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Talbot, Senator Peter

Peter Talbot came West in 1890, to teach school, at Fort Macleod. He was there for two years and then moved to Lacombe and homesteaded, raising purebred cattle. Peter was born in 1854 in Wellington Co., Ontario and died in 1919 at Lacombe, Alberta. He was married at Guelph, Ontario, in 1879 to Clara Card, who was born there in 1854 and died in 1947 at North Vancouver, B.C. There were four children in the family. Peter was President of the Purebred Cattle Breeders Association, in 1901 and 1902. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories Government. In 1902 he was elected as a member of Parliament for the Constituency of Strathcona. In 1904, he was appointed to the Senate.

Taylor, Harry (Kamoose)

"Kamoose" built a Stopping place at Fort Macleod in 1881. He was born in 1824 on the Isle of Wight, England and died at Lethbridge, Alberta in 1901. He was a member of the South West Cattle Association. He retired from the Stopping place in 1892, to his farm.

Taylor, Sykes

Sykes Taylor was at Morley, Alberta in 1886. He was born in 1868 at Yorkshire, England and died in 1936 at Cochrane, Alberta. He was married at Morley in 1893 to Annie Maria Smith. She was born in 1875 at Suffolk, England and died in 1962 at Calgary, Alberta. There were eight children in the family.

Tedford, Jim

Mr. Tedford came west in the spring of 1888 and homesteaded northwest of Cluney. A keen business man Jim made money in Gleichen boom days. Tedford's were fortunate in having a good water supply. They raised cattle. It cost next to nothing to produce a full grown steer on free prairie grass and good water. He retired in 1916 to live in Burnaby, BC.

Thew, George William

George Thew and his family were in Fort Macleod in 1885. He was born in 1858 at Toronto, Ontario and died in 1930 at Fort Macleod , Alberta. George married Martha Weatherhog, who was born in England in 1862 and died in 1920 at Peace River, Alberta. They had three children.

Thiboutot, Felix A.

Felix farmed in the Pincher Creek area, in 1889, coming in advance of his family, who came in 1891. He was born in 1855 at Cacouna, Quebec and died in 1923 at Pincher Creek, Alberta. He married Mary Ann Bellefleur, at Green River, N.B., in 1881, who was born at Green River in 1857 and died in 1913 at Pincher Creek. They had three children.

Thomas, Robert Cadigan

Thomas came to Calgary in 1881 and settled at the mouth of Pine Creek, seventeen miles southeast of Calgary, for ten years. He was born in 1862 at Bridgend, Glamorganshire, South Wales, U.K and died in 1950 at Calgary, Alberta. In 1887 at Midnapore, Alberta he married Agnes Egerie Louise Shaw, who was born in 1866/7 at Kent, England and died in 1947 at Calgary. They had four children. He moved into Calgary to engage in the Thomas Ice and Fuel Co. Later he was in Real Estate, erecting the Thomas and Cadogan blocks. He was a City of Calgary Alderman in 1905.

Thompson, Charles

Mr. Thompson arrived in Lethbridge in 1885.

Thompson, David

David Thompson was born in Wales in 1770. His father died when he was two, his mother placed him in a charity institution called Grey Coat School. At age fourteen he joined the Hudson Bay Co. as an apprentice and arrived in Churchill in 1784 and was under the governorship of Samuel Hearne. In 1788 he broke his leg and while recuperating he studied under P. Turnor, the HBCs' surveyor where he learned map making and became one of the best navigators and astronomers in Canada. He married Charlotte Small who was part Cree and raised a family of eleven children. In 1897 he left the employ of the HBC and walked seventy five miles to the North West Trading Co. at Reindeer River. He spent the next twenty seven years in their employ. They spent the remaining years of their lives in Quebec where David continued to make maps. His view of Indians bordered on reverence. He blamed Europeans for everything and every wrong committed in the New World. The red man had a perfect balance until the fur traders came and desecrated their natural paradise.

Thomson, M.P.

M.P. Thomson was in Calgary in 1885. He operated the Thomson Bros. Books and Stationery store that opened in April 1884.

