Historical Biographies of Mayors and Councillors 1892-2006

 
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 Gainer, Arthur G.

Born in Pilot Mound, Manitoba, in 1884. Came to Alberta with his parents at an early age. His father, John Gainer, founded Gainer's Ltd. Started to work in the packing plant as a young boy, grew up in the business, and became manager. Member of Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, director of Y.M.C.A., member of Strathcona Baptist Church. Married to Mabelle Fash in 1906. Died on October 15, 1936. Survived by his wife and three daughters.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, October 16, 1936, p. 3

Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, October 16, 1936, p. 3

 
 
 Gallagher, Cornelius

Born in Saint John, N.B., December 31, 1854; son of Patrick and Catherine (nee Maher) Gallagher. Educated at Brothers' Schools, Saint John, then went into meat business with his father. Family moved to Winnipeg in 1877 and established P. Gallagher & Son, a wholesale and retail meat business. Moved to Battleford, Sask. in 1888 where he had contracts to supply meat for troops fighting the northwest rebellion. Later spent two years in Regina supplying meat to the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. Arrived in Edmonton in 1891 and started the Gallagher-Hull Meat Company which operated until 1911 when he semi-retired. Member of the Edmonton Board of Trade, first president and chief organizer of Edmonton Exhibition Association, charter member of the Edmonton Club. President of Pressed Bricks, Limited. A Conservative in politics, Roman Catholic by religion. Married Exilda Bourre in 1888. Two adopted children. Died in 1932.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, June 13, 1908, p. 12


Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 2, p. 724-725

 
 
 Gariepy, Charles Edward

Born in Montreal in 1888. Moved to Edmonton at age five with his parents. Father was Joseph Hormisdas Gariepy, pioneer merchant and alderman. Educated at St. Laurent College, Montreal, and Osgood Hall in Toronto. Served as lieutenant, Royal 22nd Regiment, in WWI. Took his final law examinations in 1919 and was admitted to Alberta bar in 1920. Practised law in Edmonton for twenty-nine years. Made King's Counsel in 1943 and elevated to District Court bench in 1949. Separate School Board trustee, member of Knights of Columbus, Men's Canadian Club, Royal Canadian Legion, and Edmonton Local Board of Health. Married Vivienne de Celle in 1930. Three sons. Retired from District Court on March 19, 1963. Died on September 3, 1976.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, February 25, 1963, p. 20
Edmonton Journal, September 4, 1976, p. 58

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, February 25, 1963, p. 20
Edmonton Journal, September 4, 1976, p. 58

 
 
 Gariepy, Joseph Hormisdas

Born at St. Lin, L'Assomption County, Quebec, on December 3, 1852. Educated in parish school in St. Lin. Went to Montreal at age sixteen where he remained twenty-four years, first as a clerk in grocery business, later as business partner. Arrived in Edmonton in 1893 and opened a general store. Established a second store in Morinville in 1908. Went into partnership with Lessard and made his fortune in the real estate business. Director of numerous early Edmonton companies; founding member and president of Edmonton Board of Trade; Separate School Board trustee; member of Knights of Columbus and many other societies. Owned the Gariepy Block at 9947-104 Street. Married to Etudienne Boissonneault on February 1, 1875. Seven children. Died on July 6, 1927.

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 3


Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 2, p. 882
Edmonton Journal, November 2, 1984, p. H1
Edmonton Journal, July 7, 1927, p. 1

 
 
 Gariepy, Wilfred

Born in Montreal, March 14, 1877; son of Joseph Hormisdas and Etudienne (nee Boissonneault) Gariepy. Educated at St. Laurent College, Montreal; B.A. from Laval University, 1899; B.C.L. from McGill University, 1902. Came to Edmonton with his parents in 1893 and worked for his father until 1898. Began law practice in 1903, first as member of Taylor, Boyle & Gariepy, later as head of Gariepy, Landry & Landry. Separate School Board trustee, 1905-1912. Liberal member of Alberta Legislature for Beaver River, 1913-1921; elected to House of Commons as Liberal-Labour candidate for Three Rivers, Quebec, 1935; re-elected in 1945. Served as lieutenant, 101st Fusilliers, Edmonton, 1916. Member of Knights of Columbus, Reform Club (Montreal), Rotary Club (Three Rivers), and other societies. Roman Catholic by religion. Married to Albertina Lessard on September 9, 1903. Four children. Died on January 13, 1960 in Three Rivers, Quebec.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, November 30, 1908, p. 1
History of the Province of Alberta v. 2, p. 735

