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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 Macauley, Morton W.

Born in Inverness County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Attended Sydney Academy and Dalhousie College where he graduated in medicine. Spent two years as surgeon in Halifax hospital and ten years as general practitioner in Picking County, Ontario. Came to Edmonton in 1905 and continued his medical practice here.

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Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 8, 1906, p. 6

 
 
 Macdonald, Hugh John

Born at South Hanson, Massachusetts, on November 11, 1898; son of Daniel Macdonald (Nova Scotian of Scottish descent) and Nellie O'Brien (Irish-American). Came to Alberta in 1912. Educated at the University of Alberta in Arts (1921) and Law (1923). Served in the U.S. Army during WWI. Baseball player and member of Edmonton Red Sox. Barrister by profession. Elected to Alberta Legislature in 1940 on Edmonton's Citizen's slate. Independent in politics. Roman Catholic in religion; member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral. Married Isabel Johnstone of Edmonton on August 20, 1932. One child.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 10, 1938, p. 6
Edmonton Journal, March 16, 1940, p. 2

Source of Text:
Canadian parliamentary guide, 1944, p. 375
Edmonton Journal, March 16, 1940, p. 2

 
 
 MacDonald, James C.



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Edmonton Journal, October 14, 1952, p. 3


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 MacDonald, James M.

Born on a farm in Ontario in October 1872; of Scots descent. Matriculated from Woodstock College and North Bay High School. Graduated with B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto. Lawyer by profession; called to Alberta bar in 1909. Partner in Robertson, Dickson and MacDonald law firm.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 10, 1917, p. 8

Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 9, 1912, p. 12

 
 
 MacKenzie, Kenneth W.

Born on a farm near Lucknow, Bruce County, Ontario, on February 3, 1862. Received primary education in rural schools of Ontario. Went to work in his early teens. Lost the use of his left hand in an accident at age 21. Returned to school, first public and high school, then University of Toronto where he earned a B.A. degree in 1893. Went to Lethbridge that year where he served as school principal for two years. Appointed principal of College Avenue High School in Edmonton in 1895. Resigned in 1898 to pursue a career in business and civic affairs. Became city's first elected mayor in Edmonton in December 1904 (the year Edmonton was incorporated as a city). Didn't seek re-election and became a Dominion Lands agent in Edmonton until 1913. Went back to teaching as a math teacher at Victoria High School until his death on October 9, 1929. Survived by his wife, one son and two daughters.

Additional Photos:
MacGregor, J.G. Edmonton, a history. 2nd. ed., p. 133
Binnington, Glen. Edmonton Lodge No. 7, p. 10

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 9, 1929, p. 1
Edmonton Journal, October 18, 1963, p. 4

 
 
 MacKenzie, Patricia E.

Born in Regina, Sask. on October 5, 1940? B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan, 1962. High school teacher in Quebec and Ontario, 1962-1985; also worked for Canadian Tire in Ontario, 1971-1981; host and producer of Weekly Public Affairs Program, cable TV, Pickering, Ontario, 1984-1985. Served as alderman for Prescott, Ontario. Active volunteer; has served as president, University Women's Club of Edmonton; chairman, United Way campaign; president, Big Sisters. Married, three children.

Additional Photos:
The City of Edmonton: your city, its attractions, government and services
Alberta who’s who 3rd ed., p. 353, 4th ed., p. 227

Source of Text:
Alberta who’s who 3rd ed., p. 353, 4th ed. p. 227
Edmonton Journal, October 14, 1989, p. I10

 
 
 Main, S. Giffard

Born in Edmonton. Educated at King Edward School, Strathcona High School and University of Alberta. Admitted to Alberta bar in 1937; practised in Edmonton until 1939. Joined the Canadian Army and served overseas with 1st Canadian Division in England, Sicily and other parts of Europe from 1940 to 1945. Discharged with the rank of captain. Practised law in Medicine Hat where he also acted as police magistrate. Appointed King's Counsel in 1949; resigned from the bench in 1953 and returned to private law practice. Unsuccessful in his bid for the leadership race of the provincial Progressive Conservative Party in 1958. Was campaign manager for William Hawrelak in 1963. Member of the Holy Trinity Church, Law Society of Alberta, Fraternal Order of Elks, and the Royal Canadian Legion. Suffered a stroke in his law office on December 30, 1968 and died on January 13, 1969 at the age of 57. Survived by his wife Marjorie, two daughters and one son.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 12, 1954, p. 9
Edmonton Journal, January 13, 1969, p. 26


