessie Grant of Elgin, Manitoba. Fonds also consists of a number of documentary items including Arline's elementary school diploma, her 1942 Balaton High School commencement invitation and program, a 1972 high school reunion program, a Balaton High School newsletter (Sachem) dating from 1942, a training certificate from the Aeronautical Division of the Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company and an Army-navy production award. Also included here is a representation of Graham Robertson's dance band music stands and a short reminiscence by Graham of his time with the dance band.

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No use or reproduction without prior permission.

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