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Oaks, Arthur William

Arthur was born on December 13, 1865 at Dover, England and died on February 11, 1937 at Calgary. He was married at Calgary in 1890 to Mary Elizabeth MacDonald, who was born in 1873 at Woodstock, Ontario and died at Calgary, in 1911. They had a family of five children. Arthur joined the NWMP in 1885. He was posted in Medicine Hat, in 1886 and Calgary in 1887. He took his discharge in 1900 and worked for Pacific Cartage, later Plunkett and Savage. He was Vice-president of the NWMP Veterans Association from 1927 to 1937.

Ockley, James Walter

James was born in 1849 at Ockley, England and died in 1926 at Priddis, Alberta. He was married at Calgary in 1886 to Susan Theresa Wallin who was born in 1847 in England, and died in 1918 at Priddis. They had one son. James was a surveyor until filing on a homsetead near what is now Bowness Park in 1883. He served with the Northwest Rebellion. He sold the homestead and refiled at Priddis being the first one to file in that area.

Ogburn, Robert J.

Robert was born in 1852 at Janesville, Wisconsin and died in 1933. He was married at Calgary in 1884 to Lucy J. McGuane, who was born in 1860 at Buffalo, New York, USA and died in 1935. They had three children. Robert arrived in Calgary in 1883 and operated a barber shop near Bakers store, moving to another small building near the railroad track, and then opposite the Post Office April 4, 1884.

O'Hagen, Robert

Mr. O'Hagen arrived in Lethbridge in 1887. He was born in 1860 at Kingston, Ontario. At age fourteen he started working in the railroad shops there and as soon as he was old enough he became an engineer and came west. He was an engineer on the narrow gauge railway between Lethbridge and Dunmore. Robert married in 1888. His wife was born in Belleville, Ontario. They had four daughters: Jean, Florence, Agnes and Myrl. Mr. O'Hagen died on March 17, 1947 at Lethbridge.

Oliver, William

Mr. Oliver came to Lethbridge in 1886. He was born in 1850 at Oxford County, Ontario. He died April 27, 1951.William was married in 1888 to Amelia who passed away in 1912. There were three children: William, John and Gladys. Later William married Margaret C. Cossaboom who was born in Nova Scotia. They had one son, Robert. Mr. Oliver was Mayor of Lethbridge from 1902-1905. He was a house builder and in 1887 he turned to manufacturing bricks. Later he went into business for himself as a building contractor. He owned the Oliver Block and Oliver Apartments.

Ollsen, William Louis

William Ollsen was born April 15, 1863 at Madison, Wisconsin, USA and died February 15, 1940 at Calgary. He was married at Calgary on December 9, 1895 to Inga Amanda Foss, who was born April 4, 1876 in Norway and died December 2, 1974 at Calgary, Alberta. They had a family of three children. William was a bookkeeper and came to Calgary with the Eau Claire Lumber Co. in 1886. He was made foreman of the sawmills in 1887. Mr. Ollsen sang in the Methodist Church choir for many years. They lived on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Third Street S.W., Calgary.

Olshaski, John Michael

John Olshaski was born in 1857 at Nizni Slovinki and died at Cardson, Alberta November 5, 1914. He was married in 1872 to Anne Zubak, who was born May 15, 1855 and died May 22, 1934 at Lethbridge, Alberta. They had a family of seven children. John arrived at Lethbridge in 1882.

Ormiston, John Andrew (Scotty)

John Ormiston was born May 20, 1863 and died September 29, 1949 at Victoria, B.C. He was a locomotive engineer for the C.P.R. and brought the first train into Calgary in August 1883. He retired in 1929. He was unmarried.

Orr, Wesley Fletcher

Wesley Orr arrived in Calgary from Barrie, Ontario, in 1883. He served as Mayor in 1894, 1895 and 1897, and was editor and manager of the Calgary Herald for many years. He is credited with drafting the application for incorporation of the town of Calgary, and personally drew the city crest with its motto "Onward Calgary." Wesley Orr married Pricillia (surname unknown) in 1863. He had three daughters and a son, Loren.

Ostrom, Simon Charles

Simon Ostrom was born April 14, 1859 at Peterborough, Ontario and died April 12, 1942 at Calgary, Alberta. He was married in 1889 in Ontario to Sarah Ross Campbell, who was born December 28, 1867 and died March 8, 1920 at Calgary. They had a family of five children. Simon came to the Springbank area in 1890, worked for local farmers until buying a farm in 1898. His family came west in 1891 and they lived in the area.

Ott, William A.

Mr. Ott came to Lethbridge in 1886. He operated Ott's barber shop.

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