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Title First Diary of Sophie Puckette, 1892-1908
Author Puckette, Sophie Alice (1885-1971)
Date 1892-1908
Document Type Personal Account
Reference M-843-2
Library / Archive Glenbow Museum
Collection Name Miles, Hanlan Family Fonds
Description Consists of the diary of Sophie Puckette, who emigrated to Innisfree (originally Del Norte), Alberta from the USA in 1903, when she was eighteen years old. Includes descriptions of the family's stay in the Immigration Hall in Strathcona, the trip to their homestead on sleighs, and life in their log cabin.
Series Description From Series 1 – Sophie Puckette Miles, personal papers, 1897-1971. Series consists of diaries, certificates, school records, greeting cards, various legal documents, sympathy letters on Jim's death, recipes, programs, and news clippings.
Biographical Note / History Sophie Alice Puckette (1885-1971) was born in Kansas, USA and moved to Alberta with her family in late 1903. They homesteaded at Del Norte, which was renamed Innisfree in 1905. Sophie attended Alberta College in Edmonton and in 1907 taught for a year in Pullman, Washington. She married Jim Gareld Miles in 1908. Jim G. Miles (1883-1958) was born in Missouri, USA. He homesteaded near Innisfree in 1905. He farmed and worked for farm implement dealers until the family moved to Edmonton in 1920. There he sold real estate, and in 1925 joined the Edmonton Police Force. He returned to real estate when he retired in 1947. The Miles had five children Margaret (Hanlan), Ray, George, Edwin and Esther (Seutter). In 1934 Margaret (1909-1995) married Roy Mitchel Hanlan (1912-2000). They had several children, including Phyllis (Chapotelle). Margaret was a teacher, and also sold instructional materials to schools as "Your Instructor Lady". The Hanlans moved from Edmonton to a farm near Westlock in 1956. For further information see Susan Kooyman's article, "The Diaries of Sophie Puckette", in Glenbow Magazine, vol. 7, no. 6 (Nov/Dec 1987), p. 9-11; and Nanci Langford's article "Sophie Alice Puckette, 1885-1971" in The Small Details of Life: Twenty Diaries by Women in Canada, 1830-1996 / Kathryn Carter, ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002, p. 255-276.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Places Innisfree, Alberta, Canada
Nationality American
People Puckette, Sophie Alice
Keywords women, homestead, travel, family, immigration, bad weather, living conditions
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Glenbow Museum catalogue.
Language English
Document(s) linked to Second Diary of Sophie Puckette, January-June 1907
Copyright Glenbow Museum