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Anderson Family

  • AR-MS-18
  • Família
  • 1880-2007

Anderson, Robert Thompson 1880-1960
Anderson, Margaret “Greta” McPherson 1890-1979
Anderson, Malcolm Robert 1920-2007

Robert Thompson Anderson was born in Rapid City, Manitoba, on August 2, 1880 to William Anderson (1843- 1925) and Jane Struthers (1840-1907). William and Jane had four children: Clara Jane (1868- ), John (1873- ), Robert, and Walter (1883- ). In 1897, they moved west to Lemon Creek, in the Slocan Valley region of British Columbia. John also moved to the area to work as a druggist. By 1898, Robert had also moved to B.C. and was working in his brother's drug store. Robert became a prolific poet earning rave reviews and by 1900 The Slocan Drill was regularly publishing his poetry. One of his poems, titled The Message of Grief, on the death of Queen Victoria, was praised in both Toronto and Vancouver papers.

In 1905, Robert came to Edmonton and first worked at the W.H.Clark lumber company. By 1906, he joined the Edmonton Fire Department and became the Department's fourth staff member. In 1910, he married Isabella Edith McGhee (1888-1913) and they had one daughter, Clara Edith Anderson (1911-1933). Anderson continued to write poetry and his first book, The Old Timer & Other Poems, was published in 1909. Some of his poems were also published in the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Bulletin.

Isabella McGhee Anderson died in 1913. Robert enlisted in 1914 with the Alberta Dragoons and served for the duration of the First World War. His attestation papers list his marital status as widower and according to the article, "The Kipling of the Kootenays," Robert's military pay cheques were sent to his sister Clara who was the guardian of his daughter Clara Edith. In 1916 Robert received a military medal for great gallantry when on reconnaissance patrol for pushing forward under sniper fire and when his horse was shot, he carried on dismounted and brought back reliable and valuable information as the enemy position. He was discharged on 20 Apr 1919.

Robert married Margaret ‘Greta’ McPherson Grant, a Scottish immigrant, in May 1919. He also took a position with the City of Edmonton's Health Department as Quarantine Officer. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1947. He then served with the Corps of Commissionaires for eight years.

Many of Robert Thompson Anderson poems were inspired from his work or reflect his activities, family and heritage: The Fire Laddie’s Call Three, De Health Inspector, and The High Hills of Scotland. Anderson had two more books of his work published, Canadian Born & Other Western Verse (October 1913) and Troopers in France (December 1932).
Robert and Margaret had two children, Malcolm Robert and Ailsa Theresa.

Robert Thomspon Anderson died 3 Apr 1960 and is buried at Edmonton’s Westlawn Cemetery.

Haydak Family

  • AR-MS-145
  • Família
  • 1885-1975

Haydak, Maria Furjak 1887-1956
Haydak, Michael 1885-1975

Michael Haydak came to Canada from Hungary in 1903 at 18 years of age. He met his wife, Marie Furjak in Canada. They settled on a farm near Vilna in 1908 and Michael worked in B.C. lumber camps while his wife remained on the farm and cleared brush. The family carried out mixed farming, raising cattle for beef. There were 9 children of the marriage, including 2 sets of twins, five of whom survived to adulthood. Rosalie was the second youngest, later moving to Edmonton to work.

Maria Furjak Haydak died 31 Jan 1956. Michael Haydak died in 1975. They are both buried in the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery.
The farm stayed in the family, maintained by one son until his death in 1998.

Wankel, Dornan Family

  • AR-MS-515
  • Família
  • 1867-current

Dornan, Charles Denis [ca. 1940]-current
Dornan, Edward Patrick 1902-1962
Dornan, Mary Wankel 1904-1998
Wankel, Charles 1902-1970
Wankel, Emil 1867-1948
Wankel, Margaret Kellet 1872-1947

Mary Kathleen Cecilia Wankel, often known as ‘May’, ‘Mayme’ or ‘Mamie’, was born to Emil and Margaret Wankel on 2 May 1904, in Oak River, Manitoba. Mary had an older brother, Charles, whom the family called Charlie. Emil Wankel had a small hardware store in Oak River with partner J.J. Barr.

In 1909 the Wankel family moved south from Manitoba to the States, settling in Spokane, Washington, where Emil tried to have an apple orchard business. However within a year, he decided the apple orchard business was not for him. Emil had kept in touch with his former partner, J.J. Barr, who had recently moved to Strathcona, Alberta, and acquired the Ross Block on Whyte Avenue with the intention of establishing a hardware store.

