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.


 Tanner, Byron Chester (Ches)

Born in Alberta on March 22, 1919. Master of Science in industrial management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Taught administrative and financial controls at University of Alberta's Banff School of Continuing Education for five years. Chartered accountant with B.C. Tanner & Co. since 1946. President of Lassiter Kuma Oils Ltd., Edmonton-based company with interest in natural gas exploration ventures. Also raised Charolais cattle on a ranch at Beaumont. Member of Canadian Institute of International Accountants of Alberta. Married, three children.

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


Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies
Edmonton Journal, October 4, 1978, p. E14

 
 
 Tanner, Harold E.

Born in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Served in WWI with 49th Battalion. Came to Alberta after WWI and was principal of schools in Stettler and Wetaskiwin. Moved to Edmonton in 1928. Teacher and principal with Edmonton Public School Board until retirement in 1958. President of Canadian Legion during and after WWII. Instrumental in setting up housing and educational benefits for returning servicemen. Liberal member of Alberta Legislature, 1952-1959 (one of seven MLAs at large for Edmonton). Moved to Victoria, B.C., in 1966 where he died at age 89 on June 28, 1982. Survived by wife Georgie and four daughters.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, November 6, 1947, p. 1

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, June 30, 1982, p. E2


 
 
 Taylor, Jim

Born in Montreal on June 4, 1947. Family moved to Alberta when he was two years old. Has lived in Edmonton since 1953. Graduated from Eastglen High School in 1965. Enrolled in the arts program at the University of Alberta but did not finish. Worked for Alberta Health Care and Attorney General's Department (Office of the Public Trustee) from1971 to 1982. Joined Ogilvie and Company in 1982 as a wills and estate planner. Before that worked with the office of the Public Trustee. He and his wife Barbara have lived in Ward IV for 10 years. No children.

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


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


 
 
 Thiele, David

46 years old (October 1998). Spent 21 years repairing city fire hydrants as employee of the city waterworks (now Aqualta, a division of Epcor), where he was also a local union executive. Former director of the Mill Woods Cultural and Recreational Facilities Association; past president of Ridgewood Community League. Married, three children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 20, 1998, p. B3
Edmonton Journal, October 14, 1998, p. B3

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 20, 1998, p. B3
Edmonton Journal, October 14, 1998, p. B3

 
 
 Tipton, John Gaddis

Born in Fairview, Illinois, on January 27, 1849. Educated at Hedding College, Abingdon, Ill. Admitted to Illinois bar in 1874. Came to Alberta in 1894. Established homestead near Big Island; also developed a coal mine. Admitted to Alberta in 1904. President of Tipton & Sons Investment Company, real estate and insurance firm. Served as alderman on Strathcona City Council, 1908-1911. Was a major supporter and force in amalgamation of Strathcona and Edmonton in 1912. Died on October 9, 1914. Survived by wife and two sons.

Additional Photos:
Men and makers of Edmonton

Source of Text:
Men and makers of Edmonton
Greater Edmonton number, p. 118
Edmonton Bulletin, October 9, 1914, p. 10