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Latta, David Gilliland 1869-1948
Latta, Emily Decouteau 1879-1955
Latta, Jessie Scott Wuttanee 1875-1899
David Gilliland Latta was born 11 Nov 1869 to Elizabeth Lockhart and Alexander Latta in County Wexford, Ireland. He arrived in Canada in 1888. He worked as a lumberman in eastern Canada, served a three-year term with the North West Mounted Police and operated a sheep ranch before moving to Edmonton in 1897. David Latta started his own blacksmith and carriage shop and was later joined by John H. Lyons to form the company of Latta and Lyons, 1906-1912. He then established D.G. Latta, Limited, which he operated until his death in 1948.
Around 1896, David G. Latta married Jessie Scott Wuttanee and they had two daughters Elizabeth Hazel and Jessie. Jessie Wuttannee Latta died in childbirth in 1899. She is buried in the Edmonton Municipal Cemetery. Later that year, David G. Latta married Emily Decoteau in Edmonton. David and Emily would have eight children – David, Eva, Alexander (Sr.), Katharine, William, Ernest, Walter and Ruth. There were three other children who died as infants.
David G. Latta was elected to Edmonton's second city council, where he served one term.
David G. Latta died 11 Nov 1948 in Edmonton. Emily Decouteau Latta died 27 Mar 1955 in Red Deer. They are buried at the Edmonton Municipal Cemetery.
The Latta Bridge at 91 Street and Jasper Avenue was named in honour of David G. Latta.
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