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Wagstaff, Charles

Charles Wagstaff was born in England in 1863 and came to Canada at the age of eighteen. He worked on the construction of the C.P.R. in 1883, and was married to Sarah Cotton in Medicine Hat in 1889. They had three daughters. Mr. Wagstaff was an engineer for forty years. He died at Medicine Hat.

Waines, Edward

(see also detailed post-publication profile)

Edward Waines was born at St. Catherines, Ontario in 1861 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1948. He came to Calgary in 1886, and settled in the Springbank area, sixteen miles west of Calgary. He was one of the first breeders of shorthorn cattle in the Northwest Territories. Edward married Jeanette Beveridge, daughter of another Calgary pioneer family. She died in 1916, leaving four young children which he raised alone. In 1910, Edward retired from ranching, and moved into Calgary where he resided until his death at age 86. Edward Waines rode with the Southern Alberta Pioneer section of the Stampede parade every year until 1947.

Submitted by Doreen Stan, (Waines)

Waite, Joseph Thomlinson

Joseph Waite came to Millarville in 1887. He was born in Australia in 1861 and died at Calgary in 1921. In 1911 at Calgary, he married Esther Jane Reddett. They had four children.

Walker, Harry

Harry Walker was born in England in 1859. He married Elizabeth and they arrived in Calgary in 1888. Harry worked at the Chipman Ranch and in the 1890s filed on SE1/4 2-24-2-W5th where he raised good quality cattle and sheep. Mr. Walker died in 1931.

Walker, James

(see also detailed post-publication profile)

James Walker was born in 1846 at Carluke, Ontario. He joined the original North West Mounted Police and assisted in choosing the horses for the march west. He was Commanding Officer at Fort Battleford when Sitting Bull and his men arrived after the Custer massacre. He married Euphemia Davidson Quarrie in 1876 at Gait, Ontario. James Walker was the first manager of the Cochrane Ranch formed in 1881-1882. In 1882 he took over a sawmill built by the Cochrane Ranch Company, and also established a farm east of Calgary (part of which is now the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary). The Bow River Saw and Planing Mills supplied much of the lumber for the new community. A prominent Calgarian, he was instrumental in establishing Calgary's first school district in 1885 and served as chairman or trustee until 1913. He was elected chairman of the first civic council, was president of the first agricultural society and director of the first General Hospital. He organized the home guard during the 1885 Riel Rebellion, was Lt. Col. of the 15th Light Horse 1905-1911 and during W.W.1 served overseas as the Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forestry Corps. In 1975, Col Walker was chosen as Calgary's Citizen of the Century. He died in 1936. The Walker's only son, William James Selby established the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.

Submitted by M. Lynas

Wallace, Richard Alfred

Richard Wallace was born in 1861 in Ontario and married Ellen Martin in Ottawa in 1886. They had four children. Mr. Wallace came by rail to Medicine Hat in 1883, then the end of the steel, and he freighted to High River with bull teams. When Ellen Wallace came to Calgary in 1886, she was met by her husband with a team and wagon to make the trip to High River. For many years afterward they made the same trip with team and wagon. Richard Wallace died in 1935 at High River.

Wallis, Arthur E. and Olivia L.

Arthur Wallis was born at London, England in 1845 and died at Calgary, Alberta in 1905. He came to Alvingston, Ontario as a young boy and in 1873 married Olivia L. Lovell. She was born in 1854 at Oshawa, Ontario and died at Calgary in 1945. They had two sons, Harold W. and Everest A. In 1886, Arthur came west with a shipment of cattle to the Porcupine Hills and formed the Wallis and Lucas Cattle Company. In 1888 he and his family homesteaded on Nose Creek Hill, the SE1/4 24-1-W5th for 12 years. They later moved into Calgary to 122 Angus Avenue, the present site of the Petro Canada building.

submitted by B. McClelland

Wallwork, Nathan

Mr. and Mrs. Wallwork came to Winnipeg in 1883 from England. Nathan worked on the telegraph line from Dunmore to Lethbridge and Fort Macleod in 1885. The family came in 1886 to Lethbridge. They bought eight acres and built their home on what is now thirteenth street north. They were one of the first milk vendors in town. They had four children: James, Ellen, Walter and Amy.

