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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 Hamilton, R. W.



Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 8, 1945, p. 1

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 Hanna, Richmond F.L.

Born in Ireland. Came to Canada in 1930. Received B.A. from University of Alberta and worked as teacher until he joined RCAF in 1940. Served as flight lieutenant in WWII and became Member of the British Empire in 1947. After the war worked for the federal government in Veterans' Land administration. Elected to House of Commons in 1953. After defeat in 1957 managed Crown Life Insurance Co. in Edmonton until retirement. Died in Victoria, BC, on January 17, 1985, aged 72. Survived by his wife Margaret, one son and one daughter.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 14, 1952, p. 3

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, January 19, 1986, p. D5

 
 
 Harries, Hu

Born in Strathmore, Alberta, on December 8, 1921; son of Thomas Batin and Emily (nee Osborne) Harries. Father was a veterinarian. B.Sc. in agriculture, University of Alberta, 1945; M.A. in political science, University of Toronto; Ph.D. in economics, Iowa State University. Economic consultant; president, Hu Harries and Associates Limited. Appointed Dean, School of Commerce, University of Alberta, 1960. Advisor to Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, member of Royal Trust Edmonton Advisory Board. Elected to House of Commons as Liberal member for Edmonton-Strathcona in 1968. Member of the United Church. Owner (in 1965) of 1,800-acre ranch near Edmonton with 600 head of stock. Member of Edmonton Petroleum Club, Alberta Light Horse Association, Canadian Cutting Horse Association. Married to Joyce Maxine Farrell on August 7, 1948. Five children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 16, 1962, p. 27

Source of Text:
Canadian parliamentary guide, 1969, p. 227
Edmonton Journal, September 13, 1965, p. 17

 
 
 Hawrelak, William

Born on October 3, 1915 in Wasel, Alberta; son of William and Anastasia Hawrelak. Came to Edmonton in 1945, established a soft drink company Prairie Rose Manufacturing Co. Ran as Liberal twice in federal elections without success. Elected mayor at age 37 in November 1951. Resigned in 1959 as a result of a provincial inquiry into a number of questionable land sales in which he was involved. The City sued him for $266,000. He settled out of court and paid $100,000 plus $4,000 in legal fees. Re-elected mayor in October 1963. Ousted from office in March 1965 by the decision of the Supreme Court of Alberta because of his real estate holdings and transactions. Sun Alta Builder's Ltd., 40 percent of which was owned by Hawrelak, had sold land to the City while he was out of office, but the transaction was completed when he served as mayor. The City launched a second civil suite against him for $80,117 but the Supreme Court of Canada in March 1975 upheld an appeal filed by the mayor. Hawrelak was swept into office once more in October 1974 but died on November 7, 1975 from a heart attack. Survived by his wife Pearl (nee Shandro) and three daughters, Jeannette, Gina and Patti. More than 10,000 people lined up to pay their respects as his body lay in city council chambers. His many accomplishments included the downtown Centennial Library (now the Stanley A. Milner Library), a new city hall, Riverside Golf Course, Storyland Valley Zoo, Groat Bridge, the Royal Alexandra Hospital complex, Queen Elizabeth Planetarium, Fort Edmonton Park, Borden Park, Coronation Park, Yellowhead Route, Mayfair Park (later renamed to Hawrelak Park), and free bus passes for senior citizens.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 7, 1975, p. 1, 11
Stuemer, Diane King. Hawrelak: the story.

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, November 7, 1975, p. 1, 11
Stuemer, Diane King. Hawrelak: the story.

 
 
 Hayter, Ronald (Ron) John

The record: on October 16, 1995 when his resignation took effect, Ronald Hayter had served continuously on city council for twenty-four (24) years and three days. The late Ed Leger served twenty-five (25) years and six days but not continuously. On October 29, 2002, Hayter surpassed Ed Leger’s record of 25 years and six days of time served as a councillor.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, on July 30, 1936. Spent his early years in a pulpwood and lumber camp near Hudson Bay, Sask., which his father set up in 1937. The business didn't do well and the family grew up poor. Entered grade one when he was twelve years old (a court order forced the family to send him to school) and completed grade twelve in 1955. Worked for Hudson Bay Post (1955-1956), Ma Murray's Alaska Highway News in Fort St. John, BC (1955-1956); later became editor and reporter for Dawson Creek Star and the Edmonton Journal. Established Ron Hayter Public Relations Services in 1965 which was later renamed to Ron Hayter News & Public Relations Services. Recipient of numerous awards and honors, member of various associations. Founding Director of 1978 Commonwealth Games, Edmonton. Internationally known in boxing and baseball; recognized by Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame. Recipient of Vanier Award in 1975 as Outstanding Young Canadian. As alderman presented motion leading to Disabled Adults Transportation System (DATS), first of its kind in Canada; moved 1973 motion to begin Edmonton's LRT system; in 1971 called for construction of a trade and convention centre; worked for city approvals for West Edmonton Mall and Eaton Centre, a multi-million dollar tax concessions to developers; in 1973 a judicial inquiry cleared him of conflict of interest charges stemming from private consulting he did for the Ghermezian brothers and voting on other Ghermezian projects in council. Hobbies and interests: amateur baseball, travelling, fishing, harness racing, boxing. Married to Grace Jacqueline (Jac'y) in 1957. Jac’y died on January 24, 2005 of breast cancer. Three children, Sparkle, Sandra and Nevin.

