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.


 O'Connor, Charles Gerald

Born in Walkerton, Ontario, on December 3, 1890; son of Frederick Sheppard and Isabella M (nee Hamilton) O'Connor. Educated at Walkerton Public School, Edmonton High School and Alberta College. Osgoode Hall, Toronto, 1912-1913. Read law with Griesbach and O'connor in Edmonton; called to Alberta bar in 1913. King's Counsel, 1939. Served in WWI, 1915-1918, with Canadian Machine Gun Corps. Elected to Alberta Legislature in 1935. Justice, Exchequer Court of Canada. Married to Victoria Mary Smith on September 4, 1920. Two children. Freemason. Anglican in religion.

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

Source of Text:
Canadian Who's Who, v. IV, 1948, p. 722

 
 
 Ogilvie, James Harwood

Born in Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, on March 12, 1893. Attended Colchester Academy in Truro, Nova Scotia. Came to Alberta in 1912. Worked as farmer help, labourer and life insurance salesman before entering University of Alberta in 1914 to study law. Practised law in Edmonton for 57 years. King's Counsel. Active member of the Progressive Conservative Party; ran unsuccessfully in 1935 election for Edmonton West. Member of Edmonton Exhibition Association, United Church of Canada, and the Masonic Order. Died on March 15, 1977. Survived by wife Jessie, two sons and one daughter.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, June 24, 1970, p. 15
Edmonton Journal, March 17, 1977, p. 23

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, June 24, 1970, p. 15
Edmonton Journal, March 17, 1977, p. 23

 
 
 Olsen, Lawrence Oliver (Buck)

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on June 12, 1926; son of Edward Olai and Lillian (nee Lundberg) Olsen. Educated at Prince Albert Collegiate Institute and University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (B.Sc. in civil engineering, 1949). Engineer with Phillips, Stewart, Phillips in Saskatoon, 1940-1950; engineer, Phillips, Hamilton & Associates in Edmonton, 1950-1953. Obtained commission to practise land surveying in prairie provinces. Partner, Hamilton & Olsen, land surveying company, 1953-1962; president, Hamilton & Olsen Surveys, 1963-. Member of Rotary Club of Edmonton; elder and steward, Garneau United Church. Married to Audrey May Dawson on September 24, 1949. Three children.

Additional Photos:
City of Edmonton municipal manual, 1977-80, p. 9


Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies
Who's who in Alberta, 1978-79, p. 365
Edmonton Journal, November 4, 1971, p. 5