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Wright, John Sutherland

  • AR-MS-175
  • Person
  • 1863-1939

Dr. John S. Wright, son of Abel Wright (1827-1911) and Mary Dobie (1828-1914) was born in Ontario, ca. 1863, one of ten children. The family are descendants of Abel Wright (1631-1659) born in Massachusetts, U.S.A, who was a sailor in the New England area, around 1655.

Direct line shown here:
Abel Wright (1631-1725, Mass., USA)

Ensign Abel Wright (1664-1691, Mass., Conn., USA)

Ebenezer Wright (1701-1786., Conn., USA)

Ebenezer Wright (1727-1809, Conn., USA; Cornwall, CA)

Asahel Wright (1754-1813, Conn., USA; Ontario)

Abel Wright (1791-1879, Ontario)

Abel Wright (1827-1911, Ontario)

John Sutherland Wright (ca 1860-1939, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta).

The family of John’s great-grandfather, Asahel Wright (1754-1813), was caught in the American Revolution. The loyalties were divided in the family. Asahel and some sons sided with the British and went to Canada, where they received some land grants in return for their loyalty. Asahel’s other sons remained in the New England, U.S.A. area.
John is a descendant of the branch of the family that went to Ontario and became farmers in the Township of Sullivan area, Grey County, Ontario.
In 1891, John lived in Manitoulin, Ontario and worked as a school teacher. He married Matilda Dawson on November 16, 1891 in Little Current, Ontario. Their daughter, Helen Walker Wright, was born October 10, 1895, in Toronto, Ontario while John was a medical student.
John, Matilda and Helen moved to the United States in 1897, settling in the town of Lysander, New York. Sometime between 1901 and 1910, Matilda died and, John and Helen returned to Canada.
In 1910, John opened a practice in Edmonton, Alberta on Jasper Avenue. In 1911, he moved his practice to the Stovel Block, at 423 Namayo Avenue (later known as 10329 - 97th Street).
John married Marion Georgina Weatherston, from Hayesland, Ontario, on August 31, 1910 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. John’s practice remained at the Stovel Block and the family, John, Marion and Helen, lived in the same building. By 1916, Helen Walker Wright was a teacher at McCauley School and still lived with her father and stepmother at 10329 – 97th Street.
In 1924, John moved his practice to the Tegler building at 10189 – 101 Street, and the family moved to 10152 – 115 Street. His practice remained in the Tegler building until he retired in 1938.
Helen Walker Wright married Wilmer Gerald Grothier, a bank clerk, on May 5, 1921 in Toronto. They had two children. Helen Walker (Wright) Grotheir died December 3, 1931 in Woodstock, Ontario.
Marion Georgina (Weatherston) Wright died ca. 1929.
Dr. Wright died In Edmonton June 5, 1939 and is buried in the family plot in Perry, New York, U.S.A.

Wolfe, Merrill E.

  • AR-MS-118
  • Person
  • 1919-1975

Merrill E. Wolfe was born in Wilkie, Saskatchewan in 1919 and moved to Edmonton at an early age. After graduating from the University of Alberta he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a pilot during the Second World War.
After the war he joined Edmonton Motors, the firm his father had started in 1925, and later he assumed the presidency. Mr. Wolfe was president of the Rotary Club, and Chairman of the Fort Edmonton Foundation for six years. He also served as Chairman of the Historical Advisory Board and as Honorary Chief Factor of Fort Edmonton. He served on the Steering Committee, Foundation for Cultural Heritage, which ultimately influenced the establishment of the Edmonton Community Foundation.
Merrill E. Wolfe died in 1975.

Wissink, Barend

  • AR-MS-959
  • Person
  • [193-?]-current

Barend Wissink, born to Mr. and Mrs. Jan Wissink, is a resident of Edmonton. Barend is an active member of the Edmonton Stamp Club and the Wild Rose Antique Collectors Society, where he served as President from 1979 to 1980. Barend, and his wife Margaret, are inductees on the Wildrose Antique Collectors Society's Wall of Honour.

