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.


 Daly, Philip

Came to Edmonton from Winnipeg. Operated Daly’s Drugstore at the corner of Fifth Street (105 Street) and McKay Avenue (99 Street) which he bought in 1886 from Dr. Herbert Wilson (Edmonton mayor). Also became the town’s first banker since he brought a large iron safe with him from Winnipeg. Opened a second drugstore in the centre of town. Sold his drug business in 1890 and went into the flour and feed business.

Additional Photos:
MacGregor, J.G. Edmonton, a history. 2nd ed., p. 109
An illustrated guide of Fort Edmonton Park, p. 36

Source of Text:
An illustrated guide of Fort Edmonton Park, p. 36

 
 
 Daly, Thomas

Born near Letterbreen, Ireland. Came to Canada in 1881. Worked two years in Manitoba before moving to Alberta in 1883 to take up homesteading at Clover Bar. Active member of Alberta Farmers' Association. Exhibited his Alberta-grown oats at Chicago World's Fair in 1893 and received first prize. Alberta oats have had worldwide reputation since then. Was the first to grow apples commercially at Clover Bar. Helped organize school at Clover Bar. Married Jessie Gray in 1894. Died at the age of 48 on November 17, 1908, shortly after his wife's death in October.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, May 5, 1934, p. 11

Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, November 17, 1908, p. 1

 
 
 Dantzer, Vincent Martin

Born at Rush Lake, Saskatchewan, October 2, 1923; son of Herbert A. and Mary (nee Lindeblom) Dantzer. Economist and lawyer; educated at Campion College, Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, University of Toronto and University of Alberta. RCAF 1942-1946, 435 Squadron and Flying Officer, India-Burma campaign. Separate school board trustee and chairman, 1956-1960; president of Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities, 1967-1968. Religion: Catholic. Married Mary Catherine, daughter of John Boyd of Blain Lake, Sask. Nine children. Moved his family to Vernon, B.C. in 1970 where he set up a law practice. A Conservative in politics. Elected to House of Commons for Okanagan North in 1980; re-elected in 1984. Died of a heart attack on March 13, 2001 in Vernon, B.C. He is survived by wife Mary and eight children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, March 17, 1965, p. 29

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, March 17, 1965, p. 29
Edmonton Journal, March 15, 2001, p. B11
Canadian parliamentary guide, 1988, p. 309

 
 
 Decore, Laurence G.

Born in Vegreville, Alberta, June 28, 1940 to parents of Ukrainian descent. His father, John Decore, was a high school teacher before becoming a lawyer and in 1949 Liberal MP for Vegreville, then chief judge of the federal District Court of Alberta and in 1979 appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench. Attended public schools in Vegreville and Ottawa before entering high school in Edmonton. Graduated from University of Alberta in 1961 with B.A. in history and political economy, and in 1964 with LL.B. Lawyer since 1965. Senior partner, Decore & Company. Director of several private companies in Alberta, co-founder of QCTV Ltd., partner in a Jasper hotel project; involved in a series of development projects which included shopping centres, apartment complexes and industrial and residential subdivisions. Past director of Royal Alexandra Hospital, Director of Local Board of Health, (1975-1977), chairman of Canadian Multiculturalism Council (1980-1983). Co-founder and vice-president of Canada Brokerlink Inc., a publicly traded insurance brokerage firm. Conceived the idea for Edmonton's Heritage Festival. Recipient of the Order of Canada in 1984 for his national leadership in the field of multiculturalism. Member of St. John's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Parish. Elected leader of the Liberal Party of Alberta in October 1988. Elected MLA for Edmonton Glengarry in 1989; kept his seat until the 1997 election but did not run again due to ill health. Mr. Decore was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1990 and in 1992 had a surgery for liver cancer. Died of cancer on Saturday, November 6, 1999 at the age of 59. Survived by wife Anne Marie and two grown children, Michael and Andrea.

