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Lacombe, Albert, OMI

See full Pioneer Profile for Father Albert Lacombe.

Lafferty, Dr. Alan M.

Dr. Lafferty was born at Perth, Ontario in 1861. He married Janet Wheeler and they had two children. He was a surgeon with the Great Northern Railway and came to Lethbridge in 1888. He was a medical health officer for many years and a Life member of the Canadian Medical Society.

Lafferty, Dr. James D.

Dr. and Mrs. Lafferty came to Calgary in 1885. He was born 1853 in Pembrooke Ontario and died 1921. He married Jessie Grant, they had one son, Geoffrey. Dr. Lafferty practiced medicine in Ontario prior to coming to Calgary. In 1885 he moved to Calgary as Chief Surgeon of the C.P.R., at the same time operating a private practice until his death. He was President of the Alberta College of Physicians. Mayor of Calgary in 1890. He also operated a system of private banks extending from Winnipeg to the Pacific coast.

Lamar, John (Joe)

Joe Lamar came to the Waldron Ranch in 1888. He married Lizzie Waldron, who died in 1906 at Chihuahus, Mexico.

Lambert, James Smith (Jim)

Jim Lambert served with the NWMP at Fort Macleod from 1888 to 1898. He went to the Klondike gold rush and when the South African War broke out he returned to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he enlisted. Jim returned to Fort Macleod after the war in 1901 and in 1902 was a member of the Lord Strathcona Horse unit to attend the Coronation of Edward VII. Jim Lambert was born at Lancashire, England in 1866 and died in 1948. He married Miss E. L. Taylor, who was born at Lancashire, England and died at Fort Macleod in 1920. They had one daughter and two sons in their family. After Jim came back to Fort Macleod he followed his trade as a building contractor. He was back in uniform when World War I broke out, serving with the 13 Canadian Mounted Rifles, ending the war as a Captain. He served on the town council, supervised building activities, and was a school board member for four years.

Lancaster, Hugh Christie

Hugh Lancaster came to Fort Macleod in 1888. He was born in Ontario in 1874 and died at Pincher Creek in 1942. In 1906 he married Florence Courtney, who was born at London, England and died at Calgary in 1931. His second marriage was to Nancy Ballard R.N. in 1935. She died at Pincher Creek in 1959. There was a family of six children.

Lane, George

George Lane was at first a ranch foreman but later became the Cattle King of Canada and owner of the Bar U and Willow Creek Ranches. He was one of the Big Four that founded the Calgary Stampede. In 1886 at Calgary, he married Elizabeth Sexsmith, who was born in 1866 at Mochom County, Quebec and died in 1958. They had eight children in their family.

Lang, William

William Lang came to Okotoks in 1889. He was born at Riverfield, Quebec in 1864 and died at Okotoks in 1944. He married Mary Abbott at Okotoks in 1891. She was born in 1865 at Howick, Quebec and died at Okotoks in 1922. There was one daughter and two sons in their family.

Langford, Thomas C.

Thomas Langford settled on the Little Bow River in 1885 after living at Plum Creek, Manitoba. He sold his ranch in 1902 and returned to Ireland, where he married. Langford was born in Ireland.

Larkin, Edward

Edward Larkin joined the N.W.M.P. at Fort Macleod in 1874 and served there for six years. He was a cook and received an honorable discharge in 1880. In 1885 he served in the Rebellion. Edward was born in Ireland in 1847 and died at Midnapore in 1931. He was not married. Edward Larkin was a round-up cook for Winder, the Waidron and Oxley Ranches. His last years were spent in the Lacombe Home.

Lauder, Dr. John Drought

Dr. John Lauder came to Fort Macleod in 1876. He was born at Trim, Ireland in 1854 and died at Innisfail, Alberta in 1934. At Calgary, in 1885, he married Marguerite Thomson, who was born in 1863 at Quebec City and died in 1950 at Calgary, Alberta. They had a family of five children.

Lawless, William H.

William Lawless was a C.P.R. employee at Calgary in 1890. He married Jennie May Galloway, who was born at Red Deer in 1886 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1958. They had one son.