Wallock, Nathan

Nathan Wallock came from Bury, England to Coalbanks in 1885. He had the first house north of Lethbridge and the first dairy in the community. Nathan also worked in the coal mines. He had four children: James, Ellen, Walter and Amy.

Walsh, Joseph

Joseph Walsh was born in 1863 at Toronto, Ontario and came to Calgary in 1882. He married Mary Elizabeth Francis at Calgary in 1890. They had four children. Joseph Walsh died at Fort Steele, B.C. in 1922.

Walsh, Richard, Senior

Richard Walsh came to Calgary in 1886. He was born in England in 1833 and died there in 1916. He married Mary Lowcock and they had four children.

Walson, Charles

Mr. Walson came to Calgary in 1886. He married Bessie and they had three children, all born in Calgary. Charles Walson was a merchant.

Walters, James L.

James Walters was born in 1867 at 105 Mile House, B.C. and died in 1946 at Calgary. He was married twice and had eight children. His first wife was Harriet Radcliffe and the second was Beryl. James L. Walters and Sons were well known Shorthorn breeders and exhibited for many years.

Ward, Lewis Palmer

Lewis Ward was born in 1862 in England and died in 1930 at Victoria, B.C. He married Agnes Bracken in 1883 at Newberry, Ontario and they had six children. Lewis and Agnes Ward came to Laggan (Lake Louise) in 1889.

Ware, John

John Ware was born in 1860 in Texas and died in 1905. He was buried at Calgary. In 1892 he married Mildred Jane Lewis of Shepard. They had six children. John Ware was the famous Negro cowboy, coming to Fort Macleod and High River in 1882 with a cattle drive. He then worked on ranches until he had a ranch of his own.

Wardman, Tom

Tom Wardman came to Lethbridge in 1890. He was born in 1866 in England and died at Lethbridge in 1962. In 1893 at Brandon, he married Mary Ann Bradley. They had five children.

Tom worked as a section man at Keith and was also in the mines at Lethbridge, before working with the C.P.R. at Canmore as a wiper.

Warnock, James Dolloff

James Warnock came to Morley with a cattle drive in 1880. He was born in 1853 in Bruce County, Ontario and died in 1948. He was married to Barbara Ann Dresser at the Indian Mission Church at Morley in 1888. They had one daughter Florence. James Warnock homesteaded back of the Morley Trail.

Warren, John Cook

John Warren came to Calgary in 1886 and homesteaded at Millarville. He was born in 1855 at Carleton Place, Ontario and died at Nanton in 1928. He married Isabelle Pierce in Pembroke, Ontario and they had five children.

Warren, Falkland F.

Constable Warren was a member of the NWMP stationed at Fort Carlton, Fort Macleod and Lethbridge. Following service in the Boer War, he was promoted to Captain. Falkland Warren was married to a Miss Coe, who was born in England. She was the first teacher in Lethbridge, preceding the Lethbridge school district.

Watson, Robert William

Robert Watson was born at Stellerton, N.S. in 1865 and died at Lethbridge in 1940. He came to Lethbridge in 1885. In 1889 at Lethbridge he married Janet Kerr. They had nine children.

Watt, Walter Langmuir

Mr. Watt came to Calgary in 1877. He was born at Kincardine, Ontario in 1866 and died at High River in 1942. Walter married Louisa Anne Seibert in 1903 and they had eight children.

Webb, Francis

Francis Webb served twenty-one years in the British Army and he and his family came to Calgary in 1887. He was born in England and died at Ashcroft, B.C. There were ten children: six of them died at birth and two daughters died in 1893. Francis Webb farmed until 1895 and then the family moved to B.C.

Webster, George H.

George Webster came to Calgary with the C.P.R. in 1883. He worked for Senator Patrick Burns until he went into business for himself. George was born in 1868 in England and died at Calgary in 1933. In 1895 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, he was married to May Amanda Calder. They had five children. George Webster was mayor of Calgary from 1922-1926. He then became a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly at Edmonton.

