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First Train Across Low Level Bridge

On photo: This is the first photo of the first train as she steamed over the bridge and touched the fertile soil of Edmonton. This is also the first train that crossed the North Saskatchewan River.


Likely Major Peter Aylen and the C Squadron of the Mounted Rifles.

Peter Aylen was father of Bernard Greer Aylen (who married Elizabeth Norquay, daughter of Julia Alberta McCauley).

Lower Ferry

Samuel McCauley and family arrived in Edmonton in April 1892 and Sam got a job running the Lower Ferry. This ferry was located in the vicinity of the Low Level Bridge. Another ferry was operated near 7th Street by John Walter.

Samuel McCauley is seated on the wagon, holding the head of a second horse. The small boy in the centre is Sam's son, Dan McCauley.

Children of Matthew & Matilda McCauley

Standing - Alexander James Henry McCauley.
Standing (in white dress) - Margaret Jane McCauley.
Seated (in dark dress) - Lillian 'Lillie' Bell McCauley.
Seated (in white dresses) - twins Julia Alberta McCauley & Mabel Victoria McCauley.
In front - Maud Muriel McCauley, May Emeline McCauley (beside Lillie), Frank McCauley

Samuel McCauley Family

The series consists of family and business records for Samuel McCauley and his family.

The family papers include a family tree page and family history narratives.

The business records include booklets with the costs and amount of construction material used for various projects and clients, and photographs of some of the construction and hauling work done by Samuel McCauley and his crew.

Samuel McCauley Family

Moving Power Plant Dynamo

Samuel F. McCauley and crew moving dynamo (generator) from south Edmonton to the Edmonton Electric Plant on the riverbank about the foot of First Street. This could only be done after the freeze-up as it was impossible to bring it on the ferry.
Photo taken on the north side of the river after crossing the ice, near the present Low Level Bridge.

From L to R: Alex Taylor, Sam McCauley, ?, ?, Dan McCauley, ?, ?, ?, ?, George West, ? .

Alexander McCauley Family

The series consists of the records of Alexander McCauley’s construction and moving business including booklets with the costs and amount of construction material used for various projects and clients. There are also cancelled cheques, most signed by Alex McCauley, but then signed by Alex’s wife, Elizabeth, in the last few months of the business as Alex was ill for a few months before his death in 1908.

Alexander McCauley Family

First Presbyterian Church Choir, Edmonton

Back row, standing, L to R: ? , ? , ? , Mr. Kelly, Mrs. Dunlop, Alex J.H. McCauley (organist), ? ,
Middle row, seated, L to R: ? , Mr. McKenzie, Rev. D.G. McQueen, ? , Annie Cookson (the second Mrs. Matthew McCauley)
Front row, seated, L to R: Mrs. Jimmy Douglas, ? , Margaret J. McCauley, Mrs. Fred Ross

Low Level Bridge

In the winter of 1898-1899 the piers for the Low Level Bridge, Edmonton's first bridge across the Saskatchewan, were built. Then in the spring of 1899 the river flooded, the water rising many feet over the top of the piers, with the result that another eight feet were added to them.
As the south pier was in the deepest part of the river, with a very swift current, it was necessary to install a pier, called an 'ice breaker', for its protection when the ice went out. This was placed a few rods up-river from the bridge pier and was put in during the winter of 1899 by Samuel McCauley.
When the ice went out in the spring of 1900, it was found that the ice breaker was not sufficient protection for the south pier and a 'nose' was then attached to the pier itself. This work was also done by Samuel McCauley.

This photo shows the beginning of the work installing the 'nose'. The icebreaker was demolished in 1960.

See also EA-430-4, EA-430-5 and EA-430-9.

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