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 Maitson, Brent

Born on April 20, 1950. Lifelong resident of Edmonton. Graduated from Bonnie Doon High School. Professional engineer with an engineering degree (1973) and masters in business administration (1986) from the University of Alberta. Has run his own consulting firms and is president of Engineering Design Associates Ltd. and the Forensic Consulting Group. Served five terms as president of Riverbend Community League; founding president of Ramsey Heights Neighborhood Association and the Southwest Area Council of Community Leaguess. Best known as the man from Riverbend who championed the fight to keep Keillor Road open to traffic, served as president of Association to Save Keillor Road. Awarded the 1994 Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues order of merit for outstanding volunteer service. Maitson publicly admitted in July 1997 that he had a drinking problem. In May 1998 he pleaded not guilty to two assault charges after being arrested on April 27, 1998, allegedly intoxicated. He was acquitted of assault charges at his trial in December 1998. On November 5, 1998 Maitson was convicted for theft (of electronic equipment) under $5,000 and uttering a forged document and fined $660. EJ, Oct. 18, 1995, described him as married with two children, one grandchild.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 18, 1995, p. B3; November 6, 1998, p. A1


Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 18, 1995, p. B3
Edmonton Journal, July 9, 1997, p. B1; December 22, 1997, p. A1
Edmonton Journal, May 30, 1998, p. B1; November 6, 1998, p. A1
Edmonton Examiner, September 4, 1998, p. 403

 
 
 Malone, Thomas P.

Born in Ontario. Came out west in 1901. Owned a store at Cochrane, Alberta; moved to Edmonton in 1905. Bought a mercantile business on Whyte Avenue and subsequently purchased the whole block, developing it into one of the city's leading department stores, Malone Limited. Sold business in February 1926 and went to Rochester, Min. for medical treatment. Served as school trustee, president Of South Side Community League and Federation of Community Leagues. Liberal in politics, Roman Catholic by religion. Suffered a nervous breakdown in 1926 and died in St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver on December 10, 1926 of a self-inflicted 22 calibre bullet wound. Was about 50 years old. Survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 10, 1926, p. 1
Edmonton Journal, December 10, 1926, p. 1

Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 10, 1926, p. 1
Edmonton Journal, December 10, 1926, p. 1

 
 
 Mandel, Stephen

Born in Windsor, Ontario in 1945. Associate of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and his Masters in Political Science. Moved to Edmonton from Windsor more than 30 years and has been involved in business development, residential and commercial real estate development, construction, as well as operations of hotels and sports enterprises. President of Mandel Group; Co-owner, West Coast Hockey League team, Arizona. Operated a recreational vehicle business. Active community volunteer for organizations including the Alberta Heart Institute, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Allen Gray Continuing Care, as Board and Chairman, the Jewish Community Centre, YMCA Enterprise Centre and the Jewish Federation. Also active in community and school recreation activities as a baseball and basketball coach for both local high schools and community leagues. Married to Lynn for 31 years. Two children, Rachel and Adam.

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Source of Text:
EJ, October 23, 2001, p. B3
City of Edmonton web page

 
 
 Manson, Robert John

Came to Edmonton in 1891 from Renfrew County where he spent his younger days. Engaged in the construction business. Ran unsuccessfully in provincial elections. Director of Edmonton Brick Co. and Sand-Lime Brick Co. Retired from active business around 1919 and took up farming near Woodbend. Married to M. Rogers. One daughter. Accidentally drowned on May 10, 1932. His body was recovered from the North Saskatchewan River on May 23. He was 65 years old.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 8, 1906, p. 6
Edmonton Bulletin, May 11, 1932, p. 1
Edmonton Journal, May 11, 1932, p. 1

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 Manuel, George M.