Additional Photos:
Alberta who’s who 4th ed. p. 149

Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies
Alberta who’s who 4th ed., p. 149-150
Edmonton Journal, September 12, 1995, p. A1
Edmonton Journal, January 26, 2005, p. B3

 
 
 Hazlett, George W.

Born in Managhan, Irish Free State. Was one of the first owners Edmonton City Dairy. Opened his own business Hazlett's General Store in 1928. Elected vice-president of Civil Government Association in 1934. President of Edmonton Property Owners' Association, 1950. Member of Masonic Order, Strathcona Presbyterian Church. Went into semi-retirement in 1955; retired completely in 1959, spending most of his time travelling around the world. Died on November 22, 1962 at age 77. Survived by three sons and two daughters.

Additional Photos:
EJ November 22, 1962, p. 34

Source of Text:
EJ November 22, 1962, p. 34

 
 
 Heiminck, Phillip

Born in Simcoe, Ontario. Moved to Winnipeg in 1870 and engaged in mercantile business. Came to Edmonton in 1881. In 1883 moved to Fort Saskatchewan where he acquired property north of the river. In 1893 moved back to Edmonton where he was active in the real estate business. Married to Isabella Green of Winnipeg in 1873. Built the Heiminck Block on Jasper Avenue. One of the local businessmen who contributed to the $25,000 "seed money" that forced the federal government to build the Low Level bridge. Died on September 11, 1922. Survived by his wife, two daughters and one son.

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Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, September 13, 1922, p. 12

 
 
 Henning, William J.M.

Born in 1928? Lawyer by profession. Served as school trustee, Edmonton Public Library Board and Edmonton Exhibition Board member.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, August 2, 1961, p. 46

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, August 2, 1961, p. 46

 
 
 Henry, William Thomas

Born in Prince Edward Island on January 2, 1872 where he received his early education. Arrived in Calgary in 1890 and spent three years in the dry goods business. Opened a clothing store in Edmonton in 1893 and managed it until 1903. Was an outfitter for the parties headed for the Klondike on the inland route through Edmonton. Spent following three years in real estate and farming. Joined James T. Blowey in 1906 and established Blowey, Henry Ltd., a large wholesale and retail furniture firm. When the firm moved solely into wholesale business, he organized a new retail company of Henry, Graham and Reid in 1931. Chairman, Edmonton Hospital Board; member of Masonic Order, Edmonton Board of Trade, and the Methodist Church. Liberal member of the Alberta Legislature for Edmonton, 1924-1926. Married to Ada C. Battrick. Four children. Ada died in Victoria, B.C. on March 29, 1944.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 12, 1916, p. 1

Source of Text:
Alberta past and present, v.3, p. 250-251

 
 
 Hepburn, Charles F.

Born in Morrisburg, Ontario, in 1878. As a youth went to work for Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company (later renamed Canada Steamship Lines) and spent twenty years as steward on such vessels as the Spartan, Kingston, Toronto and the Magnet. Worked as chef in a Cobalt hotel in 1906. Came to Edmonton in 1907 as salesman for a Winnipeg soap company. Went into candy-making business in 1909; operated Hepburn's Confectionary on Jasper Avenue until 1924. Opened a café in Turner Valley when oilfield was discovered there. However, the bottom fell out of the oil business the week he opened it. Spent the summer prospecting for the legendary Lemon Mine and its gold treasure. Returned to Edmonton and established Mor-Fread Candy Co. Opened his own potato chip manufacturing operation, Hepburn's Potato Chips, in 1942 in the Harlan Block, 10828 - 124 Street and managed it until his retirement in 1952. Hepburn Chips continued to be manufactured there until 1953. Member of Rotary Club, the Elks, and Masonic Order. Died on July 23, 1961.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 9, 1918, p. 9
Yanish, Lori. Edmonton's West Side story, p. 129

