Byron, May Family

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Byron, May Family

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        1878-2001

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        Byron, Elizabeth (Betty) 1909-1986
        Byron, Grace 1913-1995
        Byron, Jane 1916-1920
        Byron, Joseph 1915-2007
        Byron, Louise Marrin 1884-1956
        Byron, Percy 1878-1959
        May, Florence Byron 1880-1956
        May, Gilbert 1906-2001
        May, George 1915-1990
        May, Gustave 1881-1943
        May, Gustave Jr. 1910-1964
        May, Joseph 1908-1983

        Percy Byron arrived in Edmonton from New York in April 1906 with the intention of ranching or farming. However he quickly realized there were no ‘photographic engraving’ businesses in the area at the time and he saw an opportunity. Within twenty-four hours of arriving in Edmonton, he arranged to have a ‘complete photographic engraving plant’ sent to Edmonton, and by August he was producing photographic images.

        The following year, Percy’s brother-in-law, Gustave May, joined him in Edmonton and the Byron-May Company was formed. The photography and photographic engraving business was quite successful for the next decade, enjoying many commissions and professional accolades (see Edmonton Bulletin 1911 Anniversary Edition, p. 75).

        Florence Byron, Percy’s sister who had married Gustave May in 1905, joined him in Edmonton with their infant son, Joseph. Percy Byron married Louise Marrin in 1908 while on a visit to New York and his wife also came to Edmonton. Both families enjoyed prosperity and success in Edmonton. Florence and Gustave May had three more children. Percy and Louise Byron had four children in Edmonton.

        However, 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 the Byron and May families returned to New York the following year.

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