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May, Gustave

  • AR-MS-1192-S-2
  • Família
  • 1881-1943

Gustave Henry May was born 2 Jun 1881 to Estelle Lebrethon and Gustave C. May in New York, USA.

In 1905 Gustave married Florence Byron, sister of Percy Byron, in Manhattan, New York. Percy and Louise had four children – Elizabeth (Betty), Grace, Joseph, and Jane.

In 1912 Gustave May was elected to the Edmonton City Council. He was popularly known as the ‘Water Alderman’ for his strong advocacy for fixing the city’s lack of water for bathing and firefighting.

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, Gustave moved his family back to New York. Gustave went on to work in the newspaper industry.

Gustave H. May died 31 May 1943 in New Jersey, USA.

Byron, Percy

  • AR-MS-1192-S-1
  • Família
  • 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.

Byron-May Company

  • AR-MS-1192
  • Pessoa coletiva
  • 1906-1917

Percy Byron arrived in Edmonton in April 1906 and quickly realized there were no photography businesses, then known as ‘photographic engraving’, in the area. In fact there were none between Winnipeg and Vancouver. As the son of famous New York photographer Joseph Byron, he saw an opportunity. Within twenty four hours of arriving in Edmonton, he telegraphed his father to ship him one ‘complete engraving plant’. He set up a shop on First Street (now 101 Street) and by August he was producing photographic images.

The following year, Percy’s brother in law, Gustave May, joined him and the Byron-May Company was formed. As their business grew they found an investor and built a two-storey brick building at 252 Howard Avenue (now 100A Street). The Chamber of Commerce commissioned the Byron-May Company to produce images promoting Edmonton. Some of these images have become iconic in telling the history of Edmonton.

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. Both Percy Byron and Gustave May returned to New York with their families.

Edmonton Public School Board. Facilities Design and Operations

  • AR-MS-668
  • Pessoa coletiva
  • 1913 -

Edmonton's technical school began in October of 1913 in the abandoned city bus barns on 95th Street. It moved 10 years later to the old city market building on 101 Street where it remained until its closing in 1943.

Hubbard, Syd

  • AR-MS-452
  • Pessoa singular
  • n.d.

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

Carnegie, Alberta

  • AR-MS-451
  • Pessoa singular
  • n.d.

Alberta Carnegie is a long-time resident of Edmonton.

Sparks, Edith

  • AR-MS-450
  • Pessoa singular
  • n.d.

Edith Sparks has been a resident of Edmonton for a great many years. She has served as a tireless volunteer for the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and is known as their historian. She organized their archives and assisted greatly with the compilation of the 1984 Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues' history "Volunteers". Mrs. Sparks is also interested in the history of the community generally and has written and amassed quite a collection of materials about Edmonton, and several other community groups.

Gilpin, John

  • AR-MS-449
  • Pessoa singular
  • 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.

Howard, Carman C.

  • AR-MS-448
  • Pessoa singular
  • n.d.

John Whitfield Howard was a resident of Edmonton and worked as a taxi driver. His son, Carman, wrote for the Edmonton Journal for many years.

Crockett, Kenneth

  • AR-MS-447
  • Pessoa singular
  • 1920 - n.d.

Kenneth L. Crockett was born in 1920. After serving as a navigator in the Second World War, he returned to Alberta and earned a law degree from the University of Alberta in 1947. Upon graduation, he practiced in the law firm of Crockett, Hattersly and Henderson. He was president of the Edmonton Bar in 1962, was named Queen's Counsel and was named a provincial judge in 1978.

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