Lawrence, Henry Frank

Henry Frank Lawrence came to the High River area in 1882, and worked for the Cochrane Ranch in 1883. He moved to the Red Deer River in 1895 and from there, to the east side of Pine Lake with his bride Ellen Isabella Chapman of Yorkshire, England. A large log house was built on the edge of a hill overlooking the lake where he and Ellen Isabella raised a family of six sons: Val, Cecil (Sykes), Ben, Pat, Chris and Nigel. His Sabre Ranch brand was registered and is still maintained by his grandson Robert Julian Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence served for a time as Police Magistrate at Red Deer. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence spent the remainder of their lives at Pine Lake and are buried at the cemetery at the Holy Trinity Church, Pine Lake.

Submitted by John Lawrence.

Laycock, Joseph

Joseph Laycock was a pioneer stockman in 1887. He raised purebred Holstein cattle, and was a member of The Dominion Board of the Holstein-Fresian Breeders Association and a member of the council of the Alberta Association. Joseph was born at Lancashire, England in 1850 and died at Calgary in 1939. At Lancashire, in 1872, he married Ann Leigh, who was born there in 1852 and died at Calgary in 1924. They had four children in their family. Margaret, James, Ann, Rebekah.

Layne, Jonathon Ellis

Jonathon Layne farmed and ranched in the Cardston area in 1887. He was born in 1835 in Indiana, U.S.A. and died in 1899 at Cardston. In 1869 he married Anna Maria Longhurst. There were ten children in their family.

Layton, Samuel John

Samuel Layton farmed and ranched in the Cardston area in 1888-1889 and had homesteaded at Montain View. In 1905 he moved to Taber where he was engaged in farming as well as being an implement dealer and blacksmith. In 1907 he was in the funeral business. He was born in 1855 at Kaysville, Utah, U.S.A. In 1876 at Salt Lake City, Utah, he married Sarah Trappet. This was his second marriage. Samuel had a family of eleven children. There was one child, Mary, by a previous marriage and another died in infancy.

Leavitt, Thomas Rowell

Mr. Thomas Leavitt came to Cardston in 1887. He was born in Quebec in 1835 and died at Cardston in 1891. In 1884 at Wellsville, Utah, he married Harriet Doudle, who was born there in 1862 and died at Cardston in 1923.

Lebel, Timothy

Timothy Lebel was educated at Cacouna, Quebec and clerked in a store there. He worked on a survey crew from Brandon to Regina in 1881-1882. He clerked for F. F. Tims and later operated a store for Tims at Maple Creek, as well as working at Broadview. He bought stock, set up business for himself, first at Canmore, Medicine Hat and then to Pincher Creek, where he was in partnership with Charles Kettles in 1884. Timothy was born in 1860 at Cacouna, Quebec and died in 1935 at Pincher Creek. In 1885 at Fort Macleod he married Marie Hortense Chasse, who was born at Cacouna in 1860 and died at Pincher Creek in 1935. They had one daughter, Mademoiselle Blanche Oulette. Lebel took an interest in civic affairs and his lodge.

Lee, William Samuel

William Lee came to ranch at Lee's Creek, near Cardston in 1867. He was born in England in 1830 and died at Burmis in 1896. He had a family of seven children. One of the daughters, Martha Caroline married a Cardinal who was born at Reeb Lake, Burmis, Alberta in 1885.

Leeds, Charles Frederick Augustus

Charles came to Calgary and then to Willow Creek. In 1888 he worked on the '76' Ranch at Mosquito Creek. He also ranched in partnership with F. W. Elliot in 1888 and they bought out Joseph E. M. Leeds and Cottingham. In 1900 he had his own ranch further up Willow Creek. His brand is registered with his family. Charles Leeds was born in 1868 at Richmond, Surrey, England, and died in 1951 at Claresholm. At Hampton, Wick, England, in 1902 he married Mildred Katherine Mary Robinson, who was born there in 1867 and died in 1938 at Claresholm. They had three children in their family.

