Mennonite
Historical
Society

of Alberta

Hilda Dick fonds, 1890-1992, 2 large family photograph albums

Hilda Dick fonds, 1890-1992.

Accession 2020.001.

Administrative/Biographical History

Hilda Dick was born in Coaldale Alberta on 4 May 1927, the daughter of Johann and Liese (Regehr) Dick.  She attended the Readymade elemntary school, the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Bible School, and then, after a series of short-term jobs,  trained as a nursing aide in Calgary.  She worked in  hospitals in Lethbridge and Coaldale before joining the clinic staff of the Coaldale doctors where she worked for 34 years.

Hilda and her twin brother Walter came from a large family comprised of eight sons and five daughters.  Hilda was the only single adult sibling, but always took a keen interest in the lives of her siblings and many nieces, nephews and later grand-nieces and nephews.  After Hilda’s parents retired and moved to house in town, Hilda provided care and support.  After her father’s death in 1968, she lived together with her mother who died in 1892 at the age of 102.

Hilda accepted an important retirement project when she went through numerous family photograph albums and then compiled two large  albums – one focusing on photographs on the Dick family, and the other on the Regehr family.  The albums provide a comprehensive overview of the families’ Russian background and Canadian experiences.