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Waddell, Kathleen

  • AR-MS-1060
  • Person
  • 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.

Waddell, Orville

  • AR-MS-1173
  • Person
  • 1890-1925

Orville (‘Orie’) Waddell was born 10 Oct 1890 to Charles and ? Waddell in Abalene, Kansas, USA. He married Mary Rebecca (Beckie) Halderman on 1 Nov 1892 in Kansas, Missouri. They had one son – Otis.
Orville left for Canada in 1902 after hearing of land for sale at a remarkably low price. Upon arriving in Edmonton, Orville found work on a boat hauling coal up and down the North Saskatchewan River. Beckie and Otis arrived in Edmonton the following year. Orville homesteaded in the Pine Ridge area (near Heatherdown, Whitecourt, Alberta). Orville Waddell died 30 Nov 1925 and is buried at the Heatherdown Cemetery in Whitecourt, AB.

Wagner, William P.

  • AR-MS-244
  • Person
  • 1899-1986

William P. Wagner was born 1 May 1899 in Edmonton, to Philip and Amelia (Berg) Wagner. William had four siblings, Rudolph, Edward, Dorothy and Gertrude.
William attended Queen’s Avenue School and then Victoria High School. Upon graduation from Victoria High School in 1916, he completed six months training at the Camrose Normal School. The following year, at the age of 16 yrs, he began his teaching career in the one-room Castle School in the Fort Saskatchewan, AB, area. He served in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. Upon returning to Edmonton, he taught in Daysland and Viking, AB., then became principal of the high school in Mannville, AB. In 1929, he took a teaching position at the Strathcona High School. In the 1930’s, he attended the University of Alberta, earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees in education while teaching at Alberta College and the Edmonton Technical School at night.
In 1942 he enlisted in the Canadian Army, serving in the personnel section in Canada and overseas until his discharge with the rank of Major in 1946. Back in Edmonton he joined the Edmonton Public School Board as its first counselor and head of the board’s department of guidance. In 1950 he became the Assistant Superintendent of the school board, then Deputy Superintendent in 1954. He served as Superintendent of the School board from 1955 to 1964. Upon retirement in 1964, a school in Edmonton was named after him and he was given the Distinguished Service Award by the Alberta Teachers’ Association. The University of Alberta awarded an honorary doctor of laws to William Wagner in 1982.
William married Olinda Manz and they had three children, Dorcas, Elaine and William.
William P. Wagner died 6 Aug 1986.

Walker, Ella May Jacoby

  • AR-MS-52
  • Person
  • 1892-1960

Ella May Jacoby was born in Windom, Minnesota in 1892. She moved with her family to Dundurn SK when she was ten. She studied art at the Chicago Art Institute and attended the Northwestern University School of Music. She met her husband, Osmond James Walker, while the two were students at the University of Saskatchewan. They were married in 1918, lived briefly in Montreal, where her husband earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry at McGill University, and moved to Edmonton in 1920, where he joined the staff of the University of Alberta.
Ella May Walker was an accomplished author, musician, and artist. She wrote a novel entitled 'Fortress North', which dealt with the early history of the Edmonton settlement. She also wrote a regular column for the Edmonton Journal. Ms. Walker was also prominent in the local art, theatrical, and musical communities. She was one of the first members of the City of Edmonton Archives and Landmarks Committee.

Walker, Thomas

  • AR-MS-777
  • Person
  • 1881-1970

Thomas Walker was born 8 Feb 1881 at Barlieth, Ayrshire, Scotland. He came to Edmonton in 1905 and joined the staff at the City of Edmonton. In 1906 he took the position of Assistant Assessor and then was appointed City Assessor and Tax Collector in 1912. Thomas Walker held this position for 37 years until his retirement in 1949.
He married Margaret Brown in 1905 and then had five children - Jean, James, Margaret, Thomas and Mary.
Thomas Walker died 3 Mar 1970 and is buried in the Edmonton Cemetery.