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 Martin, Henri Milton

Born in Clintonville, New York, on June 6, 1872; son of Francois Xavier and Azilda (nee Lafontaine) Martin. Educated at Plateau Academy in Montreal and College of Joliette in Joliette, Quebec. Moved to Vancouver in 1887, working as an accounting clerk until 1890. From 1891 to 1896 was engaged in various activities ranging from assistant paymaster for Columbia & Kootenay Railroad to mining in the Kootenay district. In 1898 was attracted by the gold rush and travelled over the famous Yukon Trail. Appointed Crown lumber and land agent at Fort Selkirk in Yukon in 1902. Opened his real estate and insurance business in Edmonton in 1906. Served as public administrator of the judicial district of Yellowknife and McKenzie from 1922 to 1956 except for the period from 1931 to 1936. Also served as CNR director for Alberta. Director of North West Brewing Co., Great Northern Tannery Co., Scott Motor Limited, Edmonton Portland Cement Co. Ltd.; president of St. Leonard's Ltd., and Dunvegan Development Co. President and life member of the Edmonton Board of Trade (later Edmonton Chamber of Commerce). Chairman of the General Hospital Board. Separate School Board trustee. President of Edmonton Association of Liberals; member of Edmonton Club, Kiwanis Club, and others. Consul for Belgium for ten years. Roman Catholic by religion. Married Beatrice Beck, daughter of Justice N.D. Beck, in 1908. Was brother of famous Canadian-born opera star Madame Edvina. Died on March 8, 1962. Survived by one son and three daughters.

Additional Photos:
MME, Edmonton Journal, March 8, 1962, p. 1

Source of Text:
Alberta past and present v. 2, p. 251-252
History of the Province of Alberta v. 2, p. 729-730
Edmonton Journal, March 8, 1962, p. 1

 
 
 Martin, William H.

Born near Ottawa. Came west in 1888, living for several years in Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba. Arrived in Edmonton in 1895 and established a leather goods store, Martin's Luggage and Shoe Shop, on Jasper Avenue. Member of First Presbyterian Church, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club. Married Elizabeth Hutchins in 1894. Died on September 4, 1947 at age 82. Survived by his wife and son. Store closed in 1970 when son W.F. Martin retired.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 9, 1916, p. 14

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, September 4, 1947, p. 9
Edmonton Journal, August 14, 1970, p. 45

 
 
 Mason, Brian

Born in Calgary on October 12, 1953. Moved to Edmonton in 1975. Studied political science at the University of Alberta from 1975 to 1977 but did not receive a degree; elected executive vice-president of the University of Alberta Students' Union, 1975-1977. Employed as Edmonton Transit operator for eight years (1981-1989) prior to his election to Council. (Was compelled to resign from his job in order to be eligible to run in the election). Past member of the University of Alberta Senate; founding member of Edmonton Tenants Association; past president of Edmonton Voters Association. On March 9, 2000, Brian Mason won the Alberta NDP nomination for Edmonton Highlands on the first ballot and was elected to Alberta Legislature in June 12, 2000 by-election. Married to Karin Olsen, assistant professor of nursing at the University of Alberta. Two sons.

Additional Photos:
The City of Edmonton: your city, its attractions, government and services
Alberta who’s who 4th ed., p. 239

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 14, 1989, p. 18
Alberta who’s who 4th ed., p. 239
Edmonton Examiner, September 4, 1998, p. 403

 
 
 Mather, Dick

Born in Edmonton on January 20, 1941. Attended Ritchie School, Strathcona High School and Bonnie Doon Composite. Employed at Interprovincial Pipeline Company, 1959-1962, in radio and television broadcasting, 1962-1980 and as stockbroker, 1980-1983. Also ran several of his own businesses. Edmonton Public School Board trustee for twelve years. Served on many City Advisory Committees and Boards. Participated in fund-raising campaigns for the United Way, Universiade Games, Commonwealth Games, and others. Married to Weslyn, a psychologist and high school administrator, for 32 years. One daughter, 13 year old Star. Died of massive heart attack on August 13, 1997.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 8, 1995, B3
Edmonton Journal, August 14, 1997, p. A1
Edmonton Journal, August 15, 1997, p. B2

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 8, 1995, B3
Edmonton Journal, August 14, 1997, p. A1
Edmonton Journal, August 15, 1997, p. B2

 
 
 Matheson, Robert Stuart

Born in Edmonton on December 11, 1919. Attended Edmonton public and high schools; B.A., University of Saskatchewan; L.L.B., University of Alberta. Practised law with Becker & Matheson and later Becker, Weeks, Matheson, Clarke & McLennan. Established his own law firm Matheson & Company. Member of the Masonic Order and Robertson United Church. Married Geraldine Bordean in 1946. Five children. Was one of four candidates for Reform Party's Senate nomination in 1989 Alberta election.

