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Mason, Brian
AR-MS-722 · Personne · 1953 -

Brian Mason moved to Edmonton in 1975 to study political science at the University of Alberta. During the late 1970s, Mason became heavily involved in student government by first being elected as Executive Vice-President of the U of A's Students Union from 1975 to 1977, and then taking the position of Executive Director of the Alberta Federation of Students from 1977 to 1979. After leaving student politics, Mason took a job with the Edmonton Transit System as a bus driver in 1981. Mason re-entered politics in 1989. Interested in pursuing a position on Edmonton city council, Mason launched a legal challenge to a provincial law that required municipal employees to resign their positions to run as council candidates. His challenge was unsuccessful, but Mason nonetheless pursued his political ambitions and was elected in October of that year as a city councillor for Ward 3 in Edmonton. The law he challenged was repealed shortly after the election.
Mason remained on city council for 11 years, winning an additional three civic election, and as a councellor, Mason gained a reputation as a tough vocal representative for his consituents. In 2000, Mason ran provincially in the Edmonton-Highlands by-election and easily held the legislature seat left vacant by Pam Barrett for the New Democrats. He was re-elected in the general election held on March 12, 2001. During his tenure as an MLA, Mason's supporters have credited him for bringing issues such as energy deregulation, high automobile insurance rates, education funding and treatment of senior citizens to the forefront of Alberta politics. When his sole ND colleague in the legislature, Raj Pannu resigned as party leader in July 2004, Mason was appointed to the role of interim leader. Mason was formally elected leader of the New Democrats at a leadership convention in Edmonton on September 18, 2004.

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AR-MS-724 · Personne
Awid, Richard Asmet
AR-MS-734 · Personne · 1939 - current

Richard Asmet Awid was born in 1939. His father, Ahmed Ali Awid, arrived in Canada in 1901 and then Edmonton in 1927. Ahmed Awid was a founder of the Al Rashid Mosque, which was built in 1938 and then moved to Fort Edmonton Park in 1991. Richard Awid has written many histories about Lebanese and Arab Muslim communities, including his book Walk With Me My Son…You and I have some stories to tell.

Richard Awid’s wife, Soraya Hafez, was Edmonton’s first public school teacher in an Arabic bilingual program. A school in northeast Edmonton was named after her in 2020.

Klingbell, Leonard Charles
AR-MS-736 · Personne · 1924 - 2004

Leonard Charles Klingbell was born in August 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After serving as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War he completed an architectural degree at the University of Manitoba.|In May of 1950 Klingbell moved to Edmonton, Alberta and joined the architectural firm of Patrick Campbell-Hope. For the first six years of his involvement with the firm, Klingbell managed their Red Deer office. Rather than take over that office permanently when the opportunity arose in 1956, Klingbell opted to return to Edmonton where he officially joined the firm as a full partner. The association was renamed as Campbell-Hope, Gardiner, Klingbell, and Wood. This partnership disbanded three years later and, from 1959 until Patrick Campbell-Hope's death in an automobile accident in 1962, the firm became Campbell-Hope and Klingbell. Klingbell took over the business and worked under the firm name Leonard C. Klingbell & Associates until his retirement in 1988.|Klingbell specialized in the design of schools and churches in Edmonton and throughout Alberta's towns and smaller cities. He also worked on many apartment buildings and a few residences.|While in Edmonton, Klingbell owned and ran a condominium complex called Westwind Estates. He volunteered with the Oliver Community Group and belonged to the Edmonton Light Opera Company, appearing in many local productions.|In 2001, Klingbell returned to Winnipeg to be closer to his only sister, Lorraine Burton, and her family. He passed away on December 5, 2004.

Conway, H. Jack
AR-MS-1070 · Personne · [ca. 1920]-current

At the time of the first donation, H.J. ‘Jack’ Conway was a resident of Edmonton, retired and living with his wife Mary. Jack was an avid amateur photographer and member of the Edmonton Camera Club.

Cote, Jean G.
AR-MS-446 · Personne · n.d.

Jean G. Cote is the son of Senator Jean Leon Cote and Anne Martin of Quebec. Jean Leon Cote came to Edmonton as a surveyor in 1886. Jean G. Cote worked for the Canadian National Railway for 60 years, including several years after his retirement as a volunteer in their library and a writer of the company's history. Mr. Cote has a keen interest in Edmonton's history and its old timers.

Gilpin, John
AR-MS-449 · Personne · n.d.

John Gilpin is a historian who has completed many research projects on the history of Edmonton. His published works include A Century of Enterprise and Edmonton: Gateway to the North.

Hubbard, Syd
AR-MS-452 · Personne · n.d.

Mrs. Hubbard has been a resident of the city of Edmonton for many years and is interested in sports.

Devore, Roy William
AR-MS-67 · Personne · 1891 - 1969

Roy William Devore was born in 1891. He was appointed the first custodian of the John Walter Historic Site Museum in Edmonton, Alberta in 1959. He wrote “The Third Column” in the Edmonton Journal through the 1950’s and 1960’s. He also authored several historical articles and pamphlets. Roy William Devore died on 28 Nov 1969.

Magee, Bill
AR-MS-439-S-3 · Personne · 1862-1955

William, known as Bill, Magee was born 23 May 1862 to Sophia Jamieson and James Magee in Blyth, Huron County, Ontario. He came west to Alberta in 1895 and filed for a homestead at Rabbit Hill. However he was attracted to adventure so he left for the Klondike on the ‘Trail of 98’ (1898). Unfortunately there was a great deal of illness over the winter due to the shortage of fresh food and Bill returned the following year without any gold.

In 1904, Bill married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Shaw and they settled on a homestead, S ½ Sec 34, Tp 44, Rg 19, in the Albury, Alberta district. Their daughter Lucy was born in 1905. Lizzie died the following year. Following the death of his wife, Bill arranged for baby Lucy to be raised by Lizzie’s sister, Victoria. Bill kept the homestead but did not farm it himself. He rented out his homestead and went to work on his brother’s Nels farm near Bawlf, Alberta. Bill retired from active farming in 1919. When daughter Lucy married in 1926, she and her husband, Stuart Lockhart, took over the homestead.

In 1943 Bill suffered a stroke and was then confined to hospital for many years.

William (Bill) Magee died 23 Jun 1955 in Edmonton and is buried at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.