Leeds, Joseph Edward Montagu

Joseph Leeds homesteaded on Willow Creek in 1886. The ranch was known as Cottingham and Leeds and later became the New Oxley Ranch site, New Oxley, P.O. The ranch was purchased from Wagner and the brand 96 was taken over from him. It was later purchased by his brother Charles and F. W. Elliot. The ranch is still retained by the C.F.A. Leeds family. He was born at Richmond, Surrey, England in 1864 and died at Barrie, Ontario in 1940. He was married there in 1902 to Kathleen Leigh Manners McCarthy. She died in 1921 at Toronto, Ontario. His second wife was Agnes Irwin Lancefield, whom he married in 1929 at Hamilton, Ontario. Agnes was born at Hamilton and died in 1966 at Barrie. There were no children.

Lees, William R.

William Lees came to the Northwest Territories in 1883 to manage the McLaren Lumber Mill near Pincher Creek.

Leeson, George Kidd

In 1880, Leeson came west to Manitoba and on to Morley, where he established a store in 1886. In partnership with Robert Scott, he established a mail service contracting to carry mail from Qu'Appelle to Prince Albert, Swift Current, Battleford, Calgary and Edmonton, and all western points. Leeson and Scott also owned the SL Ranch, it was managed by Mr. and Mrs. McCorcal. George was born in Ontario in 1843 and died in 1910. In 1884, at Winnipeg, he married Jane Anne Geddes, who was born at Wingham, Ontario. They had a family of two children.

Legal, Rev. Father Emil Joseph

Father Legal was educated at Nantos, France and ordained in 1874 as a Priest of the Oblate Fathers of the Order of Mary Immaculate. He was a missionary at Fort Macleod from 1875 to 1897, and Bishop of St. Albert in 1902 and of Edmonton in 1912. Legal was born in France in 1849 and died at Edmonton in 1920.

Lennie, Tom and Marie

Leory, Charles

Levasseur, George Noel

George Levasseur was a rancher, freighter and ran a stage coach at Fort Macleod in 1870. He was also in the lumber business and had a hotel at Fernie, B.C. He was born in New Brunswick in 1854 and died at Fernie in 1902. In 1884 he married Sophie J. Pelletier, who was born in New Brunswick in 1859 and died at Fort Macleod in 1945. They had five children; Edward F., Mary Anne, Wilbrod H., George W. and Alfie.

Lewis, Daniel

Daniel Lewis came to Shepard in 1889. He was born in Virginia, U.S.A and died at Calgary in 1916. He was married to Charlotte Campbell in 1867 at Toronto, Ontario. She was born in Ontario in 1849 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1935. They had a family of eleven children, three of whom died in infancy. Their daughter, Mildred married John Ware, an early rancher in Southern Alberta.

Lewis, John A.

The Lewis family came to the Beddington district in 1889. John Lewis was born at Claude, Ontario in 1864 and died at Calgary in 1940. He married Mary Jamieson at Inglewood, Ontario. She was born in 1865 and died at Calgary in 1957. There were three children in the family.

Lewis, Joseph Henry

Joseph Lewis farmed at Beddington in 1889. He was born in Ontario in 1866 and died at Calgary in 1944. In 1891 he married Emma Griffin in Ontario, who died at Calgary in 1938. They had no children.

Lewis, Joseph Henry

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis came to Calgary in 1889. They brought their adult family with them and homesteaded in the Nose Creek area. Later, Joseph and his wife settled in the Balzac district.

Limoges, Joseph

Mr. Limoges was born at Montreal, Quebec and died at High River, Alberta in 1934. He married Suzanne Brazier, who died in 1908. They had a family of two sons and two daughters. He came to Cochrane with his partner, Count de Journel of Paris, where they established a trading post. He came to High River in 1886 and in 1889 became postmaster there. A position he held for forty-five years.

Submitted by Mrs. S. Higgins.

Lindsay, Dr. Neville James M.D., C.D.