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

Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies

 
 
 May, Charles

Born in Wellington County, Ontario, on June 30, 1858; son of John and Helen (nee Esson) May. Left public school when thirteen years old. Went to Manitoba in 1880 to homestead, later to Winnipeg where he spent thirteen years as carpenter and builder. Came to Edmonton in 1902 and became a prominent builder and contractor. His company built the piers for the Clover Bar (CNR) bridge, the Fort Saskatchewan bridge and some of the city's landmarks, including the post office, first station for the Canadian Northern Railway, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Commerce, Hudson Bay Company's store, Le Marchand Mansion, provincial penitentiary, and residences of Frank Oliver and Dr. Braithwaite. His company went bankrupt during the construction of the Le Marchand Mansion and he and his company had to move to a cottage at Coney Island, Cooking Lake, Strathcona County, until the debts were settled and his company was back in business. Director of Alberta Lumber Co. Member of the Masonic Order, Presbyterian Church, Edmonton Exhibition Association. Liberal in Politics. Married Anna Galbreath who died suddenly in 1897, leaving him with two children. Remarried a widow, Marguerite Henderson (Highlands Historical Foundation newsletter gives name as Margaret Hampton), in 1901. Four children. Son by his first wife died at age 27 while working on construction of the Grand Trunk Railroad. Died in 1932.

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 35
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 47


Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 2, p. 874-875
Greater Edmonton number, p. 35
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 47-48
Highlands Historical Foundation Newsletter, v.3, no. 2, 1992, p. 6

 
 
 May, Gustave H.

Born in New York in 1879. Came to Edmonton in 1904 and worked as photo engraver for the firm Byron-May Company, the first photo engraving business in western Canada.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton official gazette, p. 7


Source of Text:
City of Edmonton Archives


 
 
 Mays, Robert



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 McArthur, William C.

Born in Bruce County, Ontario. Brought up at Sault Ste. Marie where he received his schooling. Worked for his father in timber and building business; later followed railroad construction for some time, holding prominent positions in construction of the Crow's Nest Pass. Later worked for Guy Campbell, Ottawa railroad contractor and C.E. Loss, railroad contractor from Chicago. Moved to Edmonton and started his own building and contracting business. Retired to Santa Monica, California in late twenties where he died in January 1932. Survived by his wife and three sons.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 4, 1912, p. 8


Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 9, 1912, p. 10
Edmonton Bulletin, February 1, 1932, p. 9

 
 
 McCallum, Kathleen Margaret

Born on July 2 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Taught school for ten years in Saskatchewan, then homemaker. Director, United Community Fund, for six years. Served on the Edmonton Symphony and Royal Alexandra Hospital boards. Member of St. Joseph's Cathedral. Married, six children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 17, 1968, p. 6


Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies

 
 
 McCauley, Matthew

Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, on July 11, 1850; son of Alexander and Eleanor (nee Latimer) McCauley. Received early education in public schools of Owen Sound. Farmer until 1871 when he moved to Fort Garry (Winnipeg). Came to Fort Saskatchewan in 1879 with James McDonald. Opened first cartage and livery business in Edmonton in 1881. Member of the Assembly of Northwest Territories in Regina, 1895-1902. Sold his business, Edmonton Cartage Company, in 1902 and bought one thousand acres of farmland at Tofield, near Beaver Lake. Returned in 1905 as member of the first Alberta Legislature. Resigned his seat in 1906 to become warden at the provincial penitentiary until 1911. Left Edmonton in 1912 to tend apple orchard in Penticton, B.C. for thirteen years. Moved again in 1925, this time to homestead at Peace River. Man of many accomplishments: raised funds in 1881 for the first school house in Edmonton, was the first chairman of the Edmonton Public School Board and a trustee for eighteen years, was president and director of the Edmonton Agricultural Association for sixteen years. In 1883 obtained from Ottawa the first charter to operate a municipal street railway ever granted in the Northwest Territories. In 1889 established, together with Frank Oliver and John McDougall, the Edmonton Board of Trade, predecessor of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. Married Matilda Benson in 1875. Seven children. Remarried in 1902 (first wife died in 1896) to Annie Cookson. Five children. Died homesteading near Sexsmith on October 25, 1930.

