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Bruun, Chris

  • AR-MS-1178
  • Person
  • 1929-current

Chris Bruun was born 9 Aug 1929 in Finland. He emigrated to Canada with his brother arriving in Montreal on 1 Jul 1951. He worked as a construction labourer in Northern Quebec before moving west to Edmonton in 1952.
He was staying at Immigration Hall when he noticed a job opportunity at the Eldorado Mining Company in Port Radium at Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories. He took up photography when he discovered the mining company had a darkroom in their recreational facilities.
Mr. Bruun is a self-taught photographer learning from books, trial and error and conversations with the owner of McBain Camera in Edmonton. His first camera was a Rolleicord followed later by a Hasselblad 1000F.
In 1955 he gained darkroom experience working with well-known photographer Bob Cantelon with whom he became great friends. Eventually Mr. Bruun embarked on his own professional photographic career specializing in commercial and advertising photography. He worked for firms such as Imperial Oil, Syncrude and Travel Alberta. He also provided images for film-maker Albert Karvonen who became a good friend.
Since his retirement Mr. Bruun has turned his camera on various subjects of interest to him. Moving into the digital world has allowed him to continue in the creation and processing of the photographs and experimenting with various techniques.
Chris Bruun began donating photographic prints to the City of Edmonton Archives in 1995 and continues to add to the collection in print and digital formats. He continues to be a prolific photographer in his retirement, often photographing skylines from the balcony of his 14th floor apartment in the Oliver area.

Buckley, Marjorie W.

  • AR-MS-20
  • Person
  • 1907-1985

Marjorie Buckley graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in fine arts. A noted playwright in the Edmonton area, Ms. Buckley was also a teacher at Jasper Place Composite High School. In 1967 students in the Fine Arts Department at the school wrote and performed a play entitled "This Hour Has Ten Decades" as part of Canada's Centennial celebrations. The play was edited and arranged by Marjorie Buckley. The play was performed Thursday, Friday, Saturday February 16, 17, 18, 1967 in the Jasper Place Composite High School auditorium.
Marjorie Buckley died 11 May 1985 in Edmonton at the age of 78 years.

Bullock, Thomas H.

  • AR-MS-82
  • Person
  • [19--]

Thomas Bullock was a resident in Edmonton from around 1931 to 1940. He was a bicycle and motorcycle mechanic who first worked at Smith’s Cycle in Edmonton from 1931-1936. In 1936, he took over Indian Sales and Service, an Indian motorcycle dealership, located at 10412 – 100th Avenue. Thomas was both manager and mechanic, and also operated Reliable Delivery from the same location.
After 1940, Thomas is no longer associated with either business and appears to have left Edmonton.
Nothing is known about him after 1940.

Burrill, Field Family

  • AR-MS-340
  • Family
  • 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.

Business Development Department

  • AR-RG-23
  • Corporate body
  • 1971-1982

The Industrial Development Board was approved by Council in 1945 and was responsible for promoting industrial development in Edmonton and to advise City Council and the City Commissioners. In 1957 the Industrial Development Board became the Land and Industrial Development Department, but two years later it was dissolved into the Land Department and the Industrial Development Department. The Industrial Development Department was responsible for promoting Edmonton as a destination for industry.

In 1971 the Industrial Development Department was renamed the Business Development Department to more accurately represent the work being done. The primary purpose of the Business Development Department was to develop and execute programs to attract and facilitate all aspects of economic and industrial growth in the Edmonton area. Through its involvement in resource development and tourism the department also played a vital role in the promotion of the city and its facilities. Specifically, it was instrumental in the growth and development of Klondike Days and Fort Edmonton Park, which were used as promotional tools at Expo '67 in Montreal. The department also assisted in the development and promotion of the Yellowhead Highway route across western Canada.

The Business Development Department was dissolved in 1982 when it was replaced by the Edmonton Economic Development Authority.