Dr. Lindsay came to Calgary in 1883 on the first C.P.R. train carrying freight and construction material. He was born in Westminster Township, Ontario in 1845 and died at Calgary in 1925. In 1879 at Watford, Ontario he married Florence May Hungerford, who was born there in 1858 and died at Calgary in 1937. There were four children in their family. Dr. Lindsay was educated at Trinity College, Toronto and McGill University. He practiced in Watford for eight years before coming to Calgary where he continued his medical practice. Dr. Lindsay served as Alderman on the first Calgary Town Council in 1884. He was physician to the Blackfoot, Sarcee and Stony Indians as well as the N.W.M.P. and C.P.R. employees.

Lineham, John

John Lineham came to what is now southern Alberta in 1878. He was born in 1857 at Mitchell, Ontario and died at Calgary in 1913. In 1894 at Collingwood, Ontario he was married to Mary E. (Minnie) Martin, who was born there in 1866 and died at Okotoks in 1901. John Lineham was engaged in the livestock business in the Okotoks area and also owned the timber rights on the Sheep Creek and Highwood River in 1882. When oil was discovered at Waterton Park by Kootenai Brown, John Lineham formed the Rocky Mountain Development Company and brought the well into production. Millarville church was built with the Lineham Lumber Company logs.

Lineham, William Donald

William Donald was a brother to John Lineham. He came to Okotoks in 1884. William was born in 1859 at Listowell, Ontario and died at Okotoks in 1927. He married Sarah Struthers in 1879 in Ontario, she died at Okotoks in 1906. His second wife was Mabel, who was born in Ontario in 1880 and died in 1963 at Okotoks. There were five children in the first marriage: Thomas E., John M., William M., Minnie B., and George A. The children of the second marriage were Margaret and Donald.

Link, Adam Jacob

Adam Link came to Lethbridge in 1887. He married Mary Ann Nimmons. There were seven children: William H., Irene G., Olive E., Margaretta L., Norman A., Ruth C. and Marion M.

Linton, James Campbell

James Linton came to Calgary in 1884 and was proprietor of Linton's Book Store. He was born at Catham, Ontario in 1859 and died at Lethbridge in 1943. In 1889 he was married to Edith Maude Van Wart. She was born in 1867 at Woodstock, Ontario and died at Calgary in 1932. There were four children in their family.

Litch, Rev. J.W.

Little, Henry (Harry)

Harry Little came to Calgary in 1890. He moved to Vancouver, B.C. but returned to Fort Macleod to manage the Great West Saddlery store in 1893. He was born in 1866 at Aylwin, Quebec and died at Fort Macleod in 1943. At Ottawa, Ontario in 1900 he married Annie Perry, who was born in 1875 at Aylmer, Quebec and died in 1975 at Fort Macleod. They had three children in their family.

Little, John (Jack)

John Little was the first settler on the present site of Red Deer. He was born about 1853 in Wellington County, Ontario and died at Calgary in 1887. In 1876 he was a telegraph operator during the building of the northern line of the railroad. Later he was Superintendent for five years. He was at Fort Macleod in 1881, Red Deer in 1882 and in 1885 was west of Calgary. In 1886 he became the C.P.R. operator. He ranched near the Elbow River. John Little was a man of many talents: a writer, a poet and musician. He has written many articles for the London Free Press and the Calgary Tribune under the pseudonym of Kismet.

Researched by Flora Eagleson, May 1992.

Little, Joseph

Joseph Little came on the first C.P.R. train to Calgary in 1883. He did some prospecting, locating coal at Blairmore in 1897 and was there until 1924. He also ran the first railway train into Lethbridge on the privately owned railroad in 1890. Little was born at Grimsby, Ontario in 1852 and married Mary Durkin of Great Falls, Montana in 1894. She died in 1897.

Livingston, Sam Henry Harkwood

Born in the Vale of Avoca, Ireland in 1831, Sam Livingston died in Calgary in 1897. He married Jane Howse, daughter of Joseph Howse; Jane was born in 1848 at Red River Settlement and died in 1919 in Calgary. Sam arrived in Wisconsin in 1847 and travelled to the California Gold Rush, visited New Mexico, and then travelled to Montana in 1859. He went to the Cariboo Gold Rush by way of Pincher Creek and the Crow's Nest Pass. He returned to Alberta through the Kicking Horse Pass in 1864, travelling with a group of prospectors who later disbanded. Sam married Jane Howse at Fort Victoria in 1865; they came to Southern Alberta with the Rev. John McDougall's wagon train of twenty-nine wagons in 1872. Sam and Jane established the Livingston Trading Post on the Elbow River, then moved to the junction of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. When the NWMP arrived he agreed to move up the Elbow to the present site of Heritage Park. Sam supplied the NWMP post with meat and vegetables from his land which was on the site of the present Glenmore Lake. There Sam and Jane reared their family of fourteen children.