Thomson, William

The Thomson family came to Gladys Ridge district in 1889, where they homesteaded on the SE1/4 32-20-27-W5th. They had emigrated to Ontario from Scotland in the early part of 1880. William was born in 1829 at Buckhaven, Scotland and died in 1894 at Gladys, Alberta. He was married in 1852 in Scotland to Elizabeth, who was born in Scotland in 1827 and died at Gladys, Alberta in 1918. They had three children. William was killed falling from a haystack in 1894. Mrs. Thomson remained on the farm until her death in 1918.

Thorburn, David

David Thorburn was at Calgary in 1882, as an Agent of Eastern Investors. In 1885, he returned to settle on a homestead NW 1/4 4-21-28-W4th, (Davisburg) which was named "Anchor T" He fought in the Riel Rebellion. David was known for his judging at large horse shows.

Thorburn, Captain William

William first arrived in Calgary in 1882 with his brother David, as agents of eastern investors. He also returned in 1885 and homesteaded at Davisburg, with his brother and in conjunction with Ed. Quinn, they ran six hundred head of sheep on the south side of the Highwood River. He later moved to Pine Lake and ranched there until he retired to Elnora, Alberta where he died in 1937. He had two sons with his first wife (a Miss Ross). His second wife was Mrs.Rawlinson and they had one daughter.

Thorlakson, Gudmunder

Mr. Thorlakson came by mixed human-cattle boat from Iceland in 1887 and homesteaded SE 20-7-2-5. In 1888 he married Gubjorg Bjornson. They had three children. Mr. Thorlakson played an important part in the Hola district, building the first school, organized the Markerville Tindastoll Butter and Cheese Association, the Iceland Literary Society, Good Templars Lodge and any community project.

Thorne, Wilfred Bevin

Wilfred Thorne came West in 1888 and was a cook at Lineham's Lumber Camp in 1890-91. He was born in New Brunswick in 1848 and died at Aldersyde, Alberta in 1927. He was married in Eastern Canada. His wife died there. They had three children.

Thornton, Catherine

Catherine Thornton was in Medicine Hat in 1886. She was born at London, Ontario in 1858 and died in 1945 at Medicine Hat. She was a spinster.

Thorp, John

When John came West in 1888, he worked for Stimson at the Bar U Ranch, then in 1889 bought a cabin at Pekisko, on the "Old D Ranch". He was born in 1863 at Ellingham, England and died in 1950 at High River, Alberta. In 1900 he worked for Aubrey Cartwright and in 1907 he entered into full partnership with him. They bought the "D" brand in 1909.

Thorpe, Bernt John

(see also detailed post-publication profile)

Bernt Thorpe came to Calgary in 1886, with the Eau Claire Lumber Co. Born at Frederikstad, Norway in 1855 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1931. He was married in Norway in 1876, at Borge Kirk,Frederikstad to Matea Olsen. She was born in 1854 at Frederikstad and died in 1940 at Calgary. They had eight children. Bernt came from Norway to New York, USA in 1880, to work for John Prince at Porter's Lumber Co. at Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His wife and a daughter came to Eau Claire in 1880 and in 1887, the family followed Bernt to Calgary. The Thorpe residence was moved to Heritage Park, in 1970.

Tims, Archdeacon John William D.D.

Archdeacon John Tims, was at the Blackfoot Crossing, in 1883. He was sent to open a Mission amongst the Blackfoot Indians, where he served to 1895. He was born at Oxford, England in 1857 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1945. He was married at Gleichen, Alberta in 1890, to Violet Winnifred Wood, who was born in 1866 at London, England and died in 1945, at Calgary. They had three children. John was ordained in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England in 1883. He then went to the Sarcee Reserve, to serve for thirty-five years. Archdeacon Tims held Pastorates at St. Peter's Glenmore and St. Paul's at Midnapore, for an additional twelve years.

Topp, Frederick George

Frederick Topp came to Calgary in 1885. He and his wife, Flora, had five children. Topp ran a Butcher Shop. He was an Alderman in 1891 and a School Trustee in 1893-94. He left Calgary in 1890's and died at Toronto, Ontario. He was born in England in 1861.

