Fonds F 714 - Carl B. Johnsen family fonds

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Carl B. Johnsen family fonds

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F 714

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  • ? - 2015 (Creation)
    Carl Bernard Johnsen family, 1900-

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ca. 1.300 m of textual records
3 photograph albums: 459 prints, b&w
28 photographs: negatives, col.
136 photographs: prints, b&w, col.
ca. 4 maps
1 computer optical disc (3 files: .pdf): DVD-RW
1 computer optical disc (1 file: .pdf): CD-R
6 plans

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Biographical history

Carl Bernard Johnsen was born on April 5, 1900 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Charles Bernhard and Petra Oline Olsen Melby Johansen, both from Norway. The family surname was anglicized after they settled in North America. Carl Johnsen's family consisted of a half-sister, Lillian, two brothers, Hugo and Warren, and two sisters, Clara and Harriet. The Johnsen family moved to Saskatchewan in 1916 and settled on a homestead on the north shore of Echo Lake near Archerwill. In January, 1919, Carl Johnsen filed for a homestead in the Archerwill district and in 1920, he established a beekeeping business. He expanded and operated the business until his retirement in 1967, when he turned over his land and business to his two sons, who continued to operate it until 2005.

Johnsen married Anna Ivadell (Ivy) Walter, daughter of William George Walter and Sarah Elizabeth (Gawley) Walter, on November 19, 1934 in Wadena. Anna Walter had moved to Saskatchewan from Walter's Falls, Ontario with her parents and three brothers (Harvey Royal, John Ernest, and Robert Franklin) in 1917. The Walter family first settled in the Hanley district before moving to the Archerwill district in 1934. Carl and Anna (Ivy) Johnsen had five children: Roy (1938); Charles (1940); Fay (1941); Robert (1944); and Donna (1947).

Carl B. Johnsen died in Tisdale on July 19, 1984. Anna (Ivy) Johnsen died on February 12, 1996. Roy Johnsen died at birth. Fay Johnsen and Donna Johnsen are retired and continue (2016) to reside in Regina. Charles Johnsen is retired and resides on the family farm near Archerwill while Robert Johnsen is retired and lives in Tisdale.

Custodial history

Carl B. Johnsen donated some of these records to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan in one accession in 1981: R81-221 (May 19, 1981).

Mrs. Anna Ivadell Johnsen, wife of Carl B. Johnsen, donated some of these records to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan in seven accessions between 1984 and 1988: R84-319 (August 30, 1984); R87-180 (April 20, 1987); R88-170 (July 4, 1988); R88-183 (June 20, 1988); R88-184 (June 20, 1988); R88-185 (June 20, 1988); and R88-209 (June 20, 1988).

Fay Johnsen, daughter of Carl B. Johnsen, donated some of these records to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan in eleven accessions between 1989 and 2016: R89-352 (September 27, 1989); R97-418 (November 19, 1997); R98-241 (August 11, 1998); R99-232 (July 15, 1999); R2001-332 (December 19, 2001); R2005-225 (May 26, 2005); R2006-176 (April 19, 2006); 2007-375 (April 19, 2007); 2010-206 (April 15, 2010); 2011-079 (April 26, 2011) and 2016-070 (May 10, 2016).

Donna Johnsen, daughter of Carl B. Johnsen, donated some of these records to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan in six accessions between 1997 and 2006: R97-412 (November 17, 1997); R98-139 (February 24, 1998); R2004-046 (March 17, 2003); R2004-199 (May 11, 2004); R2004-328 (December 7, 2004); and R2006-149 (March 3, 2006).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by members of the Carl B. Johnsen family relating mainly to their activities while residents of the Archerwill, Saskatchewan district. The fonds includes genealogical records and records relating to beekeeping; farming; co-operative societies; the village of Archerwill; Archerwill School; and Everton School District No. 4715.

The fonds includes records relating to members of the William George Walter family, including Anna Ivadell Johnsen (nee Walter), wife of Carl B. Johnsen.

The types of records included are correspondence; photographs; maps; programmes and invitations to various events, including graduations, dances, musical concerts and theatrical performances; pamphlets; diaries; and genealogical records. Included in the fonds is Fay Johnsen's 2010 memoir entitled Reflections on Times Past, which contains detailed information on the Johnsen and Walter families (F 714, file 180).

No series assignment was applied to the records in this fonds.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Arrangement reflects both original order and archival intervention.

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  • English

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Records are open for research use.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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SAFA 696 (old guide GR 334) consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records, and item descriptions of maps and photographs.

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Location for retrieval: Regina - Hillsdale; Regina - Henderson

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To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

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