Lloyd, Albert Kingsley

Albert Lloyd came to Calgary in the early 1880's. He farmed at Langdon and later moved to the Forest Lawn area. He drilled many wells throughout the area. He was born in Ontario in 1864 and died at Vancouver, B.C. in 1943. He was married to Mary Jane McDougall, who was born in 1873 at Meaford, Ontario and died at Calgary in 1967. They had five children.

Lloyd, Benjamin Simmonds

The Lloyds' settled in the vicinity of Red Deer Lake in 1884. The Shaw family and the Lloyds' made the journey together. The ranch was called "Sleighford" and was located SE 1/4 24-22-2-W5th. Benjamin was born in England in 1849 and died at Calgary in 1941. He was married in England in 1879 to Jane Eld, who was born there in 1857 and died at Calgary in 1941. There were eight children: Harry, Gertrude, Ralph, Edric, Hermoine, Ronald, Beatrice and Joe.

Lloyd, George Hartley

George Lloyd homesteaded in the Cheadle area in 1887 and in 1894 moved to the Langdon district and then in 1906 moved to Strathmore. He established a general store and the King's Hotel in 1908. He was a member of the first council in 1908. George Lloyd was born at Meaford, Ontario and died in 1960. In 1887 he was married to Mary Whitney. They had six children. A sister of Mrs. Lloyd's married Roy Cowan and another sister married Lachlin McKinnon.

Lloyd, James H.

James Lloyd came to Cheadle in 1889. He was born at Meaford, Ontario in 1881 and died at Calgary in 1960. He was a brother of Lloyd, George Hartley.

Locke, Rev. Frederick William

Rev. Locke came to Calgary in 1886. He spent forty years in the ministry of the Methodist and United Churches. He was born at Norfolk, England in 1865 and died at Calgary in 1944. In 1893 he married Mary S. Trimble, who was born at Ontario in 1871 and died at Calgary in 1951. They had two children.

Loder, Edwin

The Limestone Plant at Kananaskis was opened and operated by Edwin Loder in 1888, and he managed it until his death in 1935. Edwin Loder was born at Manchester, England in 1863 and died at Calgary in 1935. He was married at Morley to Ella May Blakley, who was born in 1869 at North Dakota, U.S.A. and died at Calgary in 1938. They had one son, Walter.

Long, Henry George (Harry)

Harry Long came to Fort Kipp in 1889 at the age of eighteen. His brother was operating the Stopping House there. He remained at Kipp until 1892 when he joined the Gold Rush to the Kootenays. He returned "broke". In 1896 he accompanied a shipment of cattle to England and while there was married to Alice M. Meecham. She was born in 1875 and died at Fort Macleod in 1931. When Henry returned from England he was employed as stockman at the Blood Indian Reserve at Gleichen. In 1902 he homesteaded at Stand Off. Henry Long was born at Glouchester, England and died at Fort Macleod in 1964. There were five children in the Long family.

Longpré, Joseph R.

Joseph Longpré came to the Laggan (Lake Louise) area in 1887. He was born at St. Jerome, Quebec in 1878 and died at Calgary in 1950. He was married to Mable Anna Eide in 1903 at Calgary, Alberta. She was born in 1883 at Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S.A. and died at Calgary in 1963. They had four children in their family.

Lougheed, Sir James A.

Sir James Lougheed was born in 1854 in Brampton, Ontario and died in 1925 in Ottawa. He married Isabella Clarke Hardisty who was born in 1860 at Fort Resolution, NWT and died in 1936 in Calgary. They were married in 1882, and had a family of six children. Sir James Lougheed was one of Calgary's first lawyers, in 1882. He was land agent for the CPR, a major developer of Calgary's downtown commercial district, and a director of the Canada Life Assurance Company. A senator for 36 years, he served as Minister without Portfolio and as Minister of the Interior. In 1917 he was knighted by King George V, the only Albertan in history to be so honoured.

