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Computer Systems and Development Department

  • AR-RG-14-S-2
  • Pessoa coletiva
  • 1980-1983

The Computer Systems and Development Department was established in 1980, and dissolved in 1983 when it became a branch of the new Computing Resources Department. The Computer Systems and Development Department was responsible for developing computer systems in other departments. As written in the department’s 1983 business plan, “The purpose of the CSDSD is to maximize the effective and efficient utilization of information systems in pursuit of the long-range goals of the Corporation of the City of Edmonton.”

McLean, William Douglas

  • AR-RG-15-S-5
  • Pessoa coletiva
  • 1931-

William (Bill) Douglas McLean was born in Edmonton April 14, 1931. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Alberta in 1954, and a Master's Degree in Science from the University of Washington in 1960. He taught at Victoria Composite High School, and was active in municipal, provincial, and federal politics.

He ran unsuccessfully as an NDP candidate federally in 1962 and 1965, then provincially in 1967 and 1971. He first ran for municipal office as an Aldermanic candidate in 1968, then as a candidate in a by-election in 1970. He was finally elected to office as a City Alderman for Ward 3 in October 1971.

Prior to his election, McLean had served as the president of the Idylwylde Community League, and as their sports director for seven years, where he worked with Ivor Dent, who served as membership chairman. McLean was also Chairman of the Edmonton Exhibition Board's Urban Youth Committee.

McLean was defeated in the 1974 election, coming in sixth. While serving at City Hall, McLean continued working at Victoria Composite High School. After leaving politics, he returned to teach full time.

Newman, Ken

  • AR-RG-15-S-6
  • Pessoa coletiva
  • 1917-2006

Kenneth Gordon Newman was born in Hand Hills, Alberta August 29, 1917. He was a Councillor for the Town of Jasper Place between 1952 and 1957, then served as Mayor of Jasper Place from 1957 until the Town was annexed by the City of Edmonton in 1964. After annexation Newman won a seat on Council in 1964, but did not run in the 1966 election. In 1968 he ran for office again, and won a seat. He successfully ran for office four more times, serving as an Alderman for Ward 1 between 1971 and 1983, when he retired from municipal politics.

Newman was a member of the Development Appeal Board for nearly 16 years, and was a member of the Greater Edmonton Foundation and the Edmonton Exhibition Association. He also served as Chairman for the Royal Alexandra Hospital, President of the Edmonton Area Industrial Association, and President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association.

McDougall, John Alexander

  • AR-MS-140
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1854-1928

John Alexander McDougall was born 20 May 1854 to Janet Cummings and Alexander J. McDougall in Oakwood, Ontario. After leaving school at the age of 13 he worked as a store clerk until he moved west in 1873, originally to Winnipeg MB. He returned to Ontario to marry Lovisa Jane Amey (1878-1942) in Cannington, Ontario on March 20, 1878. They had four children, Alice, John C., James and Edmond.
In 1879 John and Lovisa settled in Edmonton. McDougall first established himself as a fur trader in competition with the Hudson’s Bay Company. Then he set up as a general merchant in Edmonton, alone and, from 1897, in partnership with Richard Henry Secord, a local fur trader. Together, they established a trading and real estate investment business. This successful business is still active in Edmonton.
McDougall’s standing in the business community led him to establish the Edmonton Board of Trade, of which he was the first president. He was also a promoter and director of the first Edmonton Electric Light and Power Company.
John A. McDougall was elected an Edmonton alderman in 1894 and 1895. He served two terms as mayor in 1897 and 1908. In 1909 he won a seat as a Liberal MLA for Edmonton and he was a member of the first Senate of the University of Alberta.
John Alexander McDougall died 17 Dec 1928 in Edmonton, at the age of 74. Lovisa Amey McDougall died 19 Nov 1943 in Edmonton. They are buried in the Edmonton Municipal Cemetery.

Turner, Reginald

  • AR-MS-152
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1931-current

Reginald Turner was born in Fort Saskatchewan in 1931 and moved to Edmonton in 1941, remaining a proud Edmontonian ever since. Reg worked for the City of Edmonton Fire Department, retiring in 1989. In the mid-1990s that he discovered the joy of watercolour painting. His paintings portray Edmonton as he recalls it in the 1940s. His intent is to portray his paintings in a manner that is pleasing to the eye, and hopefully satisfying to those who want to ponder the past. He often prints his watercolour drawings as Christmas Cards and encloses stories or reminiscences to accompany the drawing, which he then sends to family and friends.

Reginald Turner married Doris Patricia Bannister in 1953. They had one daughter, Diane. Doris Turner died in 2015.

