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Aitken Family

  • AR-MS-765
  • Family
  • 1893-1979

Aitken, Marjory Adella Mallory 1893-1979
Aitken, Robert Mallory 1925-1946

Marjory Adella Mallory was born on Jan 14 1893 in New Brunswick, Canada.
On 15 Sep 1923 she married Albert Emerson Aitken, a clothier in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Marjory and Albert’s first child, Robert Mallory Aitken, was born 4 Jun 1925, in Edmonton, Alberta. His sister, Shirley Anne (Fisher) was born 11 Jun 1928 and eventually moved to North Battleford, Saskatchewan with her husband until her passing on 23 Sep 2001. Robert attended both Westmount and Westglen High-School and graduated in 1943. During his time in Edmonton he was active in a variety of sports. After graduation, R. Aitken joined the Canadian Army Airforce and received R.C.A.F. training in Edmonton, Abbotsford, B.C., and Vulcan, AB. In October of 1944 he won his wings and commission in addition to the C.O.’s award as outstanding athlete in his class. After the Second World War, R. Aitken was transferred to the army Fleet Air Arm overseas. On 29 Oct 1946, R. Aitken was killed in a flying accident at the Royal Navy air school at Eglinton, Northern Ireland. Upon recovery of his body, he was buried in Cumberland, Wigton Cemetery, U.K.

Marjory Adella Mallory Aitken died 29 Jan 1979 and is buried in the Edmonton Municipal Cemetery.

Alexander J.H. McCauley Family

  • AR-MS-320-S-2
  • Family
  • 1860-1999

McCauley, Alexander J.H. 1876-1948
McCauley, William Alexander 1917-1999

Alexander James Henry McCauley was born 1 Jul 1876 to Matilda Benson and Matthew McCauley in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the age of 3 he moved to Fort Saskatchewan and later to Edmonton where his father homesteaded. Alex was very involved with the musical community in Edmonton, often performing as pianist or organist, including with the First Presbyterian Church Choir.

Alexander moved to Tofield, Alberta in 1907 to open a real estate and insurance office. He was an active part of the community in Tofield serving as mayor, as well as on the municipal school board, and in other community organizations.

Alexander married Barbara Ann Sinclair and they had three children – Helen Mary (1912-1997), Margaret Elizabeth (1914-2004), and William Alexander (1917-1999).

Alexander J.H. McCauley died 14 Mar 1948 in Tofield, Alberta.

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William Alexander McCauley was born 14 Feb 1917 to Barbara Sinclair and Alexander J.H. McCauley. He started piano lessons at 6 yrs, and at 16 yrs he formed a dance orchestra that travelled around the Edmonton district and was broadcast on CFRN.

During World War II, he was made Assistant Bandmaster of the Toronto Manning Pool Band, but was later remustered to aircrew. He went on to become a pilot, then instructed on Harvard aircraft and received an Honorable discharge as a flying officer.

After the war, William returned to his musical career. He went on to become an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and trombonist. A few of his many accomplishments include playing with the Toronto Conservatory Symphony, Ottawa Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Film Board Orchestra and the Toronto Summer Symphony. William worked as the Music Director for Crawley Films, and composed and conducted music for over 100 documentary films.

William Alexander McCauley died 18 May 1999 in Alliston, Ontario.

Alexander McCauley Family

  • AR-MS-320-S-5
  • Family
  • 1860-1933

McCauley, Alexander 1860-1908
McCauley, Elizabeth 1866-1933

Alexander McCauley was born 15 May 1860 to Eleanor Latimer and Alexander McCauley in Owen Sound, Ontario. Alexander came to Edmonton in 1895, following in the footsteps of his brothers Matthew and Samuel. Alexander was a carpenter by trade and worked for his brother, Samuel. He took over his brother’s construction/house moving business following Samuel’s death in 1903.

Alexander married Elizabeth (?) and they had four children – Emmons (1892- ), Edna (1895-1902), Ethel (1898- ) and George (1899- ).

Alexander McCauley died 15 May 1908 in Edmonton after a three month illness.

Anderson Family

  • AR-MS-18
  • Family
  • 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.

Benbow Family

  • AR-MS-199
  • Family
  • n.d.