Walsh, Thomas Alphonsus

  • AR-MS-796
  • Person
  • 1921-1986

Thomas Alphonsus Walsh was born in Edmonton in 1921 to Frank and Mary Walsh. In 1945, at the age of 23yrs, Thomas moved to Anchorage, Alaska to work as a clerk for Northwest Airlines. By 1957 Thomas had returned to Edmonton, was married to Shirley and working as a car salesman. At the time of donation, he was working for Miller Motors.
Thomas A. Walsh died in 1986 and is buried at the Mount Pleasant Municipal Cemetery.

Wankel, Dornan Family

  • AR-MS-515
  • Family
  • 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.

Ward, Henry G.

  • AR-MS-26
  • Person
  • 1913-1976

Henry Gerrie Ward was born in Edmonton 15 Jun 1913 to Muriel Louise Gerrie and Edward Henry Ward. He is the nephew of Samuel Archibald Dickson.
He graduated from the University of Alberta and taught in Edmonton from 1942-1974, serving as Assistant Principal of Victoria and Strathcona Composite High Schools, Principal of Bonnie Doon High School, 1958-1970, then director of personnel, 1972-1974, before becoming a sessional instructor in education administration at the University of Alberta. He was active in many professional, community and historical groups, often serving in leading positions. These included:

  • president of the Alberta High School Principals’ Association;
  • chairman of the Edmonton Public School Board high school enrichment committee,
  • member, Alberta Department of Education high school curriculum committee;
  • president and director, Rotary Club of Edmonton;
  • commodore, Pigeon Lake Yacht Club;
  • president, Historical Society of Alberta;
  • chairman & member, Edmonton Historical Board;
  • director, Old Strathcona Foundation;
  • director, Fort Edmonton Foundation.
    He married Janet Elizabeth Hanely on 5 Aug 1940 in Drumheller; they had two sons.
    Henry G. Ward died 30 Aug 1976 in Golden, BC.

Weber, George

  • AR-MS-95
  • Person
  • 1907-2002

George Weber was born in Munich, Germany in 1907. As a draughtsman, he trained in wallpaper design and display. He immigrated to Canada in 1929 and first settled in Toronto. He worked as a wallpaper designer and studied composition, colour and commercial silkscreen at the Ontario College of Art. He moved west during the Depression, working on farms before moving to Edmonton AB, where worked as a commercial printer for the Hamly Press and Reliable Printing. Weber lectured on the silkscreen process (serigraphy) at the University of Alberta in 1948 and in the early 1950s led workshops at the Edmonton Art Gallery.
He was a founder of the Edmonton branch of the Canadian Painters and Etchers and served as president of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Weber was one of the first Canadian artists to use silk-screening techniques as a fine art form. His silkscreen prints and watercolours became increasingly popular in the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1985 his serigraph of Moraine Lake was chosen by Canada Post for the $2.00 stamp commemorating the centennial of Canada's National Parks. He was represented by Canadian Galleries and ARTrageous Gallery in Edmonton, AB, and Canadian Native Prints in Vancouver, B.C. In 1976 he received the Edmonton Historical Board’s Recognition Award for his sketches and watercolours of historic buildings and sites in Edmonton.
He married Doris Evelyn ? and they had three children, Evelyn, Donna and Carol.
George Weber died on 26 Apr 2002 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Wetherill, John M.

  • AR-MS-193
  • Person
  • 1932-2009

John Michael Wetherill was born 18 Sep 1932 in Birmingham, England. John moved to Edmonton and had a career with the Alberta Government in radiation health protection. John served as a music instructor and organist at St. Joseph’s Basilica for 38 years and was an accompanist for the Richard Eaton Singers.
He was an avid photographer who focused on photography projects in his retirement including the documentation of churches in the Edmonton area, (many of which he had played in), as well as other public buildings and spaces.
John Wetherill died 12 Oct 2009.

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