Fonds MS-823 - Lauder Family fonds

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Lauder Family fonds

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  • [ca.1885] -1895 (Creation)

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4 photographs

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Biographical history

Lauder, James 1843-1924
Lauder, Hannah (neé Gray) 1845 - 1910
Lauder, Thomas (Tommy) Gray 1863-1949
Lauder, Adeline [18-] -1971
Lauder, Norine (Dodo) Janet 1895 -1983
Lauder, Arthur James Gray [ca.1898]-1967

James Lauder was born in Scotland on March 26, 1843. In 1874 James and his wife Hannah Lauder (neé Gray), along with their then three children, immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba. A few years later on May 30th, 1881, the family relocated to Edmonton, Alberta. The journey to Edmonton took the family three and half months and they arrived on September 15th, 1881. James and Hannah had 11 children together including Isabella, James (Jr.), Norman, Alec, Jennie, Annie, Margaret, Maude, Clara, and Thomas. Their oldest daughter passed away before they immigrated to Canada.

James was a Scottish baker by trade and in November 1885 he opened the first bakery and confectionery in Edmonton near 98 Street. The bakery served bread to the North West Mounted Police at Fort Saskatchewan, which was delivered to the Fort by horse and wagon. In 1897 James had a stroke and sold his bakery to Hallier & Aldridge around 1900. James died at the age of 81 on March 6, 1924. Hannah passed away on January 10th, 1910 from a serious illness.

James and Hannah’s eldest son Thomas Gray Lauder went on to become Edmonton’s first fire chief and their daughter, Jennie, was Edmonton’s first telephone operator. Jennie later married William Griesbach. Thomas Lauder married Sarah Chandler and together they had 2 sons and 3 daughters, Adaline Lauder, Norine Janet Lauder, Marie Lauder, Arthur James Gray Lauder, and Lewis Reade Lauder. Lewis worked for Canadian National Express for 37 years. Arthur was an Edmonton fire chief and married to Marion Lauder, a piano teacher.

Norine Lauder, the last surviving member of her siblings, passed away in 1983. James’ and Thomas’ homestead was located in the area now known as Lauderdale, named after James and his family.

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The fonds consists of photographs of the Lauder family and their bakery in Edmonton.

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The fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Norine Lauder in 1970 and 1976.


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      Public domain.

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      Item level descriptions available online.

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      Norine J. Lauder fonds (PR1898) at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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      Further accruals are not expected.

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      Accession numbers : A70-69, A76-150

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      City of Edmonton Archives

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