Notes by David A. Harrison, 30-June2008-View of front of mission residential school buildling in early spring (May) before deciduous trees are in leaf. Photo taken most likely circa 1926. the residential school building was built in 1916-17 and dedicated 29th of June, 1917. A small hospital was built using the timber from the initial mission complex behind the school. This initial hospital had a varied history and location from 1917 to the present day but on the 15th of September, 1925, it was relocated to a site next to the north end of the school as seen in this photo. The truncated gable ends, the tin roof shingles and the square chimney vent identify it. A private telephone system was installed between the school, the hospital and the mission house in 1922 [Albert Archives, Diocese of Mackenzie River, Acc No 200/81 Annual newsletter, St. Peter's Mission, Rev. A.J. Vale 14 Dec 1922]. The poles and line associated with this system are seen along the boardwalk. A raise granary was built close to the southend of the school in 1927 and is not visible. The school picket fence was replaced by a wire mesh fence visible in Rosina Hobbs photos taken since her arrival in June of 1932. Wire fence in 1933.
View looking north, showing old mission store house, school site where large stand of trees is seen, and small corner of church roof at edge of trees to the north. In far distance is steeple for St. Anne's Catholic Church on this Katlodeeche First Nation (Dene No. 1 Reserve).
File consists of a daily journal used by Deaconess E.M. (Bessie) Wilgress during her time in Hay River, bound with indigenous crafted cover with beaded flowers. Includes several pages of pressed and identified plants from Lake Athabasca and Grand Rapid Island. Also includes 20 1/2 sheets of typed diary for reminiscences.
Photo consists of two steamer ships in the water as seen from higher grounds.
Note by David Harrison, 30-June-2008, most lily a view to north east across the Slave River at Fort Smith showing the S.S. McKenzie River [Built in Fort Smith 1908] at the shoreline, and the S.S. Distributor steaming north [built circa 1921 in Fort Smith].
Photo consists of people walking down the gangplank to shore. St. Peter's Indian Residential School is in the background to the middle-right. HBC buildings and compound is on the left.
Note by David Harrison, 30-June-2008, View from deck of most likely the S.S. Distributor over the top of the covered barge. Walking down the gangplank the four new staff members, three women and one man to be welcomed by Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Singleton. Mr. Singleton raising hat in welcome.
Photo consists of a view of Hay River from the deck of an arriving steamer. Three white buidlings of HBC store, with residents of Hay River watching the arrival of the ship. Mission buildings in the background to the right.
Photo consists of fifteen girls down by the water. Some of them are holding dolls. to the right, a girl is holding a baby named Sally Esai, 10 months old.
Notes by David A. Harrison, 30-June2008-St. Peter's Diary dated July 22, 1932, indicates 16 students arrived from Fort McPherson. Sally transferred to the residential school in Aklavik [All Saints IRS] via S.S. Distributor on August 27, 1937 along with seven other students.