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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 Sanderson, George Pringle

Born in Ontario. Went to Winnipeg in 1877 where he worked as blacksmith before coming to Edmonton in 1881. In partnership with Edward Looby opened the second blacksmith shop in Edmonton (the first one was in the fort), but returned to Winnipeg where he married Julia Simpson. Returned to Edmonton and continued operating his blacksmith shop and later worked on bicycles. And harness making. Appointed Fire Chief on July 6, 1892. Elected alderman in 1893; continued as Fire Chief until February 1894. Appointed alderman on July 28, 1896 to fill vacancy caused by resignation of I. Cowie on July 6. Died in 1940. Three children.

Additional Photos:
An illustrated guide to Fort Edmonton Park, p. 49


Source of Text:


 
 
 Secord, Richard

Born in Brant County, Ontario, on July 19, 1860. Great-grandnephew of Laura Secord, heroine of War of 1812. Attended public schools in Brant County and took a course at Branford Collegiate Institute. Came to Edmonton on September 1, 1881 from Winnipeg, taking three months to walk with a team of Red River ox carts along the route of Grank Trunk Railway. Helped build the first public school in Edmonton in 1882. Taught native children in Pakan, Alberta, for one year; returned to Edmonton in 1883 and taught for four years at the school he built, at a salary of $800 per year. Worked as clerk for John A. McDougall. In 1888 established his own fur-trading business at Athabasca Landing where he remained for two years. Sold out to Hudson Bay Company in 1890 and returned to Edmonton to enter into partnership with John A. McDougall. Business was sold in 1906 to Duncan Bros. (later renamed Purvis Company Ltd.). Elected Conservative MLA to Northwest Territories Assembly in Regina, 1902-1904. Ran for the House of Commons in 1904 but was defeated by Frank Oliver. Introduced a bill that resulted in incorporation of Edmonton as a city in 1904 while serving as an MLA. Along with John A. McDougall arranged for financing for construction of Low Level Bridge; also financially supported the Thistle Rink, Misericordia Hospital and other projects. Guaranteed the payroll of Conservative-minded newspaper, The Journal, that was established in 1903 to compete with Frank Oliver's Bulletin. Married to school teacher Anna Ada York of Edmonton in 1891. Four children. Died on January 12, 1935. His wife died in 1951.

Additional Photos:
History of the Province of Alberta, p. 672

Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta, p. 673-674
Leonard, David, et. al. A builder of the northwest: the life and times of Richard
Secord, 1860-1935.

 
 
 Sheppard, Rice

Born in Lambourne, England. Started his business career at age 10 by working in a store in his hometown. Went into business for himself at Clapham, London, at he age of 21. Sold business and emigrated to Canada in 1897. Farmed in the area south of Edmonton. Served on Edmonton Exhibition Board; member of the executive of United Farmers of Alberta for 21 years. Member of the Masonic Order and the United Church. Died in Edmonton on August 26, 1947, at the age of 86. Survived by his wife, two sons and seven daughters.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, August 26, 1947, p. 1, 2.

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, August 26, 1947, p. 1, 2.

 
 
 Short, William

Born near Elora, Ontario, on January 11, 1866. Son of William and Mary (nee Faulkner) Short. Attended high school and University of Toronto. Came to Alberta in 1889. Articled to Senator Lougheed in Calgary, 1891-1894. Admitted to provincial bar in 1894. Practised law as member of Short, Cross & Biggar, as well as Short, Cross, McLean & McBride. Author of City Charter. Prominent Mason. Chairman of the Edmonton Board of Trade. A Conservative in politics. Enthusiastic motorist had one of the first automobiles in the city. Married Henrietta McMaster on February 7, 1900. Two children. Died on January 27, 1926.

