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.


 Walker, James Burns

Born in Alberton, Wentworth County, Ontario, on March 23, 1874; son of a Presbyterian clergyman. Received education at Ontario public schools and Hamilton Collegiate Institute. Started career in insurance and finance business in Hamilton. Seven years in wholesale business in Montreal. Came to Edmonton in April 1904 and stared business as insurance, financial and commission broker. Liberal in politics; member of Edmonton Board of Trade.

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

 
 
 Walsh, Thomas J.



Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, February 12, 1912, p. 2

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 Ward (Kiviaq), David C.

Officially changed his name to his Inuit name 'Kiviaq' effective January 1, 2002.

Born in Chesterfield Inlet, N.W.T., on January 23, 1936, of Inuit mother and white father. Educated in Edmonton before receiving athletic scholarships to Northwestern State College in Louisiana and Washington State University where he majored in business administration. Former amateur boxer and football player (won 102 of 108 middleweight and lightweight bouts). Was president and managing director of Team Products before resigning in 1969 and establishing Aurora Agencies Ltd. Host of CJCA's open line program Nite-line. Voted most outstanding man in Alberta and Northwest Territories, 1968; won the Vanier Award in Ottawa that year as one of Canada's five most outstanding young men. Active in volunteer work; served on more than thirty volunteer organizations in Edmonton.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Journal, October 10, 1974, p. 18


Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, October 10, 1974, p. 18


 
 
 Weaver, Charles Yardly

Born in Liverpool, England, on June 9, 1884; son of Thomas Charles and Louisa J. Weaver. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Came to Alberta in 1903, working as farm hand and homesteading near Manville. Graduated from University of Alberta in law; admitted to Alberta bar in 1915. Went overseas with 49th Battalion in WW I; wounded three times. Awarded D.S.O. for service in France. Attained rank of colonel. Member of various clubs and associations. President of Red Cross Society, Alberta Football Association. King's Counsel. Elected Conservative member of Alberta Legislature in 1926. Re-elected in 1930. Member of Church of England. Married to Dorothy Mary Cobbett on January 15, 1912. Three children. Died of heart attack on October 2, 1930. Over 10,000 attended his funeral in Edmonton.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, October 2, 1930, p. 1

Source of Text:
Alberta past and present v. 3, p. 514-515
Edmonton Bulletin, December 10, 1921, p. 16
Edmonton Bulletin, October 2, 1930, p. 1, 15
Edmonton Bulletin, October 6, 1930, p. 1, 14

 
 
 Weinlos, Morris

Born in Austria on January 17, 1902. Immigrated to Canada in 1921. B.A. from University of Alberta, 1926; master's degree in surgery in Pennsylvania. Became member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1939; fellow of Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 1943. Clinical professor of surgery and pathology at University of Alberta. Chief of surgery and staff at Misericordia Hospital until retirement in 1967. Hospital's library named after him. Founded Weinlos Clinic in 1957. Served on board of Edmonton Exhibition Association, Edmonton Police Commission, Edmonton Symphony Society, University of Alberta Hospital. President of John Howard Society, United Way, Zionist Council of Edmonton and various others. Member of Beth Israel Congregation. Founding member of Edmonton Opera Society. Died on October 15, 1980. Survived by wife Merle and three daughters.

Additional Photos:
Aldermanic biographies
Edmonton Journal, October 15, 1980, p. A3

Source of Text:
Aldermanic biographies
Edmonton Journal, October 15, 1980, p. A3

 
 
 Werner, Will

Owner and manager of Werner's Hardware on the south side from 1913 until his retirement in 1945. Life member and president of South Side Businessmen's Association and life member of Acadia Lodge No. 11. Died in February 1964. Survived by one son and one daughter.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 8, 1924, p. 2

Source of Text:
Edmonton Journal, February 21, 1964, p. 41


 
 
 White, Lance Day

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on August 31, 1946. Son of Ralph and Lois G (nee McSorley) White. B.Sc. (civil engineering), University of Alberta, 1971. Worked as junior engineer, Cherry Engineering, 1972-1974; A.R. Mark Engineering, 1975-1978; partner/chief engineer, White & White Engineers, 1973-1983. Consulting engineer, Jacobsen, White & Hage Consulting Engineers, 1980-1988. Member of Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) since 1975. Elected to Alberta Legislature in 1993 as Liberal, Edmonton Calder. Married to Arlene Heather Jackson on April 25, 1970. Two children, Landon and Kyler.

Additional Photos:
CE; Alberta who’s who 4th ed., p. 418

Source of Text:
Alberta who’s who 3rd ed., p. 590; 4th ed., p. 418


 
 