In 1910, Emil moved the family to Strathcona, reunited with his partner and operated the Wankel and Barr Hardware Store. The family lived in a few different homes in Edmonton, but in 1912 a new home was constructed for the Wankels in Strathcona. The Bard and Carrigan families also lived in the neighbourhood. The Wankel home was in walking distance to St. Anthony's School at 76 Avenue and 106 Street.

Mary attended St. Anthony's School for grades three to eight. Then she went to the Third Street Separate High School for grades nine to 11. Mary also studied music, receiving first class honours in Piano at her Toronto Conservatory exams and was invited to continue studies in Toronto.

After grade 11, Mary went to the Normal School (teacher's college) and received her music teaching certificate in 1920. Mary began her teaching career in Vegreville, Alberta, returning to Edmonton a few years later, teaching at St. Anthony's School where she had been a student. A new brick school opened in 1925 and was later named Mount Carmel School.

Mary married Edward Patrick Dornan on 20 Apr 1933. They had three sons, Paul, Charles Dennis (Denny) and Gerald Edward (Gerry). She taught with the Edmonton Catholic Board for many years, was a dedicated member of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) and very involved with St. Anthony’s Church, including as the organist for 20 years. She was also very involved with the creation of a commemorative book for the 75th anniversary of St. Anthony's Church. Mary pursued many musical, artistic, and literary, and was a member of the Women's Musical Club of Edmonton. She was an active volunteer in many organizations, including the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary.

Mary was an avid writer and collector of family stories and community histories. Her work as a keeper of histories and stories culminated in a scrapbook-cum-manuscript covering predominantly the history of families in the Stratchona area and St. Anthony's Parish. She also created other scrapbooks pertaining to her Kellet, Wankel and Dornan families.

Dennis (Denny) Dornan was active in the Edmonton Junior Chamber of Commerce, including as Chairman of the Outstanding Citizen’s Committee. He cared for his widowed mother in her later years.

Edward Dornan died in 1962. Mary Wankel Dornan died 23 Mar 1998 and is buried at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Edmonton.

Pollard Family

  • AR-MS-42
  • Família
  • 1870-1958

Pollard, John Aloysius (‘Jack’) 1875-1958
Pollard, Joseph Francis (‘Frank’) 1870-1926

Joseph Francis (Frank) Pollard was born in 1870 to Bridget Maloney and Michael Pollard in the United States. His brother, John Aloysius Pollard was born in 1875, also in the United States. The Pollard brothers came to Edmonton in the 1890’s and by 1898 had established one of Edmonton's most successful brickyards, just west of the High Level Bridge in Walterdale. This business supplied the bricks that were used to build many of the prominent residences in Edmonton.

Adjacent to the site of the brickyard was Firmin Bedard's Tannery. Frank Pollard married Firmin’s daughter, Mary Ann (Annie) Bedard in 1901 in Edmonton. They had seven children – Rosa, Catharine, Harold, Charles, Mary, Clarice, Loretta, Joseph and Marie.

John Pollard married Nora Edith Lord in 1905 in Strathcona. They had six children – James, John (“Red”), William, Evelyn, Edith and Norah.

In 1914 the brickyard closed down temporarily with the onset of the First World War. In 1915 a North Saskatchewan river flood caused the business to cease operations. John Pollard later owned a garage in Strathcona and for a brief time he operated the Princess Theatre. Frank Pollard was an alderman on the last city council of Strathcona prior to amalgamation with Edmonton in 1913.

Joseph Francis (Frank) Pollard died in 1926 in Edmonton. John Aloysius Pollard died in 1958 in Edmonton.

Burrill, Field Family

  • AR-MS-340
  • Família
  • 1886-1980

Burrill, Emerson Luther 1886-1951
Burrill, Myrtle Irene Field 1887-1980
Field, Violet Scipeo 1896-1975

Emerson L. Burrill was born 30 Aug 1886 in Burgessville, Oxford County, Ontario, to Rebecca Burkett and Charles Burrill. He was the youngest of twelve children.

He grew up in southern Ontario, including the Oxford County and Beamsville areas. Emerson became a commercial teacher and in 1917, enlisted in the Canadian military in Ottawa. He was made a Corporal (No. 2098948) and assigned to No. 3 A.M.C. Training Depot (CEF). Over the next two years he encountered medical problems and was sent to the Queen's Military Hospital in Kingston, Ontario. He did not serve overseas. Emerson was discharged from the military on 7 Nov 1919.

Emerson Burrill next headed to western Canada. He worked in Vancouver, as a chiropractor, from 1921 to about 1925. However, this was a time before the medical practice was regulated and anyone who worked in the health care field, but was not a M.D., called themselves a chiropractor.

By the 1930's, Emerson went to Alberta. In 1934 Emerson L. Burrill married Myrtle I. Field in Edmonton. Emerson worked as a clerk at the Hotel Macdonald, and later for the CNR. Given the amount of music sheets in the fonds that have his signature, it is assumed that he was very musical.

