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.


 Baker, Herbert

Born at Hull, Yorkshire, England, on December 18, 1866; son of David and Mary B. Baker. Received education in public schools of Hull. Settled in Canada in 1882 and joined Massey Manufacturing Co. in Toronto. Promoted to office manager in Winnipeg in 1904 and in 1910 became northern Alberta manager with headquarters in Edmonton where he served until his retirement in 1926. Member of Edmonton Exhibition Association and the Rotary Club. Married Grace T. Willis on June 3, 1889. Two sons and one daughter. Died on December 21, 1941.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 22, 1941, p. 1, 10
Edmonton Journal, June 2, 1939, p. 16

Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 22, 1941, p. 1, 10
Edmonton Journal, June 2, 1939, p. 16

 
 
 Bateman, James W.

Born June 10, 1936. Educated at St. Joseph’s High School, Edmonton. Bachelor of Business Administration from Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. Assistant store manager of Bateman’s Food Markets Ltd., 1959. President and shareholder of Guiseppi’s Pizza Ltd., 1960 -? Shareholder of Coin-O-Mat Dry Cleaning and Launderette Ltd.,1963-?

Member of various organizations, including Edmonton Jaycees, YMCA, Knights of Columbus, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. Served on a number of city boards and committees. Married to Rose; one son, three daughters.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 10, 1968, p. 6


Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies

 
 
 Batty, Jane

Born in Edmonton in 1946. Has lived in the city for 47 years. Executive Assistant to Alderman G.Lyall Roper, 1986. Vice President, Operations, Denny Andrews Inc., 1986-1999. Management Consultant, Denny Andrews Inc., 1999-2001. Member, University of Alberta Senate Chair. Member, Provincial Affairs Committee. Director, Mountain Park Lodges. Board of Directors, Northlands Park, 1992-. Board of Directors, Odyssium (Edmonton Space and Science Centre), 1999-. Two daughters, Judy, Jennifer.

Additional Photos:


Source of Text:
EJ, October 23, 2001, p. B3
Jane Batty Web page
City of Edmonton Web page

 
 
 Bellamy, Ralph Victor

Born in Port Hope, Ontario, August 26, 1880; son of Thomas and Lora (nee Davis) Bellamy. His father came to Edmonton in 1892 and served as alderman for seven years. B.A. from McMaster University (Toronto), first Rhodes scholar from Alberta at Oxford. Admitted to the bar in 1917. Partner in Bellamy and Burley law firm. School trustee, chairman of the Board of Health. Registrar of Dept. of Education until 1946. Supporter of Liberal Party, Unitarian in religious faith. Member of Masonic Order. Married Mabel Clar at Aylmer, Ontario, on October 6, 1908. One son and three daughters. Died on July 25, 1949.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 8, 1921, p. 3

Source of Text:
Alberta past and present v.2, p. 118-119
Edmonton Journal, July 25, 1949, p. 1, 12

 
 
 Bellamy, Thomas

Born in Newcastle, Durham County, Ontario, in 1853; son of George and Elizabeth (nee Woolhouse) Bellamy. His father came from England in 1830 and farmed in Clarke township, County of Durham. Educated in public schools. Moved to Portage-la-Prairie in 1881 and engaged in agricultural business. Appointed agent for A. Harris, Son & Co. at Pilot Mound. 1890 stationed in Winnipeg as general agent, then in Edmonton in 1892. Started his own business, the Bellamy Company, dealers in agricultural implements, in 1896. Established himself as one of the most successful businessmen in Edmonton. Married Lora Davis in 1875. Two daughters and one son, Ralph, who also served as alderman between 1928 and 1935. Member of Masonic Order. Thomas Bellamy is credited with bringing the first lilac trees to Edmonton. One of the first organizers of Edmonton Exhibition Association. Died in Edmonton on October 11, 1926.

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 17
History of the Province of Alberta v.1, p. 841
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 48

Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 1, p. 841-842
Edmonton Bulletin, October 12, 1926, p. 7
Edmonton Journal, January 2, 1925, p. 18
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 48-49

 
 
 Bethel, Judith C.

Born in Winnipeg, August 24, 1943. Educated at University of North Dakota (B.Sc., 1965) and University of Alberta (1974). Teacher with Edmonton Public School Board, 1974-1981, investment broker with Midland Doherty, 1981-1982, investment broker with Richardson Greenshields, 1982-1987. Member of Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Edmonton Business and Professional Women’s Club, Edmonton Women’s Network, and Edmonton Society of Financial Analysts; past director of Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. Elected to House of Commons as Liberal for Edmonton East in October 1993. Lost her seat to Peter Goldring, Reform, in the 1997 election. Married to Clarence G. Two children.