Willmore, Dorothy Kendall

  • AR-MS-110
  • Person
  • 1915-2010

Dorothy Kendall was born in Tofield, AB on March 20, 1915. She married Norman Willmore on July 12, 1933 and their son, John Jack Willmore (known as Jack) was born November 24, 1939 in Edmonton. At that time they moved to Edson, AB and ran a shoe store for many years. In 1953, Norman Willmore, MLA for Edson was named as Provincial Minister of Industries and Labour.
In 1958, Norman and Dorothy moved to Edmonton, AB. In 1960, Norman was made Provincial Minister of Lands and Forests. Norman was tragically killed in a vehicle collision, 4 Feb 1965 while on his way to attend a fish and game convention. He is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Edmonton. The Willmore Wilderness Park was named in his honour. Dorothy continued to live in Edmonton.
On April 9, 1980 Dorothy married respected obstetrician Dr. Eby Quehl in Ponoka, AB.
Dorothy and Norman’s son, Jack, died 7 Aug 2003. Dorothy Kendall Willmore Quehl died 19 Aug 2010.

Williamson, Catherine G.

  • AR-MS-200
  • Person
  • n.d.

Catherine G. Williamson was a school teacher in Edmonton. She was married to Matthew S. Williamson, who for some time, worked variously as a meat cutter, clerk, and elevator operator in the city. A relative, Joseph Williamson, perhaps his father, worked as a tanner at the Great Northern Tannery. The Williamson's appear to have inherited some of the records of the Edmonton Tannery, as the Great Northern Tannery was later known. The family also inherited the records of John B. Lidstone, a local Edmonton businessman.

Williams, Stan

  • AR-MS-221
  • Person
  • n.d.

Stan Williams moved to Edmonton from British Columbia in 1943. In 1948 he joined the staff of the Edmonton Journal, eventually rising to the position of assistant-editor before his retirement in 1981. He and his wife, Margaret, wrote a popular travel series for the paper. Both Stan and Margaret Williams were active in the Anglican church.

Williams, Margaret

  • AR-MS-178
  • Person
  • n.d.

Margaret Williams came to Edmonton with her husband, Stanley, in 1943. She was active in the Anglican church and in the scout and guide movement, as well as many other charitable organizations. Her husband was assistant editor of the Edmonton Journal and together they co-authored a travel series in the paper.

William Hamilton Architect Ltd.

  • AR-MS-740
  • Corporate body
  • 1968-current

The creator of these records was Woolfenden Group Architects, a predecessor of the firm William Hamilton Architect. The project leader, and principal of the firm at the time, was Brian Woolfenden, who practiced architecture in Edmonton for approximately thirty years, ca. 1966-1995. Other key members of the project team were David Brookes, specification writer and responsible for project documentation, and Dennis Hooke, technologist, who was responsible for, among other things, preparing the drawings.
Woolfenden Group Architects was hired to dismantle the Alberta Hotel by the City of Edmonton, which wanted to preserve key building components for its eventual reconstruction.

Wilkins, Mr. W.H.

  • AR-MS-129
  • Person
  • [189-?]-[19--]

W.H. Wilkins, a resident of North Vancouver B.C., owned property in the Parkdale district of Edmonton in the early 1900s. Nothing more is known about Mr. Wilkins.

Wilkins, Gordon A.

  • AR-MS-1184
  • Person
  • 1891-1947

Gordon Wilkins was born 26 Jun 1886 to Harriet and Richard Wilkins in York (Toronto), Ontario. By 1909 Gordon was in Edmonton working as jeweler and watchmaker at Kline’s Jewelry and he was boarding at 547 Clara Street.

Gordon married Edna L. Tomlinson in Edmonton in 1912. They had two children, Wayne and Lenora, and the family moved to a home near 105 Avenue and 102 Street. By 1921, Gordon and Edna divorced. Gordon moved to Toronto, Ontario with the children, and Edna remained in Edmonton.

Gordon married Kathleen Jacob on 1 Jan 1924 in Toronto, Ontario. Gordon and Kathleen had one son, Ross.

Gordon Wilkins died on 11 Nov 1947.

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