Members of the Benbow family immigrated to Canada from North Wales in 1913. Jonathan Benbow worked as a carpenter in the city, and Lewis Benbow was a utility man at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Bond Family

  • AR-MS-1
  • Family
  • 1880-1972

Bond, Margaret Joy 1915-1972
Bond, Victor Percival 1880-1961

Victor Percival Bond was born 4 Sep 1880 to Elizabeth Ann Greenway and William Bond in Simcoe, Ontario. Sometime between 1895 and 1900, Victor with his parents and siblings, Edgerton, Ida, Lulu and Reta, moved to Gladstone, Manitoba.

Victor was part owner of the Bond-Adams Company Limited, a real estate investment company, originally based in Port Arthur, Ontario. The company moved its head office to Calgary prior to the First World War, and also had an office in Sudbury, Ontario. It is likely at this time that Victor moved to Calgary. The Bond-Adams office in Calgary dealt directly with the many clients and companies involved in land speculation in western Canada at the time. Many of the clients were from the mining districts of northern Ontario.

In 1906, Victor married Evelyn Todd in Calgary. The had two daughters, Evelyn Ann born in 1913, and Margaret Joy, born in 1915. Sometime between 1916 and 1921, Victor and his family moved to Edmonton. Victor started a tailor shop in Edmonton, V.P. Bond and Company, which he operated until his retirement in the late 1950's.

Margaret Joy Bond worked in Edmonton, variously as a teacher, stenographer and seamstress.

Victor Percival Bond died 6 Dec 1961.
Margaret Joy Bond died suddenly, while on vacation in Nanaimo, BC, on 2 Oct 1971.
Margaret is buried with her parents in the Mount Pleasant Municipal Cemetery in Edmonton.

Boulanger Family

  • AR-MS-747
  • Family
  • 1875-current

Boulanger, Joseph 1875-1963
Boulanger, Jean-Baptiste 1923-2000
Boulanger, Michel [192-?]-current
Boulanger, Valerie Phaneuf 1885-1967

Joseph Boulanger was born 5 Jan 1875 in Montreal to Elizabeth Brissette and Jean-Baptiste Boulanger. He graduated in medicine at the Université de Montreal in 1906 and did an internship at the Hospital de la Miséricode in Montreal. Joseph then did further training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, as well as the Post Graduate Hospital and Lying-In Hospital, both in New York. Upon completion of these studies, he moved to Alberta were he first practiced medicine in Athabasca Landing and Grouard before moving to Edmonton, ca. 1912.
Joseph married Blanche Chartier in 1913; Blanche died in 1920 in Edmonton.
Joseph then married Valerie Phaneuf in 1921 in Edmonton. They had two sons, Jean-Baptiste and Michel, both of whom became physicians.
Joseph Boulanger was considered to be a pioneer Edmonton physician and surgeon. He was also very active in the community. Joseph was the first president of the Societé Saint Jean-Baptiste in Edmonton and founded the French-language monthly, Le Canadien-Francais.
Dr. Joseph Boulanger died in 8 Jul 1963 in Edmonton.

Valerie Phaneuf was born in 20 Jul 1885 to Loma Reaume and Hilaire Phaneuf. Valeria taught in schools in Ontario before coming to teach in Edmonton in 1912. She married Dr. Joseph Boulanger in 1921 and they had two sons, Jean-Baptiste and Michel, both of whom became physicians. After marriage, Valerie gave up teaching formally in schools but continued to teach music privately for many years. She was an associate of the Toronto Conservatory of Music.
Valerie Phaneuf Boulanger died 8 Feb 1967 in Edmonton.

Jean-Baptiste Boulanger was born in 24 Aug 1922 in Edmonton to Valerie Phaneuf and Joseph Boulanger. As a youth he was considered to be a brilliant pupil. In 1930, he established a small newspaper, ‘Le Petit Jour’, a quarterly French periodical for children. Le Petit Jour began with a circulation of 18, which increased to 1,300 in five years. In 1935 he was involved in creating the first troop of French Canadian Boy Scouts in Alberta, known as “La Premiere Canadienne-Francaise d’Alberta”.
He was awarded “la medaille de vermeil” from the l’Acadamie Francaise in 1936, as founder and editor of ‘Le Petit Jour’. In 1937, he was part of group of students who were sent to England, representing Canada, to attend the coronation of George VI, in recognition of their scholastic achievements. Jean-Baptiste Boulanger attended the Grandin School and Jesuit College in Edmonton, and then Brebeuf College in Montreal. He studied medicine at the Université de Montreal.
Jean-Baptiste Boulanger died 1 Aug 2000 in Montreal.