Source of Text:
Canadian parliamentary guide 1946, p. 179
Edmonton Journal, January 14, 1960, p. 25

 
 
 Gibbons, Ed

Born in Gibbons, Alberta, on March 1, 1949; son of William and Della (nee Knott) Gibbons. The town of Gibbons was named after his great-grandfather, William R. Gibbons, who was the first settler in the area. Educated at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) in Edmonton. Has lived in Edmonton since 1967. Small business administration and sales for 23 years (steel and sheet metal industries). Sales manager, McKinley Heating Ltd. President, Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, 1995-1997. Former member of Planning Committee, Northeast Edmonton Hospital. Named Volunteer of the Year, City of Edmonton, 1998. South Clareview Ed Gibbons Hockey Tournament, established 1984. Elected to Alberta Legislature as Liberal, Edmonton-Manning, in 1997. Lost his seat to Conservative Tony Vandermeer in 2001 election. Married to Carolyn. Three children. His father died of cancer on December 19, 1977; his mother Della, born in 1920, still lives in Gibbons near the original homestead of W.R. Gibbons.

Additional Photos:


Source of Text:
Canadian parliamentary guide 1998-1999, p. 580
Our treasured roots: a history of Gibbons and surrounding areas, p. 174-175
EJ, October 23, 2001, p. B3
EJ, November 14, 2001, p. B2

 
 
 Gibbs, Charles Lionel

Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, on November 11, 1877. Educated at Sutton, Surrey and Oxford. Established his firm Barnes and Gibbs, Architects, in 1907 in Edmonton after his arrival from Wales that year. Later became teacher at Edmonton Technical School. Veteran of WWI. Elected to Alberta Legislature in 1926 as Labour Party Candidate; re-elected in 1930. Died on September 5, 1934 at Sault St. Marie, Ontario, while on a tour of eastern Canada. Survived by his wife and one son.

Additional Photos:
Men and makers of Edmonton

Source of Text:
Men and makers of Edmonton
Edmonton Journal, September 5, 1934, p. 1

 
 
 Gillies, John B.



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

Source of Text:


 
 
 Gleave, George E.



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

Source of Text:


 
 
 Gomberg, Tooker

Born in Montreal on August 12, 1955. Undergraduate arts degree, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1980 (major in environmental studies, minor in video production). Founded one of Canada's first curbside recycling programs in Montreal. Worked for Alberta Energy, 1982-1986, developing classroom materials, teachers' guides and student programming about energy conservation. Executive director, Edmonton Bicycle Commuters; co-founder of the grassroots ecological group EcoCity Society. Extensive involvement with environmental and citizen's groups. Described by The Globe and Mail as "the bicycle-loving environmental activist who became a city councillor in 1992 [and] probably got the most attention for a long and silly battle with fellow alderman Ron Hayter over whether Mr. Gomberg ought to wear a tie in council chambers." Established the computerized BusLink 24-hour information line, fought the expansion of the E.L. Smith water treatment plant in favour of conservation, and laid the groundwork for the composting plant by mobilizing public opinion against a plan to irradiate sewage sludge. After his defeat in the 1995 elections, he and his wife, Angela Bischoff, headed off on a Greenspiration Odyssey, a bicycle tour from Edmonton to the Rockies to Minneapolis to Chicago to Cuba, finally arriving in his native Montreal in August 1996. Ran in the 1997 federal elections as a New Democratic Party candidate in the riding of Outremont, where his family goes back five generations. Ended in 4th place, with seven percent of the vote. Returned to Edmonton in 1998 to run for mayor's chair in the October 19 election. Ended in 4th place, with 13% of the vote. He and his wife Angela received $25,000 in federal funding to continue their Greenspiration Odyssey bike tour researching stories of successful ecological projects. Later moved to Toronto where he managed a worm recycling project from Toronto's Metro Hall. Ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Toronto against Mel Lastman in November 2000, but ended up as Lastman's closest opponent with 50,000 votes (8.4% of the vote). Gomberg became known for theatrical acts of protests such as attaching himself to equipment bound for Suncor Energy in Fort McMurray (March 2000) and locking himself in a vault in Ralph Klein's Calgary office to protest Alberta government's opposition to the Kyoto Accord (December 2002). In September 2003 he and Angela Bischoff moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Bischoff was hired by a local group to improve the bicycle transportation system. Gomberg was missing and presumed dead in Halifax on Friday, March 5, 2004 after a long battle with depression. A helmet and bicycle were found on the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge. Halifax police said it appeared Gomberg jumped off the middle of the bridge just after midnight in the early hours Thursday morning.