Additional Photos:
Alberta who’s who 4th ed., p. 21

Source of Text:
Alberta who’s who 4th Ed. p. 21
Canadian parliamentary guide 1994, p. 223

 
 
 Binder, Melvyn A.

Born in Edmonton, July 14, 1937; son of Samuel and Zil (nee Wener) Binder. Educated at Edmonton elementary and high schools. University of Western Ontario (B.A. 1960, LL.B. 1963). Post-graduate studies in 1965 at University of London, England. Called to the bar in 1966. Currently senior partner, Witten Binder law firm. Former public school trustee, chairman of Edmonton Board of Health (1977-1985). Married to Anne Fanning on June 21, 1965. Two daughters.

Additional Photos:
Alberta who’s who 4th ed., p. 23
Who’s Who in Alberta, 1978-79, p. 41

Source of Text:
Alberta who’s who 4th ed., p. 23
Who’s Who in Alberta, 1978-79, p. 41

 
 
 Bisset, Athelstan

Born in Goderich, Ontario, December 31, 1883. Moved west with his family while still very young. Settled in Edmonton after eight years in North Dakota. Educated at Strathcona public and high schools and worked in local coal mine and his family’s sash and door factory in Strathcona before attending university. Graduated from McMaster University with a B.A. degree in 1909. Articled in law in Edmonton and received the Chief Justice Gold Medal for highest standing. Admitted to Alberta bar in 1916. Practised with Downes and Marks law firm before serving overseas in WWI as edgerman in Canadian Forestry Corps. Formed partnership with George Young under the name Young and Bisset; partnership lasted until 1952. Appointed King’s Counsel in 1943; judge of Family Court of the City of Edmonton in 1952 and later judge of Juvenile Court of Alberta. Retired in 1963 but served as a relieving magistrate in traffic and small debts courts until 1965. Served on various boards; life director of Edmonton Exhibition Association. Died on January 6, 1973. Survived by wife Mary and three daughters.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, January 6, 1973, p. 53

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, January 6, 1973, p. 53

 
 
 Blatchford, Kenneth (Kenny) Alexander

Born in Minnesoda, Manitoba, March 5, 1882; son of Peter and Margaret (nee Murchison) Blatchford, both of Scottish-Canadian parentage. Arrived in Edmonton in the 1890s and earned his living by selling newspapers and periodicals. Operated the old Fraser grist mill during the Klondike rush, later found a job with the Edmonton Power plant. Educated at high school and commercial college. Expert wrestler and keen athlete in his youth. Insurance broker in the twenties. Elected to the House of Commons in 1926 as a Liberal for East Edmonton, defeating A.U.G. Bury. From 1930 to 1932 refrained from public activity. Ran for mayor in November 1932 only to be defeated by D.K. Knott. Suffered a nervous breakdown and took his own life. His body was found in the North Saskatchewan River on April 22, 1933. He was missing for two days. Married to Grace Lauder Walker on December 19, 1904. Two sons and one daughter. Member of the Presbyterian Church.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, April 22, 1933, p. 1

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, April 22, 1933, p. 1, 6
Edmonton Journal, July 30, 1960, p. 4

 
 
 Blowey, James T.

Came to Edmonton in 1893. Established Blowey, Henry Ltd., a large wholesale and retail furniture business, in partnership with W.T. Henry in 1906. The Blowey-Henry Furniture store built on the top of the river bank east of the Macdonald Hotel was a city landmark for years. Died in July 1934? at age 82 after living on the west coast in retirement for 19 years.

Additional Photos:


Source of Text:
City of Edmonton Archives

 
 
 Bodie, John Leslie

Born in Carman, Manitoba, November 7, 1909. Educated in Winnipeg and at University of Manitoba. Began business career with the Bank of Montreal in 1927, later worked for the Canadian Bank of Commerce. Joined Dominion Bridge Co. in Winnipeg in 1929 as accountant. Was with Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Regiment, 1939-1945. Appointed manager of personnel and industrial relations in 1952. Active in Winnipeg civic affairs; chaired a royal commission which led to the creation of Metro Winnipeg in 1959. Transferred to Edmonton in 1955 as vice-president and manager of Standard Iron and Engineering Works Ltd., a subsidiary of Dominion Bridge. Manager of Dominion Bridge, Edmonton, in 1958; general manager for Alberta in 1960. Retired in June 1962 to go into private business to become vice-president of a company that was later known as Genstar Corporation. Transferred to Bermuda in 1975; then in 1979 to Calgary where he was western Canada vice-president until 1982. President and director of a number of companies, member of various associations. Freemason; member of the United Church. Honored by the City of Edmonton with a Salute to Excellence award, 1996. Died on March 10, 1997. Survived by wife Florence Woodhouse, daughter Brenda and son Doug.
Wife Florence moved to Vancouver, B.C. in July 1998.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 13, 1959, p. 14

Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies
Edmonton Journal, March 13, 1997, p. B2, B6

 
 
 Bolstad, Allan

Born on June 29, 1951. Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta, 1974; one year of the two-year course in journalism at Grant MacEwan Community College, 1977-78. City Hall reporter, Edmonton Examiner, 1980 - 1984; editor, Edmonton Examiner, 1984 - 1986; civic affairs columnist, Edmonton Sun, 1986 - 1990; business reporter, Edmonton Sun, 1990 - October 1992. Sherbrooke Community League president 1880-1991; president, Edmonton Commercial Sportsmen's Commercial Hockey League, 1982 - 1984.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, September 19, 1995, p. B4
Edmonton Examiner, September 4, 1998, p. 403

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, September 19, 1995, p. B4
Edmonton Examiner, September 4, 1998, p. 403

 
 
 Bowcott, Sidney

Born in Worcester, England, in 1881. Received early education there before coming to Canada in 1906. Arrived in Edmonton in 1907. President of Montgomery Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion; public school trustee. Unsuccessful Labour candidate in provincial elections. Died on March 20, 1963. Survived by his widow, Florence, and one daughter.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, March 21, 1963, p. 22

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, March 21, 1963, p. 22

 
 
 Bowen, Donald H.

Born in 1924. Attended University of Alberta in 1943 but left to join the Royal Canadian Navy as ordinary seaman. Discharged in 1945 as lieutenant after service on a frigate and in the West Indies. Returned to University of Alberta to study law. Admitted to Alberta bar in 1951. Has served as public school trustee, director of Edmonton Exhibition Board (1957-1961), chairman of Alberta Heart Fund (1962), director of Alberta Tuberculosis Association (1952), director of Edmonton Kinsmen Club (1953) and president of Canadian Paraplegic Association (1969). Appointed judge of Alberta Supreme Court in 1972. Married to Phyllis McCarthy in 1945. Five children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, January 29, 1972, p. 29

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, January 29, 1972, p. 29

 
 
 Bowen, John Campbell

Born in Osgoode township, Carleton county, Ontario, October 3, 1872; son of Peter and Margaret (nee Poapst) Bowen. Educated at Brandon Baptist College (degree in theology) and McMaster University. Served as pastor of Baptist church in Dauphin, Manitoba; came to Edmonton in 1912 as pastor of Strathcona Baptist Church. Chaplain to the CEF during WWI. In insurance business for several years. Elected to Alberta Legislature in 1921. Appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta in 1937; resigned in 1950 due to poor health. Married Edith Oliver in 1906. Two daughters. Died on January 2, 1957.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, January 3, 1957, p. 1, 3
Who’s who in Canada, 1949-50, p. 1510

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, January 3, 1957, p. 1, 3
Who’s who in Canada, 1949-50, p. 1510

 
 
 Boyle, John Robert

Born at Sykeston, in the township of Moore, county of Lambton, Ontario (near Sarnia), on February 1, 1870 (Souvenir of Alberta gives date of birth as February 3, 1871); son of William and Ann E. (nee McLean) Boyle. Educated at public and high schools in Sarnia. Taught school in the Lambton County Schools for three years. Studied law in Regina (articled with McKenzie and Brown), came to Edmonton in 1894 and was called to Alberta bar in 1899. Entered into partnership with Judge Hedley C. Taylor under the firm name of Taylor & Boyle, which later became Boyle, Parlee, Freeman, Abbott & Mustard. Elected to the Alberta Legislature in 1906 as a Liberal for Sturgeon. Deputy Speaker of the Legislature for the first four years. Attorney General and leader of provincial Liberal Party. Appointed King’s Counsel in 1913. Served as minister of education. Retired from provincial politics in 1926 and appointed Supreme Court of Alberta judge. Member of the Presbyterian Church, Masonic Order, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Liberal in politics. Married Dora C. Shaw in 1892. One son and one daughter. Died in Ottawa on his way to Jamaica on February 15, 1936.

Additional Photos:
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 42
MacGregor, J.G. Edmonton, a history. 2nd ed., p. 133

Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v.1, p. 1009-1010
Edmonton Bulletin, February 15, 1936, p. 11
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 42

 
 
 Brown, A.



