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D'Artigue was a professor at Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario before joining the NWMP, at Fort Macleod in 1882. After leaving the force he ranched in the Ghost River area. He later wrote a book believed to have been called 'Forty Years in Canada'. D'Artigue was born in Southern France.

Daggett, Ernest Austin

Ernest Daggett came west in 1889 to the J.J. Van Wart Ranch. He was born in New Brunswick and died in 1936 at Okotoks. In 1899 he married Alberta Watt, who was also from New Brunswick, she was born in 1871 and died in 1957 in N.B. They had one daughter Mary, (Mrs. Thomas Wilde). In 1893 Ernest was employed as an accountant at the John Lineham Lumber Mills. He homesteaded in the Blackie area, and later ranched at Millarville eventually moving to Okotoks..

Daines, Robert

Robert Daines was born in England and immigrated to Hyde Park, Utah, U.S.A. and then to Cardston in 1887. He married Sarah Hymus, widow of Ormus E. Bates, Sr. Robert engaged in farming on land which now lies within the present site of Cardston. He stayed a few years and then returned to Utah, where he died. Robert and Sarah had two children; Annie (Mrs. C.E. Snow and Orson A. of Cardston.

Daley, James

James Daley was born in 1851 in Ireland and died at Granum in 1927. At Fort Macleod in 1888 he married Mary Selves, who was born in 1869 at Mitchell, Ontario and died at Granum in 1950. James served in the NWMP from 1874-1880, then entered into a partnership with C. Whitney using the X brand. The partnership was dissolved, so he added a bar at that time to form a campstool brand. Daley Creek is named after him. The ranch is now operated by his son Wallace and son-in-law E. Mohr. The Daley's had two children; W. Stanley and Henrietta L. (Mrs. Byers).

Damon, William Nathanial

William Damon came to Fort Macleod in 1882, he worked at various ranches including the Waldron. He was born in Michigan, U.S.A. in 1857 and died at Fort Maceod in 1936. In 1905 at Calgary he married Alice J.Coffey, she died at Fort Macleod in 1925. They had no children, however he raised a niece, Fern McFarquhar. William joined the Department of Indian Affairs, stationed at the Blackfoot Reserve. Later he returned to Fort Macleod where he raised Clydesdale horses.

Darch, A.J.

A.J. Darch arrived in Macleod in 1885. Mrs. Darch (Emma Ashdown), followed in 1886. They lived in Macleod a short time, then moved to Lethbridge, where he built the first house on the corner of 8th Street and 3rd Avenue. Mr. Darch was the cashier for the North West Coal and Navigation Company.

Davie, J.S.

Mr. Davie came to Banff in 1889. He was an Inspector for Canada Life Investigation Department.

Davies, John R

Mr. Davies came to Lethbridge in 1883. He was born in 1862 and died in 1907. John freighted with bull teams. He came to Southern Alberta with the last two string bull teams and remained, to commence horse ranching just north of Lethbridge. He married Alice Perry, daughter of James Perry ( 1885)

Davies, Joshua Sr.

Mr. Davies was born in Wales and came to Lethbridge in 1883. He was a surveyor for the North West coal and Navigation Company; he later owned and farmed thirteen hundred acres of land, across the river from the Lethbridge power house. Mr. and Mrs. Davies had four sons and seven daughters.

Davis, Daniel (Peaches)

Daniel Davis came with the NWMP in 1876. He was born at Southhampton, England in 1857 and died at Calgary in 1937. 'Peaches' served with the NWMP in many parts of the west. In 1882 he escorted a large band of Indians single handedly from Fort Walsh to Battleford and then during the Rebellion served with Crozier at Battleford and at different periods with Troops B, C and D. His wife survived him and resided in Calgary.

Davis, Donald Watson

Donald Davis who came to Southern Alberta in 1874 was born at Londonderry, Vermont, U.S.A., in 1845 and died at Dawson City, Yukon Territory in 1906. He was married twice, first to a sister of Chief Red Crow who bore five children and then in 1863 at Fort Macleod he married Lillie E.J. Frier, who was born at Wiarton, Ontario in 1888 and died at Fort Macleod in 1835. Donald and Lillie had six children. Mr.Watson came to Fort Macleod as the manager for I.G. Baker. He formed a partnership with Frank Strong in the Strong Ranch, east of Fort Macleod raising horses. In 1887 he was elected the first member of the Legislature for Alberta.