Caine Family

  • AR-MS-1164
  • Family
  • 1882-2016

Caine, Annie 1917-1922
Caine, Bertha Violet Todd 1890-1943
Caine, Harriet 1918-2015
Caine, Harry Lawrence 1882-1974
Caine, James 1927-2012
Caine, John Todd 1920- 1995
Caine, Louella 1923-2016
Caine, Robert 1929-2007
Caine, Susan 192?-?
Caine, William 1932-2007

Harry Lawrence Caine was born in 1882 in Addleston, Surrey, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1901. Bertha Violet Todd was born in Huntingdon, Quebec in 1890. Bertha and Harry married in Edmonton in 1916.
Bertha and Harry had eight children: Annie (1917-1922), Harriet (1918-2015), John Todd (1920- 1995), Louella (1923-2016), James (1927-2012), Robert (Bob) (1929-2007), William (Billy) (1932-2007), and Susan (192?-?).
The Caine family owned and operated a 16 acre mink farm near Queen Elizabeth Park (by present day Kinsman Field House) in the early 1900s. As the residential area developed and Harry Caine added fox to the farm, the residents began to complain and the Caines were forced to move south of the City limits around 1929. The new farm, located in Pleasantview near the present day Southgate Mall was a mink and fox farm. The Caines also operated a seven acre market garden where they grew raspberries, currents, asparagus, potatoes, carrots, and turnips, as well as a variety of fruit trees such as plum, and nut trees such as beechnut and butternut.
Bertha Todd Caine died in 1943 and Harry Caine died in 1974.
The Caine family began selling off their farm land in 1945 as Edmonton expanded and the Pleasantview neighbourhood developed. Caine Memorial Park (5420 – 106 Street) was named after John Todd Caine, and is located in the former site of the Harry L. Caine Market Garden.

Cameron Family

  • AR-MS-115
  • Family
  • 1853-1971

Cameron, Elizabeth 1853-1933
Hall, Alice Cameron 1893-1971

Alice Cameron was born around 1893 to John and Elizabeth Cameron of Edmonton. In 1916, Alice Cameron married Erastus Kells (E. Kells) Hall in Edmonton. They had three children, a son Kells, and two daughters, W? and Louise.

E. Kells Hall was a civil engineer and worked for the CNR. Around 1940 the family left Alberta, and moved first to Ottawa and then later to Montreal.

E. Kells Hall died 25 Feb 1958 in Montreal. Alice Cameron Hall died 21 Oct 1971. They are buried in the Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal.

Campbell, Mary

  • AR-MS-280
  • Person
  • 1927 - [n.d.]

Mary Warren Campbell (Mrs. J.E. Campbell) was born in Edmonton in 1927 and lived most of her early life in Garneau. Her parents were Percival and Evelyn Warren who came to Edmonton from Ontario. P.S. Warren was a geologist who taught at the University and also became head of the Geology department before his retirement in 1955. He was an expert in fossils. Mary attended the University of Alberta in the 1940s receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949, and married James E. Campbell, a Bachelor of Education graduate, in 1950. Mrs. Campbell was an active volunteer with the Consumers Association of Canada, the Historical Society of Alberta and the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta Archives.

Canadian Athletic Club

  • AR-MS-1142
  • Corporate body
  • 1937-current

The Canadian Athletic Club (CAC) was started in 1937 by a group of sports minded community league members who recognized a need for athletes from schools and community leagues to have a more competitive environment in which to play, in order to develop their skills. The club was involved in a variety of sports, such as hockey, baseball, soccer, lacrosse and boxing in the early years. However since the early 1960’s, the club has focused on hockey offering a complete program from Bantam to Junior. In the early 1980s the CAC began a hockey school and in the 1990’s expanded their Kurucz Tournament, as well as established a scholarship fund. The CAC celebrated their 75th Anniversary in 2012.

Canadian Handicraft Guild, Edmonton Branch

  • AR-MS-57
  • Corporate body
  • 1911 - 1966

The Edmonton Branch, Canadian Handicraft Guild was originally established in 1911 and operated until about 1922, before disbanding due to lack of support. It was re-established on April 26, 1928, under the guidance of W.A.R Kerr of the University of Alberta, originally as the Alberta Provincial Branch, then as the Edmonton Branch when a provincial umbrella organization was created, ca. 1931. It was the primary organization in the city fostering the craft arts. Classes were organized and exhibitions of work were held. As the provincial government became more involved in the area of cultural affairs during the 1950s and 1960s, the significance of the Edmonton Branch diminished and the organization disbanded in 1966, donating all its remaining funds to support a craft scholarship at Banff School of Fine Arts.

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