Fonds F05 - Stettler Hospital, Alta. fonds

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Stettler Hospital, Alta. fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.

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Fonds

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CA ON00279 F05

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  • 1926-[19-] (Creation)
    Creator
    Stettler Hospital, Alta.

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Physical description

0.5 cm of textual records

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Name of creator

(1926-1927)

Administrative history

In 1925, the Board of Trade passed a resolution that the leaders of Stettler should ask Archbishop Henry Joseph O'Leary to set up a "Sisters' Hospital" in Stettler, Alberta. In turn, the Archbishop sent for four sisters from the Sisters of St. Joseph in the Diocese of London to run the hospital: Sister Patricia Coughlin, Sister Virginia Lobban, Sister Austin Gurvine, and Sister Jane Francis O'Rourke. They arrived in March of 1926.

Due to religious factions in the community, soon after it was known that the Sisters would be running a hospital, another proposal was made to establish a public municipal hospital instead. Since the voting on this issue was dragged out, the Sisters went ahead and began work in a small existing hospital. Upon arrival, the Sisters cleaned the building and ordered new supplies because the hospital was in a poor state. The local parish was very supportive and a nearby cottage was rented for the purposes of storage and an oratory for the Sisters to celebrate mass and have community prayers.

Meanwhile, a vote was finally conducted but failed to pass. After the district boundaries were redrawn, another vote was held in favour of a municipal hospital. Also around this time, the hospital's cottage was burned down by opponents. Both these factors contributed to the Sisters closing the hospital and moving to Galahad where the Village of Galahad had asked them to establish a Sisters' Hospital.

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Scope and content

Fonds contains two essays about the history of the hospital and a copy of a letter.

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Immediate source of acquisition

Records transferred from the Sisters in Alberta to the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada - London site archives.

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  • English

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The records are stored off-site in London, Ontario.

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There is a series and file list.

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Permission to study archival records does not extend to publication or display rights. The researcher must request this permission in writing from the Archives.

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No further accruals are expected.

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CA ON00279

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Status

Revised

Level of detail

Partial

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

June 23, 2014
July 2, 2020

Language of description

  • English

Script of description

Sources

P. O'Halloran (ed.), The Bold Journey 1943-1993: An Alberta History of Catholic Health Care Facilities and of their Owners. Edmonton, 1993.

M. Doyle (ed.) and C. Dignan (ed.), Contributions of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Diocese of London to the Hospital and Health Care Services in Canada.

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