Davis, Edward P. and Adella Louise

Mr. and Mrs. Davis came to Calgary in 1888. Edward was born in Ontario in 1860 and died at Vancouver, B.C., in 1940. He was a lawyer and later Kings Council. He was the prosecutor at the murder trial of Jumbo Fisk in 1889 and also Returning Officer in the Municipal elections in 1887. They had a family of two sons and one daughter.

Davis, Jeff

Jeff Davis came to Fort Macleod in 1874. He was said to have driven the first load of freight in Red River wagons from Winnipeg to Fort Macleod. He remained a freighter and coach driver. Later with Neil McKeague he operated a livery barn called the 'Alberta Stables'. Jeff was born on the Isle of Man and died at Fort Macleod. His wife was born at London, England and died at Fort Macleod. They had three children in their family.

Davis, Sergeant

Sergeant Davis came with the NWMP in 1874 and was well known in the Lethbridge area.

Davis, William

William Davis came to Lethbridge in 1889 with two sons and one daughter, his wife followed in 1890 with the rest of the family of five children. They bought a few acres north of the town where they kept a cow and saddle horses. The men obtained work at the Galt mines and later they homesteaded west of Carmangay. William was born in Wales in 1836 and died at Carmangay in 1909. He married Jan Vandersluys in 1864 in England. She was born there in 1842 and died in 1907.

Daw, Francis (Frank)

Frank Daw came to Canada with the Sir John Lister Kay party and worked for the Namaka farm, west of the Blackfoot Reserve in 1888. In 1891 he was a C.P.R. fireman and later worked at lumber mills and camps. He homesteaded and farmed successfully until 1944. He was married three times; Annie Jepson in 1892, Fannie Jepson in 1903 and Emily Till in 1942. His only son Francis J. was killed in action in 1918.

Dawson, Charles Edgar

Charles and Annie Dawson homesteaded in the Porcupine Hills and made a living in market gardening. They came to Lethbridge in 1885. Charles died in 1909. He married Annie Greenham at Cambridge, England, she was born in 1841 and died in 1908 at Willow Creek ranch. They had five children; Harry S.; Ethel; Charles E.; Edgar H.; and Ruth Marion.

Dawson, Edgar H.

Mr. Dawson came to Lethbridge in 1886. He was born in 1872 and died in 1923. Edgar, a rancher, lived in Lethbridge for nearly forty years. There were three sons, Frank, Charlie and Jack and one daughter Grace.

Dawson, Captain Edward D.L.S.

Edward Dawson came to Queenstown in 1888. An early surveyor, he returned to England and formed the Canadian Colonization Corporation. He rented sixteen sections of land at Queenstown and built the first house there. The venture ran into misfortune, a prairie fire and then an epidemic of glanders amongst the horses. He was born at Yorkshire, England in 1837 and died at Edmonton in 1901. He married Louisa Vann in 1867 in England, she died in 1926. They had one daughter, Dora Vivian.

Dawson, James

James Dawson came to Fort Walsh in 1882 with the NWMP. He was born at Toronto, Ontario in 1857 and died in 1937. He was married in 1902 at Red Deer to Mary Mouncey, who was born at Roseneath, Ontario in 1856 and died at Red Deer in 1952. Dawson enlisted in 1882 and was stationed at various points prior to going to Red Deer Crossing in 1889. He was discharged in 1897 and in 1902 filed for a homestead near Penhold. James and Mary moved to Red Deer in 1923.

Deane, Captain Richard Burton

Captain Deane was commissioned in the Royal Marine Light Infantry in 1866. He served during the Ashanti war and retired in 1882. He came to Canada and became Inspector with the NWMP at Regina in 1883. He was at Lethbridge from 1888 until 1902, at Calgary from 1906 to 1914. He retired when Fort Calgary was closed in 1914. Deane was born in 1848 in India and died in 1930 in Italy. He was married twice, his first wife was Martha Crotchen Ridout, and his second marriage was to M. Dennehy, who was born in 1863 and died at Calgary in 1914. He had four children.