Additional Photos:
EJ, October 8, 1995, p. B3

Source of Text:
EJ, October 8, 1995, p. B3
The Globe and Mail, May 13, 1997, p. A2
EJ, August 8, 1998, p. B2
EJ, October 21, 1998, p. B6
EJ, August 5, 2000, p. B1
EJ, March 6, 2004, p. A1
Canadian Press, March 5, 2004

 
 
 Goodridge, Henry

Came to Edmonton overland in late 1870s. Homesteaded and farmed for many years at Stony Plain. For some time was in implement trade with J.A. Powell. Engaged in lumber business at Entwistle in 1908. Retired in 1913. Died on February 25, 1914. Survived by his wife and five sons.

Additional Photos:


Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, February 26, 1914, p. 8

 
 
 Goodridge, James

Served on the first Edmonton Town Council and helped found the first school district. Also instrumental in founding the police and fire departments, including the first fire hall which served as the town hall until 1912. Ran a boarding house and then built Jasper House, Edmonton's second hotel, in 1882. Managed the Hub Hotel, the oldest inn and Edmonton's first brick building, on Jasper Avenue until his death in 1900.

Additional Photos:


Source of Text:
Macdonald, Jac. Historic Edmonton, p. 62

 
 
 Gould, Charles



Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 1935, p. 13

Source of Text:


 
 
 Gowan, Charles

Born in New York state but spent greater part of his life in Wisconsin. Was mayor of Anligo, Wisconsin. Came to Alberta in 1900 and engaged in lumbering and ranching. Died in Edmonton at age 88.

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 17

Source of Text:
City of Edmonton Archives

 
 
 Grant, Charles H.

Born in Oxford Mills, Ontario, in 1885. Received his education in Ontario and came to Alberta in 1905. Read law with Alberta's first premier, A.C. Rutherford. Admitted to Alberta bar in 1910. Never attended university but was appointed King's Counsel and received honorary doctor of law degree from University of Alberta in 1963. Formed law partnership with A.C. Rutherford and F.C. Jamieson from 1910 to 1922. Was one of the three men who drove a Model T car over the abandoned grade of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway to the Jasper Park boundary in 1923. The 235 mile expedition took 14 hours and 40 minutes. Supporter of the Yellowhead Highway. Founding member of Alberta Motor Association in 1925; first Canadian to become director of American Motor Association in 1937. Was responsible for the termination of Social Credit's "scrip" money scheme (also known as prosperity certificates) when he obtained Alberta Supreme Court injunction in 1936 forbidding the City of Edmonton to accept what has become known as "funny money." Married Anne Sarah Lopston of Selkirk, Manitoba, in 1922. Continued law practice into his eighties. Died on January 22, 1973. Survived by his wife, one son and two daughters.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, January 24, 1973, p. 42

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, January 24, 1973, p. 42

 
 
 Grierson, Edmund E. (Edward DeLesert)