Additional Photos:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 1, p. 524

Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 1, p. 525-527
Alberta historical review, v. 20, no. 1, p. 11-17
Edmonton Bulletin, October 25, 1930, p. 1

 
 
 McClary, Gordon Frank

Born in Edmonton. Member and president of International Y's Men's Association. Died in Victoria, B.C. on August 8, 1985 at age 68. Survived by wife and two sons.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 13, 1959, p. 14

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, August 9, 1985, p. F5

 
 
 McColl, Mack Bentley

Born in Maxville, Glengarry County, Ontario, on January 27, 1893; son of Neil and Annie (nee MacDougall) McColl. Educated at Ottawa public schools and Olds School of Agriculture; graduated from University of Alberta in agriculture, 1922. Farmed on Goose Lake line, 1909-1916. Overseas with 175th Battalion, Medicine Hat. Started business career with Sun Life Assurance Co., 1922-1935. Later became manager of Excelsior Life Insurance Co. Member of Masonic Order and Presbyterian Church. Married to Marjorie L. Russell on November 14, 1925.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, June 21, 1937, p. 9

Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, June 21, 1937, p. 9

 
 
 McCoppen, Samuel J.

Born in Port Robinson, Ontario, on December 6, 1865; son of James and Harriett (nee Hanna) McCoppen. Educated in public schools of Port Robinson and Thorold Collegiate Institute. Spent twelve years in tugboat business, towing vessels and barges from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Captain of passenger steamboats for another five years, operating from Sault Ste. Marie. Came to Edmonton in 1905 and established an undertaking business. Also operated an ambulance and a chapel for funeral services. Member of Rotary Club, Children's Aid Society, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Masonic Order. Founding member of St. Andrew's Anglican Church. Married to Anna W. Campbell in 1890. One son.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 10, 1917, p. 8


Source of Text:
Alberta past and present v.3, p. 511-513

 
 
 McCreath, John T.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland. Came to Canada in 1905. Lived in Saskatchewan for one year; moved to Wainright where he homesteaded with George L. Hudson. Arrived in Edmonton in 1909 and engaged in retail business. Bought the Triangle Jam factory in the 1920s. Also involved in business administration and brokerage. Northern Alberta manager for Retail Merchants' Association. Appointed city purchasing agent; held this position for twelve years prior to retirement in 1952. Moved to Toronto in 1953 but returned to Edmonton in 1955. Married Barbara McCoig in 1919. Died in February 3, 1964. Survived by his wife, one son and one daughter.

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Edmonton Journal, November 14, 1934, p. 1


Source of Text:
February 4, 1964, p. 20


 
 
 McDougall, John Alexander

Born in Woodville, Ontario, on May 20, 1854; son of Alexander and Janet (nee Cummings) McDougall. Finished his schooling at age sixteen and spent the next three years working as a store clerk. Moved to Fort Garry (Winnipeg) in 1873 and became a trader, making frequent trips between Fort Garry and Alberta. Settled in Edmonton in 1879 as a general merchant. Established a wholesale and retail business McDougall & Secord in 1897, specializing in outfitting traders. Business was sold in 1907 and a new firm McDougall & Secord, Limited, was incorporated to do loan business. As mayor in 1908 installed automatic telephone system and put into operation the street railway system as a municipal enterprise. Elected Liberal member of Alberta Legislature in 1909 and served until 1913. Public School Board trustee; was one of ten citizens to guarantee annual salary of $500 for Edmonton's first public school teacher in 1881. Member of Masonic Order, Edmonton Club, and Presbyterian Church. Justice of Peace since 1885. President of Canadian Club and Edmonton Board of Trade. Married to Lovisa Jane Amey on May 20, 1878. Five children. Died in Edmonton on December 17, 1928.

Additional Photos:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 1, p. 495

Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v.1, p. 496-500
MacGregor, J.G. Edmonton trader: the story of John A. McDougall

 
 
 McGugan, Angus C.

Born in Alvinston, Ontario, in 1895. Received his medical degree from University of Alberta in 1929 and began practice in Edmonton the same year. Director of provincial division of communicable diseases, 1930-1935; medical officer at Ponoka mental hospital, 1935-1938. Medical inspector of hospitals and assistant deputy minister of health, 1938- 1942. Superintendent at University of Alberta Hospital, 1942-1960. Became the first Albertan to receive the George Findlay Stephens Memorial Award for outstanding hospital service in 1959. President of Alberta Blue Cross, Associated Hospitals of Alberta, and the Canadian Hospital Association. Regent for Western Canada on board of regents of American College of Hospital Administrators for eight years. Died on August 15, 1972. Survived by one daughter. Wife Laura died in 1962.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 13, 1959, p. 14

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, August 15, 1972, p. 55


 
 
 McInnes, Hermon Lewis

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, on October 13, 1862; son of John Lindsay and Mary Clark (nee Lewis) McInnes. Educated in public schools of Fredericton, N.B., and at Fredericton Collegiate Institute. Druggist for five years in Fredericton and Winnipeg. Graduated from Manitoba Medical College in 1886. Postgraduate work in Vienna and London, England, 1889-1892. Assistant surgeon with Canadian forces during Riel Rebellion of 1885. Came to Edmonton in October 1886 and practised medicine until 1912 when he retired to look after his other business interests. Founded McInnes Lumber Company in 1902, sold it in 1914. Also prospected for oil. Member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Masonic Order, and other various organizations. Vice president of the Edmonton Philharmonic Society. Conservative in politics.

