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Wates, Cyril Geoffrey

  • AR-MS-48
  • Person
  • 1883 - 1946

Cyril Geoffrey Wates was born in Brixton, greater London, England on July 18, 1883. He immigrated to Canada and worked for the City of Edmonton Municipal Telephone System, 1909-1946, rising to maintenance foreman. He was an enthusiastic participant in the worlds of music, mountaineering, astronomy, and writing. He was choirmaster of St. Stephen's Anglican Church and a composer of songs, including a comic operetta, "The telephone girl and the toff". He joined the Alpine Club of Canada in 1916, participated in twenty summer camps and climbed more than fifty peaks, including the first ascent of Mount Geikie in 1924. He was chairman of the Edmonton Section, 1925 and 1932-1935, western vice-president and president, 1938-1941. He received a Fellowship in the Canadian Geographic Society in 1939. He was also responsible for the publication of an Alpine Club songbook, Songs of Canadian climbers, and the construction of an alpine hut in the Tonquin Valley, now named for him and a colleague, E.R. Gibson, the Wates-Gibson Hut. He was regarded as one of Canada's most outstanding amateur astronomers, building several telescopes, including a 12.5 reflector that he presented to the University of Alberta in 1942.He served as President of the Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, 1938 and received the Chant Medal from the society "for outstanding amateur contribution to astronomy in Canada". His writing included professional reports in telephone engineering, articles relating to his mountaineering and astronomical interests, stories and plays, including a series of science fiction short stories and a novel, published in Amazing Stories, 1927-1930. He was married twice, first to Alice Reeves, sister of the Edmonton photographer Gladys Reeves, from 1923 until her death in 1943; secondly to Helen Adela Burns, from 1944 until his death in Edmonton, February 2, 1946. Helen (Burns) Wates was born in Caledonia ON on December 21, 1899. She moved to Edmonton AB, where she was a school teacher and vice-principal,1921-1959. She was an active mountaineer, including in her achievements the first ascent by a woman of Mount Edith Cavell and was also active in the girl guide movement, St John's Ambulance Brigade and the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service in World War II. She died on September 20, 1974. This fonds consists of publications, plays, and newspaper articles written by Cyril Wates, as well as assorted correspondence and records relating to the Edmonton chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada. Also contains an article and correspondence of Helen Adela (Burns) Wates and photographs of Helen Adela (Burns) Wates' family, ca. 1870-1880, Cyril Wates' telescope, 1942 and mountain climbing activities, ca. 1924-1938.

Webb, Joseph

  • AR-MS-49
  • Person
  • 1880 - [ca. 1960]

Joseph Webb was born in London, England in May 1880. He joined the British Army in October 1898 and served in the Boer War. After moving to Canada, he married Alice Beatrice Miller, of York, England in Edmonton, Alberta on September 27, 1910. He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force on December 12, 1914 and served in France. He was discharged on April 27, 1919. While he was in service, his wife lived in Hull, England. They lived in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1940. He died ca. 1960.

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.

Whelpley, Albert W.

  • AR-MS-1039
  • Person
  • 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.

Wiggins, Frank William

  • AR-MS-754
  • Person
  • 1889-1974

Frank William Wiggins was born in London, England 3 Oct 1889. He was a civil servant in England before immigrating to Canada. He worked in Manitoba and southern Alberta, then at the Swift Canadian Company in Edmonton, Alberta, as a cashier. He enlisted on 16 Feb 1916, having been a member of the 101st Edmonton Fusiliers. He served in A Company, 49th Battalion, C.E.F., received the Military Medal at the Second Battle of Cambrai for bravery, attained the rank of sergeant and was in Mons at the Armistice 11 Nov 1918.
After the war he homesteaded near Barrhead, Alberta, and later became Secretary-Treasurer for the Lac Ste. Anne School Division.

Wilkins, Gordon A.

  • AR-MS-1184
  • Person
  • 1891-1947

Gordon Wilkins was born 26 Jun 1886 to Harriet and Richard Wilkins in York (Toronto), Ontario. By 1909 Gordon was in Edmonton working as jeweler and watchmaker at Kline’s Jewelry and he was boarding at 547 Clara Street.

Gordon married Edna L. Tomlinson in Edmonton in 1912. They had two children, Wayne and Lenora, and the family moved to a home near 105 Avenue and 102 Street. By 1921, Gordon and Edna divorced. Gordon moved to Toronto, Ontario with the children, and Edna remained in Edmonton.

Gordon married Kathleen Jacob on 1 Jan 1924 in Toronto, Ontario. Gordon and Kathleen had one son, Ross.

Gordon Wilkins died on 11 Nov 1947.

Wilkins, Mr. W.H.

  • AR-MS-129
  • Person
  • [189-?]-[19--]

W.H. Wilkins, a resident of North Vancouver B.C., owned property in the Parkdale district of Edmonton in the early 1900s. Nothing more is known about Mr. Wilkins.

William Hamilton Architect Ltd.

  • AR-MS-740
  • Corporate body
  • 1968-current

The creator of these records was Woolfenden Group Architects, a predecessor of the firm William Hamilton Architect. The project leader, and principal of the firm at the time, was Brian Woolfenden, who practiced architecture in Edmonton for approximately thirty years, ca. 1966-1995. Other key members of the project team were David Brookes, specification writer and responsible for project documentation, and Dennis Hooke, technologist, who was responsible for, among other things, preparing the drawings.
Woolfenden Group Architects was hired to dismantle the Alberta Hotel by the City of Edmonton, which wanted to preserve key building components for its eventual reconstruction.

Williams, Margaret

  • AR-MS-178
  • Person
  • n.d.

Margaret Williams came to Edmonton with her husband, Stanley, in 1943. She was active in the Anglican church and in the scout and guide movement, as well as many other charitable organizations. Her husband was assistant editor of the Edmonton Journal and together they co-authored a travel series in the paper.

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