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Abram, Isaac

Isaac Abram came to Fort Macleod from London, Ontario around 1888 and ranched on the Old Man River, below Willow Creek. On July 18, 1894 at Lethbridge, he married Annie Larway of Hyde Park, Ontario.

Researched by Clarence Davis

Adams, A. Margaret

Margaret A Adams came west to Morley in 1888. She was a Methodist Church worker. Her registered brand 'A' was listed in the registry as horses 'A' on right shoulder, cattle 'A' on left side.

Adams, Andrew W.

Andrew W. Adams settled at Crossfield in 1890. He and his son, also called Andrew, homesteaded on the NE & SW Sections of 16-26-l-W5th. They were formerly residents of Toronto. Andrew Sr. was born in 1869 and died in 1958.

Adams, David

David Adams was an early member of the NWMP and arrived in Alberta in 1885. He served in Banff and Regina, and died in Edmonton in 1932.

Adams, Elias

Elias Adams was born 4 April 1868 at Watford, Ontario. He was educated in the Public schools of Watford and at London Commercial College. He came west in 1890 and ranched at Colless - 50 miles south of Lethbridge raising cattle and horses. While he resided there, he served as Postmaster and was a member of the school board. He was married in the fall of 1900 to Lucy Walker Kimball and they had one son, James Kenneth. Elias Adams moved to Lethbridge in 1900, engaging in the retail lumber business from 1900 to 1908. lie became a member of the Town Council 1905 to 1908 and then became Mayor of Lethbridge from 1910 to 1911. We do not have the date of his death.

Adams, Frederick Charles

Frederick Charles Adams was born in England on 10 October 1864 and was married in Calgary in 1895 what was then the Northwest Territories. He came to Calgary in either 1884 or 1890. Eleanor Clinton was his wife - she was born 10 October 1875 and they had three sons: Clinton Charles born 28 March 1901, died 2 December 1964 at Brandon, Manitoba. The second son was Stewart Alexander born 16 September 1904 in Calgary and died 1978. The third son was Frederick Dean born 16 June 1907. Frederick Charles Adams was a hotel proprietor in Calgary and he died 22 February 1946 in Calgary.

Adams, Henry James

Henry James Adams came to Southern Alberta in August, 1888, with the NWMP He was born in Ontario in 1867. He was appointed Sheriff at Hanna, serving until his retirement. Adams was also secretary of the I.O.O.F. Lodge No. I Alberta. He and his wife lived in Calgary in 1913.

Adams, Jim

Jim Adams came to Calgary in 1884. He was a partner in a store operated by McKelie, Graves and Adams. He was murdered in 1884 by Jesse Williams.

Adams, M.

M. Adams came to Fort Macleod in 1889. He was a racehorse owner.

Adams, William

William Adams settled near High River in 1888. His brand 'AH' monogram was registered in 1888. He married a Miss Hull.

Aggett, Court

Court Aggett came to Youngstown in 1883. He was born in 1848, and died in 1939. He wa married to Isabelle. and had three daughters.

Ainscough, William Thomas

William Thomas Ainscough came to Cardston in 1890. He was born in 1854 at Big Cotton Wood, Utah and died in 1938 at Cardston. He and his wife, the former Margaret Ann Blake, had thirteen children. His homestaed location is now the Town of Cardston.

Aird, Alexander

Alexander Aird came to Millarville in 1889 with his brother, James. He came from Dumfries, Scotland, where he was born in 1863. He ranched at Millarville until 1901, then moved to Calgary where he operated The Calgary Furniture Store. He was a member and elder of Knox Presybterian Church. He and his wife, the former Agnes Isobel Shortt, born 1874, at Walkerton, Ontario and died in 1928 at McCauley, Manitoba. Were married in 1894. They had four children.

Aird, James

James Aird came to Millarville with his brother, Alexander, in 1889. In 1905 he moved to Lethbridge and opened a feed barn and machinery business. He later became City Commissioner for Lethbridge. In 1891 he married Isabell Scott, born in 1865 at Owen Sound, Ontario and died 1949 at Lethbridge. They had three children.

Akers, Dave

Dave Akers was a trader who travelled extensively in the western U.S.A. and Canada. He left Fort Benton in the spring of 1870 to trade with the Indians at Standoff. In 1872 he went to Fort Whoop-up, and later ranched in the area. He spent some time in the NWMP where he was a Quartermaster Sergeant.