Additional Photos:
Alberta past and present v. 3, p. 47

Source of Text:
Alberta past and present v. 3, p. 48-52
History of the Province of Alberta v. 2, p. 892-893

 
 
 McKay, Sheila Helen

Born in Edmonton on June 7, 1936. Educated at Westglen High School. Registered nurse; graduated from the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in 1958. Gold medallist in obstetric nursing. Attended university seminars on rapid transit, transportation, parks and regional government. Has nursed in emergency and intensive care wards of the Misericordia Hospital, 1958, 1974-1989. Served as chair, City Council's Committee on Ward Revision and Citizen Participation; chair, Social Services Advisory Board; Also served on Alberta Solicitor General's Advisory Committee on Corrections. Married to Murray McKay. Four children, Marianne, Corinne, Murray and John.

Additional Photos:
CE; Alberta who’s who 4th ed., p. 255


Source of Text:
City of Edmonton Archives
Alberta who’s who 4th ed., p. 255

 
 
 McKenzie, John James

Born in Danville, Quebec, in 1863. Came to Edmonton in 1886. Was a member of the first school board in Strathcona and later elected member of the first Strathcona City Council. Served as Edmonton Public School Board trustee for ten years following amalgamation of Strathcona and Edmonton. Became mayor of Strathcona in 1905. Employed as agent for Massey-Harris Co. and International Harvester Co. Retired in 1932. Died on September 30, 1952. Survived by three sons and five daughters.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 2, 1952, p. 9


Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 2, 1952, p. 9


 
 
 McKibben, Sherry

Born in July 1944. Described by Alberta Report as "the city's second homosexual and fifth socialist alderman." Former co-director of the Boyle-McCauley Health Centre. Elected to City Council in Ward III by-election on January 20, 1994. Lost her seat to Robert Noce in the October 1995 election (whom she defeated in the 1994 by-election). Ran as NDP candidate in March 1997 provincial election in the Edmonton Norwood riding but lost to Liberal Sue Olsen.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, January 21, 1994, p. B1

Source of Text:
Alberta Report, February 7, 1994, p. 12


 
 
 McKinley, James H.



Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 48

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 McLean, William Douglas

Born in Edmonton on April 14, 1931. Educated at Rutherford Public, King Edward and Strathcona High Schools. B.Ed. from University of Alberta, 1954; M.Sc. from University of Washington, 1960. Teacher and head, Physical Education Dept., Victoria Composite High School. Active in civic, provincial and federal politics; ran as NDP candidate in federal elections (1962 and 1965) and provincial elections (1967 and 1971). Member of Strathcona Presbyterian Church. Married to Donna Wiegand. Five sons.

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

Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies
Edmonton Journal, November 2, 1971, p. 5

 
 
 McLennan, Andrew Robert

Born in Walkerton, Ontario, in 1871; son of Thomas and Barbara (nee Little) McLennan, both natives of Scotland. Attended public schools and completed a course in business college. Engaged in lumber business in Kenora, Ontario, from 1897 to 1905, and Abernathy, Sask., from 1905 to 1912. Opened a lumberyard in Edmonton in 1912 and conducted general retail business as member of Pray & McLennan, Ltd. Elected to Alberta Legislature in 1921 as Liberal for Edmonton. President of Liberal Association, Edmonton Exhibition Association; member of Masonic Order. Presbyterian in religious faith. Married Annette L. Pray, daughter of his business associate, in June 1903. One son, two daughters. Died on April 9, 1943.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 9, 1916, p. 14

Source of Text:
Alberta past and present v. 2, p. 116-117
Edmonton Bulletin, April 10, 1943, p. 11

 
 