Welsh, Alfred Peter

Alfred Welsh was born in 1858 at Somerset, England and died in 1940. He came to Calgary in 1883 and served with Steele's scouts during the Riel rebellion in 1885. In 1890 he married Alice Maud LeBagge, who died in 1904. She was from Waterford County, Ireland. They had four children: Arabella, Leonard, Helen and Harry. Alfred established his ranch on the Sheep Creek (Millarville area), the name being "Ardmore" after Alice's home in Ireland. The Welshes were very active in Christ Church, Millarville. In 1908, Alfred remarried. He and his wife, Edith had one daughter, Clodagh. In 1918 the ranch was sold to Thomas Barnes and they moved to Duncan, B.C.

Weston, Charles Augustus

Charles Weston came to High River and Canmore in 1886. He had one son.

White, Christopher

Mr. White was born at Perthshire, Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1848. He died at Red Deer, Alberta in 1942. When Christopher was six years old the White family moved from Scotland to Wales. Christopher White married Ann Richards at Winnipeg in 1882/83. They had a family of two daughters and two sons. He came to Gleichen and worked on the Round House of the C.P.R. before coming to Calgary in 1884. He worked as a foreman at Cushing Lumber in Calgary. In 1885 with his brothers-in-law, J.J. and Evan Richards, he homesteaded NW1/4 22-37-27-W4th - Clearview district, east of Red Deer. Ann White was the first white woman to live there. Christopher was the organizer of a school and was the chairman of the first school board. On two occasions he was awarded the Chicago Exhibition World's Best Wheat prize. They farmed until 1931, when they moved to Red Deer. Christopher and Ann White were active in the Methodist Church. Ann White died at Red Deer in 1943.

Researched by Joan Davis

White, Daniel C.

Daniel White was born in 1862 at Nash Creek, New Brunswick and died in 1909 at Cochrane. Daniel White came west with the C.P.R. and arrived at Banff in 1883 and was employed in the bridge building for the government. In 1902 he moved to Cochrane living in town but raising horses at Horse Creek. He was head of public works and the first overseer for the village of Cochrane after the incorporation in 1903.He returned to Jacquet River, N.B. to marry Margaret Archibald Carmichael in 1889. Margaret was born in 1867 at Jacquet River and died in 1961 at Lethbridge. They had three children: Estella, Gertrude and Hazel.

White, David

David White was a carpenter for the C.P.R. He had three sons, Henry, William and Stanley. He came to Calgary in 1883. David was born in Wales in 1867 and died at Calgary in 1948. His brothers were Christopher and William White.

White, Elizabeth Jane

Elizabeth White was born in 1872 at Nash Creek, N.B. and came to Banff in 1890. She married Clifford Teasdale Jones, who was born at Liverpool N.S. in 1873 and died in 1948 at Calgary. They had six children: Myrtle, Ralph, Marion, Nora, Lillian and Eleanor.

White, Francis (Frank)

Frank White came to the Cochrane ranch as a bookkeeper in 1881 and later operated the Merino Ranch at Cochrane. He married Christina Ross and they had three children: Frank, William and Jessie. Christina died when the children were young. His second wife, Annie Anderson, he married in 1885. They had one son. Annie Anderson was born in 1853 and died in 1941. Frank White died in 1924 at Fernie B.C.

White, William

William White was born in 1861 in Wales and died at Calgary in 1940. He came to Calgary in 1883. He married Barbara Iverach in 1891. She was born in Scotland in 1859 and died at Calgary in 1944. They had four children: Marion, John, James and Janet. William White was in the construction business in Calgary for many years and was in partnership - Bennett and White Construction Limited until 1931. Bennett and White built the Glenmore Dam at Calgary.

Whitehead, Joseph

Mr. Whitehead was born at Leeds, England and came to Lacombe in 1879. He married Isabella Massu from Helensburg, England. They had nine children: James, Elizabeth, Ellen, George, William, Ida, Phoebe, Clara and Christson. All records, family bible, etc. were lost in a fire at Fernie, B.C. Joseph is buried at Stettler, Isabella died at Moyie, B.C.

Whitney, Albert

Mr. Whitney came to Lethbridge in 1883. He was born 1852 at Kingston, Ontario. Died in 1938. He walked to Fort Macleod from Coalbanks to join his brother William. He found work at the Whitney and Daly's sawmill in the Porcupine Hills. Later he went into freighting business and put up hay for the Mounted Police at Fort Macleod. He later established his own ranch at Kipp. Mrs. Whitney passed away in 1911. There were no. children.