Deane-Freeman, Joseph

Mr. Deane-Freeman, came to Millarville in 1886. He was born at County Cork, Ireland in 1854 and died at Vancouver, B.C., in 1936. In 1875 he married Elizabeth LeBagge, who was born in Ireland in 1847 and died at Salmon Arm, B.C. in 1913. Joseph served briefly at sea on a Windjammer, later filing for a homestead on the North Fork of Sheep Creek. In 1887 he was joined by his wife and family; seven children. Anglican Church services were held in their home at the Monea Ranch until Christ Church at Millarville was built.

Deans, John Gardner

John Deans trailed cattle for Geddes, who had taken advantage of the - James D. Federal Leasing Regulations. He was a wrangler and his wife, Mary was the wrangler cook. The caravans arrived in October 1879. Deans was born in Scotland in 1852 and died at Olds in 1916. He married Mary Anna Mier, who was born in Bruce County, Ontario in 1860 and died at Olds in 1938. There were eight children in their family. Mr. Deans established the Alberta Laundry and had one of the first milk routes in Calgary, Four years later he homesteaded on Fish Creek and cut his hay from Chestermere Lake field. Deans later acquired another homestead at Olds.

Deery, Daniel

Daniel Deery came to Banff in 1887. He was born in Ireland in 1860. Deery worked on the construction of the Banff Hotel and later was a track foreman on the A. R. & I. Railway, between Lethbridge and Great Falls, Montana, U.S.A. He also homesteaded on the Milk River and operated a livery stable at Milk River. He was one of the Incorporators of the village of Milk River.

Deeson, Captain James

Captain James Deeson came to Calgary in 1887 with the Salvation Army.

Delay, Owen

Mr. Delay arrived in Lethbridge in 1886.He was born in Ireland and died November 1929, at Lethbridge. He was employed with the construction gang that built the telegraph line in 1885. Later he was the stable boss for Galt Mines. The Delays has one son.

DeMille, Vernon Nathon

De Mille came to Calgary in 1888. He was born in 1861 in New Brunswick and died at Calgary in 1930. He married Bessie Hanford Graves, who was born in 1864 at Anagance, N.B. they had a family of six children; Howard, Carolyn M., George V., Ora, Bertram, William E., and Bessie. They homesteaded on land south of Calgary and later took land on the Macleod Trail, previously owned by Howard Graves. Alter he sold the land near Calgary, he bought a saw mill near Priddis. Alter the death of his wife Bessie, he married Mabel Caton.

Dempster, Alexander Robert

Dempster came to Pincher Creek in 1884. He was a shoemaker with the NWMP and later operated a shoe repair and barber shop in Pincher Creek. He was a member of the Town Council for several years, and town Policeman for a time. Alexander was born in 1854 at Aberdeen, Scotland and died at Pincher Creek in 1941. In 1892 he married Elizabeth Anne Foote, who was born at Cobourg, Ontario in 1857 and died at Pincher Creek in 1943. They had three daughters; Christina A., Leila M., and Edith E.

Dennehy, Henry Francis

Dennehy came to Calgary in 1884. He was Assistant Dominion Land Officer Agent.

Denning, Harry

Harry Denning came to Calgary in 1877. He was born at Somerset, England in 1840 and died at Calgary in 1924. He was married in England in 1885 to Jane Back, who was born there in 1863 and died in 1886 at the South Fork of Sheep Creek. They homesteaded about two miles west of Turner Valley, where the Lineham Post Office was opened in 1895. Harry was the postmaster there until his death. Harry and Jane Denning had two children in their family. He was remarried in 1907.

