George S. Armstrong
George Seale Armstrong was a Canadian businessman and politician. He served on the Edmonton City Council from 1907 to 1910, Armstrong was born in what would soon become the province of Ontario in 1867. After briefly teaching school, he entered the industry, as a druggist. After initially gaining experience in politics on the council of Eastnor Township, he relocated west to the city of Edmonton, in Edmonton, he established his pharmaceutical business once again and worked briefly with his brother on real estate and construction projects. In 1907, he ran for election to the Edmonton City Council and was elected to a two-year term. In 1910, he decided to run for the mayoralty in the election, uncontested as the only nominated candidate on election day. During his term, several issues were brought up to attention, including the citys need of a new civic building and the possibility of two new gas plants for the city. His first term as mayor saw the issue of possible amalgamation of the twin cities of Edmonton and Strathcona.
Approved by councils of both cities, a plebiscite was held, and bylaws permitting the merge were passed. Armstrong put his name up once again in the mayoral election mandated by the agreement and defeated his rival candidate, during his term, he introduced a new hospital, improvements to the street rail system, and commissioning a report on the expansion of the city. Another election was that December, and he did not stand for re-election. Armstrong gained employment with the Edmonton post office after leaving the office of mayor, in which he would rise to the position of postmaster. Armstrong operated his drug store once again and he remained at the post office until his retirement in 1937, and died ten years in Edmonton at the age of 80. Armstrong was born in 1867 at Hopeville, Canada West, to William, after attending schools in Mount Forest, Armstrong briefly became a schoolteacher before moving to Lions Head, Ontario where entered the pharmacy business. Armstrong would spend time at Eastnor Township, Ontario.
He moved west and settle at the city of Edmonton and that same year he opened up the Armstrong Drug Store, on Namayo Avenue and Boyle Street. In his early years in Edmonton he involved himself in real estate ventures and construction projects along with his brother. In 1906, at a meeting at a local store
John Tipton (Alberta politician)
John Gaddis Tipton was a Canadian and American politician and coal miner. Tipton was born in Fairview, Illinois January 27,1849 and he studied at Hedding College in Abingdon, and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1874. He migrated to Alberta in 1894 and established a coal mine and he was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1904, and founded a real estate and insurance firm, Tipton & Sons Investment Company. He was elected to the city council of Strathcona in 1908, and served until 1911, Tipton had been a vocal advocate for this amalgamation, and was elected to the new citys first council in the 1912 election, when he placed third of eighteen candidates. He did not seek re-election at the conclusion in December 1913. He was survived by a wife and two sons, Tipton park in Edmonton is named in his honour. Edmonton Public Library biography of John Tipton City of Edmonton biography of John Tipton John Tipton biography in Old Strathcona newsletter
James Thomas Joseph Collisson was a politician in Alberta, Canada, a long-time municipal councillor in Edmonton, and a candidate for election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Collisson was born in Lucan, Ontario in 1875 and he was educated there and in London and moved to Edmonton to teach in 1898. He remained there until 1903, when he moved to Dawson, Yukon and he taught there for two years, and returned to Edmonton in 1905. He joined the law form Short and Bigger as a student at law and he was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1908. He served on Edmontons public school board from 1908 until 1913, Collisson first sought municipal office in the 1916 municipal election, when he ran for alderman on Edmonton City Council. He finished eighth of eleven, which wasnt high enough to be elected and he was more successful in 1920, when he finished fourth of sixteen candidates and was elected to a two-year term. He was re-elected in 1922 and 1924 and he cut short his third term in order to run for mayor in the 1925 election, but finished second in a six candidate race as incumbent Kenny Blatchford took more than fifty-five percent of the vote.
He returned to politics in the 1928 election, when he returned to his old position on the strength of a finish in a fourteen candidate field. He was re-elected in the 1930 election, when he finished third of nine candidates, on council, he chaired the finance committee. Collisson ran for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a Liberal candidate in the 1930 provincial election and he finished eighth of seventeen candidates in the riding of Edmonton, and was eliminated on subsequent counts. After leaving politics, Collisson served as the president of Edmontons community chest from 1941 until 1948, James Collisson died July 30,1962. He was survived by his wife, one son, Edmonton Public Library biography of James Collisson City of Edmonton biography of James Collisson
Henry Douglas (Alberta politician)
Henry Ward Beecher Douglas was a businessman and politician in Alberta, Canada. He served as an alderman on the Edmonton City Council from 1912 until 1913, Douglas was born in Kemptville, Ontario on February 2,1873. His family moved to Manitoba when he was a child, as his father was a pioneer missionary and he was educated in public schools in Winnipeg before studying classics at Manitoba College. He graduated with honours in 1898, whereupon he partnered with W. W. Miller to open a book, in 1902 he came to Edmonton and continued his business, incorporating as The Douglas Company Limited in 1905. Douglas first sought office in Edmontons February 1912 municipal election. He did not run for re-election at the conclusion of his term in December 1913, in the 1915 election, Douglas was elected as a public school trustee after a third-place finish out of nine candidates. He was re-elected in 1917, when he topped the field of seven candidates, however, in the 1919 election, the Labour Party ran a full slate of candidates for the first time, and swept the school board elections.
