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.


 Falconer, James F.

Born in Ireland in 1916. Came to Edmonton in 1929. Attended Technical High School and became master electrician after graduation. Worked for four years at Edmonton Power plant, then as assistant chief factory inspector with provincial Department of Industry and Labour for ten years. Served on civic and education boards and committees since 1953. Chairman and trustee of Edmonton Public School Board; chairman, Alberta Health Care Commission; deputy chairman, Liquor Control Board; member of Edmonton Exhibition Board, Royal Alexandra Hospital Board, and Industrial Development Board. Married, three children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 10, 1974, p. 20
Source: Edmonton Journal, October 16, 1962, p. 24
Edmonton Journal, October 10, 1974, p. 20

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 Fallow, Alex R.

Born in Vermillion, Alberta, on September 7, 1926; son of William Allen Fallow who was mayor of Vermillion for seventeen years and later Minister of Public Works, Railways and Telephones (1935-1948). Family moved to Edmonton in 1935. Educated at Oliver Public School and Westglen High School. Spent a year in the navy in 1945. Returned to the University of Alberta where he studied civil engineering for three years. Started his career in construction industry. Formed Solar Construction Co. Ltd. in 1955, specializing in construction projects in the north. Formed Frobisher Developments Ltd. in 1969 to build a town centre complex in Frobisher Bay. Active in athletics. Coached minor hockey, baseball and competitive swimming. Member of Edmonton Shriner Club and St. Andrew United Church. Member of the 1978 Commonwealth Games organizing committee. Married Pamela Mae Peterson in 1953. Four children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 1, 1971, p. 5

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, November 1, 1971, p. 5


 
 
 Farmilo, Alfred

Born in Nottingham, England, in 1885. Came to Canada in 1906 and settled in Edmonton in 1908. Stonemason by trade; cut stones for the legislature building, the courthouse, Tegler building and MacKay Avenue School; also cut the cornerstone for Royal Alexandra Hospital. Served as president, secretary and organizer of Alberta Federation of Labor. Represented Alberta in the American Federation of Labor. Was secretary of Edmonton Trades and Labor Council, 1911-1941 and official secretary of Alberta Compensation Board, 1941-1955. Member of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Board for thirty years. Helped organize Patriotic Fund in Edmonton and during WWII helped to reorganize labor for restoring bombed cities in Europe. Awarded Member of the British Empire title for his services in WWII. Member of Masonic Order; also served on advisory board of the Salvation Army. Died on December 12, 1965. Survived by wife Ada and two sons.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, December 13, 1965, p. 3


Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, December 13, 1965, p. 3


 
 
 Field, Violet T.H.

Came to Edmonton in 1927 from London, England, where she was secretary of Chelsea Hospital for Women. Served as president of Women's Canadian Club, Victoria Order of Nurses, chairman of Canadian Red Cross Corps, and Northern Alberta division of Navy League. One of Edmonton's "leading clubwomen and welfare workers." Wife of prominent Edmonton surgeon T.H. Field. Two children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 8, 1951, p. 18

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, November 8, 1951, p. 18

 
 
 Findlay, James Wellington

Born in Lorne, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, on September 18, 1880. Started his career with Robb Engineering Works in Amherst, N.S. in 1905. Moved to Ranfurly, Alberta, in 1907 to homestead. Joined CNR in 1909 as machinist and moved to Edmonton. Married Cora McIver in 1907. Died in 1954 at age 74.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, December 12, 1925, p. 8


Source of Text:
City of Edmonton Archives

 
 
 Foote, Richard E.



Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, November 15, 1934, p. 15

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 Ford, F. Armour



Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 6, 1947, p. 1


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 Fraser, Daniel R.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on August 26, 1851; son of Donald and Alexandria Fraser. Educated in public schools in Morris, Huron County. Apprenticed as millwright, joiner and carpenter. Came west to Manitoba in 1874 to work for the Hudson's Bay Company and later for McCauley & Jarvis, a building company. Rejoined Hudson's Bay Company in 1880 to build a saw and flour mill in Edmonton and a flour mill in Prince Albert, Sask. Established his own mill in Edmonton in 1881 and operated it under the firm name D.R. Fraser & Company, Limited. One of the first to use a steam driven mill to grind the local wheat into flour. President of Alberta Milling Co. (four flour mills); president of Edmonton Pressed Brick Co.; vice-president of Western Vinegar Co. Married to Jane McCann in 1891. Four children. Died in January 1920?

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 131


Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v.2, p. 879-880
Greater Edmonton number, p. 37, 131

 
 
 Frith, Robert N.



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 Fry, John Wesley

Born on a farm near Woodstock, Ontario, December 5, 1876. Spent his early years in Woodstock and Owen Sound. Moved to Regina, Sask. in 1897 where he attended the Normal School. Received his teaching certificate and three years at Gainsborough, Sask. Then married and took up homesteading near Lloydmister. Moved to Edmonton in 1911 and entered the contracting and real estate business. Member of Kiwanis Club, Masonic Lodge. President, Union of Alberta Municipalities, and Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities. Died on December 23, 1946. Survived by his wife, four daughters and one son. One of his daughters, Gladys Fry Douglas, was captain of Edmonton Grads basketball team and recognized as one of the leading women basketball players of the world.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, December 24, 1946, p. 1, 2

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, December 24, 1946, p. 1, 2