Whitney, Benjamin

Benjamin Whitney was born in 1848 at Kingston, Ontario and came to Lethbridge in1887. He married Mary Ann Patterson, who was born at Kingston in 1850 and died at Lethbridge in 1934. They had five children: William, Helena, Marion, Ethel and Frank Albert.

Whitney, David James

David Whitney was born in 1860 at Kingston, Ontario and came to Fort Macleod in 1882. He married Nancy Etta Hutton at Kingston, Ontario in 1886. They had four children: Nancy, Robert, Francis and David. David used The Square Hat brand - registered in 1885 to himself and Walter Whitney. He died in 1936 at Lethbridge, Alberta.

Whitney, Robert

Mr. Whitney came to the Porcupine Hills in 1882. He returned to Ontario and brought his bride back in 1886. Shortly thereafter he was killed in a haying accident.

Whitney, William D. (Curly)

William Whitney arrived in Fort Macleod in 1878. He was born in Pittsburg, Ontario 1850. Died in 1926. Curly joined the NWMP and served for three years. He married, Elizabeth Smyth in 1892, she died in 1936. Curly and A.H.Henry started the first livery stable and blacksmith at Lethbridge in 1898. Curly and James Ashcroft purchased the Sheran Mine. He had a ranch at Fort Whoop-Up and kept it until his death.

Whitney, Walter D.

Walter came to Fort Macleod in 1883. He drove a team during the Riel Rebellion, then went ranching with his brother Dave near Fort Macleod . He married Emily Burrell on December 28, 1992. They had eight children. In 1916 while ploughing fire guards for the C.P.R. in the vicinity of Tempest, he suffocated in a camp wagon. They had a good fire going in the stove but insufficient ventilation.

Whyte, David Macintosh

David Whyte was born in 1864, Doyle Settlement, Nash Creek, N.B. and came to Banff in 1884. He married Annie Curren in 1901 at Banff. She was born in 1880 in Scotland and died in 1955 at Vancouver, B.C. They had four children: Clifford, Lila, Peter and Dave. David operated his business under the name White because most of his customers spelled it that way. He died at Banff in 1940.

Wilde, Fred

Mr. Wilde came to Dunmore Junction in 1882. He was born at Oldham, England in 1855 and died in 1910 at Cranbrook,.B.C. Mr. Wilde married Frances Middleton in 1890 at Banff. They had four children: Margaret and Elizabeth (twins) Wilfred and Hutton.

Wikin, Alfred John

Alfred Wilkin was born in 1837 at Tiptree, England. He and his wife Lucy Emma Rix with their four children came to Pine Creek in 1884. His second wife, Emily, was born in 1835 at London, England and died in 1913 at Calgary. Alfred John died in 1900 and is buried at Tunbridge, Wales.

Wilkin, Mary Katherine

Mary Wilkin was born in Japan in 1876 and died in Alberta in 1957. The family came to Canada in 1884 and ranched in the Red Deer Lake area. Mary accompanied her father back to Japan in 1894 where she remained until 1898. She then lived with her mother until the latter's death in 1913 after which she continued to run the ranch for many years.

Wilkins, Francis Edward

Francis Wilkins was born at St. Louis, U.S.A. and died in 1908 at Lacombe. With his brother, George, he homesteaded on the Golf Course at Red Deer in 1887. His widowed mother Frances E. Wilkins and sister Jean came to Red Deer to live with them in 1890. Francis Edward was the second member to represent Red Deer in the Territorial Assembly in 1891.

Wilkins, George

George Wilkins came with his brother Francis to homestead at Red Deer in 1887. He and his brother were joined by their mother and sister in 1890. George died at Victoria, B.C.

