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Finlay Family

  • AR-MS-394
  • Família
  • n.d.

Joy and Cam Finlay were instrumental in the formation of various conservation and environmental organizations in Alberta. They are involved in the work of the Alberta Naturalists Federation, the Alberta Wildlife Conservation Centennial Association, and the annual Christmas Wild Bird Count. Joy Finlay served as a teaching consultant specializing in natural history and was a strong volunteer in the ecological and conservationist organizations in the province. Cam Finlay, a biologist, worked for the Edmonton Department of Parks and Recreation for many years. He has also been interested in land use issues and has served on the Strathcona Acreage Owners Association, and the Alberta Rate Payers Association. The Alberta Wildlife '87 Centennial Association was established to coordinate the activities around the centennial of the establishment of the first wildlife sanctuary in Canada in 1887. The association spearheaded a campaign to encourage participation in conservation, especially of reserves for wildlife habitat. Joy Finlay was Alberta's representative and chaired the Wildlife '87 National Committee. The Finlays were also involved with S.T.O.P. (Save Tomorrow Oppose Pollution) and the Epson North User's Group.

Purches, Beatrice and Darroch, Stuart

  • AR-MS-398
  • Família
  • n.d.

Stuart Darroch lived in Edmonton from the early 1900s and worked first in the insurance and then in the real estate and insurance business. His wife, Beatrice Purches, worked as a stenographer with the government for many years. Darroch's first partner was W.C. Bissell but eventually the firm was his alone. Between 1942 and 1945 Darroch was elected to three terms as the President of the Edmonton Real Estate Board.

Pollard Family

  • AR-MS-42
  • Família
  • 1870-1958

Pollard, John Aloysius (‘Jack’) 1875-1958
Pollard, Joseph Francis (‘Frank’) 1870-1926

Joseph Francis (Frank) Pollard was born in 1870 to Bridget Maloney and Michael Pollard in the United States. His brother, John Aloysius Pollard was born in 1875, also in the United States. The Pollard brothers came to Edmonton in the 1890’s and by 1898 had established one of Edmonton's most successful brickyards, just west of the High Level Bridge in Walterdale. This business supplied the bricks that were used to build many of the prominent residences in Edmonton.

Adjacent to the site of the brickyard was Firmin Bedard's Tannery. Frank Pollard married Firmin’s daughter, Mary Ann (Annie) Bedard in 1901 in Edmonton. They had seven children – Rosa, Catharine, Harold, Charles, Mary, Clarice, Loretta, Joseph and Marie.

John Pollard married Nora Edith Lord in 1905 in Strathcona. They had six children – James, John (“Red”), William, Evelyn, Edith and Norah.

In 1914 the brickyard closed down temporarily with the onset of the First World War. In 1915 a North Saskatchewan river flood caused the business to cease operations. John Pollard later owned a garage in Strathcona and for a brief time he operated the Princess Theatre. Frank Pollard was an alderman on the last city council of Strathcona prior to amalgamation with Edmonton in 1913.

Joseph Francis (Frank) Pollard died in 1926 in Edmonton. John Aloysius Pollard died in 1958 in Edmonton.

Howard, Walter and Brown, Desmond

  • AR-MS-456
  • Família
  • n.d.

Walter Howard was a president of the Fort Edmonton Historical Foundation who recruited a student of the University of Alberta, Desmond Brown, to investigate an artifact supposedly from the last Fort Edmonton which was dismantled in 1915.

Secord Family

  • AR-MS-46
  • Família
  • 1860-current

McFadyen, Lena Secord 1895-1993
Secord, Annie York 1868-1951
Secord, Isobel 1902-1993
Secord, Margaret Calder 1905-1980
Secord, Richard Henry 1860-1935
Secord, Richard Calhoun 1955-current
Secord, Richard York 1900-1987

The Secord family in Edmonton can trace its roots to the James Secord family of Ontario (1700's), and earlier to the Ambroise Sicard family in New Rochelle, New York (1600's).