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 Brown, Edward

Born in Cardiff, Wales, September 21, 1889. Enlisted with the 2nd Welsh Brigade, Royal Field Artillery at age 19. Joined his family in Edmonton in 1913 after career in British merchant marine and military service. Went overseas in 1915 with Edmonton Fusiliers. Won Military Medal for Bravery at Sanctuary Wood in 1916. Employed by Edmonton Journal as proofreader between the two World Wars. Served as secretary-manager of Canadian Legion, Edmonton Branch. Remained active in the reserve army and became commanding officer of Edmonton Fusiliers in 1933; named Edmonton garrison commandant in 1939. Retired from army in 1944 to become chairman of provincial government’s Veterans’ Advisory Commission. Served on this and other boards until his retirement in 1955. Died on April 10, 1978. Survived by one daughter and two sons. Wife Dorothy Vera (nee Gregory) died in 1959.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, March 31, 1944, p. 1, 2
Edmonton Journal, March 11, 1961, p. 25
Edmonton Journal, April 13, 1978, p. D2

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, March 31, 1944, p. 1, 2
Edmonton Journal, March 11, 1961, p. 25
Edmonton Journal, April 13, 1978, p. D2

 
 
 Browne, Ethel May

Elected in November 1945 but served only a short term due to poor health. Was president of Edmonton Navy Mothers’ Club during WWII and served on the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta. Died on February 4, 1974 at age 80. Survived by her husband and one son.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 8, 1945, p. 9

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, February 5, 1974, p. 24

 
 
 Bury, Ambrose Upton Gledstanes

Born in Downings House, Kildare County, Ireland on August 1, 1869; son of Charles Michael B. and Margaret (nee Aylmer) Bury. Educated at Liverpool Institute, Royal School in Raphoe, Dublin High School, Trinity College and King’s Inn in Dublin (B.A. 1890, MA 1893). Called to the Irish bar in 1906. Came to Edmonton in 1912, called to Alberta bar in 1913. Unsuccessful in provincial elections in 1921. Elected to the House of Commons in 1925 for Edmonton East but defeated by K. Blatchford in 1926. Re-elected in 1930 after defeating Blatchford. Served until 1935 when defeated in general election. Carried on his law practice many years as partner of Ewing, Harvie & Bury, later as Harvie, Bury & Yanda. Chancellor of Anglican Diocese of Athabasca since 1919. Appointed district court judge in 1935; retired in 1944, having reached the retirement age of 75. Member of the Conservative Party and a Freemason. Active in the Anglican Church. Married to Margaret Amy Beatrice Owen on June 16, 1897. One son. When his wife died in 1946 he left Edmonton for England to live with his brother. Died in Ottawa on March 29, 1951, but his funeral was held in Edmonton on April 3, 1951. He is buried in the Edmonton Cemetery.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 14, 1936, p. 9

Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 14, 1936, p. 9
Edmonton historical walking and driving tour, Highlands, p. 16
Canadian who's who, 1938-1939, v. 3, p. 100-101

 
 
 Bush, Orlando

Born in Kempville, Ontario, on December 25, 1852; son of Henry and Maria (nee Stanley) Bush. Educated in public and high schools in Kempville. Started out as a farmer, dealing in general produce and in 1885 engaged in the manufacture of cheese, owning three cheese factories. Became a large exporter of cheese and a grain dealer. Elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1890, re-elected in 1894. Came to Alberta in 1898. Farmed in the Clover Bar district until 1910. Opened an office in Strathcona in 1903, specializing in real estate, insurance and loans. Elected to Strathcona City Council, 1908-1910. Member of Presbyterian Church, IOF, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Masonic Lodge, and Loyal Orange Legion. Married to Ellen Mundle in 1882 (who died on June 8, 1905). Two children from that marriage; both died in childhood. Remarried to Henryetta Bower in 1908. Died in 1927.

Additional Photos:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 1, p. 649
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 77

Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v.1, p. 649-650
Edmonton Journal, November 14, 1961, p. 25
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 75-76

 
 
 Butti, Olivia

Born in Musidora, Alberta, February 17, 1938. Attended school at Hairy Hill; completed high school at Victoria Composite in Edmonton. Two years of parliamentary law training. Graduate of Dorothy Carnegie Public Speaking course. International Toastmistress. Career has included four years with the Bank of Commerce and the Royal Bank, one year in public relations for Girl Friday Ltd., and ten years as advertising consultant for Lawson& Jones Ltd. Founder of Rosslyn Community League, member of various organizations, including Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Edmonton Toastmistress Club, and Northern Ambassadors. Volunteer with Cancer and Heart Foundations. Fluent in Ukrainian. Belongs to St. Edmund's Roman Catholic Church. Married to Peter; one son and one daughter.

Additional Photos:
A civic handbook, 1980-83, p. 27

Source of Text:
Alberta who’s who 2nd ed., p. 98
Aldermanic biographies