Aldridge, William

William Aldridge came to Cardston from Utah in 1888. He was born in 1843 at Nauvoo, Illinois and married Anna Rolph. in 1881. She was born 1863. He died in 1916 and she died 1940. There were fourteen children. He is credited with the discovery of oil on Cameron Creek in Southern Alberta.

Alexander, Alexander (Sandy)

Sandy Alexander came to Canada from Scotland as a young man and joined the NWMP at Toronto in 1885. He was stationed at Medicine Hat from 1885-87, where he served as a farrier for the force. He resigned in 1892 to operate a blacksmith shop, but hard times forced him to reenlist in 1894. He then served for another thirty-three years, retiring in 1922. He attended the Coronation of King George V, and received the Coronation Medal, the 1885 Rebellion medal, and the Long Service Medal. Sandy married the former Margaret Lowden in 1890 and they had eight children.

Alexander, George

George Alexander came to Calgary from Ireland with his brother, Harry, in 1884. Together they started the 2 Dot Ranch - eight miles S.W. ofNanton. Their brand was registered in 1888. In 1891 they built the Alexander Block in Nanton. The ranch was sold in 1901 and George and his wife, Christina, moved to East Africa.

Alexander, Harry B.

Harry B. Alexander came to Calgary with his brother, George (see above). When the ranch was sold in 1901, Harry returned to Ireland. He was a bachelor during his years in Canada.

Alexander, J.S.T.

Mr. Alexander arrived at Lethbridge, Alberta in 1885. He was employed as a clerk in the law firm of Coneybeare and Galliker.

Researched by D. Armstrong

Alexander, L.A.

Mr. Alexander arrived at Lethbridge, Alberta in 1885 and had the first dairy cattle in the area.

Researched by D. Armstrong

Alexander, Steve

Steve Alexander came to Mitford in 1886, in the service of Lady Adela Cochrane. He served as a groom. In 1887, he and a partner, Eugene Kent ran a stopping place called 'Road House' on the old immigrant trail. About 1890, they sold out to Henry Collis and Steve moved to Lethbridge. There, he studied law and later moved to Victoria.

Alexander, William

William Alexander came to Calgary in 1890. He was a jeweller by trade. He operated jewelry repair shops in Golden (1890-1905) and then in Banff (1905-1940). He married Christina Toshach - also an early pioneer - and they had four children.

Alford, Bertram P.

Bertram P. Alford arrived in Jumping Pound in 1888. He was born in Tavistock, Ontario. He married Annie Elspeth Sibbald (daughter of Andrew Sibbald) who came to Alberta at age four with her family. They were married at Morley in 1893. He drove cattle through to Pine Lake where he opened a trading post. A post office was established in 1895. The Alford's had one daughter who died in childhood.

Allan, Alexander

Alexander Allan came to Calgary in March, 1884. He and his partner Andrew Rankin opened a dry goods store. He is said to have had the first piano in Calgary. Allan served as councillor in 1887 and again in 1898. He joined the Customs branch in 1900. He married Mary Jane Short, and they had two children.

Allen, Alexander Nathaniel

Alexander Allen came to Calgary 12 October 1885. He was born in 1861 in Aubrey, Quebec and was married in Calgary, in 1890. His wife, the former Janet Lang, came from Montreal to be married. The fajhily resided for many years in Okotoks, where their four children were born.

Allen, Benjamin Bradley

Benjamin Bradley Allen settled in Dinton District (Pine Canyon) in 1889. He died at Calgary in 1953. He and his wife, the former Jemima Duffield ofSandringham, England had nine children.

Allen, Herber S.

Herber S. Allen was born at Hyrum, Utah and came to Cardston in 1888. He taught school and later became the owner of Cardston Mercantile Co. In 1899 he built the Cardston Rolling Mills which later merged with Ellison Milling Co. of Lethbridge. He was the first postmaster in Cardston and became president of the Taylor Stake of the L.D.S. Church in 1902. He served as school trustee and town councillor in Cardston and Raymond. He married Amy Louise Leonard who also came to Alberta in 1888, and they had seven children.

Allen, John W.

John W. Allen arrived in Fort Macleod in 1884. He had come west to Oregon by wagon train with his parents. Enroute they discovered that two children had been orphaned in an Indian raid on the previous wagon train. John Allen's parents apparently raised the two children, one of which, Mary Jane, later became the wife of John W. Allen. They had two children. On the death of his wife, he moved to Fort Macleod where his son, John Claybum Allen had settled in 1881.