Richard Henry Secord came to Edmonton as a young man from Ontario in 1881. He married Annie York and they had five children - Lillian Laura, Annie Helena (Lena), Imogene (Gene), Richard York, and Isobel.

Lillian Laura died in infancy. Lena Secord married Alexander McFadyen, Gene Secord married George Keltie, and Richard York married Margaret Calder.

Richard York Secord and Margaret Secord had one son, Richard David Secord, and one adopted son, Ken Kirsch Secord.

Richard David Secord married Delle Calhoun and they had seven children - Richard Calhoun, Christopher, David, Dean, Kerry, Laura, and Mark.

Rowland, William (family)

  • AR-MS-494
  • Família
  • n.d.

William Rowland worked for the Hudson's Bay Company (1822 to 1864) and was an early trader and settler in the area around Edmonton. Phyllis Semaniuk is a member of the Rowland family, being a great-great-great granddaughter of William Rowland.The family has maintained a role in the Edmonton community.

Wankel, Dornan Family

  • AR-MS-515
  • Família
  • 1867-current

Dornan, Charles Denis [ca. 1940]-current
Dornan, Edward Patrick 1902-1962
Dornan, Mary Wankel 1904-1998
Wankel, Charles 1902-1970
Wankel, Emil 1867-1948
Wankel, Margaret Kellet 1872-1947

Mary Kathleen Cecilia Wankel, often known as ‘May’, ‘Mayme’ or ‘Mamie’, was born to Emil and Margaret Wankel on 2 May 1904, in Oak River, Manitoba. Mary had an older brother, Charles, whom the family called Charlie. Emil Wankel had a small hardware store in Oak River with partner J.J. Barr.

In 1909 the Wankel family moved south from Manitoba to the States, settling in Spokane, Washington, where Emil tried to have an apple orchard business. However within a year, he decided the apple orchard business was not for him. Emil had kept in touch with his former partner, J.J. Barr, who had recently moved to Strathcona, Alberta, and acquired the Ross Block on Whyte Avenue with the intention of establishing a hardware store.

In 1910, Emil moved the family to Strathcona, reunited with his partner and operated the Wankel and Barr Hardware Store. The family lived in a few different homes in Edmonton, but in 1912 a new home was constructed for the Wankels in Strathcona. The Bard and Carrigan families also lived in the neighbourhood. The Wankel home was in walking distance to St. Anthony's School at 76 Avenue and 106 Street.

Mary attended St. Anthony's School for grades three to eight. Then she went to the Third Street Separate High School for grades nine to 11. Mary also studied music, receiving first class honours in Piano at her Toronto Conservatory exams and was invited to continue studies in Toronto.

After grade 11, Mary went to the Normal School (teacher's college) and received her music teaching certificate in 1920. Mary began her teaching career in Vegreville, Alberta, returning to Edmonton a few years later, teaching at St. Anthony's School where she had been a student. A new brick school opened in 1925 and was later named Mount Carmel School.

Mary married Edward Patrick Dornan on 20 Apr 1933. They had three sons, Paul, Charles Dennis (Denny) and Gerald Edward (Gerry). She taught with the Edmonton Catholic Board for many years, was a dedicated member of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) and very involved with St. Anthony’s Church, including as the organist for 20 years. She was also very involved with the creation of a commemorative book for the 75th anniversary of St. Anthony's Church. Mary pursued many musical, artistic, and literary, and was a member of the Women's Musical Club of Edmonton. She was an active volunteer in many organizations, including the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary.

Mary was an avid writer and collector of family stories and community histories. Her work as a keeper of histories and stories culminated in a scrapbook-cum-manuscript covering predominantly the history of families in the Stratchona area and St. Anthony's Parish. She also created other scrapbooks pertaining to her Kellet, Wankel and Dornan families.

Dennis (Denny) Dornan was active in the Edmonton Junior Chamber of Commerce, including as Chairman of the Outstanding Citizen’s Committee. He cared for his widowed mother in her later years.

Edward Dornan died in 1962. Mary Wankel Dornan died 23 Mar 1998 and is buried at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Edmonton.

