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.


 Keillor, Frederick Anson

Born in Wallacetown, Ontario, in 1883; son of Albro and Ada (nee Greene) Keillor. Educated at Dutton High School, Guelph Agricultural College and Western University in London, Ontario, where he graduated in medicine in 1908. Practised medicine in Raymond, Alberta, until 1913, then moved to Edmonton. Went overseas in 1915 as member of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Served at Dardanelles (Gallipoli) and in France. Returned home in 1917 and served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps until the end of WWI. Reached the rank of Captain. Worked as coroner. Purchased 61 acres of farmland in 1919, stretching from top of Saskatchewan Drive to Whitemud Creek. Raised hogs, pure-bred Jersey cattle and foxes. Donated strip of land along the riverbank to the city in 1925 to be used as a park. Rest of the land was later expropriated by the City to build Fox Drive and Whitemud Equestrian Centre. Member of Alberta Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Methodist Church. Conservative in politics. Married Lillian Lyons in 1909. Three children. Died in January 1971.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 12, 1930, p. 1

Source of Text:
Alberta past and present: historical and biographical v. 2, p. 203-204
Edmonton Journal, November 9, 1989, p. B1

 
 
 Kelly, John E.



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 Kennedy, Edward F.

Born in The Pas, Manitoba, on March 24, 1925; son of Daniel Edward and Mabel Isabel (nee Macdonald) Kennedy. Educated at St. Alphonsus Seminary in Woodstock, Ontario. Ordained priest in 1949. B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, 1951; B.Ed. from the University of Toronto, 1952; M.A. from Seattle University, 1973. Dean of Students, St. Mary's College, Brockville, Ontario, 1953-1963. Pastor at St. Alphonsus Parish, Edmonton, 1963-1965, 1969-? Director of Edmonton Catholic Information Centre. Served on the executive of Edmonton Social Planning Council, and Edmonton Citizens for Better Housing group. Founding member of URGE (Urban Reform Group of Edmonton).

Additional Photos:
Municipal manual: city council term, 1970-80, p. 8


Source of Text:
Who's who in Alberta, 1978-79, p. 251

 
 
 Kiniski, Julia

Born in Poland in 1899. Spent her early life on a homestead near Chipman, Alberta. Moved to Edmonton with her husband Nicholas in 1936. Husband was a $5-a-week barber; she sold cosmetics and managed a café while raising their six children. Enrolled in University of Alberta Extension courses, studying psychology, philosophy and world affairs. Known and loved as supporter of the common people, she won a council seat in the 1963 election after eleven unsuccessful attempts. One of her pet projects in council was her fight to support tenants in basement suites. Died on October 11, 1969. More than 1,300 attended funeral services in the Holy Rosary Polish Church. Son Julian Kinisky won the vacant seat in the 1970 by-election.

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Aldermanic biographies
Edmonton Journal, October 14, 1969, p. 1,3,10

Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies
Edmonton Journal, October 14, 1969, p. 1,3,10

 
 
 Kinisky, Julian Josef

Born November 22, 1926; son of Julia and Nicholas Kiniski. Julia Kiniski served on the city council from 1963 to 1969. Officially changed his name from Kiniski to Kinisky in 1965 (original spelling of family name was Knihnicky). Educated in Edmonton. Employed with Meteorological Service of Canada, 1944-1963; worked in various northern and Arctic locations from 1944 to 1950, and in the Edmonton Regional Office, 1950-1963. Weatherman on CFRN and CBC TV, 1954-1963. Instructor and researcher at University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1964-1965. Owner, president and manager of Geoscience Research Associates Limited (a meteorological consulting firm), 1965-1973. Also vice president of Varmac Uranium Mines, 1952-1954 and Alberta Alfalfa Products, 1968-1970 and daily editorial commentator on CKUA Radio, 1970. President of Makin Pulp and Paper, 1978-1981. Won the 1970 by-election to complete his mother’s council term. Ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1971. Ran as a Liberal in Edmonton-Strathcona riding in the 1979 federal election but lost to Progressive Conservative David Kilgour. Served as president of various associations. Moved to Grande Cache in 1989 to become the town’s tourism and business development officer but returned to Edmonton a few years later to live in retirement. Moved back to Grande Cache in early 2004 where he died of cancer on September 30, 2004. Survived by four children.

