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- Head tax certificate of Bill’s father Mar Hong Lin, dated June 12, 1922, number 83230, new series C.I.5.
- Certificate of Canadian Citizenship of Hong Len Mah alias Hong Lin Mar, dated August 18, 1950, Series A, Number 86945.
- Len Hong Mah’s certificate of death, issued July 5th, 1972. Registration no. 72-08-003182. Passed away on March 1st, 1972 at the age of 63.
- First Class Honours certificate issued in December 1976 by the Royal Conservatory of Music of the University of Toronto to Maylee Mah.
- A letter of invitation to the Grand Opening of the Pine Valley Lodge in Hinton to Mr. and Mrs, Bill Mah from Chairman Floyd McLennan, dated January 15, 1997.
- Certificate of Bill Mah, dated March 28, 1972. Bill Mah was awarded Yr Sound Citizen by CJYR of Edson, Alberta and CKYR of Jasper, Alberta for being community- minded. Bill made many donations to hospitals and supported local events.
- A “Thank You” letter from Mayor Ross A. Risvold, Town of Hinton dated February 23rd 1998 for his donation towards the new Pine Valley Seniors Lodge built in Hinton.
- A letter from the Estate and Trust Section of the Department of National Revenue, Taxation, dated Jan. 30, 1973, regarding Hong Len Mah’s estate.
- 1 black and white photo: Bill and his younger brother David in the wheat field in Abbey, Saskatchewan that his father owns in 1953.
- 5 black and white photos of Hong Len Mah who owns the OK Shoe Repair store in Ponoka, Alberta in 1933.
- 1 black and white photo of Hong Len Mah and his truck with the name M.H.LEN of Ponoka (date unknown).
- 1 black and white photo of Qiaole village (僑樂村) in Nanjing, China where Bill was born. The village also known as the Huaqiao village. This is a 1935 photo.
- 2 Black and white photos of Bill’s “paper dad” Mah Zhou (馬週). The portrait was taken in 1952 when Mah Zhou was 52 years old.
- 3 black and white photos of Hong Len Mah in China celebrating Chinese New Year on New Year Day on Feb. 15, 1920?
- 1 black and white photo of Bill’s dad Hong Len Mah at the Hinton Café where they also sell groceries.
- 1 black and white photo of Bill’s family eating at their Café in Hinton. From left to right: Bill’s daughter Maylee, Bill, wife Violet, son Cedar.
- 1 black and white photo of a street scene of a parade in Hong Kong. The exact location and the occasion are unknown.
- A 1938 Calgary Stampede postcard of a Chinese float sent to Hong Len from Mary Sing.
- 4 black and white photos of a parade in Ponoka on Canada Day July 1, 1941.
- 1 black and white portrait of Bill Mah in 1946 or 1947.
- 2 color photos of very good friends eating at Bill’s restaurant Hinton Café (They have been very helpful to Bill - advice and financing).
- 2 black and white photos of the interior of the OK Shoe Store.
- 2 black and white photos of buildings in Ponoka owned by Hong Len Mah
Building of the OK Shoe Store
Hotel in Ponoka
- 1 black and white photo of Bill Mah’s siblings in 1939.
1st row from left to right: Bill’s younger brother David Mah, Bill’s younger sister Meigui Mah (马玫瑰), and the children of Bill’s grandfather.
2nd row from left to right: Bill’s younger brother Vincent Mah, Bill Mah, Bill’s older sister Dangui Mah (马丹桂).
- A postcard of the town of Ponoka.
- 2 black and white photos: Hong Len on ship to China. He worked on board in order to get a free trip back home.
- 2 black and white photos of Hong Len Mah in Ponoka in 1941.
-Hong Len on horseback
-Hong Len driving a horse-driven cart
- 2 black and white photos: Hong Len Mah at school.
- 1 black and white photo of Hong Len, Bill and friends: taken on a trip to Banff.
- 2 black and white photos of Bill’s mom, brother David and sister Nancy leaving for Canada on a ship.
- 2 black and white photos of Bill and a friend taken in 1956. Bill worked in a Café in Gull Lake, Alberta for about one year.
- 1 black and white family photo taken in 1954 or 1955 in Abbey, Saskatchewan. From left to right: Bill’s younger brother David, sister Nancy, mother Sing Gung Mah (曹盛浓), father Hong Len (马洪炼) and Bill.
- 1 black and white family photo in 1953 or 1954 sent to Bill and Hong len in Canada.
1st row: Bill’s mother and younger sister Nancy.
2nd row: Vincent and David.
- 8 black and white photos of Bill Mah taken in 1954 or 1955 in Abbey, Saskatchewan in the wheat field owned by Bill’s father.
- 1 black and white photo of Bill Mah standing by a car, taken in Abbey, Saskatchewan in 1952.
- 1 black and white photo of three siblings (Bill, David and Nancy Mah) in front of a school in Abbey, Saskatchewan in 1952.
- 1 black and white photo of Hong Len’s uncle Moore Wong () who owns a Chinese newspaper “ The New Republic Chinese Daily Newspaper” in Vancouver.
- 5 black and white photos of Bill and his family.
- 1 black and white photo: portrait of Bill’s maternal grandfather Mr. Cho taken on April 22, 1940.
- 1 black and white photo of Bill’s paternal grandfather, grandmother and uncle.
- 6 black and white photos of Hong Len Mah (馬洪鍊) in different periods of time.
- 1 black and white photo of Hong Len Mah and his in-laws in Vancouver.
- 5 black and white photos of Ponoka:
-A building with a sign that says “Sunny Spot”
-Ponoka Auto camp owned and operated by E. Fleming - 8 cabins (looks like an ad for rentals)
-A parade in Ponoka
-Photo of a man in front of an airplane
-Photo of a woman
- Bill’s dad and mom in 1952 or 1953.
- 3 black and white photos taken in 1952 of Bill Mah at the Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong upon his departure to Canada.
-Bill and Violet Mah (Violet was his girlfriend at that time)
-Bill and his very good friend Dingzhi Wen (文丁枝). Wen helped pay for Bill’s airfare when Bill returned Hong Kong to get married and Bill helped Wen financially to open a restaurant in England years later.
-A group photo from left to right: Bill’s younger brother Vincent Mah, Mr. Yu (The agent who helped Bill go to Canada in the name of Guofen Mah 马国芬 as a “paper son”), Bill Mah, Two of Bill’s friends.
- 1 black and white photo: Bill and Violet holding oldest son Stanley Mah at the United Café in Cabri, Saskatchewan in 1957.
- 1 black and white photo: Bill and Violet working at the United Café in Cabri, Saskatchewan in 1957.
- 2 black and white photos of Bill, Violet and baby Stanley Mah in Cabri, Saskatchewan in 1957.
- 1 black and white photo of Violet and baby Stanley Mah in Cabri, Saskatchewan in 1957.
- 1 black and white photo of Bill, Violet and baby Stanley Mah and three regular customers of the United Café in Cabri, Saskatchewan in 1957.
- 1 black and white photo of Bill cooking breakfast at the United Café in Cabri, Saskatchewan in 1957.
- 1 black and white photo: Bill and his friend working at the store in Cabri, Saskatchewan in 1957.
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