Trudeau Family

  • AR-MS-6
  • Família
  • 1883-current

Trudeau, Aime 1883-1955
Trudeau, Alice 1900-1967
Trudeau, Denise [ca. 1927]-current

Aime Trudeau operated a garage and service station in Edmonton under the name Cadillac Auto Livery Company and Sellick & Trudeau Auto Company from 1913 to 1936. It then became known as the Trudeau Auto Company.
He married Alice ?, who was the daughter of an early fur trader. The Trudeaus later lived in Fort Kent AB but returned to Edmonton for their retirement.

Latta Family

  • AR-MS-60
  • Família
  • 1869-1955

Latta, David Gilliland 1869-1948
Latta, Emily Decouteau 1879-1955
Latta, Jessie Scott Wuttanee 1875-1899

David Gilliland Latta was born 11 Nov 1869 to Elizabeth Lockhart and Alexander Latta in County Wexford, Ireland. He arrived in Canada in 1888. He worked as a lumberman in eastern Canada, served a three-year term with the North West Mounted Police and operated a sheep ranch before moving to Edmonton in 1897. David Latta started his own blacksmith and carriage shop and was later joined by John H. Lyons to form the company of Latta and Lyons, 1906-1912. He then established D.G. Latta, Limited, which he operated until his death in 1948.

Around 1896, David G. Latta married Jessie Scott Wuttanee and they had two daughters Elizabeth Hazel and Jessie. Jessie Wuttannee Latta died in childbirth in 1899. She is buried in the Edmonton Municipal Cemetery. Later that year, David G. Latta married Emily Decoteau in Edmonton. David and Emily would have eight children – David, Eva, Alexander (Sr.), Katharine, William, Ernest, Walter and Ruth. There were three other children who died as infants.

David G. Latta was elected to Edmonton's second city council, where he served one term.
David G. Latta died 11 Nov 1948 in Edmonton. Emily Decouteau Latta died 27 Mar 1955 in Red Deer. They are buried at the Edmonton Municipal Cemetery.

The Latta Bridge at 91 Street and Jasper Avenue was named in honour of David G. Latta.

Zaychuk Family

  • AR-MS-607
  • Família
  • 1908 -

Stephen Zaychuk was born in Bruzuchowicze, Poland on February 2, 1908 of Ukrainian parents. The family interrupted Stephen's engineering education in 1927 and emigrated to Canada. Stephen finally settled in the Town of Beverly, Alberta in 1934 and married Mary Kobewka on January 26, 1935. Together they had two sons, David and Allan. Stephen and Mary owned and ran the market farm known locally as Zaychuk Berry Farm, and in 1954 built and ran a multi-cabin Auto-Court motel. In 1955 Stephen was first elected to the Beverly Town Council serving there until 1961 when Beverly officially amalgamated with Edmonton. During his terms as a Beverly Councillor he sat on the Police Commission, attended the Union of Alberta Municipalities Convention, attended the first meeting of the Provisional Committee for the Homes for the Aged, and on June 16, 1960 attended the Official Opening of the Edmonton International Airport . In 1961 Stephen and his son David, who had studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta, became partners in the Zaychuk Nursery, Berry and Vegetable Farms Ltd. Mary was involved with the Beverly Home and School Association, was a prize winner at the food exhibits of the Edmonton Exhibition, took specialized food preparation classes at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and travelled in her later years. The Zaychuks were innovators being the first to commercially grow strawberries and raspberries and later introduced the carrot combine which improved the harvest of root vegetables, and David kept cattle to provide fertilizer and use up excess vegetable feed. Stephen was a member of the Alberta Fresh Vegetable Growers Association, the Canadian and Western Canadian Societies of Horticulture, the Alberta Nursery Trades Association, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, and the St. John's Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Stephen died tragically on April 4, 1973 at age 65 in a car accident in B.C. The younger son Allan died March 10, 1985 and Mary died August 10, 1994. David continues to run the Zaychuk family enterprise on 400 acres north of Edmonton.

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