Additional Photos:
Men and makers of Edmonton


Source of Text:
Alberta past and present v. 2, p. 176-177
Edmonton Bulletin, January 27, 1926, p. 1
Men and makers of Edmonton

 
 
 Simmonds, Charles Leonard

Born in Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire, England, on December 12, 1893. Educated at Dulwich College, London. Serve in the British Army for seven years and attained the rank of major. Awarded the Military Cross and Croix de Guerre during WWI. Came to Canada in 1921 and worked as rancher, salesman, and life insurance manager. Came to Edmonton in 1932 to work in insurance and real estate business. Founded Boysdale Camp at Sturgeon. Thirteen times president of Edmonton Community Leagues. Member of Edmonton Exhibition Association and Athletic Council of the Edmonton Boxing and Wrestling Commission. Died on November 12, 1962. Survived by wife Mary and one daughter.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 12, 1962, p. 1, 3.

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, November 12, 1962, p. 1, 3.

 
 
 Sloan, Linda

Linda Sloan has had a diverse professional career. As a practising registered nurse, she worked in plastic surgery, burns, emergency, and most recently, in hospice nursing. She led the Staff Nurse Association of Alberta, a provincial-based nursing union, during health care restructuring in the 1990s.

Linda has been recognized provincially and nationally by the nursing profession for her work on behalf of the profession and the public.

Linda's political career began in 1997, when she was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, serving as the Official Opposition Critic for Social Services, Child Welfare and Disability Programs until 2001. She was elected as City Councillor for Ward 1 on October 18, 2004.

She is an ardent bird watcher, dog lover and soccer player. She and her husband David have lived in Edmonton since 1983, and have two children.

Additional Photos:


Source of Text:
City of Edmonton Web Site.

 
 
 Sloane, Allan C.



Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, December 12, 1925, p. 8

Source of Text:


 
 
 Smith, Henry Richard (Dr. Harry)

Born in New Hamburg, Ontario, September 11, 1873; son of William C. and Henrietta (nee Mallett) Smith. Attended Collegiate Institute in Woodstock, Ontario, and Albert College in Haysville, Ontario. Graduated in medicine from Trinity University, Toronto, in 1899. Came to Alberta in 1901 and practised medicine in Star. Moved to Edmonton in 1903 and specialized in surgery. Appointed medical superintendent of Royal Alexandra Hospital in 1921. Held post until his death. Freemason, member of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a number of medical associations. Conservative in politics,; served as president of Edmonton Conservative Association. Member of Methodist Church. First married to Martha Doyle in 1901. She died in January 1903, leaving one daughter. Remarried to Mabel Rife in 1906. Two children. Died on October 24, 1928.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton official gazette, p. 9


Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 2, p. 857-858
Edmonton Journal, October 25, 1928, p. 13, 15
Edmonton Journal, October 27, 1928, p. 21

 
 
 Smith, Samuel Hardman

Born at The Grange, Hethersett, Norfolk, England, on July 22, 1868; son of James and Sarah (nee Sunter) Smith. Family emigrated to the U.S. in 1880 where his father farmed at LeMars, Iowa. Attended high school in Iowa. Farmed with father until 1897, then moved with his brother to Carberry, Manitoba, where he engaged in farming and later in real estate business. Came to Edmonton in 1901. Formed Western Realty Company, Ltd. Had interests in coal mining and other industrial enterprises. Vice president of Western Clays, Ltd.; vice president of Sandeman & Cope Company, Ltd. Member of Edmonton Club, Church of England. Liberal in politics. Married to Florence White in 1907.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 8, 1906, p. 6


Source of Text:
History of the Province of Alberta v. 2, p. 691-692

 
 
 Smith, William (Bill)