 McLeod, Kenneth Archibald

Born in Port Elgin, Ontario, on September 7, 1858; son of Archibald K. and Catherine (nee McLennan) McLeod. Family moved to Kansas in 1870 and homesteaded near Solomon City for three years and then near Lynchburg, Virginia, until 1876. Educated in frontier schools. Worked with his father in the lumber and building business. Moved to Winnipeg in 1879. Left for Edmonton on August 5, 1881 on foot, arriving on November 3, 1881. Worked as carpenter and builder until 1888. Opened the first sash and door factory and planing mill in Edmonton in 1893; sold it to W.H. Cushing Co. in 1900. In 1913 began to build what was then called "the finest building" in Alberta, the McLeod building which was completed at the cost of $600,000 on January 1, 1915. Also in 1893 built Fire Hall No. 1 which was home to the fire brigade, the police department, the town offices and the court house. Had large holdings of farm and coal lands and city business property. Served as public school trustee. Member of Masonic Lodge and Edmonton Board of Trade. Director and shareholder of electric light plant (before it was taken over by the city). Supporter of the Liberal Party, member of the Presbyterian Church. Married twice. First to Anne Logar Lauder on March 19, 1894; nine children. Anne died in 1927. Remarried in 1933 to Mary Belle McKinnon of Vancouver. Retired to live in Vancouver in 1930. Died on July 27, 1940.

Additional Photos:
Alberta past and present, v. 2, p. 35


Source of Text:
Alberta past and present v. 2, p. 36-41
History of the Province of Alberta v. 1, p. 600-601
Rogers, Edith. History made in Edmonton, p. 43-46
Edmonton Bulletin, July 29, 1940, p. 1

 
 
 McNamara, William J.

Born in Renfrew, Ontario, on December 27, 1879. Educated at Saint Laurent College, Montreal. Came to Alberta in 1886. Formed a partnership with Lorne York in 1905 to establish a real estate firm. Firm bought choice subdivision land and built house on it. McNamara acquired real estate in Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Edmonton, and farm land in other parts of Alberta. Elected mayor of Wetaskiwin in 1909. Elected mayor of Edmonton in December 1913 but unseated, together with alderman East, on charges of conflict of interest in October 1914. Was the first teacher at Lone Spruce School (a boys' school) on 103 Street when hired in 1900.

Additional Photos:
Men and makers of Edmonton

Source of Text:
Men and makers of Edmonton

 
 
 Melnychuk, Janice

Born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1953? Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Anthropology), University of Alberta. Lived in Edmonton all her life. Owned a catering business, By Janelle. Public school trustee, Ward B, 1995-2001 (2 terms). President, Vice-President, Newton Community League. Married to Ed. Two children.

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Source of Text:
EJ, October 23, 2001, p. B3
City of Edmonton web page

 
 
 Menzies, Dudley Blair

Born on January 2, 1906 in Scotland. Came to Edmonton with his parents in 1908. Attended Strathcona High School. Civil engineer by occupation. B.Sc. in civil engineering, University of Alberta, 1931. Degree in sanitary engineering, Harvard University, 1939. Worked for City of Edmonton Engineering Department prior to his appointment as public works commissioner in 1945. Retired from this position in 1971 to run for alderman. Member of Knox United Church. Married to Bess. Two children. Bess died on August 2, 1982.

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Aldermanic biographies
Edmonton Journal, August 2, 1982, p. D10

Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies
Edmonton Journal, August 2, 1982, p. D10

 
 
 Millar, John H.



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Greater Edmonton number p. 17, 94

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 Miller, Abe W.

Born in Hungary. Immigrated to Canada in 1899. Came to Edmonton in 1914; was member of the first graduating class of the University of Alberta law faculty. Called to the bar in 1925; later became senior partner of Miller, Miller, Witten and Vogel law firm. Named King's Counsel in 1941. Liberal member of Alberta Legislature , 1955-1959. Served on boards of Royal Alexandra Hospital and Edmonton Exhibition. First vice-president of Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. Member of the United Nations Association, Scientific Research Advisory Board, Canadian Association of Retarded Children, and the Masonic Order. Died on September 30, 1964, aged 67. Survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter.

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Edmonton Journal, October 1, 1964, p. 1,2


Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 1, 1964, p. 1,2


 
 
 Milner, Stanley A.

