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.


 Lake, Donald Burton

Born in Tichborne, Ontario, in 1882. Came to Edmonton in 1910 and operated a hardware store in the Norwood district until his retirement in 1958. Avid curler; played at the Thistle Curling rink. Member of Masonic and Oddfellows Lodges. Died on December 3, 1968.

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


Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, December 5, 1968, p. 32
Edmonton Journal, August 22, 1964, p. 17

 
 
 Lambert, Robert Franklin

Graduate of the Radio College of Canada. Worked on radar with RCAF, 1942-1945. Later became sales supervisor of the Edmonton branch of Radio College of Canada. Served as councillor on Jasper Place Town Council for over ten years before the amalgamation with Edmonton. Prominent PC; ran unsuccessfully in provincial elections. Served as president, Jasper Place Canadian Legion; president, Edmonton Progressive Conservative Association; president, West Jasper Place Taxpayers Association. Died on December 28, 1965, at age 62. Survived by wife Elsie.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, September 19, 1961, p. 26
Edmonton Journal, December 29, 1965, p. 1,2

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, September 19, 1961, p. 26
Edmonton Journal, December 29, 1965, p. 1,2

 
 
 Langley, Larry

Born in Saskatoon, Sask. 62 years old (Oct. 95). Earned Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1981 as part-time student since 1975 while working at the CBC. School principal, Whitehorse, Yukon, 1959-1963; broadcaster, CFCN Calgary, 1963-1965; worked for CBC Edmonton from 1965 to 1993 as program host, news anchor and weatherman both on TV and radio. Was in adult education program at University of Alberta after leaving CBC; also volunteered in English as a second language program at Alberta Vocational College. Resident of Duggan (south Edmonton) community for twenty-six years. Volunteer activities include three years as public information officer with the 418 Reserve Squadron, vice-president of community league, member of board of directors, Barter Theatre, and Cancer Society fund-raising campaigns. Married to Sharon. Four children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 8, 1995, p. B3

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 8, 1995, p. B3


 
 
 Larson, Al J.

Long career in automotive sales and service. Went to live in B.C. in 1954 but returned to Edmonton in 1964 and worked as truck salesman for Western GMC Truck Centre. Served as president of Edmonton Exhibition Association and director of Edmonton Recreation Commission.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, July 25, 1964, p. 10

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, July 25, 1964, p. 10


 
 
 Latta, David Gilliland

Born in Ballycarny, Wexford County, Ireland, on June 6, 1869; son of Alexander and Elizabeth (nee Lockhart) Latta. Completed basic education at nearby Enniscorthy. Came to Canada in 1889. Joined the NWMP in Manitoba in 1890. Discharged in 1893 and started a sheep farm near South Battleford, Sask. Sold farm and moved to Edmonton in 1897. Established his own blacksmith and carriage shop; joined John H. Lyons in 1902 to form Latta and Lyons Company. Partnership lasted several years until Lyons left to start Lyons Motors Ltd. Firm was renamed D.G. Latta Ltd. Retired in 1932 and moved to Vancouver, leaving management of business to his accountant. Married twice. First wife died in childbirth. Remarried in 1900. Suffered a stroke in January 1948 and returned with family to Edmonton where he died on November 11, 1948. Survived by his wife, four daughters and five sons.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 8, 1906, p. 9

Source of Text:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 190
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 49-50
City of Edmonton Archives

 
 
 Lawson, Kenneth Leslie

Prominent Edmonton businessman. President of Chicago Vocational Training Corp. Ltd., with branches in Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Minneapolis. Supporter of the Elks movement, elected Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks in Canada in 1951. President of Alberta Elks Lodge. Became president of the training corporation in 1942 and bought it in 1944, expanding its activities to five other cities. Was a noted horseman. Died at age 58 on July 19, 1968 in Edmonton. Survived by wife Mary and three sons.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 1, 1949, p. 7


Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, July 22, 1968, p. 22


 
 
 LaZerte, Milton Ezra

Born at Dixon's Corners (near Iroquois), Ontario, June 13, 1885. Received elementary and secondary education in Ontario; B.A. in mathematics and physics from University of Toronto, 1909; M.Ed., University of Alberta, 1926; Ph.D. in education, University of Chicago, 1927. Came to Alberta in 1909 and enrolled at Calgary Normal School in January 1910. Became teacher and principal of both elementary and secondary schools. Inspector of Schools in rural Alberta, 1913-1920; Inspector of Schools, Edmonton Public School Board, 1920-1923. On staff at University of Alberta, 1924-1952. Appointed director of School of Education, 1929; principal, College of Education, 1940. In 1942 College of Education became Faculty of Education and M.E. LaZerte became its first dean. Was one of the pioneers who helped organize and direct the school systems in Alberta. Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, 1956-1959. Commissioner, Government of Prince Edward Island, 1959-1960. Edmonton Public School Board trustee, 1963-1971. President, Alberta Teachers' Association, 1937-1939; president, Canadian Teachers' Federation, 1938-1939; president, Canadian Education Association, 1950-1951; president, Canadian College of Teachers, 1963-1964; chairman, Canadian Council for Educational Research, 1939-1950. Retired in 1971. Died on February 2, 1975. Survived by his wife Hazel and three sons.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 20, 1960, p. 1


