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Kells, Edna

  • AR-MS-10
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1880-1947

Adelaide Edna Kells was born 10 Jan 1880 in Artemesia, Ontario (now known as Markdale) to Mariane Glassford and Thomas Kells.
Edna Kells became one of the foremost women's editors in western Canada. She worked in newspapers in Winnipeg before coming to Edmonton, where she worked as the South Side reporter for the Edmonton Journal. In 1915 she was appointed Women's Editor, a position she held until her retirement in 1929.

She moved to Victoria, B.C. after retiring. Edna Kells died on 20 Jun 1947.

Rutherford, Alexander Cameron

  • AR-MS-100
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1857-1941

Alexander Cameron Rutherford was born in Osgoode, Carleton County, Ontario, on February 2, 1857 to James and Elizabeth (Cameron) Rutherford. His parents emigrated to Canada from Aberfeldy, Scotland in 1855. He was educated in the public and high schools in Metcalfe, Ontario and attended Woodstock College. He taught school for a year and then attended McGill University in Montreal where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees in 1881. He articled with Sir Richard Scott in Ottawa, was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1885 and immediately went into the partnership of Hodgins, Kidd and Rutherford with offices in Ottawa and Kemptville. In 1888 he married Mattie Birkett and they had two children, Cecil, and Hazel.
He came west to South Edmonton (later Strathcona), North-West Territories in 1895, set up a law practice and became active in local politics. He served as Secretary of the local school board for nine years. With the incorporation of the Town of Strathcona, he became Secretary-Treasurer in 1899, serving until 1905. After two defeats in 1896 and 1898, he was elected to the North West Territories Assembly in 1902, serving until 1905. During this period he was Deputy Speaker.
In 1905, he was called to lead the first government of Alberta. Dr. Rutherford also held the portfolios of Provincial Treasurer and Minister of Education. In 1906, he introduced a bill which founded the University of Alberta and also founded the Provincial Normal School. In recognition of his efforts to establish higher education in the new prairie province, the University of Toronto awarded him an LL.D. in 1907. He resigned as Premier on May 26, 1910
He continued to take an interest in higher education the University of Alberta. In 1924 he was appointed the West Member of the Board of Governors for McGill University. He was elected Chancellor of the University of Alberta in 1927 and continued in that position until his death on June 12, 1941.

Whelpley, Albert W.

  • AR-MS-1039
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1912-2005

Albert Whelpley was born 31 Oct 1912 to Annie and Arthur Whelpley in Edmonton. Albert married Ruth K. Hanson in 1937 in Edmonton. Albert worked for the Canadian National Railway (C.N.R.) from age 15 until retirement at age 60. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Highland Golf Glub.
Albert Whelpley died 13 March 2005 in Edmonton.

Perrin, Isabel

  • AR-MS-105
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1903-2007

Isabel P. Perrin was born in 1903, possibly in Alberta. She married J. Murray Perrin and they lived in Edmonton. Isabel worked as a secretary and Murray worked as service technician. At the time of donation, both Isabel and Murray were retired.

J. Murray Perrin died in 2003. Isabel Perrin died in 2007. They are buried at the Westlawn Memorial Garden Cemetery in Edmonton.

Waddell, Kathleen

  • AR-MS-1060
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1915-2011

Kathleen Waddell was born 12 Mar 1915 to Nora and Robert Waddell in Edmonton. She worked as a stenographer in Edmonton. In 1943, she joined the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS or ‘Wrens’) at HMCS Nonsuch in Edmonton. After training in Galt, Ontario, she was stationed in Halifax, NS at the Stadacona Barracks, often referred to as HMCS Stadacona. The Wrens were disbanded in August 1946. Kathleen returned to Edmonton and worked as a stenographer but remained active in the Wrens Association all of her life. Kathleen retired in the late 1960’s and moved to Vancouver.
Kathleen Waddell died 3 Nov 2011 in Vancouver.

McCuaig, Hazel Rutherford

  • AR-MS-107
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1893-1992

Hazel Rutherford was born in 1893 to Alexander Cameron Rutherford and Mattie Birkett in Kemptville, Ontario. The family moved to Edmonton in 1895. Her father was the first premiere of Alberta.
She married Stanley Harwood McCuaig in 1919. Stanley McCuaig articled with Rutherford's law firm. They had four children: Eric Alexander, Ruth Elizabeth, Helen Rutherford and Harwood Stanley.

Hazel McCuaig worked for the preservation of Edmonton's heritage, retaining strong ties with the University of Alberta, and serving on a variety of civic committees.
Hazel Rutherford McCuaig died in 1992 and is buried at the Mount Pleasant Municipal Cemetery in Edmonton.

Conway, H. Jack

  • AR-MS-1070
  • Pessoa singular
  • [ca. 1920]-current

At the time of the first donation, H.J. ‘Jack’ Conway was a resident of Edmonton, retired and living with his wife Mary. Jack was an avid amateur photographer and member of the Edmonton Camera Club.

Mellec, David

  • AR-MS-108
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1958-1994

David Mellec was born in 1958 to Rose and Stanley Mellec in Edmonton. David worked as a labourer in Edmonton. David Mellec died 30 Jul 1994. He is buried with his parents at the Peaceful Pines Cemetery in Whitecourt, AB.

Gray, Henry Allen

  • AR-MS-1083
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1863-1939

Henry Allen Gray was born in 1863 in London, England. He lived in China for a time where his father was a commander in the British Navy. After his father died, Gray moved with his mother to Canada, arriving in Calgary in 1886, where he took up ranching before attending St. John’s College in Winnipeg in 1892.
In 1895 he was ordained by Bishop Pinkham in Calgary, and came north to Edmonton Parish in 1895 where he was appointed incumbent of Holy Trinity Anglican in Strathcona. In 1897 he became rector of All Saints’ Anglican Church in Edmonton. In 1907 he became Archdeacon of Edmonton. He became the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton in 1914.
Bishop Gray was dedicated to Edmonton’s youth. He ran a boys’ club for several years, then later a boys’ brigade and boys’ cadet corps. Eventually he took up working with the Boy Scouts movement. His work with young men led to his appointment as a juvenile court judge. He also served as Chaplain for the 19th Alberta Dragoons, and was a member of the Edmonton Public School Board for three terms.
In 1918 Bishop Gray married Georgina Widdy, deaconess at All Saint’s Cathedral in Winnipeg, and they had one daughter, Frances. Bishop Gray left Edmonton with his family in 1931 to retire in England. Bishop Gray died in 1939 in Suffolk, England. After his death, Georgina and daughter Frances returned to Canada, where they settled in southern Ontario.

Ellinger, John D.

  • AR-MS-1085
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1920-current

John D. Ellinger was born in 1920 Edmonton to Cyril and Dorothy Ellinger. John was in the Canadian military, as was his father (Capt. Cyril Ellinger 4th field Co. Canadian Engineers 1914-1918). John married Barbara sometime after 1940. Barbara Ellinger died in 1999.

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