Emerson L. Burrill died 15 Sep 1951 in Edmonton.
Myrtle Irene Field was born 23 Nov 1887 to Lydia Jane (Jennie) Phillips and James William Field in Teeswater, Ontario. Myrtle had three siblings - Thomas Harold, Ethel Louella and Alfred. By 1916, the family was living in Edmonton, Alberta. Myrtle was working as a teacher.

In 1934, Myrtle Irene Field married Emerson L. Burrill, in Edmonton. Myrtle Field Burrill was the proprietress of Field's Pharmacy on Fort Road. Given the amount of music sheets in the fonds that have her signature and annotations, it is assumed that she was very musical.

Myrtle Irene Field Burrill died 22 May 1980 in Edmonton.
Violet Scipeo Field was born about 1896 in Bacup, Lancashire, England to Edith and Rev. Thomas Boulanger Field.

By the 1920's Violet was working in London, England as a secretary at the Chelsea Hospital for Women. In late 1924, Violet Scipeo Field married Dr. Thomas H. Field in Middlesex, England. In early 1925, Violet moved to Edmonton to be with her husband.

Dr. Thomas H. Field, brother of Myrtle Field (above), was a prominent Edmonton surgeon, and at one point, was the President of the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Thomas and Violet S. Field had two children, Yvonne and Derek.

Violet Field, now known primarily as the second alderwoman of Edmonton, was also known as one of Edmonton's leading club women, and a strong advocate for social and welfare reform. Her involvements included being President of the Women's Canadian Club and Victorian Order of Nurses, chair of the Northern Alberta Division of the Navy League and the Red Cross. She served on Edmonton City Council in 1952-1953, and served as acting mayor in the absence of Mayor Hawrelak in 1952. Violet S. Field was also an accomplished pianist.

Dr. Thomas H. Field died in 1950. Violet Scipeo Field died 17 Dec 1975. They are buried in the Edmonton Cemetery.

Matthew McCauley Family

  • AR-MS-320-S-1
  • Família
  • 1850-1979

McCauley, Alexander J.H. 1876-1948
McCauley, Anne Cookson 1868-1948
McCauley, Frank 1888-1930
McCauley, Julia Alberta 1883-1966
McCauley, Lillian Bell 1877-1939
McCauley, Mabel Victoria 1883-1957
McCauley, Margaret Jane 1880-1979
McCauley, Matilda Benson 1875-1896
McCauley, Matthew 1850-1930
McCauley, Maud Muriel 1886-1941
McCauley, May Emeline 1884-?

Matthew McCauley was born 11 Jun 1850 to Eleanor Latimer and Alexander McCauley near Owen Sound, Ontario. Matthew first moved to Winnipeg in 1874, then to Fort Saskatchewan in 1879, and to Edmonton the following year.

In 1881, Matthew McCauley opened a butcher shop and a livery/cartage business. By 1890, he was no longer in the butcher business and the livery/cartage business became known as the M. McCauley Cartage, Feed and Sales Stables, eventually becoming the Edmonton Cartage Company. It was the only livery, cartage and stable business in Edmonton for many years and became an important part of Edmonton’s business scene. The livery was a both a stable where horses and teams could be hired and a stable for boarding privately owned horses. The cartage company was noted for hauling large heavy loads, including being known for bringing the first piano to Edmonton. Matthew McCauley sold the business in 1902.

Matthew McCauley was very involved in the community in early Edmonton. He organized Edmonton’s first public school in 1884. He was a founding member of Edmonton’s school board and served on it for 18 years. When Edmonton was incorporated as a town in 1892, he was elected Mayor by acclamation. He secured a charter from Ottawa for a municipal railway system – the first west of the Great Lakes. He was re-elected as mayor in 1893 and 1894.

In 1905, when Alberta became a province, he was elected to the first provincial legislature as a representative for the Vermilion area. He was a member of the provincial legislature until he was appointed as the Warden for Alberta’s first penitentiary. Matthew served as Warden from 1906 to 1911. He retired to Penticton, B.C. in 1912 to take up fruit farming. He returned to Edmonton in 1925 purchasing a 1000 acre farm in the Peace River District.

Matthew married Matilda Benson in 1875 and they had eight children – Alexander James Henry (1876-1948), Lillian Bell (1877-1939), Margaret Jane (1880-1979), Julia Alberta (1883-1966), Mabel Victoria (1883-1957), May Emeline (1884-?), Maud Muriel (1886-1941), and Frank (1888-1930). As the children grew, many were very active in the community including the choir of the First Presbyterian Church.

