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Latta Family fonds
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- Textual record
- Graphic material - photograph
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CA EDM MS-60
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1905 - 2001 (Creation)
- Latta Family
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1 cm of textual records. - 23 photographs. - 1 object
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Name of creator
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.
Jessie Sturrock is the daughter of David G. Latta and worked in the office of D.G. Latta Ltd. for fourteen years.
Alex Latta Jr. is the grandson of David G. Latta.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of a business document from D.G. Latta Ltd., biographical information on David G. Latta and reminiscences by Alexander Latta Jr. and a commemorative medal.
The photographs include the Latta family, home and businesses, as well as Alex Decoteau (Emily Decoteau Latta’s brother) and some Edmonton street scenes and events.
File 1: invoice pad, D. G. Latta Limited, n.d.
File 2: Biographical information on David G. Latta, by Jessie Darryl Latta Sturrock, 1951, 1968.
File 3: Biographical information on David G. Latta, by Alexander Latta Jr.; includes descriptive note on vicinity of Latta home at Jasper Ave and 92 St, 1977, n.d.
File 4: Writings by Alex Latta, Jr., includes reminiscence “Curly”, of a river bank shack dweller in Edmonton in the 1930s and poem “An Irish Tragedy”, n.d.
File 5: Commemorative medal from the Alex Decouteau Educational Run, 2001.
Immediate source of acquisition
This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Jessie Sturrock in 1968 and by Alex Latta Jr. in seven donations made between 1977 and 2002.
The material was arranged by the archivist based on creator
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-40 and EA-302.
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See Scope and content above.
Photographs have been described at the item level; some are available on the online database, with the remainder available in the Reference Room.
Further accruals are expected.
Accession numbers: A68-73, A76-163, A77-26, A86-32, A95-63, A96-183, A2002-123
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City of Edmonton Archives
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