Additional Photos:
Alberta who’s who & directory3rd ed., p. 303
Aldermanic biographies
EJ, October 2, 2004, p. B1

Source of Text:
Alberta who’s who & directory3rd ed., p. 303
Aldermanic biographies
EJ, October 2, 2004, p. B1

 
 
 Kinney, James A.



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Edmonton official gazette, p. 10

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 Kinsella, Wendy

Born on January 1, 1952 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Has lived in Edmonton since she was three years old. Masters degree in library science, University of Alberta (1978). Assistant deputy minister and senior financial officer for Alberta Labour; executive director of Alberta Human Rights Commission. Accepted early retirement package in April 1993 and did contract work for agencies such as Federal Human Rights Commission. Long-time resident and active member and past president of Parkview Community League. Served on city's Water Advisory Council; involved in city's transportation master plan. Also served on boards of YWCA and Edmonton Public Library. Married to Jerry, vice-president of Peace Hills Trust, for twenty years. Two sons, Andrew and Tim.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 18, 1995, p. B3

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 18, 1995, p. B3
Edmonton Examiner, September 4, 1998, p. 403

 
 
 Knott, Daniel Kennedy

Born in Collingwood, Ontario, in 1879. Apprenticed as printer and worked for Buffalo Express before coming out west. Came to Alberta as homesteader in 1905, two years after his father and brother took homesteads in the McLeod district in southern Alberta. Joined Edmonton Bulletin in 1906, later worked for the Calgary Herald. From 1909 was linotype operator in the composing room of the Edmonton Journal for over 35 years. Keen athlete; led the bowling team that swept the 1911 American Bowling Congress in Spokane, WA. Active in the labour movement. Considered one of the city's first left-wing mayors. Served many years on hospital and library boards. Member of the Masonic Order. Married Mina Matheson in 1907. Two sons. Died on November 26, 1959.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 27, 1959, p. 1
Edmonton Journal, October 29, 1989, p. B4

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, November 27, 1959, p. 1
Edmonton Journal, October 29, 1989, p. B4

 
 
 Kozak, Kenneth B.

Born in Edmonton in 1943? Attended Victoria Composite High School. Bachelor of Commerce (marketing and personnel), University of Alberta, 1969. Assistant manager, Hudson Bay Company, 1969-1970; research manager, Edmonton Business Development, 1970-1976; director, City of Edmonton Tax Collection Dept., 1976-1980; labour consultant, Alberta School Trustees Association, 1981-1986. Since 1992 president and owner of K&B Enterprises, importing and distributing automotive and household cleaning supplies. His company organized the 1997 international auto show in Edmonton. His love of country music led him to get Edmonton twinned with Nashville, Tenn. Elected alderman, Ward VI, in December 1984 to fill vacancy left by Bettie Hewes. After representing Ward VI for eight years he lost favour with voters after pleading guilty in 1991 to assaulting his wife Liz during their divorce and was not re-elected to City Council in 1992. Tried twice more to secure a political seat, in 1993 running unsuccessfully as independent in provincial elections, and in 1995 trying to regain a seat on council. Died on Saturday, August 9, 1997, of heart failure brought on by amyloidosis, a rare and incurable disease. Survived by his fiancée, Genevieve Kukiela and two daughters, Kathy and Krystal. His mother Jean predeceased him in 1996.

Additional Photos:
The City of Edmonton: your city, its attractions, government and services

Source of Text:
Alberta who’s who & directory3rd ed., p. 317; 4th ed., p. 198
Edmonton Journal, October 18, 1988, p. B2
Edmonton Journal, October 25, 1984, p. B3
Edmonton Journal, August 11, 1997, p. A1
Edmonton Journal, August 12, 1997, p. A8

 
 
 Krushell, Kim

Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1967. Undergraduate degrees in politics and history from the Southern Oregon University; Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta. Worked as a shift utility labourer at Fletcher Challenge Pulp Mill in MacKenzie, B.C. for three years to earn money for her studies at the University of Alberta. Executive assistant to Edmonton city councillor Larry Langley for nine years; prior to that, executive assistant to Edmonton city councillor Lillian Staroszik. President of Woodcroft Community Playschool Association and President of the Junior League of Edmonton. Married Jay Krushell in 1990. One son, Alex.

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http://www.kimkrushell.com