Allen, John Wesley

John Allen was born 10 June 1858 and died in 1942. He married Emma Kathleen Young, who died in 1928. Jack, under foreman Frank Strong, helped trail 9,000 head of cattle from Montana to Cochrane, Alberta. He served as a scout in the 1885 Rebellion. After ranching at the Belly River and the Kootenays, he then was a Clerk at the Queen's Hotel at Fort Macleod.

Allen, Richard Albert

Richard Albert Allen came to Calgary in 1888. He was employed initially as foreman for R.G. Robinson on the Chipman Ranch, Elbow River. By 1900 he had moved to the 2 Bar Ranch near Hussar. In 1909 he sold his homestead to the ranch and moved to Gleichen. In 1912 he was working as engineer and blacksmith on the Sarcee reserve. He worked with the Agricultural school in Claresholm from 1918 to 1935. He married the former Evalin Mary Wright, also a pioneer (Calgary, 1884) and they had six children.

Allen, Simeon F.

Simeon F. Allen arrived in Cardston in 1888, from Utah, where he homesteaded near Mountain View. He also was active in the mercantile business in Cardston for some years. He later sold his interests and returned to Utah. He and his wife, Boletta M. Johnson, had seven children.

Alley, William John

William John Alley came to Calgary in 1883 as foreman of a road grading crew for the C.P.R. He homesteaded in the same year, 1883, and served with the Steele Scouts in the 1885 Rebellion. Married to the former Margaret MePhail, they had two children.

Allingham, George

George Allingham came to Calgary in 1885. His brand was registered in 1888 on the Sheep Creek Range. He moved to Okotoks in 1890.

Allison, Douglas

Douglas Allison, an early member of the NWMP, took up residence at Crow's Nest Lake (Pincher Creek area) in 1886.

Allott, Frederick W.

Frederick Allott arrived in Medicine Hat in 1884. He was employed as Locomotive Engineer for the C.P.R. for forty-seven years, retiring in 1936. He and his wife Georgina had one son.

Ambrose, George Oliver

George OliverAmbrosecame to Fort Macleod in 1888. He served in the NWMP from 1889 to 1894, Jn the 1930's he was employed by the Income Tax Department in Calgary.

Amey, D.

Mr. Amey came to Calgary in 1888. He was the winner of the 100 yard dash, Sports Day, Calgary 1888.

Anderson, Andrew

Andrew Anderson was born in 1858 and arrived at Lethbridge, Alberta in 1885. He worked in the Galt Mines as a teamster and later ranched at Nobleford, Alberta. He had two sons, George and Andrew.

Anderson, Andrew

Andrew Anderson was born at Barrhead, Scotland in 1875 and died at Calgary in 1967. He married Agnes Derrix Adam who was born at Paisley, Scotland in 1886 and died in Calgary in 1935. They had a family of five children. Andrew served with the 50th Battalion in the First World War. He came to Calgary in 1888 and resided here for 55 years.

Anderson, Conrad

Conrad Anderson was born in Norway on 16 September 1859 and died 15 August 1928. He married Jacobine Kristine Ness in 1885 at Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She was born in Norway on 21 May 1864 and died 8 February 1938. The eldest son, Anton was born at Eau Claire 22 June 1886 and came to Calgary as a baby. Sons Martin, Harry and Gordon were born in Calgary as well as daughters, Gertrude and Clara Florence. Conrad was a seaman, circled the world seven times, emigrated to the United States in 1880 and settled at Eau Claire, Wise. in 1883. When the Eau Claire Lumber Co. moved their sawmill to Calgary in 1886, Conrad came with the predominantly Norwegian crew. He homesteaded NE l/4-4-23-29-W4th at Shepard.

(see also detailed post-publication profile for son, Anton)

Anderson, David

David Anderson was born in Georgetown, Ontario in 1869 and died in Calgary in 1954. In 1911 he married Dorothy Adelaide Hines who was born in Dundee, Scotland and died in Calgary January 1962. David, a nephew of William Bruce came to Calgary in 1890 to his uncle at Nose Creek and Dog Pound. He worked for Eau Claire Lumber for a time and then went into real estate in 1909. He had property on 8th Avenue West between 8th and 9th streets for many years before becoming an insurance agent for Sun Life Insurance Co.

Anderson, Fred G.