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, July 24, 1961, p. 20
Yanish, Lori. Edmonton's West Side story, p. 129

 
 
 Hewes, Elizabeth (Bettie) Jane

Born in Brampton, Ontario, March 12, 1924. Graduated from the University of Toronto in occupational therapy in 1944. Worked in several Ontario hospitals and sanatoria, providing therapy to patients, many of whom were WWII veterans suffering from the trauma of war. Came to Edmonton in 1949; was a housewife until 1964. Executive director, Canadian Mental Health Association (Edmonton), 1964-1967; planner and acting director, Edmonton Social Planning Council, 1967-1974; member of the Urban Reform Group Edmonton (URGE); Chairman, Board of Canadian National Railway, 1984-1985 (first female to head the board of CN). Member of the University of Alberta Senate and the Edmonton Police Commission. Active in a number of associations, societies and committees. First elected to Alberta Legislature in 1986 as Liberal, Edmonton-Gold Bar; re-elected in 1989 and 1993. Did not run in the 1997 provincial elections. Member of Grace United Church. Married corrosion engineer F. William Hewes in 1945. Four children. William Hewes passed away in 1996. Remarried in 1997 to Henk VanDroffelaar. Died on Tuesday, November 6, 2001 from an apparent heart attack in Brockville, Ontario. The city named a street after her in Mill Woods. Hewes Way is located near Grey Nuns Hospital and Mill Woods Town Centre.

Additional Photos:
ABW 3rd ed., p. 258; 4th ed., p. 154
Alberta public sector directory, 1990, p. 125
Canadian parliamentary guide, 1994, p. 544
EJ, November 8, 2001, p. A1, A20, B8

Source of Text:
ABW 3rd ed., p. 258; 4th ed., p. 154
Alberta public sector directory, 1990, p. 125
Canadian parliamentary guide, 1994, p. 544
EJ, November 8, 2001, p. A1, A20, B8

 
 
 Hourston, Thomas



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 Humberstone, William

Born in Niagara peninsula, Ontario. Came to Edmonton from Winnipeg in 1880. Was in partnership in the lumber business with John Walter in 1983, but was bought out by Walter. Started a brickyard and opened a coal mine. First man to open a coal mine on the north side of the river within city limits. Founded Humberstone Coal Co. at Clover Bar. Married wife Beta in 1902. Leased coal mining property to his wife in 1915 and operated it as controlling stockholder. Also owned valuable city property. Died at age 86 on April 2, 1922. Wife Beta died on April 6, 1926.

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 68

Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, April 3, 1922, p. 1
Edmonton Bulletin, July 11, 1917, p. [29]

 
 
 Hyndman, James Duncan

Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on July 29, 1874; son of Charles Augustus and Catherine (nee Macdonald) Hyndman. Educated at Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown. Read law with Angus McLean, MP, being called to P.E.I. bar in 1899. Moved to Portage La Prarie, Manitoba, in 1899 where he practised law for four years with his uncle in the firm MacDonald and Hyndman. Came to Alberta in 1903 and practised law with the law firm Kennedy and Hyndman in Edmonton. Firm's name was changed to Hyndman & Hyndman in 1905. President of Alberta Conservative Association, 1907-1909; unsuccessful Conservative candidate for House of Commons in 1908 ( defeated by Liberal Frank Oliver) and Alberta Legislature in 1913. Appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of Alberta in 1914, the youngest man ever to be appointed to that Court. Served until 1931 when appointed President, Canadian Pension Appeal Court in Ottawa. Continued as president until 1940. Federal wartime rental and salaries controller, 1940-1942. Heard appeals of German and Italian prisoners in Canada and supervised the Excess Profits Tax Act. Appointed deputy judge of the Exchequer Court of Canada in 1951 and 1954. Commissioner of the War Claims Commission and the Great Lakes Security Act Board in the 1950s. Advised minister of finance in 1961-1962 on claims by Canadians against Japan resulting from the China-Japan war of 1937-1941. Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 1948. Member of the Anglican Church and Masonic Order. Married to Ethel Davies in 1902. Five children. Lou Hyndman, former Alberta provincial government minister, is his grandson. Died in Ottawa on October 11, 1971.

Additional Photos:
Men and makers of Edmonton
Edmonton Journal, October 12, 1971, p. 3

Source of Text:
Alberta past and present v. 2, p. 384-385; Edmonton Journal, October 12, 1971, p. 3