Toshach, Christina Anderson

Christina had been orphaned in the East and came to an Aunt, Mrs. J.C. McNeill, in 1889. She was born in 1871 at St. Alemonte, Ontario and died in 1947 at Banff , Alberta. She was married in 1897 at Calgary, to William Alexander, who was born in 1870, at New Market,Ontario and died in 1955, at Calgary. Her husband, William, was an early Jeweller, in Calgary in 1890.

Towers, Francis Harriman

Francis Towers was in Calgary in 1883. Born in 1850 at Birmingham, England, he died at Vancouver,B.C. in 1936. He was married at Toronto, Ontario to Elizabeth Glover, who was born in 1855 on Gurnsey Island and died at Carstairs, Alberta in 1940. They had seven children. In 1866, Francis came to Canada, where he worked for a Dairy farm, then as a Foreman of a crew laying rails for the C.P.R. between Winnipeg, and Calgary. He was in Vancouver before coming to Calgary in 1883. He was Foreman at Cheadle, Alberta when the Riel Rebellion started. He later built up a herd of cattle and took a homestead on NW 1/4 20-25-4-W5th.

Towers, Vincent

Vincent Towers was at Cochrane in 1884 and Radnor in 1887. He was born in England in 1858 and died at Victoria, B.C. in 1936. He was married in England to Sarah Ketland, who was born in England and died in 1909 at Canmore, Alberta. They had a family of eight children.

Travis, Jeremiah

Jeremiah Travis a recently appointed stependiary magistrate was sent to Calgary to enforce the very unpopular liquor law in 1885. In November 1885 he sentenced a local saloon keeper and town councilor, Simon John Clark to six months in jail. Shortly after he jailed Hugh Cayley, editor of the Calgary Herald for making comments in the press. In a final act of dubious legal merit, Travis disqualified the recently elected mayor and town council from holding office. In 1886 there was an absence of civic government as the officials installed by Magistrate Travis were unable to find any of the pertinent records. A civic delegation was sent to Ottawa and Travis was suspended and later superannuated. Travis returned to Calgary in retirement and became one of the town's best know citizens. He died in 1909. He had one daughter.

Trevenen, William

William and his wife Lucy came to Calgary in 1889. He was born at Cornwall, England in 1865 and died at Victoria in 1936. He was married at Cornwall in 1888 to Lucy Ann Genn, who was born at Falmouth, England in 1865 and died at Victoria, B.C. in 1928. They had four children.

Trimble, Andrew Hill

Andrew was five miles south of Calgary, for eighteen months before going to Red Deer, in 1889. He organized the Red Deer Dairy Products Co. Andrew was born in 1846 at Carlton, Ontario and died at Red Deer, Alberta in 1936. He was married in Ontario in 1871 to Cynthia Ann Wright, who was born in Ontario and died there in 1887. His second marriage was to Lidia, who died in 1909. There were thirteen children.

Trivett, Rev. Samuel

In 1881, Rev. Samuel Trivett, went to the Blood Reserve, Fort Macleod, as an Anglican Missionary. He was born in England in 1852. Samuel was ordained in 1878 by the Bishop of Saskatchewan. He homesteaded on Big Island just off the Reserve. Rev. Samuel Trivett, accompanied Archdeacon Tims to the Blackfoot Crossing, in 1883. He opened the first Pincher Creek, Anglican Church, in 1884. He had two sons.

Trott, Samuel

Trott Brothers Drug Store, was on Stephen Avenue, Calgary, in 1885. Samuel was born in 1847 and died in 1891 at Calgary. He married Elizabeth J.

Truswell, John

John was in Medicine Hat, in 1885. He was born in 1863 at Sawbridge, England and died in 1915 at Taber, Alberta. He was married at Calgary, Alberta, in 1891 to Edith Maude Walker, who was born at Hull, England in 1869 and died at Victoria, B.C. in 1954. They had six children. John worked for I.G. Baker and the Hudson Bay Co., at Fort Macleod, Alberta. He moved to Wetaskiwin and later to Lethbridge, finally to Taber, to operate a General Store. He was the first Mayor of Taber in 1907.