Fred Anderson was born in 1862. Mr. Anderson was at Regina throughout the Riel rebellion and then moved to Cochrane in 1887. Fred did many things such as being a cook, steamfitter, salesman, taxidermist and inventor. He was credited with inventing a dining table with a lazy susan, and also a device for unloading hayracks singlehandedly. He moved to Summerside, B.C. in 1898 and married there. Fred Anderson was alive to celebrate his 96th Birthday in Pentiction on August 8, 1958.

Anderson, Gilbert Sr.

Gilbert Anderson came to North Fork Sheep Creek in 1889 and died there in 1912. He homesteaded 4-21-3-W5th. There were six children. Mr. Anderson was a representative of a cattle company from the United Kingdom.

Anderson, Johannes

Johannes Anderson was born in Sweden in 1829. He married Hannah Anderson in Utah in 1874. Hannah was born in Sweden in 1858 and died at Cardston in 1925. They had nine children. Johannes came to the U.S. by sail and then Utah by ox team in 1865. Then to Cardston, 25 May 1,1887 where he resided until his death.

Andrews, Thomas H.

Thomas Andrews was born in 1841 at Inverness, Quebec and died at Calgary in 1931. In 1866 he married Flora McKenzie who was born at Inverness in 1840 and died at Calgary in 1911. They l~ad three children, James, Emma and Bruce. Thomas came to Calgary in 1884 and filed on a homestead 23-21-28 W4th in the Davisburg district. He raised many good Clydesdale horses.

Andrews, William

William Andrews was born at Inverness, Quebec in 1867 and died in 1941 at Nanton, Alberta. In 1909 he married Margaret Wannop who was born in 1881 and died in 1966 at Nanton, Alberta. In 1900 he homesteaded 5 miles east of Parkland, Alberta. He came to Calgary in 1886.

Andrews, William James

William James Andrews was born in 1853 at Inverness, Quebec and died at Okotoks in 1924. He married Catherine Brodie in 1878. She was born at Inverness, Quebec in 1854 and died at DeWinton, Alberta in 1945. They had four children. Mr. and Mrs. Andrews and Miss I. Brodie came west in 1885. They all worked for Col. Macleod at Fort Macleod and then homesteaded the N.E. l/4-28-21-29-W4th. Mr. Andrews donated the land for the Melrose school.

Archibald, Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell Archibald was born in Glasgow, Scotland and died in 1924 at Cardston, Alberta. He married Martha Ellen Leavitt, who was born in Welisville, Utah and died at Cardston in 1923. They had four children. He arrived at Cardston in 1880. Mr. Archibald was a musician, choirmaster and first village overseer.

Archibald, John Russell

John Russell Archibald was born in Scotland in 1846 and died at Welisville, Utah in 1923. His first wife was Elizabeth Hendry, with seven children to this marriage. There were two children by his second wife who was Deseret Kilfoyle who was born in 1859 at West Jordan, Utah and died at Welisville, Utah in 1916. John Archibald came to Cardston in 1888.

Archibald, Thomas Hendry

Thomas Archibald was born at Wellsville, Utah in 1869 and died at Glenwood, Alberta in 1937. His wife was Rachael Gregson, born in 1876 at Preston, Lancanshire, England and died at Cardston in 1936. They had eight children. Thomas came to Cardston in 1886, at 17 years of age, driving cattle for his father, John Russell Archibald. He returned to Utah then back to Cardston in 1888 where he married in 1895 and settled on Boundary Creek for 17 years.

Armer, William

William Armer was born in Westmoreland, England in 1867 and died at Fort Macleod in 1940. In 1904 married Mary Trowell who was born in Surrey, England and died at Fort Macleod in 1948. They had eight children. William came to Canada in 1886, joined the NWMP in 1887 and was posted to Fort Macleod in 1888. He served at Beaver Creek, Regina, Pincher Creek, Kipp, Stand Off, and returned to Fort Macleod as Sergeant Major. He spent thirty-five years in the NWMP

Armour, Andrew M.

Andrew M. Armour was a Printer and Publisher and founder of the Calgary Herald 31 August 1883 with Thomas B. Braden. On 4 January 1884 he became one of the members of the First Civic Committee in Calgary.

Armstrong, Robert

Robert Armstrong was born near Kansas City, Kanses in 1849. He was a noted plainsman, scout and buffalo hunter in the United States before he entered Canada near the Cypress Hills and Fort Walsh in 1882. He was chief scout for the North West Field Force and General Middleton during the Riel Rebellion of 1885 and was the main participant in Riel's capture. He married Adelaide Theresa Burke in 1888 at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and they had five daughters and a son. He died at Los Angeles, California on October 22, 1941 at 92 years of age.

