Fonds MS-202 - James East fonds

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James East fonds

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10 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

James East was born in Bolton, Ontario, Oct. 7, 1871. After an extensive period of travel and work in the United States, New Zealand, Australia (where he worked in the gold fields) and Europe, he returned to North America, married Myrtle R. Lewis in Detroit MI on April 10, 1907, and settled in Edmonton AB.

He was active in the labour movement and was a City Councillor from 1912-1914, 1920-1929 and 1933-1936. He ran unsuccessfully as a Farmer-Labor candidate in the federal general election of 1925 and for mayor of Edmonton AB in 1929.

He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916 and served aboard a hospital ship, attaining the rank of Corporal. He was a member of the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League and the Great War Veteran's Association as well as local, provincial and federal labour and farmer's organizations, including the Co-operative Commonwealth Fedaration. He died in Edmonton on June 23, 1940.

Custodial history

The records in this fonds were found in the basement of the donor's home, formerly the home of James East.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, political literature and papers relating to his service on the City of Edmonton Council and organizations of which he was a member. There is also some poetry written by James East mostly on political themes.

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The newspapers were photocopied and the originals destroyed, due to mould damage

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Gordon Barr in 1974.


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Accession number: A74-49


The newspapers were photocopied and the originals destroyed due to mould damage.

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City of Edmonton Archives

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  • Box: MS Room