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Agar, Andrew B.
Person · 1865-1948

Andrew B. Agar was born in Ontario on January 9, 1865 to Thomas and Jane Agar. On December 2, 1891 Andrew married Clara Louis Zinkan in Ontario. Andrew worked in a hardware store in Owen Sound, Ontario.
Andrew and Clara moved to Edmonton ca. 1906. Andrew, along with his brother J.S. Agar, opened a hardware store on Namayo Ave.
In 1908 Andrew was a candidate in the civic election in Edmonton and was elected Alderman on December 14, 1908. In 1911 Andrew became city commissioner for the City of Edmonton. In 1917 Andrew and his family moved to a farm southwest of Edmonton, where he lived until his retirement in 1938.
Andrew and Clara had four children, Egan, Frances, Edward Lloyd, and Carlyle “Carl”. Andrew died on August 13, 1948 in Edmonton.

Ainlay, Harry
AR-RG-6-S-1 · Person · 1887-1970

Harry Ainlay was born in Brussels, Ontario in 1887. After earning a teacher’s certificate, he came to Alberta in 1907, spending time around Stavely before moving to Edmonton in 1912. After several years in real estate, Harry Ainlay returned to teaching in 1920, working at Queen Alexandra High School, Garneau High School, and Strathcona High School.

Harry Ainlay first ran for office as an Alderman in 1930, but was defeated. He was first elected as an Alderman in 1931 for a two year term. He was re-elected in 1933, but lost in the 1935 election. He ran for mayor in 1935, 1936, and 1937, but was defeated each time. He returned to municipal politics, and won a seat as an Alderman in 1941 and again in 1943. Halfway through his term as Alderman he stepped down and ran for Mayor in the 1945 election. He won, and served as Mayor until 1949.

Apart from municipal politics, Harry Ainlay ran a number of unsuccessful Provincial campaigns in both Alberta and British Columbia, under the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. He was also involved in the Yellowhead Route Association in the 1940s and 1950s.

Due to health concerns, Harry Ainlay left Edmonton and moved to British Columbia. He passed away in Haney, British Columbia in 1970.

Anderson, Ethel Cameron
AR-MS-378 · Person · 1890 - 1982

Ethel Cameron Anderson was born in 1892 and was one of the seven women who enrolled in the newly established University of Alberta in 1908. She was a long-time resident of Edmonton and taught at the Strathcona High School. She retired from teaching in 1953.

Anderson, Peter
AR-MS-218 · Person · 1868-1945

Peter Klaus Anderson was born in Havendrup, Svendborg on the island of Funen, Denmark, 24 Apr 1868 to Niels Jorgen Anderson and Anna Clause. He immigrated to Canada in 1888, first working in Winnipeg, then later hunting and trapping in northern Manitoba. He arrived in Edmonton about 1891 and by 1901 had established his own brickyard, called the Anderson Brickyard in Strathcona.
Me married Mary Anne Allen on 2 Jan 1895 and they had four children, Jennie, Albert (Bert), Ethel and Francine.
He enlisted, wrote the military officer’s examination and joined the 101st Edmonton Fusiliers in 1907, which went on active service as the 9th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. In 1914 he was part of the first contingent of Canadian soldiers in World War I to go overseas serving as a major in the 3rd Canadian Brigade. In England his regiment was dismantled and Anderson was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, Queens Own Regiment. He was taken prisoner on 24 Apr 1915, during the second battle of Ypres in Belgium and spent three months in a German prisoner-of-war (POW) camp. He escaped from the German prisoner-of-war camp at Bischofswerda, near the Bohemian border with Austria-Hungary. He travelled on foot and by rail to Flensburg, in Schleswig, then walked across the border to Denmark. He made his way back to England where he was then received by the King of England and decorated. He was the first Canadian to successfully escape from a German POW camp.
He subsequently served with the Canadian Training Division, Shorncliffe, England as Officer Commanding, Sniping and Scout Classes, with military intelligence and in the Allied intervention in northern Russia during the revolution. He was a Lieutenant Colonel at his discharge. He returned to live in Edmonton, Alberta.
Mary Anne Allen Anderson died 24 Jun 1931 and Peter retired to Vancouver, B.C. Peter Anderson died 6 Aug 1945.

Andrekson, Margaret Weir
AR-MS-733 · Person · 1927-2011

Margaret Weir was born in Edmonton in 1927 to Scottish immigrants. Her parents would also have a son after Margaret, William. Margaret attended Westglen High School before attending the University of Alberta. She would graduate with an English degree in 1949.

Margaret would then work as a reporter for the Edmonton Bulletin soon after her graduation. Later in 1949, Margaret married Alexander Andrekson. The couple would raise five children together.

Margaret was well-known for her volunteerism, a career she began in 1954 with the Junior League of Edmonton. In the later 1960’s and early 1970’s, she became a leader in both local and international settings in the charitable organization of women that promotes volunteerism. She would put in hours for a variety of organizations including the Edmonton Symphony Society, the University of Alberta Senate and Board of Governors, U of A hospitals, the Winspear Foundation, and the Edmonton Civic Centennial Committee, among many others.

Margaret would receive many awards in recognition of her volunteerism. Among the many awards and citations, she received an honorary degree from the University of Alberta in 1987, the Order of Canada in 1996, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and was inducted into the Edmonton Hall of Fame in 2007.

In 2011, Margaret Weir Andrekson passed away at the age of 83.

AR-MS-763 · Person · 1992-current

The donors of the records were private citizens who wished to remain anonymous.

Arends, Peter C.
AR-MS-605 · Person · n.d.

Mr. Arends was a resident of Edmonton where he earned his B.Ed. and C.E.T. He was employed as a draftsman and then as an instructor of Architectural Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He has since moved to Ontario and joined the Algonquin College of Arts and Technolgy.

Argue, Lois
AR-MS-417 · Person · n.d.

Lois Argue has been a resident of Edmonton since 1941 and came to be associated with the Municipal Airport and the Alaska Highway and North West Staging Route. She was one of the first members of the R.C.A.F. 700 Wing and other military organizations. She is an avid collector of history and a photographer of everything "that was going to be no more", documenting historic buildings and events in and around the city. She has written for various media and for many old Edmonton families and compiled scrapbooks on many historical events. She has been the historian for the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Descendants and a member of the Edmonton Historical Registry.

Armstrong, Bruce
AR-MS-63 · Person · [18--?] - [19--?]

Bruce Armstrong was a carpenter and joiner that owned land in the City of Strathcona ca. 1912.

Arnold, Norman C.
AR-MS-389 · Person · [ca. 1895] - 1952

Norman Arnold was born ca. 1895 and served with the 49th Regiment in World War I. After his return to civilian life he became a fireman with the City of Edmonton, becoming Captain of the force before his death in 1952.