Prepared by Judith LaLonde, Great Grandaughter.

Arnell, John

John Arnell was born in Wiarton, Ontario in 1863 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1915. He married Jessie Taylor, born in Annible, Ontario in 1886 and died at Vancouver, B.C. in 1922. They had nine children. He came to Calgary 1883.

Arnott, William

William Arnott was born in 1852 at Cherry Burton, England. In 1886 he married Annie Crick who was born at Sapperton, Suffolk, England in 1865. They were married in Calgary at the Church of the Redeemer. There was one child, Beatrice Lillian born at Calgary in 1887.

Ash, Gilbert Percy

Percy Gilbert Ash was born in Quebec and died in 1947 at Victoria, B.C. He was married in 1892 to Ella Arnold who was born in Ontario. Gilbert came to Fort Macleod with the NWMP in 1879. He was discharged in 1884 and ranched at the St. Marys River and Lees Creek until 1902, first with Cobble and Derenzie, then alone. He also ranched at Writing-on-stone.

Ashcroft, James and Mrs.

Mr. and Mrs. Ashcroft came to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1888. James bought the coal mine to which Nicholas Sheran had the rights. James purchased it from the heirs of Mr. Sheran and renamed it Ashcroft Mine. He purchased the old Queen's hotel and also acquired land at Eight Mile Lake. There were two sons, Peter and William in their family.

Astell, Frederick Charles

Frederick Charles Astell was born in 1865 at Banbury, England and died at Calgary in 1945. In 1887 he married Hannah Breeze who was born at Leamington, England and died at Calgary in 1941. They had a family of five children. He came to Calgary in 1888.

Astley, Charles D'oyley

Charles Astley was born in 1849 at Brislingten, Somerset, England and died at Banff, Alberta in 1937. In 1888 at St. Perranuthnee, Cornwall, England he married Lucy Ann Andrews who was born in Cornwall and died at Banff, Alberta in 1934. They had five children. Mr. Astley came to Minnewanka near Banff in 1889, with his wife and baby girl, to assist his brother Willoughby John Astley in a summer hotel business. He managed this business until 1907 and then retired to Banff.

Astley, Willoughby John

Willoughby Astley was born at St. Perranuthnee, Cornwall, England in 1859 and died at Nelson, B.C. in 1948. In 1894 he married Ida Penn, who was born at Islington East, Middlesex, England in 1873 and died at Nelson B.C. in 1933. There were two children. Mr. Astley arrived in Canada in 1879 and worked his way across Canada arriving at Banff and Lake Minnewanka in 1886. In association with W.H. Desborough built the first log hotel at Lake Minnewanka and operated it until 1889. At the request of William White he went to Lake Louise to develop the resort. He was there until 1895.

Atkins, Henry Burns

Henry Atkins was born in 1867 at Leeds, Yorkshire, England and died at Cremona, Alberta in 1941. He married Jannet McEachen who was born in 1862 at Vist, Scotland, and died at Cochrane, Alberta in 1901. He then married, his second wife, Ada Doak who was born at Hamilton, Ontario in 1877 and died at Cremona, Alberta in 1945. There were seven children. In 1888 he homesteaded the SEI/4 4-30-4-W5th. In 1904 he established a hay, grain and implement business in Didsbury, was a Justice of the Peace for four years, Mayor of Didsbury for two terms and then in 1915 was elected as a Liberal member to the Provincial Legislature. In 1919 he moved back to his homestead at Cremona.

Atkinson, Frances Gertrude (nee Brown)

Frances was born May 1869, at Rice Lake, Ontario and died 10 May 1961 at Duncan, B.C. She married Harry Atkinson, who was born at Darlington, England in 1857 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1904. They had three children. Frances was one of the first teachers in Calgary. She taught from the time of her arrival 1889 until the time of her marriage in 1891.

Atkinson, Harry

Harry Atkinson was born in 1857 at Darlington, England and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1904. In 1891 he married Frances Gertrude Brown, who was born in 1869 at Rice Lake, Ontario and died at Duncan, B.C. in 1961. They had three children. Mr. Atkinson came to Calgary in 1887 and became a Hudson's Bay Co. employee. At the time of his death he was European buyer for the company.

Austin, Edmund

Edmund Austin homesteaded in the Okotoks area, raised horses and cattle on Sheep Creek Range. He came to the area in 1885.

Austin, F.

F. Austin an early cattle rancher in the Pincher Creek area. Year 1883.
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