Fonds 2023-028 - Alba Eaton

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Alba Eaton

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  • July 1938 - April 1943 (Creation)
    Eaton, Alba

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6 cm of textual materials

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Alba Barbara Eaton was born on 4 May 1894, in Lower Canard, Kings County, Nova Scotia. Her parents were Everard Doe Eaton (5 March 1844 – 7 February 1905) and May Florence North (ca. 1861 - 6 July 1955), who married June 24, 1891. She was one of five children, her siblings included Evangeline (June 30, 1892-1988), Seldon (May 7, 1895 – August 24, 1895), Clement George (Jun 7, 1896-1966) and Bernard Harris North (b. April 3, 1898). Eaton kept journals from the summer of 1938 to spring 1943. Eaton never married and her lifelong occupation was dressmaker until her ill health forced her to retire. Her entries indicate that she also supplemented her income through picking and canning local produce to sell. She was an active member of the Canning United Church and a member of the Missionary Society. She passed away from after a brief battle with cancer on March 12, 1966, at the age of 71.

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Consists of the three diaries maintained by Alba Eaton from 1938 to 1943. The entries for the first few years were lengthy, with details on her daily routines and interactions. By the last year of the journals, the entries are often one sentence or just a few words. The content of the diaries also include descriptions of her mother, who she was living with during this period of time. Eaton often discusses her physical and mental health throughout the diaries, noting her “nerves” or being anxious. She describes herself as unwell in many of the entries, having “no pep” or needing to sleep quite late. Eaton also provided descriptions of social events and activities that were happening in the town. Also contains the transcription of the diaries compiled by Sonja Eaton in 2023.

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Donated by Everard (grand nephew) and Sonja Eaton in August 2023.


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      2023-028/001-01 Alba Eaton Diary, 1 July 1938 to 8 June 1939

      2023-028/001-02 Alba Eaton Diary, 9 June 1939 to 14 April 1940

      2023-028/001-03 Alba Eaton Diary, 1 May 1941 to 9 April 1943

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