Lowry, John

John Lowry came to Calgary before the Railroad and squatted on the river flat just west of Shaganappi Point in 1882. The Indians had camped there in the early days. John started a market garden and supplied residents of Calgary with fresh produce. He eventually acquired title to the river flat, most of his land was on the benchland above the river. The C.P.R. roadway was built through his land and he was allowed a narrow roadway along the tracks. He had a small greenhouse and his business prospered, known as Lowry Gardens. John was born at Devon, England and died in 1900. Alter John's death, his heirs came from England and operated the gardens for a time, then sold the land and returned to England. John did not marry.

Lucas, Alexander

Lucas, Eastman and Wallis set up a partnership in the Porcupine Hills in 1886 and ran four hundred head of cattle, only to be wiped out in a blizzard.
Alexander was born in 1851 in Lambton County, Ontario and died at Vancouver, B.C. in 1942. In 1878 at Alviston, Ontario he married Jane Frances Tanner, who was born in Lambton County in 1855 and died at Vancouver in 1920. There were three children in the family. Lucas was mayor and president of the Board of Trade of Calgary in 1892-1893.

Lunn, John T.

Mr. Lunn homesteaded one mile east of No.14 siding Gleichen in 1883. Mr. Lunn was chairman of the first school in Gleichen in 1897. The small one room school was built from logs which were floated down the river. The school was later converted to a home.

Lynch, Tom

In 1879, Tom located on the the north side of the Highwood River. In 1884 he moved to the High River Crossing and trailed horses and cattle. In 1887 he moved to Sullivan Creek and established his "TL" Ranch. Tom was born in 1843 in Missouri, U.S.A. and died in 1891. Alter Tom's death, Mrs. Lynch sold the ranch to Schmidt.

Lynch-Staunton, Alfred Hardwick

Alfred Lynch-Staunton came to Pincher Creek in 1887 with the N.W.M.P. He was born at Hamilton, Ontario and died in 1932 at Pincher Creek. He was married to Sara Mary Blake in 1890 at the Deer Horn Ranch, North Fork, N.W.T. Sara was born in 1863 at Galway, Ireland and died in 1933 at Pincher Creek. There were six children in their family. The couple ranched for a number of years on the north fork of the Old Man River, then moved to a ranch two miles west of Pincher Creek where they remained until their retirement in 1930. Mrs. Lynch-Staunton was a talented painter.

Lynch-Staunton, Richard

Richard Lynch-Staunton came to Pincher Creek in 1885. He was born in 1867 at Dundas, Ontario and died in 1961 at Pincher Creek. He married Isabel Mary Wilson in 1901 at Livingston. She was born in 1868 at Tipperary, Ireland and died in 1971. They had two children. Richard came to Medicine Hat with the Dominion Land Survey and then moved to Pincher Creek. He ranched for a while with his brother, Alfred then he moved twelve miles north of Lundbreck and founded the "Antelope Ranch", buying the Lee 41 Brand, one of the oldest in the Province.

Lyndon, Captain Charles A.

Captain Lyndon served for twenty-four years in the British Navy. Following the Crimean War he retired and emigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. In 1881 he purchased horses and cattle and came north with his wife and son William aged 8. Charles Lyndon came to the Porcupine Hills in 1881 and established the "Circle L" Ranch. Supplies had to be obtained from Fort Benton, a thirty day trip. The Lyndon Post Office was built in 1893 at the ranch - it later became a community centre. In 1893 a dam was constructed on Lyndon Creek and an irrigation system was installed. Charles acquired more land and had one hundred and thirty acres under irrigation. He was born in 1838 at Dublin, Ireland and died in 1904 at Calgary. In 1873 at Salem, Oregon he was married to Margaret Hallock, who was born at Louisville, Kentucky and died at Calgary in 1911. They had one son, William.

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