Parker, Douglas

  • AR-MS-153
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1925-2014

Douglas V. Parker was born 24 Nov 1925. A longtime resident of Edmonton, he taught in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta and received the title of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement. Parker’s interest in numerous historical topics made him a frequent researcher at and donor to the City of Edmonton Archives. Particularly drawn to the history of public transportation, he wrote a number of books and articles on the topic, including “The Brandon Municipal Railway” (Canadian Rail, No. 168), Interurban to St. Albert: the Edmonton Interurban Railway (co-authored with Raymond Corley), and No Horsecars in Paradise, about the street railway in British Columbia prior to 1897. Parker belonged to the Edmonton Radial Railway Society and made several donations to its fonds.
Douglas V. Parker died on 14 Nov 2014.

Bell, Edward

  • AR-MS-155
  • Pessoa singular
  • [ca. 1892]-[before 1992]

Edward Bell arrived in Edmonton from Ontario in September 1912. He began work as a teacher in Strathcona at the Bennett School and by the spring of 1913, Ed Bell was the principal of the school. Mr. Bell resigned in February 1914 and moved to the Griffin Creek District, north of Peace River. By 1963, Edward Bell was in Victoria, B.C. It is not known what happened to Edward Bell after moving to Victoria.

Dickson, Samuel Archibald

  • AR-MS-156
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1876-1971

Samuel Dickson was born in Seaforth, Ontario on 19 Feb 1876. He graduated in Arts from the University of Toronto in 1899 and in Law from Osgoode Hall in Toronto in 1902. Samuel came west in October 1902 and practiced law in Fort Saskatchewan (1902-1909) and in Edmonton (1909-1970). He was appointed King's Council in 1928. He founded the Rotary Club in Edmonton in 1916.
He served as a member of the Edmonton Public School Board, and the City of Edmonton Archives and Landmarks Committee, as well as the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old-timers' Association (President, 1949-1950), and the Historical Society of Alberta (President, 1958-1959).
A vigorous supporter of historical preservation, Samuel was a leader in the campaign to establish Fort Edmonton Park. In 1971 he was appointed Honorary Mayor of the Park. He married Evelyn Hannah Ward in December 1907, who died in 1949, and they had one son and two daughters. Evelyn Ward Dickson died in 1949. Samuel Archibald Dickson died in November 1971.

Horner, William Reginald

  • AR-MS-160
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1898-1980

William Reginald ‘Reg’ Horner was born in Medicine Hat, N.W.T. on 22 Aug 1898 to William John Horner and Minnie Clarinda Smith. He moved to Edmonton as a child in 1905, where his father operated Horner’s Livery and Garage Co., Ltd. for many years. As a youth he was a private chauffeur and his clients included W.T. Henry, the Mayor of Edmonton.
He enlisted in the 196th (Western Universities) Battalion, C.E.F. on 20 Mar 1916 (regimental number 911333) and was soon overseas. When it was broken up as reinforcements, he was attached to the Signal Corps, 5th Battalion. He was awarded the Military Medal.
After the war, he farmed in the Horse Hill area (AB) until 1930 and then worked for the Northern Alberta Dairy Pool until his retirement in 1963. In 1964 he joined Weber Brothers Realty Ltd. He was active in veteran, Masonic and historical associations, including the Edmonton Historical Board.
He married Bessie Wilkinson, daughter of George Almer Wilkinson and Phoebe Belle Reynolds, on November 11, 1920 and they had four children. Reginald Horner died 24 Sep 1980.

Griesbach, William A.

  • AR-MS-209
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1878-1945

The son of one of the first North West Mounted Police officers, William Antrobus Griesbach was born in Fort Qu'Appelle in 1878. His father soon became the commanding officer at Fort Saskatchewan and he spent his early childhood in the Edmonton area before going to school in Winnipeg. At the age of 22 Griesbach enlisted in the Canadian Mounted Rifles and served with distinction in the Boer War in South Africa. He returned to Edmonton to embark on a career as a lawyer and in 1903 was elected as an alderman. In December 1906 Griesbach ran for the Mayor's office and was duly elected. He was 29 years old at the time and thus became Canada's youngest mayor. He remains the youngest mayor in Edmonton's history. After a short career in municipal politics, William Griesbach was elected MP for Edmonton in 1917, a position he held until his appointment to the Senate in 1921. However, the military was always at the centre of Griesbach's life. In 1906 he single-handedly organized the 9th Alberta Dragoons and in 1914 he recruited and organized the 49th Battalion, later known as the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. In 1917 he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in command of the 1st Infantry on the western front. His troops were confronted with some of the heaviest fighting of the war. He was decorated for his service and later became the commanding officer of the Canadian army in western Canada. William Griesbach died in 1945, shortly before the publication of his autobiography "I Remember".

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