Additional Photos:
Alberta who’s who 3rd ed., p. 161;
Alberta public sector directory, 1990, p. 123
Edmonton Journal, November, 7, 1999, p. A1, B1

Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies
Alberta who’s who 3rd ed., p. 161
Alberta public sector directory, 1990, p. 123
Edmonton Journal, November, 7, 1999, p. A1, A16, B1, B2

 
 
 Dent, Ivor G.

Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, February 7, 1924. Moved to Edmonton in 1952. Attended Victoria Composite High School. B.A. in science, University of Saskatchewan; B.Ed. in science and social studies, University of Alberta; M.Ed. in administration, University of Alberta; Ph.D. in educational administration, University of Oregon. Served in the RCAF during WWII. Teacher, assistant principal and principal with the Edmonton Public School Board. Past provincial president of the New Democratic Party. Went to Oxford University to study public administration after his defeat in municipal elections in 1974. Became principal at Rundle Elementary School after his return to Edmonton. Married with four children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 10, 1974, p. 18
Aldermanic biographies

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 10, 1974, p. 18
Aldermanic biographies

 
 
 Dineen, Lionel S.C.

Died in 1942?

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, December 15, 1926, p. 18

Source of Text:


 
 
 Douglas, Henry Ward Beecher

Born in Kemptville, Ontario, February 2, 1873; son of James and Margaret (nee Blyth) Douglas. Father was a native of Scotland and a pioneer missionary in Manitoba. Educated at public schools and collegiate institute in Winnipeg. Honors graduate of Manitoba University in classics, 1898. Formed a partnership with W.W. Miller and opened a book and stationary business in Portage la Prairie in 1898. Came to Edmonton in April 1902 and carried on the same line of business. Incorporated in 1905 as The Douglas Company Limited, later changed to Douglas Printing Co. Ltd. Served as director of several local companies. Active in community affairs; member of Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis Club, Edmonton Board of Trade, founding member of Robertson Presbyterian Church, Public School Board trustee, member of the Museum of Art. A Liberal in politics. Married Marian Lockhart in 1906. Six children. Died on April 6, 1944.

Additional Photos:
Men and makers of Edmonton

Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 1, p. 840-841
Edmonton Journal, April 6, 1944, p. 1

 
 
 Douglas, James McCrie

Born in Middleville, Lanark County, Ontario, in 1867; son of Rev. James Douglas. Educated in Winnipeg. Came to Strathcona in 1894 and opened a mercantile business with his brother R.B. Douglas. Elected alderman on Strathcona City Council. Elected by acclamation to the House of Commons for Strathcona in 1909. Served continuously until 1921, when he was defeated as a Conservative candidate. Stipendary magistrate for the North West Territories, 1932-1936. Director of Edmonton Exhibition Association; member of Kiwanis Club for 19 years. Presbyterian by religion. Died of seizure on March 16, 1950.

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 81


Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, March 16, 1950, p. 1

 
 
 Douglas, M. Laurette

Secretary of Mayor Fry, 1935-1944. In business with her brother Dan Carrigan, managing the office of their moving and storage business. Ran unsuccessfully as Liberal candidate for Edmonton Centre in 1959 provincial election. Member of Order of St. Ann in Victoria. Widowed. One daughter.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 13, 1966, p. 19

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 13, 1966, p. 19


 
 
 Douglas, Robert Blyth

Born in Lanark County, Ontario, in 1868. Educated in Winnipeg and Port Perry, Ontario. Began business career in dry goods in Winnipeg. Joined his brother J.M. Douglas in Stathcona in 1899 where they established on of the largest general mercantile stores in Alberta., the Douglas Bros. Ltd. store. Strathcona School Board trustee, member of Strathcona Board of Trade and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. A Liberal in politics. Left business to enter provincial service in 1917 as chief liquor vendor. Worked for the Alberta Liquor Control Board until retirement in 1938. Married Lillian Jackson in 1893. Four children. Died on January 24, 1953.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton official gazette, p. 9


Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 1, p. 749
Edmonton Journal, January 26, 1953, p. 15

 
 
 Downey, Melvin McKenzie

Born in Simcoe County, Ontario in 1874? Joined CPR in 1981 as sectionman and later worked as brakeman. Became mail clerk in Medicine Hat in 1904. Moved to Calgary to join staff of Attorney General's department. Moved to Edmonton in 1922 and served as prohibition staff of provincial government until 1924. Supervisor with Liquor Control Board from 1924 to 1938. Magistrate of small debts court from 1940 to 1955. Active in Masonic affairs. Died on February 28, 1959, aged 85. Survived by three sons.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, March 2, 1959, p. 21

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, March 2, 1959, p. 21


 
 
 Driscoll, Joseph

Born in Arthur, Ontario; son of Daniel Driscoll and Bridget Road. Educated at Arthur separate and high schools. Started career as clerk of division court and later town clerk in Arthur. Came to Edmonton in 1906. Appointed clerk of district court. Opened his own business, Joe Driscoll Sporting Goods Company. Prominent city sportsman. President of Alberta branch of Amateur Athletic Union of Canada and Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. Federal census administrator for Edmonton West. President of Edmonton Liberal Association. Married to Emma Johnson on August 11, 1908. Three sons and five daughters. Died on January 2, 1942.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton official gazette, p. 6
Edmonton Bulletin, December 3, 1912, p. 4

Source of Text:
Cashman, Tony. Edmonton story, p. 85-92
Edmonton Bulletin, January 2, 1942, p. 1, 2

 
 
 Dub, Eugene (Gene) N.

Born in Edmonton on September 20, 1943. Second generation Ukrainian-Canadian. Attended University of Alberta; graduated from the University of British Columbia.
Owner of Dub Architects Ltd.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 31, 1977, p. 29


Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 31, 1977, p. 29


 
 
 Duggan, David Milwyn

Born in Builth, Radnoreshire County, Wales, May 5, 1879; son of Thomas and Frances (nee Williams) Duggan. Received public school education. Spent twelve years (1893-1905) in the dry goods trade. Came to Canada in 1905 to farm at Nanton, Alberta. Moved to Edmonton in 1912 and established D.M. Duggan Investments, Ltd., a successful financial firm handling bonds and investments. Defeated mayor J.A. Clarke in 1920 election and served until 1923. Elected to Alberta Legislature in 1926 as a Conservative. Re-elected in 1930, 1935, and 1940. Made leader of Alberta Conservative Party in 1929. Was one of the most popular MLAs. Member of the board of management of the First Baptist Church; member of Rotary Club, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, vice-president of Alberta chapter of the Red Cross. Married Marian Price in 1902. Four children. Died on May 4, 1942 after a protracted illness.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, May 4, 1942, p. 1
Alberta past and present v. 3, p. 526-527

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, May 4, 1942, p. 1
Alberta past and present v. 3, p. 526-527

 
 
 Duggan, Joseph J.

Born in Radnorshire County, Wales, in 1873; son of Thomas and Frances (nee Williams) Duggan. Educated in public schools of Wales. Spent fifteen years in the merchandising business. Arrived in Edmonton in 1912 and opened a real estate office. Head of J.J. Duggan Co., a real estate and insurance firm for 27 years. Recognized as a leading authority on Alberta's assessment and taxation problems; member of Alberta Assessment Commission and Alberta Tax Inquiry Board. Member of Canadian Authors' Association and author of "The unforgettable valley." Member of the Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, Edmonton Board of Trade, and Kiwanis Club. Public School Board trustee, vice-chairman of the Edmonton Hospital Board. A Liberal in politics. Married Bessie Evans in 1904. His wife was a well-known contralto singer who sang before the Queen of England and in the White House. One son. Died on February 10, 1940.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 9, 1915, p. 14

Source of Text:
Alberta past and present v. 2, p. 21-22
Edmonton Journal, February 12, 1940, p. 11