Historical Biographies of Mayors and Councillors 1892-2006

 
Edmonton Mayors: M. McCauley (First Mayor), K.A. Blatchford, H.D. Ainlay, I.G. Dent, S. Mandel

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The short biographies have been compiled from a number of sources available at the Edmonton Public Library. These sources, noted with each biographical entry, often contain other biographical data and can be consulted in the library if more information on a particular person is needed.


 Abbott, Percy W.

Born in Lucan, Ontario, April 29, 1882; son of Thomas and Alice Maria (nee Powe) Abbott. Educated in public and high schools of Lucan, later attended Regina Normal School. Taught school for two years at Stony Plain. Admitted to the Alberta bar in 1909.

Opened a law office in Edmonton in the same year. In 1917 formed a partnership firm of Abbott & McLaughlin, barristers and solicitors, which continued until 1933 when McLaughlin died. Joined with George W. Auxier to form firm of Abbott and Auxier with which he continued until his death. King’s Counsel for over twenty years. Member of IOF, YMCA, Edmonton Club and Masonic Order. Served as president of Edmonton Board of Trade. Married in 1908 to Margaret McIntyre of Edmonton. Three daughters. Died on November 7, 1942.


Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, July 6, 1940, p. 1

Source of Text:
Alberta past and present v.2, p. 18-19

Edmonton Bulletin, November 9, 1942, p. 1, 10


 
 
 Adair, Joseph W.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1877, where he learned the printers’ trade. Immigrated to Canada in 1899. Came to Edmonton to work for the Edmonton Bulletin in 1906 after working for various newspapers in Toronto and Winnipeg. Founded his own linotyping business in 1911 which he operated until 1946. Edited a "throwaway" sheet called Town Topics. Served on the Public School Board, the Library Board and the Exhibition Board for 40 years. Died on November 1, 1960. Survived by two daughters and two sons. Mrs. Adair died on August 16, 1960.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 2, 1960, p. 49


Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, November 2, 1960, p. 49


 
 
 Agar, Andrew B.



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 Ainley, Harry Dean

Born in Brussels, Ontario in 1887. Educated in Ontario where he received his teacher’s certificate. Came to Alberta in 1907 and spent most of his time around Stavely, southern Alberta, before moving to Edmonton in 1912. Enrolled at the University of Alberta after several years in the real estate business. Graduated in 1920 and returned to teaching, first as principal at Garneau High School and later as a high school teacher. Elected alderman in November 1931 as a Labour candidate; elected mayor in November 1945. Proclaimed Daylight Saving Time in the city in 1946 even though the provincial government denied the request. The DST held until the next session of the legislature when the government made it illegal. Headed the Yellowhead Route Association in the 1940s and 1950s. Member of the old CCF party since its organization in Alberta. Retired to BC in 1950 but didn’t quit politics. Ran as CCF candidate in BC provincial elections and was narrowly defeated. First married in 1911 to Edith Hamilton who died in 1959. Died in Haney, BC on March 12, 1970; survived by his second wife Jean.



Additional Photos:
Gilpin, John. Edmonton, gateway to the north, p. 193

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, March 16, 1970, p. 3

Rogers, Edith. History made in Edmonton, p. 140-141


 
 
 Anderson, Bryan Kent

56 years old (October 1998). High school diploma from Nutana Collegiate, Saskatoon, Sask. Bachelor of Education, University of Saskatchewan. Hired by Edmonton Public School Board in 1964 as teacher at Hardisty Junior High School. Retired in June 1998 after nearly 34 years of teaching school and coaching basketball at Harry Ainley and Strathcona high schools. Father of four grown daughters.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 20, 1998, p. B3
Edmonton Journal, October 13, 1998, p. B3


Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 20, 1998, p. B3
Edmonton Journal, October 13, 1998, p. B3

 
 
 Anderson, Cameron



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 Armstrong, George S.

Born in Hopeville, Ontario. Came to Edmonton in 1906 and opened a drugstore. Involved in numerous real estate ventures and construction projects with his brother Gordon. Worked for the post office from 1913 until his retirement in 1937, 14 years as postmaster. Member of Hospital and Exhibition Boards, Masonic Order, and founding member of Robertson United Church. Died on June 9, 1947; survived by his wife, one son and two daughters.

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 17

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, June 10, 1947, p. 9