EDWARD T. BERNIER FAMILY fonds. – 1917 – 1985. –31..5 cm of textual records and 140 photographs.

E.T. Bernier (1903-1985) was the son of Thomas (1874-1958) and Catherine (Cassie) (1884 – 1965). Thomas came to Powell River in 1925. Cassie, Edward and Mae ( his wife-1905-2001) and Edward’s children Vivian and Ray came in 1926. Edward and his father started a shoe repair store in Cranberry. Edward later opened a retail shoe store in Cranberry. E. Bernier was the secretary of the Citizens Committee in 1935 which was concerned with school affairs and he was active in the Annual Fall Fairs, starting the first one in Cranberry in 1931. He was the sheriff from 1936 – 1974 and was a member of the Liberal Party. Bernier worked for the Powell River Company during WW II and served with the local Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles. He was also active in the amalgamation of the villages of Cranberry, Westview, the Wildwood Water District and Powell River in 1955. Edward was selected by the Corporation of the District of Powell River to be on the local Court of Revision. He and Mae had six children; Vivian, Raymond, Leroy, Arnold, Yvonne and Elaine. He and Mae celebrated their 60
th wedding anniversary in 1983.

The fonds consists of personal records of Edward T. Bernier. Includes correspondence, financial, legal, personal data, reports, lists and three sous-fonds of Thomas and Catherine Bernier, Vivian Calder and Ray Bernier.

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Series description:

Series: Edward T. Bernier Family fonds

1.
Correspondence –1936-1943, 1955-1975--6cm of textual records

The series consists of general correspondence,with the School of Applied Science, Sheriff and Baliff, Powell River Court of Revision and the Powell River Company.

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2.
Legal Documents -- 1936,1970,1983. -- 2cm of textual records

The series consists of records pertaining to the Sheriff’s Act and a Last Will and Testament.

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3.
Financial. - - 1982 – 1985 - - 2cm of textual records.

The series consists of a hand written home accounts

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4.
Personal Data Documents -- 1903-1979. ( not complete) -- 1 cm of textual records

The series consists of registration and certificates for birth, marriage, gun, military discharge and Powell River cemetery registrations and certificates.

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5.
Genealogy --1902-1983. --1cm of textual records.

The series consists of one coil bound booklet concerning the Bernier family’s
genealogy.

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6.
Reports -- 1972. -- .5cm of textual records

The series consists of reports regarding the operation of the Powell River Sheriff’s Office.

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7.
Lists --1947. -- .5cm of textual records

The series consists of an inventory for Bernier’s Shoe Store.

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8.
Notes -- 1972. --.5cm of textual records

The series consists of handwritten notes pertaining to family matters and history.

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9.
Ephemera -- 1911,1928,1983. -- 1 cm of textual records

The series consists of an invoice belonging to Bernier & Son, share certificate for Powell River Sunset Homes Society, commemorative papers regarding Edward and Catherine’s 60th wedding anniversary, Federal Act respecting the Office of Sherriff and a poster for the closing of the shoe store.

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10.
Clippings -- 1953,1956,1965,1967, 1973,1979. --1 cm of textual records

The series consists of newspaper articles regarding Bernier’s activities.

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11.
Photographs --1900, 1940-1946. -- 22 photographs

The series consists of images include the Bernier family, family members, Johnny Massey, Nellie Shafer,Nilo Mantoani, Andy Paterson, Joe Nicholson, the Mannions, Evelyn Aquilan, Irene Carlson, Jean Dunlop, Mildred Innes, Cattermole family, Black and White Taxi Company, Cosy Corner Café in Cranberry, Sid Farquar, Powell River Legion World War 1 veterans, Jo Lapsansky, Les Bryant.

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Thomas and Catherine Bernier sous-fonds -- 1914 -1933, 1937-1936, 1948-1965 --3.5 cm of textual records

Thomas ( 1874-1958 ) and Catherine ( 1884-1965 ) were married in Alberta in 1902 and moved to Cranberry where they lived for many years. Thomas had served in WW1. Together they started a shoe store in Cranberry and later purchased land in Westview. They had one son, Edward T. and two daughters.