Denny, Sir Cecil Edward

The 6th Baronet of Tralee Castle, Cecil Denny was born in 1850 at Hampshire, England and died at Edmonton in 1928. Sir Cecil was commissioned in 1874 to F Troop of the NWMP. He was co-founder of Fort Macleod and Calgary and was a signatory to the Blackfoot Treaty No.7. In 1881 he acquired a large tract of land in east Calgary. Denny was the Indian Agent at Fort Walsh. Cecil Denny was Archivist, Explorer, Pioneer, Author of 'Riders of the Plains' and 'The Law Marches West'. He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1921.

DeSmet, Father Pierre Jean

Father DeSmet was an early Catholic Missionary. He established a Mission in 1840 in Oregon and crossed the Rockies in 1845 spending a number of years in Southern Alberta. He attempted to arrange peace treaties between the Blackfoot and Flathead Indians, along the U.S. border. DeSmet was born in 1801 at Termonde, Belgium and died in 1873 at St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A

Desson, Captain James

Captain Desson came to Calgary and established the Salvation Army Church on 21 August, 1887. There were 12 children in the Sunday School. The first band was formed in 1901.

Detlor, Thomas DeVesey Wilde

Detlor came to Calgary in 1890. He was born at Napanee, Ontario in 1844 and died in 1927 at Edmonton. In 1883 he married Alice Cecilia Schram, who was born in 1864 in Ontario and died in 1946 at Vancoucer, B.C. They had three children in their family.

DeVeber, Hon. Senator Leverett George M.D.

Dr.DeVeber came to Fort Macleod in 1883 as a surgeon for the NWMP. He was born in 1849 in New Brunswick and died in 1925 at Aylmer, Quebec. He married Rachel Ann Ryan (daughter of John Ryan, NWMP) Rachel was born in 1859 and died at Ottawa, Ontario in 1944. They had two children; Marin D., and Leverett S. Dr. George was educated a Windsor, N.S., the University of Pennsylvania and at Bartholomew's Hospital at London, England. He resigned from the NWWP in 1885 and entered politics. He was elected to the Northwest Legislative Assembly in 1891 and was re-elected in 1902. He entered Premier Rutherford's Cabinet in 1905 and was appointed to the Senate in 1906.

Dewar, John H.

Mr. Dewar came to DeWinton in 1889. He was born in 1861 at Glengarry Co., Ontario and died in 1933 at Calgary. In 1886 he married Sarah Jane McMillan, who was born in 1863 in Alexandria, Ontario and died at Calgary in 1945. There were eight children in their family. John farmed in the DeWinton area, a plasterer by trade. He was also a piper and piped in a number of parades in Calgary and Edmonton. He was a well known Highland dancer.

Diamond, Jacob Lyon

Mr. Diamond was born at Oshmina, Russia in 1859 and came to Canada in 1877. He was a peddler in the east where he met and married Maria (Rachel) Stoodley; then settled in Calgary in 1888. His was the first Jewish family to settle permanently in Alberta. Eventually he opened the Diamond Liquor Company on Stephen Avenue. There were five children; Joe, Myers, Rose, Hattie and Dorothy. Jacob's brothers followed; William at Edmonton, and Phillip at Canmore. Jacob was a member of the Masonic Lodge; Oddfellows; and the Southern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association. He was the leader of the Jewish Community as founder and president of the first Synagogue 1906-1916. He died at Calgary in 1929.

Submitted by Jay Joffe

Dick, George Howard

Mr. and Mrs. George Dick came to Calgary in 1886 from Winnipeg with their three sons; William R., Albert A., and George H. George Dick was born in 1845 in Ontario and died at Calgary in 1911. He married Agnes Morrow, who was born in 1847 in Ontario and died at Calgary in 1943.

Dickson, Andrew Roger

Andrew Dickson came to Dunmore Junction in 1887. He was born at Hamilton, Ontario in 1857. He married Claribel Martin, who was born at Simcoe, Ontario. They had six children; Beatrice, Andrew A., Ada M., Helen, Rodger and James K. Andrew Dickson was a general merchant at Dunmore and in 1895 moved to Wetaskiwin.