 Wickman, Percy Dwight

Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on June 10, 1941. Educated at Northern Institute of Technology (business administration), 1969; University of Alberta (political science, pre-law program), 1971-1973; Alberta Vocational Centre, senior matriculation as an adult student. Severed his spine in 1964 in an industrial accident (when unloading boxcars as an employee of Western Grocers, one of the doors came off its tracks and fell on him) and was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Advertising manager, University of Alberta Students' Union, 1969-1971; founding president, C.U.P.E. Local, University of Alberta Students' Union staff; executive director, Handicapped Housing Society of Alberta, 1973-1976; national coordinator, Coalition of Provincial Organizations of the Physically Disabled, 1976-1977; chairman, Council of Canadians with Disabilities, 1976-1979; part-time instructor, Grant MacEwan Community College; self-employed consultant. Has been involved in numerous community groups; was co-chairman of Canadian Organization Committee for the International Year of Disabled Persons, 1981. First recipient of the NAITSA Neil Hutton Award; Provincial Achievement Award; named one of Canada's Outstanding Young Men; NAIT Friend of the Institute Award. Published an autobiography Wheels in the fast lane: a blessing in disguise in 1987. Elected to Alberta Legislature as Liberal, Edmonton-Whitemud, in 1989 (defeated then-premier Don Getty) and served as MLA until his retirement from politics in 2001. Named member of the Order of Canada in 2004 for helping advance the interests and rights of the disabled. Died on Saturday, July 3, 2004 from complications related to a brief but debilitating paraplegic-related illness. Survived by wife Silvia and son Ron.

Additional Photos:
Alberta public sector directory 1990, p. 127

Source of Text:
Alberta who’s who 2nd ed., p. 556; 4th ed., p. 419
Alberta public sector directory 1990, p. 127
EJ, July 5, 2004, p. A1, A14, B13

 
 
 Williamson, Samuel W.

Held partnership with his brother in Williamson Brothers, wholesale and retail butchers.

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


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 Wilson, Charles E.

Born in Brighton, Digby County, Nova Scotia, in 1879. "His father died when he was eleven years old, leaving him to earn his own livelihood and education. His practical knowledge of finance and business has been learned in the school of experience." (EB) Did contract work and lumber business before coming to Edmonton in 1905. Invested heavily in real estate and became a large property owner. Member of Westmount Presbyterian Church. Married, two sons.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 9, 1918, p. 8
Edmonton Bulletin, November 26, 1918, p. 3

Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 9, 1918, p. 8
Edmonton Bulletin, November 26, 1918, p. 3

 
 
 Wilson, Ethel Sylvia

Born on a farm by Sunnyside near Edmonton, Alberta, on February 13, 1902; daughter of Francis and Elizabeth (nee Spooner) Knight. Educated at Sunnyside Public School and Edmonton Business College. Moved to Edmonton in 1925 where she married but was left alone with three young children when her husband died 10 years later. Took a job as seamstress with Burns Meats Ltd. and held that position for 25 years until retirement in 1962. Active in labour organization at the plant; executive secretary, Edmonton Labor Council (C.C.L.) for six years. Labor representative on U.I.C. Panel of Appeals for eight years. Member of Business and Professional Women's Club. Elected to Alberta Legislature in 1959 for Edmonton North (later Edmonton Kingsway); re-elected in 1963 and 1967. Appointed minister without portfolio in 1962 (second woman in Alberta to be named a cabinet minister). Responsible for the passage of Bill 86 in 1967 that established the Women’s Bureau of Culture and Information. As a cabinet minister she led the development of Hilltop House in 1965, a hostel facility for needy women. Also pioneered a family aid program for persons with handicapped children and the annual Alberta Girls Parliament. Served on the boards of the Edmonton Public Library, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Health Board, Recreation Commission, Greater Edmonton Foundation, and the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Member of Social Credit Party. Pentecostal by religion. Married to David Wilson on December 29, 1925. Husband died in 1935. Three children. Died on Thursday, December 8, 1983.

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

Source of Text:
Canadian parliamentary guide, 1971, p. 492
Edmonton Journal, December 9, 1983, p. B1

 
 
 Wilson, Herbert Charles

Born at Picton, Ontario, on December 7, 1859; son of C.S. Wilson, Picton baker and broker, and Elizabeth (nee Biggar) Wilson. Educated at Picton High School and Upper Canada College; graduated from Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1878, and from Trinity Medical School in 1882. Came to Edmonton in 1882 to become Edmonton’s third physician. Opened an office at the corner of 105 Street and 99 Avenue, practising medicine upstairs and running a drugstore downstairs. Drugstore was later bought by Philip Daly, also an Edmonton alderman. Elected to Northwest Council in 1885 after defeating Frank Oliver. Remained member of the Council until its abolition in 1888 when he returned to the Assembly and became its first speaker. Retired from public life in 1891 due to poor health. President of Edmonton Liberal Conservative Association and Alberta Medical Association. Methodist by religion. Married to Emily Lee in September 1886. Died on December 17, 1909. Survived by wife and three children.

Additional Photos:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 17, 1909, p. 1, 12


Source of Text:
Edmonton Bulletin, December 17, 1909, p. 1, 12


 
 
 Wright, Gerald (Gerry) H.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, on March 11, 1929. Educated at McGill University, B.Comm. (incomplete), 1950; Sir George Williams University, Montreal, B.A. (sociology), 1962; University of Alberta, M.A. (graduate program in sociology), 1963-1970. Started career in advertising with Peterborough Examiner, 1950; advertising writer, Royal Insurance, 1950-1953; advertising manager, Canadian Aviation Electronics, 1953-1955; advertising manager, Canadian Tappan Gurney Stores, 1955-1956; account executive, Collier Advertising, 1956-1957; public relations secretary, Sir George Williams University, 1957-1963. Employed with University of Alberta first as assistant professor, 1963-1972, then associate professor, Community Resources Development & Public Affairs, 1972-.

Additional Photos:
A civic handbook, 1980-83, p. 30


Source of Text:
Alberta who’s who 1st ed., p. 461-462