Michel Boulanger was born after 1923 in Edmonton to Valerie Phaneuf and Joseph Boulanger. Michel Boulanger married Therese ?, and they had six children – Michel, Paul, Marc, Robert, Louise and Claire. Michel Boulanger also studied medicine and was a physician in Edmonton.

Brown, Chorley Family

  • AR-MS-930
  • Family
  • 1879-1975

Brown, Thomas G. 1897-1975
Chorley, John 1879-1922

John Chorley was born in 1879 in South Wales to Elizabeth Winter* and William Chorley. He married Alice Bailey ca. 1900 in Wales and they had two children, Archibald (born 1902) and Dorothy (born 1903). John emigrated to Canada ca. 1910 or 1911 and his wife and children arrived in June of 1911. The family settled in Edmonton, AB where John worked as a tinsmith.
The 51st Battalion, C.E.F., was authorized in November 1914. John enlisted on 15 Feb 1915 as a Private (Regimental No. 436903). The battalion trained in Edmonton at the Edmonton Exhibition grounds and the Drill Hall (now known as the Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre). On Victoria Day (May 1915) a military parade of the 51st Battalion was held at Victoria Park (between approximately what is now the Royal Glenora Club and the Victoria Golf Course). The 51st Battalion, CEF, embarked for Great Britain on 1 April 1916. At some point during the war John was injured and returned to Edmonton ca. 1920 or 1921. He worked as a Customs examining officer. John died suddenly on 16 June 1922 due to a heart attack that was secondarily attributed to injuries sustained in the war. He is buried in the Edmonton Cemetery.

Thomas George Brown was born in 1897 in Cardiff, Wales to Alice Winter* and Edward Brown. At the age of 13, he emigrated to Canada in 1911 with his parents and siblings (Edward, Alice, William, Lillian and John). In November 1914, he enlisted with the Alberta Dragoons then transferred to the 138th Battalion, C.E.F., in late 1915 (Regimental No. 811170). In August 1916, he went overseas with the 138th Battalion as a signaler. In December 1916 he transferred to the 28th Battalion, serving in France until he was wounded in May 1918. Thomas returned to Edmonton.
He married Mildred Gwendolyn Henshall in 1920 and they had two daughters, Mildred (born 1921) and Dorothy (born 1928). Thomas was the Manager at the Edmonton Journal. He also remained active in the military
In 1922 Col. Brown joined the 1st Battalion Edmonton Fusiliers as a signals officer. He attended Royal Military School in Esquimalt, B.C. in 1927 and then qualified as a Major. In 1930, he took command of the Fusiliers. From 1935-1939 he was a Paymaster with Fusiliers. At the outbreak of war, he resigned his non-combatant commission and was placed in command of a company. From August to December 1943 he served with the South Saskatchewan Regiment in Britain. In January 1944, Major Brown rejoined the Fusiliers. He was promoted to Lt. Col. T.G. Brown, E.D. in December 1944 and made Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Edmonton Fusiliers.
In 1946 he returned to the Edmonton Journal as business manager. Thomas and his wife Gwendolyn retired to White Rock, B.C. in 1960. Gwedolyn died in 1963. Thomas remained in White Rock, B.C. until his death in 1975.

John Chorley and Thomas G. Brown were first cousins.

Joseph Chorley was born in 1900 in Wales to Elizabeth Winter and William Chorley. He emigrated to Canada settling in Edmonton, AB, working as a bookkeeper. He is the youngest brother of John Chorley and first cousin to Thomas G. Brown.

  • Elizabeth Winter Chorley (mother of John and Joseph Chorley) and Alice Winter Brown (mother of Thomas Brown) were sisters.

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.
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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.
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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.

Byron, Percy

  • AR-MS-1192-S-1
  • Family
  • 1878-1959

Percy Byron was born 21 Sep 1878 to Julia Lewin and Joseph Byron in Nottingham, England. In 1899, he emigrated to the United States with his parents and siblings – Maude, Georgiana, Florence, and Philip. His father, Joseph Byron, became a celebrated New York photographer.

Percy emigrated to Edmonton in April 1906 with the intention of homesteading or ranching. Realizing there were no photography businesses in Edmonton, he quickly sent for a ‘photographic engraving plant’ and by August of that year had set up business. A year later he was joined by his brother-in-law, Gustave May, and the Byron-May company was formed.

In 1908 Percy married Louise (Lulu) Marrin in Richmond, New York. Percy and Louise had four children – Elizabeth (Betty), Grace, Joseph, and Jane.

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. The following year, Percy moved his family back to New York. He continued in the photography business, specializing in steamship photography.

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