Dixon, Alfred

Alfred Dixon arrived at Fort Macleod in 1887. He was born at Etobicoke, Ontario and died at Fort Macleod in 1914. He married Harriett E. Canning in 1893 in Ontario. They had five Children. Alfred came west to join his brother and they worked at the Waldron Ranch, then later purchased land at Beaver Creek. Alfred farmed until the late 1890's and then moved to the Olsen Creek district. In 1908 he operated a livery stable at Granum, Alberta and moved back to Fort Macleod in 1913.

Dixon, Anthony

Anthony Dixon came to Fort Macleod in 1885. He was born at Etobicoke, Ontario and died there in 1900. He was employed in the Department of Indian Affairs as a farm instructor, then worked at the Waldron Ranch. A few years later he bought land in the Beaver Creek area and ran horses and cattle. He returned to Ontario, being in poor health, in 1900.

Dixon, Robert (Rattlesnake Pete)

'Rattlesnake Pete' came to Fort Macleod in 1881. He was born in 1861 at Aberdeen, Scotland and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1955. He married Wanita Jackson in 1912 at Butte, Montana. They had two children, Mary and Sarah.

Dobbie, William Reston

William came to Pincher Creek in 1885. Born at Lanark, Ontario in 1863, he died at Pincher Creek in 1921. In 1885, he married Margaret Skiffington, who was born at Lanark, Ontario in 1861 and died at Pincher Creek, in 1946. There were nine children. On his arrival at Pincher Creek, 1885, he worked as woods and river Foreman at Peter McLaren's sawmill on the Old Man River. He then operated the Brick Hotel and Livery business. He also engaged in farming, horse trading and real estate. He was Mayor of Pincher Creek in 1910 and 1911.

Dobbler, Daniel

Mr. Dobbler came to Red Deer in 1885 and returned to Ontario, in 1901. He was born in 1866 in Lake Erie County, Ontario.

Dodd, John

John came to Innisfail area in 1890, where he worked as a millwright and operated mills in that area. He was born at Waterloo, Ontario in 1850. John married Margaret Dea, who was born at Gaspe, Quebec. There were seven children.

Doll, Louis Henry

Louis came to Calgary in 1889. He was born at Port Perry, Ontario in 1867 and died at Oliver, Alberta in 1961. In 1897, he married Mary Christina Jepson Young, who was born in Toronto, Ontario and died at Calgary, in 1953. They had five children. Mr. Doll was in the jewellery business, starting in Toronto, then to Winnipeg, Revelstoke, B.C, as well as Donald, B.C. In 1889 he sold out and moved to Calgary, where he operated a retail jewellery store, for many years. He constructed the Doll Block on 8th Avenue.

Donaldson, Maxwell

Maxwell Donaldson, came to Lethbridge in 1886. He was born at Kingston, Ontario and died at Taber, Alberta, in 1947. He married Annie Saunders, who was born in Scotland, in 1887. They had one child. Mr. Donaldson was employed by the C.P.R. and freighted for I.G. Baker. Later he farmed at Grassy Lake, Lethbridge and Taber.

Doolittle, George

George Doolittle came to Shepard in 1885. He was born at Belfast, Ireland and died at Shepard in 1919. He married Hannah Elizabeth Jerry, who was born at Walters Falls, Ontario and died at Calgary in 1961. They had seven children. Four of them died in the diphtheria epidemic in 1897. George was employed by the C.P.R., doing construction work for $1.00 a day. He would milk five cows, walk one mile to work and be there by 7:00 a.m.

Dorenzie, (Derenzie) Samuel

Samuel came to Standoff, in 1879 with the NWMP. He was born at Ottawa, Ontario, in 1859 and died at Fort Macleod in 1901. He was married and they had one son. Samuel left the NWMP force in 1884 and turned to ranching, first on the St. Mary's River and Lee Creek, then 1889 moved on to Willow Creek.

Doucet, Father Leon O.M.I.

Father Doucet was born in France in 1847 and came to St. Albert in 1868, where he was ordained in 1870. He was sent to learn the Blackfoot language and together with Father Scollen, established Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Mission, in 1875. The Mission was located on NW 1/4 3-24 W 4th, southwest of Cochrane. A Cairn was erected at this site in 1939. As the Mission was too far from Calgary, it was later moved to the present site of the Holy Cross Hospital. Father Leon Doucet died in 1942.

