Sous-fonds SF161 - Lorne and Edith Pierce collection. Frederick B. Watt sous-fonds

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Lorne and Edith Pierce collection. Frederick B. Watt sous-fonds

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CA ON00239 SF161

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  • 1937 (Creation)
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    Watt, Frederick B.

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0.01 m of textual records

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(1901-)

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The son of Arthur and Gertrude Balmer Watt, Frederick B. "Ted" Watt was a correspondent for many newspapers and magazines, notably the Edmonton Journal. In 1929, thanks to an invitation from childhood friend and legendary pilot Wop May, Watt covered the first airmail flight to Aklavik. He also covered the manhunt for the Mad Trapper of Rat River in 1932. During the Great Depression, Watt also made his way to Great Bear Lake in the rush to find pitchblende, which was later used as uranium in the World War II.

Watt was a naval intelligence officer in World War II, earning the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He became a member of the information branch of the Department of Health and Welfare in Ottawa from 1957-1969. In 1980, Watt published the story of his time at Great Bear Lake entitled, Great Bear: A Journey Remembered.

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Sous-fonds consists of a typescript for a collection of poems titled, "Vagrant."

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Gift of Lorne and Edith Pierce.

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  • English

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2001.1

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Open

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  • Shelf: 2001.1