May, Gustave

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May, Gustave

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Gustave Henry May was born 2 Jun 1881 to Estelle Lebrethon and Gustave C. May in New York, USA.

In 1905 Gustave married Florence Byron, sister of Percy Byron, in Manhattan, New York. A son, Gilbert, was born in 1906 in New York.

The following year Gustave, Florence, and Gilbert moved to Edmonton where Gustave joined his brother-in-law, Percy Byron, to form the photography business Byron-May Co.

Gustave and Florence had three more sons, all born in Edmonton – Joseph, Gustave Jr., and George.

In 1912 Gustave May was elected to the Edmonton City Council. He was popularly known as the ‘Water Alderman’ for his strong advocacy for fixing the city’s lack of water for bathing and firefighting.

The Byron-May Company fell on hard times with the coming of World War I and the business was sold to McDermid Engraving in 1917. The following year, Gustave moved his family back to New York. Gustave went on to work in the newspaper industry.

Gustave H. May died 31 May 1943 in New Jersey, USA.
Florence Byron May died in 1956 in New Jersey, USA.


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