Douglas, running as an independent finished sixth of eight candidates and was defeated and he did not re-enter public life thereafter. Douglas was active with the Masons, the Kiwanis Club, the Edmonton Board of Trade, the Presbyterian Church, Edmonton Public Library biography of Henry Douglas City of Edmonton biography of Henry Douglas
Thomas Malone (politician)
Thomas Patrick Malone was a politician in Alberta, Canada. He served as an alderman on the Edmonton Town Council from 1921 until 1923 and he committed suicide December 10,1926. Malone was born in Ontario and came west to Alberta in 1901 and he owned a store in Cochrane before moving to Edmonton in 1905. There, he bought a business on Whyte Avenue and purchased the entire block. There he built Malone Limited, which one of the citys leading department stores. He served as president of the South Side Community League and of the Federation of Community Leagues, and was involved with the Liberal Party. Malone first ran for office in the February 1912 municipal election, due to the recent amalgamation of Edmonton and Strathcona, Malone finished fifteenth out of eighteen candidates in the aldermanic race and was defeated. Thereafter, he stayed out of politics until the 1919 election and he did not seek election at the conclusion of his term, the 1921 election, preferring to run again for city council.
Between his last run and this one, party politics had come to Edmonton municipal politics, and Malone aligned himself with the Citizens Committee and he finished third of nineteen candidates and was elected to a two-year term. He completed it, but did not seek re-election at its conclusion, in February,1926, Malone was taken ill. He sold his store and went to Rochester, Minnesota for medical treatment, that year he suffered a mental breakdown. He died in Vancouvers St. Pauls Hospital on December 10 of a gunshot wound from a.22 calibre revolver. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters, Edmonton Public Library biography of Thomas Malone City of Edmonton biography of Thomas Malone
Gustave Henry May was a photographer and politician in Alberta, Canada. He co-operated the first photo-engraving business in western Canada and served on the Edmonton City Council from 1912 until 1914, Gustave May was born in New York City in 1881 to Gustave Charles May and Estelle Lebrethon, both of French ancestry. He came to Edmonton in 1904, where he became a partner with his brother-in-law Percy Byron in the Byron-May company, in the 1910 municipal election he ran for alderman on the Edmonton City Council, but finished tenth of eleven candidates. He was elected to a one term in the next election on a single-plank platform of increasing the availability of water within the city. Having suffered a nervous breakdown earlier in the year, he did not seek re-election at the conclusion of this term in 1914. At the time of the 1911 Census of Canada, he was living in Edmonton with is wife and his occupation was listed as photographer. At the time of the 1916 Canada Census of Manitoba and Alberta, May was living in Edmonton with his wife and their sons, Joseph, the census recorded him being in the photo business.
May moved back to the United States in 1918. and a reporter for a newspaper called the Dispatch. At the time of the 1920 United States Census, he was living on Third Street in Fairview Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey and he was living with his wife and their children, Joseph and George. At the time of the 1930 United States Census, he was working as a newspaper journalist and living in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey with his wife and their sons, Gilbert and George. At the start of World War II in 1942, May was living with his son, Joseph May, at 184 Teaneck Road in Ridgefield Park and he indicated at the time that he was unemployed due to illness. Gustave Henry May died on May 31,1943 at the Bergen County Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey and he was buried at Maple Grove Park Cemetery in Hackensack
Thomas Maltby Grindley was a politician in Alberta, Canada and a municipal councillor in Edmonton. Thomas Grindley was born November 8,1864 in Laxey on the Isle of Man and he was educated there and immigrated to Canada in 1882. He moved to the countrys west as a agent for the Chipman Brother of Halifax. He joined the military and took part in suppressing the North-West Rebellion in 1885, in 1886 he left the Chipam Brothers and opened a general store in Fort Saskatchewan, where he served as a school trustee. The following year, he became buyer and manager for Ross Brothers Hardware Company, in 1888 he married Mary Jane Furnivale, with whom he would have two children. In 1903 he left the Ross Brothers to join the Revillon Brothers, where he remained until 1905 when he established Gorman, Clancey & Grindley, in the 1904 municipal election, Grindley ran for alderman on Edmonton City Council. He finished ninth of seventeen candidates, and was defeated and he was more successful in the 1910 election, when he finished second of eleven candidates and was elected to what was intended to be a two year term.
However, Edmontons merger with Strathcona necessitated an entire new Council to be elected in February 1912 and he was unsuccessful in his attempts to win it back, as he finished fourteenth of eighteen candidates. While residing in Edmonton, Grindley built a mansion, now known as the Grindley Suites. Although his ownership of the building was lived, the building itself has a rich history, which includes housing the Edmonton Grads. Grindley was involved with the Anglican Church, the Freemasons, Edmonton Public Library Biography of Thomas Grindley City of Edmonton biography of Thomas Grindley