Dougherty, John

John came from Chatham, Ontario by covered wagon and red river cart, to Fort Macleod in the early 1880's. He was married to Victoria H. Bodder. They had eight children.

Doughty, Edward

Mr. Doughty came to Calgary in 1886 and worked as an accountant and manager from 1888 to 1902, then in 1906 engaged in the real estate business. Edward was born at Iron Bridge, Shropshire, England in 1859 and later died in Calgary in 1940. He married Adelaide Harriet Hayward in England. They had two children.

Douglas, Howard

Howard was a Civil Engineer with the C.P.R., whose employment ended in Calgary in August 1883 with the end of the track. He was born in Nelson Township, Halton Co., Ontario in 1852 and died at Edmonton, in 1929. In 1872, he married Maud Alice Johnston, who was born in England in 1852. They had four children. He built a house on a lot which later became the site for the Bank of Montreal. He went to Banff in 1896 as the second Superintendent of Banff National Park and was instrumental in bringing the Buffalo from Montana. Mount Howard Douglas, is named after him.

Information received from Teen Nolan

Douglas, T. Spencer

Spencer Douglas came to Calgary in 1884 and was a member of the first Calgary Council and Tax Collector.

Douglas, Thomas

Thomas settled in the Pine Creek (DeWinton) area in 1885. He was born in Scotland in 1837 and died in Calgary in 1920. In 1866 he married Ann Charlton, who was born in England in 1843 and died in Calgary in 1930. There were seven children.

Douglass, Charles Linzee

Mr. Douglass brought seven thoroughbred stallions, from Market Harborough, to the Quorn ranch in 1885. He was born at Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England in 1867 and died at Victoria, B.C. in 1936. In 1896, he married Maria Arabella Deane-Freeman, who was born in county Louth, Ireland in 1876 and died in 1952, at Victoria, B.C. There were six children. In 1902 the Douglasses with William Deane-Freeman and John Ware obtained land north of Bassano and ranched there until 1918.

Douglass, Janet

Janet came to Calgary in 1883, to visit a sister, Mrs. Desbrisay and remained. She taught school and kept books for G.C. King until she married. Janet was born in 1866 at Quebec City, Quebec and died in Calgary in 1936. In 1886 she married W.E.G. Holmes, who was born in 1850 and died at Calgary, 1915.

Dowling, John Henry

John and his family settled on the S 1/2 10-22 W5th, in 1884. He was born in 1852 in England and died in Calgary in 1893. In 1882 he married Mary Annie Moore, who was born 1862 in Montreal, Quebec and died at Calgary in 1948. They had seven children. After his sudden death, his wife with seven children continued to farm and later filed on SW 1/ 2-34-21-3 W5th. She later married Fred Monk.

Draper, Luke

The Draper's came to Calgary in 1890 from Ellendale, North Dakota, U.S.A. Luke was born at Athens Ontario in 1861 and died at Calgary in 1931. In 1881 at Ogdenburg, New York, he married Eliza Emily Burke, who was born at Prescott, Ontario in 1864 and died at Calgary in 1954. There were eight children, three born in North Dakota and five in Canada.

Draudson, Edward C.

The Draudson's came to Canmore, in 1889, where Edward worked as a contractor. Edward was born at Riga, Latvia in 1868 and died at Medicine Hat in 1902. In 1889 he married Minnie Rye, who was born at Riga, Latvia and died at Los Angeles in 1931. There were four children. In 1896, Edward went to Chicago and then to Canmore and Medicine Hat, where he did the interior woodwork and windows for the St. Johns Presbyterian Church. He owned property at Medicine Hat and a farm forty miles south of Medicine Hat. He died from drowning at Feldman Lake.

Drew, Henry (Boston)

Mr. Drew, a former U.S.A. Army Officer, came to the N.W.T. with a trail herd from Idaho, in 1884. He worked for Buck Smith for two years and then in 1886, built a Stopping Place and Saloon at High River. This he sold to George Ross and moved to British Columbia.