After Matilda’s death in 1986, Matthew married Annie Cookson in 1902. They had four children – George (born ca. 1901), Raymond (born ca. 1903), Jack (born ca. 1904) and Ada (born ca. 1906).

Matthew McCauley died 25 Oct 1930 at the age of 80 in Sexsmith, Alberta, and is buried at the Edmonton Cemetery.

Julia Alberta McCauley Norquay Family

  • AR-MS-320-S-3
  • Família
  • 1860-2003

Aylen, Bernard 1898-1968
Aylen, Elizabeth Norquay 1905-2003
Norquay, Alexander 1867-1939
Norquay, Julia Alberta McCauley 1883-1966

Julia Alberta McCauley was born 15 Mar 1883 to Matilda Benson and Matthew McCauley in Edmonton. Julia attended the first school in Edmonton.

In 2004, Julia married Alexander Norquay, son of an early Manitoba Premier, in Tofield, Alberta. Julia and Alexander had two daughters – Elizabeth (1905-2003) and Enid (1912). Julia was very involved in her community including bringing the Royal Lifesaving Society to Alberta and worked diligently for the Red Cross.

Julia Alberta McCauley Norquay died 3 Jun 1966 in Edmonton.


Elizabeth Norquay was born to Julia Alberta McCauley and Alexander Norquay 21 Aug 1905 in Edmonton. In 1933 Elizabeth married Bernard Aylen in Edmonton. They had three children – Peter, Marjorie, and Joyce.

Their daughter Marjorie married Hans van de Sande.

Byron, May Family

  • AR-MS-1192
  • Família
  • 1878-2001

Byron, Elizabeth (Betty) 1909-1986
Byron, Grace 1913-1995
Byron, Jane 1916-1920
Byron, Joseph 1915-2007
Byron, Louise Marrin 1884-1956
Byron, Percy 1878-1959
May, Florence Byron 1880-1956
May, Gilbert 1906-2001
May, George 1915-1990
May, Gustave 1881-1943
May, Gustave Jr. 1910-1964
May, Joseph 1908-1983

Percy Byron arrived in Edmonton from New York in April 1906 with the intention of ranching or farming. However he quickly realized there were no ‘photographic engraving’ businesses in the area at the time and he saw an opportunity. Within twenty-four hours of arriving in Edmonton, he arranged to have a ‘complete photographic engraving plant’ sent to Edmonton, and by August he was producing photographic images.

The following year, Percy’s brother-in-law, Gustave May, joined him in Edmonton and the Byron-May Company was formed. The photography and photographic engraving business was quite successful for the next decade, enjoying many commissions and professional accolades (see Edmonton Bulletin 1911 Anniversary Edition, p. 75).

Florence Byron, Percy’s sister who had married Gustave May in 1905, joined him in Edmonton with their infant son, Joseph. Percy Byron married Louise Marrin in 1908 while on a visit to New York and his wife also came to Edmonton. Both families enjoyed prosperity and success in Edmonton. Florence and Gustave May had three more children. Percy and Louise Byron had four children in Edmonton.

However, the Byron-May Company fell on hard times with the coming of World War I and the business was sold to McDermid Engraving in 1917. Both the Byron and May families returned to New York the following year.

Secord Family

  • AR-MS-46
  • Família
  • 1860-current

McFadyen, Lena Secord 1895-1993
Secord, Annie York 1868-1951
Secord, Isobel 1902-1993
Secord, Margaret Calder 1905-1980
Secord, Richard Henry 1860-1935
Secord, Richard Calhoun 1955-current
Secord, Richard York 1900-1987

The Secord family in Edmonton can trace its roots to the James Secord family of Ontario (1700's), and earlier to the Ambroise Sicard family in New Rochelle, New York (1600's).

Richard Henry Secord came to Edmonton as a young man from Ontario in 1881. He married Annie York and they had five children - Lillian Laura, Annie Helena (Lena), Imogene (Gene), Richard York, and Isobel.

Lillian Laura died in infancy. Lena Secord married Alexander McFadyen, Gene Secord married George Keltie, and Richard York married Margaret Calder.

Richard York Secord and Margaret Secord had one son, Richard David Secord, and one adopted son, Ken Kirsch Secord.

Richard David Secord married Delle Calhoun and they had seven children - Richard Calhoun, Christopher, David, Dean, Kerry, Laura, and Mark.

Heathcote Family

  • AR-MS-258
  • Família
  • 1894 - current

Henry Walter Heathcote, his wife Annie Selina and their four daughters came to Alberta from London, England in 1894. The family moved to a homestead close to Strathcona. Later the family, which had increased in size, moved to Edmonton where Henry Heathcote worked at the Imperial Bank.

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