Fonds 1988.27, 1988.164, 1989.43, 1989.56, 1989.63, 1991.60, 1992.139, 1993.29, 2001.10 - CRICH FAMILY fonds

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CA CPA 1988.27, 1988.164, 1989.43, 1989.56, 1989.63, 1991.60, 1992.139, 1993.29, 2001.10

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  • 1920-1962 (Creation)

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.5 cm of textual material. -- 1,831 photographs. -- 4 albums

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John George Crich (1882-1962) was a photographer who documented life in Carberry, Manitoba area. He was born in Seaforth, Ontario to John Crich and Agnes (Grant) Crich and died in Carberry. His siblings were Fred, Earl, William, Charles Chester (1886-1963), Gertrude (later Fowler) of Lucknow, Ontario, Bertha (later Callender) of Hartney, Manitoba, Agnes (later Glew) of Seaforth, Ontario ([18?]-1962), and Grace Beryl of Carberry (1890-1989). As a young man he moved to Saskatchewan and in 1920 relocated to Carberry where he and his brother opened Crich's Bakeshop. Crich was appointed Justice for the Peace in Carberry in 1937. Charles Chester Crich (1886-1963) was a baker in Carberry, Manitoba. In 1916 married Margaret Brunsden of Hartney, Manitoba. In 1917 a fire destroyed his business and he moved to Carberry, purchasing the bakery business from M. Morrison. Prior to that, he had opened a bakery in Macklin, Saskatchewan in 1916. He had learned his bakery skills from elder brother William. He died in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Grace Beryl Martha Crich (1890-1989) was the youngest daughter of John and Agnes Crich. She made her home with brother George after death of their mother, and helped in the bake shop. She died in Carberry.

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Records were presented to the Carberry Plains Museum by the Crich family at an unknown date. Records were transferred to Carberry Plains Archives in 1988, 1989, 1992 by the [Carberry Plains Museum]. Records were presented in 1991 by R. J. Waugh School of Carberry. Some records were duplicated from the Museum (original slides to photographs) by the Archives in 1993. Original slides for these records were presented by the Museum in 2001.

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Fonds consists of 413 black and white photographs, 153 colour photographs, 692 negatives, and 1,130 slides. Includes images of John G. Crich, Beryl and Chester Crich, Carberry cenotaph, Carberry School, businesses and buildings in Carberry, as well as parades, Carnival (1948), train accident (1953), airplanes at Carberry airbase, hockey team (1947-48), Crich's bakery, the British Commonwealth Airforce Training Station #33, Carberry Fair (1947, 1958), Spears Ranch, agriculture, aerial views of Carberry, Clear Lake and Gimli, Manitoba, Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Also includes Alf's garage (1938).

Textual material consists of stationary of Crich's bakery, bakery menu signed by RCAF (1940), tribute to Chester Crich (1963), poem by Ron Clarke written about local people in Carberry (1959), clipping when bake shop was sold to Dirk Appel, letter written by Vera M. Davidson to John G. Crich (1959), calling card of Mrs. Chester Crich, "Wartime Souvenir of Carberry" (1942) of Beryl Crich. Slides cover holidays across Canada and in U.S.A., and local events and people. Of special interest are photographs of the Devil's Punch Bowl in Spruce Woods Provincial Park (1929).

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