Drinkwater, Edward Thompson

Mr. Drinkwater, was a member of the NWWP for twenty years, stationed at Fort Macleod. He was the Grandfather of Judge Allen Cullen.

Duce, Thomas

Thomas was born in England in 1846. He married Mary Ann Hymus, who was born in Essex, England in 1857 and died in Cardston in 1922. There were eight children. Mr. Duce was a farmer, Councillor, merchant, Bishop of the Mormon Church and Overseer of the Temple.

Duff, John

Mr. and Mrs. Duff came to Lethbridge in 1885 where they farmed. John was born in 1822, in Scotland and died at Lethbridge in 1898. He married Janet McKay, born in 1835 in Scotland and died at Lethbridge in 1920. They had nine children. John planned the Duff addition to Lethbridge and planted some of the first trees there in 1886.

Duggan, Cornelius J.

Cornelius came to Calgary in 1885 with the C.P.R. He was born in Fenelon Falls, Ontario in 1845 and died at Calgary in 1937. He married Aggie McGraine, who was born at Lindsay, Ontario and died at Calgary. They had one child, Edward.

Duke, Christopher

Christopher came to Calgary in 1886. He was born in Sussex, England in 1866 and died at Calgary, in 1952. In 1898 he married Blanche Hunt, who was born in Ontario in 1866 and died in Calgary in 1954. They had three children. Mr. Duke was nicknamed "Long" as he was six feet four inches tall, or "Banjo" for the instrument he played. He settled on N 1/2-10-24-4 W5th and NE 4-24-4 W5th. Blanche was a phenomenon for that time, as she was very proficient in shorthand and typing and worked as Secretary to J.A Bangs (Lawyer).

Dunbar, John Alexander

Dunbar filed a homestead on Beaver Creek, at the foot of the Porcupine Hills in 1884. John was born at Kingston, Ontario in 1828 and died at Fort Macleod in 1912. He married May Ann Patterson, who was born at Kingston, Ontario in 1837 and died at Fort Macleod in 1923. They had five children. John came to the N.W.T. to work on the Railway in 1884. In 1885 he became part of the Alberta Field force and took part in the suppression of the Riel Rebellion. In 1885, he applied for a homestead on the NW 1/4-12-24-4 W5th.

Dunbar, Robert

Robert and Mary Dunbar came to the N.W.T. in 1883. He was born at Tempburne, Tipperary in 1815 and died in 1898 at Fort Macleod. In 1840 he married Mary Anne O'Loane, in Ontario, who was born in 1825 and died in 1898 at Fort Macleod. They had seven children.

Duncan, Margaret

Margaret Duncan was a school teacher in Red Deer, in 1890.

Duthie, Richard Jonathan

Richard came west to Calgary in 1881. He was born at New Richmond, Quebec in 1848 and died at Pincher Creek in 1922. In 1885, he married Theresa Ann Clarke, who was born at Tiverton, Ontario in 1865 and died at Edmonton in 1946. There were four children. Richard worked at the Cochrane Ranch for experience in 1881. In 1882 the Alberta Ranch Company was formed with Duthie as one of the shareholders. The ranch operated for eighteen years with 22,000 acres of leased land and as many as 3000 head of cattle.

Dyer, Ralph

Ralph Dyer came to Calgary in 1888. He had one son.

Dyke, Rev. Joshua

Rev. Dyke was in the Calgary area in 1882. His brand was registered in 1888. He was born September 15th, 1848 at Wednesfield, Staffordshire, England and died in 1934 at Fort William, Ontario. He married his first wife at Bowmanville, Ontario. He married his second wife, Sophia Louise Fox, at Chatham, Ontario. She was born at Chatham, Ontario and died August 14th, 1958 at Fort William, Ontario. There were seven children.

Dyson, Arthur

Arthur was in Calgary in 1887. He was born in 1869 in India, and died in South Africa in 1910. He was married in Calgary, in 1892 to Florence Hudson, who was born June 19th, 1865 and died October 23rd, 1957, at Kelowna, B.C.

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