Born in Edmonton (Cromdale) on December 11, 1935 into a working family, the youngest of three children. Father James was an official with the Brewery, Malt and Soft Drink Workers Union. As a boy Bill travelled with his father to union conference and meetings. Mother Elizabeth was also involved with the union. Graduated from St. Joseph's Catholic High School in 1953. Started playing football in high school, later went on to play junior league ball with the Edmonton Wildcats and one year with the London Lords, a farm team for the Edmonton Eskimos. Defensive halfback with the Edmonton Eskimos, 1956-1963, playing with Jackie Parker, Rollie Miles and Don Getty. Named to a CFL all star team in 1960. Worked as a clerk for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. after high school graduation. In January 1960 opened B and D Tire Town store in Wetaskiwin with partner Doug Engstrom. By 1988 Tire Town was the 17th largest tire retailer in North America, with thirty-three stores in B.C. and Alberta with sales of $90 million and four retread plants. Financial pressure forced him to sell in 1990 to Kal Tire of Kelowna, B.C. In 1993 he and partner Engstrom helped set up Alberta Supernet, an Internet access company. Sold his interest in the company in 1994. Most recently worked as consultant with Foundation Group, a business brokerage firm run by his son-in-law. Has served on various boards, including the University Hospital, Newman Theological College, Edmonton Aviation Heritage Society, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, and the Kiwanis and Kinsmen Clubs. Director of the Variety Club. Present political affiliations: none. However, was a Liberal during the Trudeaumania years, then became a Mulroney Tory and later ran unsuccessfully for the Reform nomination in Edmonton Southwest before his first run at the mayor's chair in 1992. Married Marlene Trudel in 1957. Four children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 8, 1995, p. E3
Edmonton Journal, October 18, 1995, p. B7
Edmonton Journal, October 21, 1995, p. F1

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 8, 1995, p. E3
Edmonton Journal, October 18, 1995, p. B7
Edmonton Journal, October 21, 1995, p. F1

 
 
 Staroszik, Lillian J.

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, on May 19, 1943. Manager and full partner of Panther Oil Ltd., 1980- . Private Pilot of the Year Award (Edmonton and Alberta), 1974; Governor-General's Shield of Flying, 1976. Has served as volunteer with University of Alberta Hospitals, Norwood Readiness Centre and Trinity Day Care Centre. Chairman and vice chairman, Development Appeal Board, 1982-1983; was member Edmonton Municipal Regional Planning Commission, Downtown Development Corporation, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, and Edmonton Convention and Tourist Authority. Married, one child.

Additional Photos:
Alberta who’s who 3rd ed., p. 534; 4th ed., p. 372


Source of Text:
Alberta who’s who 3rd ed., p. 534; 4th ed., p. 372


 
 
 Strang, Colin F.

Born in Toronto, Ontario. Educated in grammar school in Hamilton. Travelling salesman for W. McGivern & Co., hardware dealers, until 1871 when he moved to Winnipeg. Worked as bookkeeper, later opened his own accounting office. Came to Edmonton in 1883 and soon became the leading city accountant. Manager of Lafferty & Moore's private bank, 1890; business manager of Moore & Macdowall, lumber and sawmill owners, 1893. Also secured interest in Ross Bros., a hardware firm. Secretary of the Edmonton Rifle Association in 1886.

Additional Photos:
MacGregor, J.G. Edmonton, a history. 2nd ed., p. 109


Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, January 4, 1894, p. 2

 
 
 Sutter, Charles William

Born in Toronto, Ontario, in November 1856; son of Jacob and Dorothy (nee Clockman) Sutter. Father was a marble and stone cutter in Geneva, Switzerland, before coming to Canada in 1842. Family moved to Perth County in 1862 to farm; father died in 1867, leaving Charles to look after himself. Worked on the home farm for three years, then four years as merchant tailor apprentice in Toronto. Moved to Winnipeg in 1875 to work for four years for Higgins & Young, leading merchants in that city. In 1879, together with James Ross and two others, walked to Edmonton with a horse and Red River cart carrying their provisions. The journey took 76 days. Partner in John Sinclair & CO., dry goods and grocery business. Firm dissolved in 1885. Returned to Winnipeg where he had a merchant tailoring business for four years. Moved to Edmonton again in 1891 and opened C.W. Sutter & Co., a tailoring firm. Appointed immigration agent in Edmonton in 1896. President of Old Timers' Club of Edmonton; prominent member of the Masonic Order, member of the Order of Odd Fellows. Married Mary Stuart in 1884. Two children.

Additional Photos:
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 60


Source of Text:
Souvenir of Alberta, p. 61
Edmonton Daily Capital, May 24, 1913, p. 4
Edmonton Bulletin, January 4, 1894, p. 2