Born in Calgary in 1930. Graduate of the University of Alberta. Professional engineer and petroleum executive. Founder and president of Chieftain International Inc. Director, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Alberta Energy Company Ltd., Canadian Pacific Ltd. Over the past twenty years served as director of a dozen public corporations including the Delhi International Oil Corporation of Dallas, Texas, the Canadian Surety Company, Canadian Permanent Trust Company, Wardair, Banister Continental, Canadian Pacific Air Lines, and seven oil industry related Alberta firms. Served on the Board of Governors, University of Alberta, Edmonton Public Library Board, Edmonton Petroleum Club, and Edmonton Exhibition Association. Served also as president of Independent Petroleum Association of Canada. Founding member of Alberta Heritage Foundation. As Chairman, Edmonton Public Library Board from 1963 to 1968, was the main driving force behind the construction of the downtown library, which came to be known as the Centennial Library but was never officially named as such. In the spring of 1996 he agreed to head the Library's first corporate fund-raising campaign and started it with a personal donation of $250,000. The Library was renamed the Stanley A. Milner Library in August 1996. Received the Alberta Order of Excellence on November 23, 1995. Presented with an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta in 1994. Currently lieutenant-colonel of the South Alberta Light Horse (RCAC) Reserve. Married, two children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, March 22, 1972, p. 49
Edmonton Journal, March 4, 1987, p. B5
Edmonton Journal, August 20, 1996, p. B12
Calgary Herald, May 16, 1995, p. D3

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, March 22, 1972, p. 49
Edmonton Journal, March 4, 1987, p. B5
Edmonton Journal, August 20, 1996, p. B12
Calgary Herald, May 16, 1995, p. D3

 
 
 Mitchell, Frederick John

Born in Stratford, Ontario, December 4, 1893. Educated at Berlin (now Kitchener) Collegiate and Technical Institute. Worked as stenographer in a bank after leaving school. Registered industrial accountant. Moved to Edmonton in 1914. Served overseas in World War I. Worked for Oliphant-Munson Collieries, later the Sterling Collieries Co. Ltd., for thirty years in charge of copper and gold prospecting. Built his house in Highlands in 1936 (bought the lot from the City for $650 after it had been ceased from Magrath-Holgate for tax arrears in 1922) and lived there until his death. Provincial singles tennis champion and six-time Edmonton singles champion. Fred Mitchell Classic Master named in his honor. Quit playing his second sport, badminton, at the age of 84, because he wanted to "concentrate on tennis" and badminton "interfered with his serving." Member of Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy for fifty years. Married Adele Louise in 1922. Two children. Died on December 25, 1979.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, December 29, 1979, p. B1

Source of Text:
Edmonton historical walking and driving tour, Highlands, p. 16
Edmonton Journal, December 29, 1979, p. B1

 
 
 Morris, Joseph Henry

Born in Blenheim, Ontario, on July 12, 1868; son of John K. and Sarah (nee Green) Morris. At age seventeen, after finishing his public school education, came west to Medicine Hat and then Lethbridge where he was manager for J.H. Cavanagh, general merchant, until 1895. In 1897 opened his own business, J.H. Morris & Company, in Edmonton. Also established a wholesale grocery in 1898 in affiliation with A. Macdonald Company. President of Lethbridge Board of Trade and alderman on Lethbridge City Council. President of Edmonton Board of Trade and Edmonton Exhibition Association. Member of the Masonic Order, I.O.F., and the Church of England. Married to Margaret Drummond Jardine in June 1895. Four children. Was the owner of the first automobile in Edmonton (brought to town on May 25, 1904). In 1905, when car licence plates were introduced in Alberta, received Alberta licence plate number 1 made of leather. Died in 1937. Wife Margaret died in April 1965.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton, the way it was. Photo no. 68.


Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 2, p. 1034-1035
Edmonton Journal, April 26, 1965, p. 11
Edmonton Journal, May 21, 1989, p. C3

 
 
 Mould, James William

Born in Kent, England, on December 14, 1870; son of John Ennes and Rebecca Mary (nee Wheden) Mould. Family moved to Winnipeg in 1872 where he attended North Ward School. Learned plumbing business with firm Plaxton Brothers in Winnipeg with whom he was employed until 1889. Started his own business, Winnipeg Plumbing & Heating Company, in 1901. Amalgamated with three other firms in 1904 to form Standard Plumbing & Heating Company with offices in Winnipeg and Edmonton. Manager of Edmonton office since April 1906. Member of Masonic Order, Baptist Church. Liberal in politics. Married Margaret Lefley in September 1895. Four children. Died in 1944. Wife Margaret died on December 5, 1978; she would have been 105 years old on January 11, 1979.

Additional Photos:
Greater Edmonton number, p. 17


Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 2, p. 1003
Edmonton Journal, December 7, 1978, p. D4

 
 
 Munro, John R.



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Edmonton Journal, November 8, 1945, p. 9

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