Source of Text:
Rogers, Edith. History made in Edmonton, p. 149-151


 
 
 Leadbeater, David

Born in Victoria, B.C. on June 2, 1947. Attended King Edward Junior High and Strathcona Composite High; graduate degrees from the University of Alberta in philosophy and economics and Oxford University in economics. Taught economics at University of Alberta and Canadian studies at Grant MacEwan Community College. President of Alberta Students' Union, 1969-1970. Member of Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 10, 1974, p. 20
Aldermanic biographies

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 10, 1974, p. 20
Aldermanic biographies

 
 
 Lee, Robert

Born in Lanark County, Ontario, on March 10, 1862; son of John and Margaret (nee Turnbull) Lee. Educated in public schools on Lanark and Dominion Business College in Kingston, Ontario. In general merchandise business in Lanark County for a number of years. Member of Lanark City Council, 1892-1898. Arrived in Edmonton in 1898. Partnership with John Ross in grain trading, insurance and loan business under name of Ross & Lee. Formed new partnership with W.I. Crafts in fall of 1902 in real estate, timber and coal mining business under name of Crafts & Lee, then in 1905 under Crafts, Lee & Gallinger. Built the Lee Block (also known as Reed’s Bazaar) that stood on Jasper Avenue and 102 Street and is now in the Edmonton Fort Park. Also president of Tofield Coal Co. Public School Board trustee, active member of First Presbyterian Church. Liberal in politics. Married Annette E. Wilson in 1897. Three children. Died on August 5, 1925.

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 10


Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta, v. 2, p. 650-651
Edmonton Journal, August 6, 1925, p. 1

 
 
 Leger, Edmund Hugh

The record: Until October 2002 Ed Leger was the longest serving councillor in city's history, serving twenty-five (25) years and six days (but not continuously). Ronald Hayter had served continuously on city council for twenty-four (24) years and three days. On October 29, 2002 Hayter surpassed Ed Leger’s record as the longest serving councillor.

Born near Shaunavon, Sask. On July 28, 1916. High school education supplemented with university courses in business management, criminal and commercial law. Worked as investigator, B.C. police; Stock Association (Alberta), 1935-1940; five years overseas with Canadian Army, 1941-1946; immigration officer and specialty inquiry officer, federal government, 1946-1958; president and major shareholder of Leger-Wensman Holdings Co. Ltd; South Bend Management Ltd.; Senator Properties Ltd; Mayfair Investments Ltd. Member of various associations. Council career was often controversial. He was launched into politics after accusing Mayor Hawrelak of corruption. Publicity from the case helped him win a seat on the Council that year. Often labelled "The watchdog" by the media. Died on February 3, 1990 of cancer. Survived by wife Ida (nee Wensman) and five children.

Additional Photos:
Civic handbook, 1980-83, p. 32

Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies
Alberta who’s who 2nd ed., p. 306
Edmonton Journal, February 6, 1990, p. A1, B1

 
 
 Leibovici, Karen

Born on May 27, 1952 in Montreal, Quebec. Daughter of Poldi Leibovici and Gertrude Schafer. Educated at McGill University (B.S.W.; M.S.W.); postgraduate Diploma in Management. Social Worker, Montreal Catholic School Comm.; Industrial Relations Consultant, Union of Professional Social Workers, Montreal; Moved to Edmonton in 1980. Labour Relations Officer, City of Edmonton; Equal Opportunity Officer, City of Edmonton; Human Resources Consultant, Edmonton. Elected to Alberta Legislature as Liberal, Edmonton-Meadowlark, in 1993. Deputy Whip, 1996-1997. Re-elected in 1997. Whip, 1997-1998. Lost her seat to Conservative Bob Maskell in 2001 election. Married to Stephen Ivan Zepp on November 22, 1975. One son, Adam.

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Source of Text:
Canadian parliamentary guide 1998-1999, p. 589

 
 
 Livingstone, Alex



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 Lundy, John Egbert

Born in Halton County, Ontario. Attended Brampton High School. Found employment in Guelph with J.M. Bond in wholesale and retail hardware. Took part in Klondike gold rush. Came to Edmonton to work for Ross Brothers, a hardware firm, and later joined the Revillon Brothers. Went into partnership with G.B. Macleaod, forming real estate firm of Lundy & Macleod. As alderman was instrumental in design, acquisition and development of the "50 Mile River Drive" for Edmonton.

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 17, 18
Edmonton Bulletin, March 16, 1914, p. 1
Greater Edmonton number, p. 78

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