Turnbull, Andrew

Andrew and his wife, Mary Jane came to Calgary in 1880. Andrew was born at Teeswater, Ontario in 1841 and died at Banff, Alberta. He married Mary Jane Hall, who was born in 1851 in New Brunswick and died at Banff , Alberta. They had three children.

Turner, Rev. James

The first resident Pastor of the Methodist Church in Calgary, Alberta, in 1883.

Turner, James

James Turner arrived at Calgary in 1886. He was born in Scotland. He homesteaded SW 1/4 10-21-3-W5th, in the Millarville district, in 1887. In 1896, he acquired land south of Calgary, which it is claimed gave the name to Turner Siding. This is now the Haysboro district of Calgary. The name of Turner Siding is also claimed by his cousin, John A Turner. James was a brother of Robert Turner and cousin of John A Turner and Peter Turner-Bone.

Turner, John A.

John Turner came to Calgary in 1886. Born in 1867 in Scotland, he died in 1935. John was married in 1895 to Wilhelmina (Minnie) Dawson. They had four children. With his cousins Bryce Wright and Peter Turner-Bone, he established the Ailsa (Al) Ranch at Turner Valley. He later established his own ranch "Balbreggan Stock Farm", east of the Sarcee Reserve, on the Elbow River. He raised Clydesdale horses, Shorthorn cattle and Pedigreed Shropshire sheep. His extensive shipments through Turner Siding was probably the cause of its name. John was President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Horse and Cattle Breeders Association of Alberta, for a number of years.

Turner, John Henry

Mr. Turner arrived in Calgary in 1890. He had three children; John, Albert and Harry.

Turner, Robert

Robert and his brother James, joined their cousin, John A. Turner, at Calgary, Alberta in 1886. Robert was born in Scotland in 1861 and died in 1951 at Vancouver, B.C. In 1888 at Montreal, Quebec he married Catherine (Kate) Gardiner Dawson, who was born in 1861 in Scotland and died in 1963 at Vancouver, B.C. They had one child. Robert homesteaded the SE 1/4 10-21-3-W5th. He also had a number of other quarter sections in the same area. He raised Clydesdale horses, Shorthorn cattle and Sheep. He was a Gazetted Captain of the 15th Light Horse, in 1905.

Turner-Bone, Peter

Peter was at Medicine Hat and Calgary in 1883. He was born in Scotland in 1859 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1945. In 1892, in Scotland , he married Elizabeth Lusk Allan. She was born in Scotland in 1866 and died at Calgary in 1929. They had two children. Peter was a C.P.R. Surveyor and worked for them from 1883 to 1886. With his cousins, the Turner Brothers and Bryce Wright, he established the "Ailsa" ranch at Turner Valley. He also worked as a Surveyor on the Calgary to Edmonton rail line, and was an Engineer on the C.P.R. irrigation projects. Author of "When The Steel Went Through".

Tweed, Thomas

Thomas Tweed arrived in Medicine Hat in 1883. He married Helen Sutherland and they had one child. Thomas was a partner in the firm of Tweed and Ewart, at Medicine Hat, Alberta. In 1888, he was elected by acclaimation to the N.W. Territorial Assembly. He was Head Table Guest at a reception for the Hon. Lt.. Gov. Edgar Dewdney, at Calgary in 1888.

Tyrrell, Joseph Burr

Joseph Tyrrell came west in 1883 with the Canadian Geological Survey who were mapping and exploring the western territories. He explored the Crowsnest Pass area, west to the Rogers Pass and then east where he came to the badlands. He was an expert revolver shot and once accepted a wager, saying that he could shoot 12 rabbits in succession while sitting on his saddle horse. He won and shot the thirteenth to emphasize his skill. On June 9, 1884 while working in the Red Deer River valley he saw a strange looking brown hump on the hillside. On his knees he began to dig out what he soon saw to be a fossilized bone. This was the first discovery of the Alberta dinosaur remains. A month later July 4, 1884 he made another startling discovery, which he described this way. He had turned to look up the valley and saw "a great ugly face with rows of ugly spikelike teeth", staring at him. Underneath the skull was a complete skeleton which was the first found in the valley.

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