Sous-fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, business records, legal documents, notices, ephemera.

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Series description:

Series: Thomas and Catherine Bernier sous-fonds

1.
Correspondence --1917-1918 1922 1958. -- .5cm of textual records

The series consists of personal and official correspondence.

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2.
Business records -- 1937 1946-1948. -- . 5cm of textual records

The series consists of legal agreements for land purchases.

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3.
Financial records -- 1902 1928 1931. --.5cm of textual records

The series consists of a bank book, payments on land and a share certificate

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4.
Military records – 1916 1919 1943. -- . 5cm of textual records.

The series consists of a discharge certificate, pension forms, Fourth Victory Loan certificate

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5.
Legal Documents --1920 1933 1958 1965 -- .5cm of textual records

The series consists of a marriage certificate, a true copy certificate, last will and testament.

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6.
Notices --1958 1965. -- .5cm of textual records

The series consists of handwritten notices and obituary for Thomas.

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7.
Ephemera -- 1914 1942. -- 5cm of textual records

The series consists of handwritten notes in French regarding family matters, a fingerprint
chart and a photocopy of a ribbon regarding the Lethbridge Miners Union no 59, NWT

Vivian Calder sous fonds --1958-1962 1991. –19 cm of textual records, 118 photographs

Vivian Calder ( nee Bernier) formerly Pulsifer ( 1923 - ) is the daughter of Edward T and Annie Mae Bernier. She worked for a bank for many years after she had traveled and worked in Britian, Europe and South Africa

Sous-fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, certificate, clippings, travel documents, ephemera, 1991 Class reunion binder of newspapers and clippings. .

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Series Description: Vivian Calder sous-fonds


1.
Correspondence. --1991. -- .5 cm of textual records

The series consists of a letter from Olympia Limited in England, between Vivian and Jean Lyons of the Jean Lyons School of Music regarding the Lyons house in the Townsite.

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2.
Financial records -- 1958-1962 -- .5cm of textual records

The series consists of tax returns.

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3.
Certificate. - - 1941. - - .5 cm of textual records.

The series consists of a Brooks High School Grade 12 completion certificate.

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4.
Travel papers - - 1954-1957. - - 15 cm of textual records.

The series consists of travel brochures, booklets from trips to Britain, Ireland, Europe and South Africa.

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5.
Clippings. - - 1954-1956. - - 2 cm of textual records.

The series consists of newspaper articles from Britain and South Africa. Includes information about Olympia Limited and the treason trial in South Africa. Mentioned in the newspaper is Nelson Mandela.

6.
Binders and ephemera -- 1924,1941 -- 16 cm of textual records

The series consists of an autograph book from high school, two documents from
Child Welfare in Lethbridge and a three ring binder that was put together for the Class Reunions of Brooks Classes of 1940, 1941 and 1942.

[archives notes: the scrap book was disassembled as it had sticky pages. The album was photocopied and the newspaper clippings were destroyed. The images are listed in the photographs series. ]

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7.
Photographs. - - 1949-1954, 1989.1991 - -118 photographs.

The series consists of images of Vivian Calder, Bernier Brothers clearing land for J.P. Dallos School, Saltery Bay mermaid, , Cranberry Roller Rink, Mrs. GilchristNick Hudemka and the images of Bernier’s class reunion in 1991. The reunion was for the Brooks Classes of 1940, 1941 and 1942,

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Raymond Bernier sous-fonds: -- 1943 1951 1965 -- 1cm of textual records

Raymond Bernier ( 1925 -1952 ) served in WW 2 and later he and his brothers worked in the Seymour Inlet area at their logging camp. He was killed in a plane crash in that area in March 1952.

Sous-fonds consists of personal data.

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Series Description: Raymond Bernier sous-fonds

1.
Personal Data --1943 1951 1965 --1cm of textual records

The series consists of a Military Discharge, Drivers licence and a newspaper clipping.
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Accession numbers:
2004.8
2005.7
2006.12
2007.14
2009.29
2010.45