Born at Cavinville, Ontario, on April 2, 1860 (EB gives date of birth and place as 1861 in township of Cavan, East Durham, Ontario); son of Edward Waterloo and Jean (nee Lough) Grierson. Left home when he was eleven years old, and variously employed in western Ontario until 1878. Engaged in lumbering and railroad business in Michigan; came to Canada in 1883 and worked on CPR construction from Winnipeg eastward. Employed by Canadian Anthracite Coal Company for the nest eight years. Worked on the construction of the CPR Hotel in Banff. Moved to Edmonton in 1893 and purchased the Queen's Hotel which he managed for three years. In 1897 bought the Alberta Hotel and built an addition to it - the building was the first four-story structure in Edmonton. Married Lola Booth in 1904. Moved to Victoria, B.C. in 1909 where he died on March 4, 1922.

Additional Photos:
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 63

Source of Text:
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 62-64
Edmonton Bulletin, March 7, 1922, p. 3

 
 
 Griesbach, William Antrobus

Born in Fort Q'Appelle, Saskatchewan, on January 3, 1878; son of Henry Arthur and Emma (nee Hodgins) Griesbach. Father served in NWMP and was commander at Fort Saskatchewan for over twenty years. Educated in preparatory schools; graduated from St. John's College in Winnipeg in 1895. Arrived in Edmonton the same year and worked in a law office for two years, the Imperial Bank for one year and in Fort Saskatchewan in the milling business for six months. Returned to study law. Enlisted with Canadian Mounted Rifles in 1900 and served in the South African War. Awarded Queen's Medal with four clasps. Returned in 1901 to law practice. Elected to House of Commons in 1917 as Conservative candidate for Edmonton, beating Liberal Frank Oliver. Appointed to Senate in 1921. Accomplished sportsman - won many cycling competitions, played hockey and soccer for Edmonton teams. Major, commanding officer of "A" Squadron, 19th Alberta Dragoons. Awarded the D.S.O. (1916), C.M.G. (1918). After WWI became Inspector-General of Canadian Army for Western Canada with rank of major-general. Member of the Masonic Order, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and several other societies and organizations. President of the District and City Conservative Association, Edmonton Veteran Association, and the Canadian Club. Wrote an autobiography "I remember." Married to Janet Scott McDonald Lauder on January 6, 1906. Died in Edmonton on January 21, 1945.

Additional Photos:
Men and makers of Edmonton

Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 1, p. 546-547
EP, June 30, 1927, p. 1
Macmillan dictionary of Canadian biography, 4th ed. p. 317-318

 
 
 Grindley, Thomas Maltby

Born in Laxey, Isle of Man, on November 8, 1864; son of Thomas and Esther (nee Maltby) Grindley. Received early education in Laxey. Immigrated to Canada in 1882. Came west as trading agent for Chipman Brothers of Halifax. Took part in the Rebellion of '85. Served under Major Hutton and later Colonel Steele in the expedition against Big Bear. Remained in employment with Chipman Brothers until 1886 when he opened a general store in Fort Saskatchewan. In 1897 became buyer and manager for Ross Brothers Hardware Company in Edmonton and held that position until 1903. With Revillon Brother until 1905 when he went into partnership and established Gorman, Clancey & Grindley, a large mercantile house in Edmonton. Member of the Church of England, Masonic Order, Edmonton Liberal Association. Also served as school trustee in Fort Saskatchewan. Married to Mary Jane Furnivale in 1888. Two children.

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 17

Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 2, p. 909-910

 
 
 Grout, Douglas A.

Born in England in 1887. Came to Edmonton in 1909 and went into produce and grocery business. After about six years joined Ogilvie Flour Mills Co. Ltd. and for eighteen years was manager of the company's Edmonton plant until his retirement in 1940. Director of Edmonton Exhibition Association; was marshal and chief planner of annual exhibition parades for many years. Member of Kiwanis Club, Masonic Order. Retired to Vancouver where he became manager of Pacific National Exhibition from 1948 to 1956. Died on July 16, 1961. Survived by his wife Jessie (nee Carrick), four sons and two daughters.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, July 18, 1961, p. 20

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, July 18, 1961, p. 20