Willans, Norman

Norman Willans was born at Rochdale, Manchester, England in 1870. He was educated in Germany and came to Canada at fifteen years of age. He attended the Agricultural College at Guelph, Ontario. He came to Calgary in 1890 and worked on several ranches. His homestead was called the 'Anchordown Ranch' - South west of Priddis. He married Maud Deane-Freeman of Monea in 1898 at Christ Church, Millarville. Norman helped build the church, the logs coming from his ranch. They had three children: Trevor, Dorothy and Elizabeth. Justin, May and Barbara Deane-Freeman were also members of the family. In 1910 Norman was a cattle buyer for P. Burns and worked for him until 1931. He was Burn's Ranch manager and he and his family lived at Bow Valley Ranch. They later moved to Bee Bow, on Fish Creek and then moved to Calgary. In 1932 he built 'Cozy Cabin' on Fish Creek (now in Fish Creek Park). In 1949 they moved to High River where Norman died in 1950 and Maud also in 1950.

Williams, Horace

Horace Williams was born in 1867 at Kaysville, Utah and died in 1929 at Spokane, Washington. In 1888 at Kaysville he married Clara Elizabeth McLean, who was born in 1871 at Mineral Hills, Nevada and died at Cardston in 1962. They had ten children. The Williams came to Cardston in 1889, two years after Charles Ora Card founded the settlement.

Williams, James

James Williams was born in Tennessee, U.S.A. and died in 1915 at Fort Macleod. He was married at Fort Macleod in 1891 to Agnes Laechie Cook, who was born in 1863 in Scotland and died in 1956 at Fort Macleod. They had three children: Athole, James and Ellen. James came to Canada in 1883 with a trail herd. In 1885 he volunteered for service in the Rocky Mountain Rangers. For service he was rewarded 320 acres of land, and located a farm at Pearce. They lived at Fort Macleod for two years, then he was employed at Oxley and Waldron Ranches. He started farming at Pearce in 1906, where he was killed moving a granary. In 1882 he was a cowboy for the Cochrane Ranch. Agnes Williams came to Fort Macleod by stage coach in 1890.

Williams, T. Milton

Williams came to Calgary in 1882. He was born in 1864 at Iroquois, Ontario and died at Calgary in 1947. He was married at Innisfail in 1897 to Katie Bothamley, who was born in 1875 at Kent, England and died in 1947 at Edmonton. They had three children; John, George and Nellie.

Willock, Francis

Francis Willock located his farm at Pincher Creek in 1881. He returned to Ontario and brought out his wife and family in 1883. He was the first to raise wheat in Southern Alberta in 1883. He farmed NW1/4 6-6-30-W4th and W1/2 21-6-30-W4th. Mr. Willock was born in 1836 in Wentworth county, Ontario and died in 1914 at Pincher Creek. He was married in Ontario in 1865 to Margaret Humphrey, who was born in Scotland in 1843 and died at Pincher Creek in 1916. They had eight children: two died in 1878 of diptheria.

Wills, George Searle

George Wills was advised to come west for his health and brought his family to Calgary in 1890. He homesteaded CPR section 3-25-3-W5th, located around what is now 16 Avenue and 4 Street NW. Calgary, but did not prove up as the land was poor. George was born in 1840 at Kingston, Ontario and died in 1918 at Springbank. He was married at Wolf Island, Ontario in 1878 to Jane Walker, who was born there in 1855 and died in 1903 at Calgary. They had seven children.

Wilson, Alfred

Alfred Wilson enlisted in the NWMP in 1873 and served until 1883. He then homesteaded east of Pincher Creek. He was killed in an accident on the railroad when a train caught his wagon as it crossed. Alfred was born in 1855 at Bowmanville, Ontario and died at Pincher Creek in 1908. In 1892 at Pincher Creek he married Matilda Jane Kerr, who was born in 1863 in Megantic County, Quebec and died in 1937 at Pincher Creek. They had six children.

Wilson, Ernest Edward

Ernest Wilson came west in 1889/90 where his brother, Llewellyn Wilson had set up business as an architect. He went to Red Deer where he ranched at Buffalo Lake and later Pine Lake. He donated land for the erection of Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Ernest was born in London, England and died at Victoria, B.C. in 1948. He was married twice, E. (Collie) Malony, who died in 1913 at Saskatoon and Olive DeVesey Detler, who was born at Goderich, Ontario and died at Victoria, B.C.

Wilson, Harry Benrose

Harry Wilson was born in 1868 at Cooksville, Ontario and was married in 1889 at Guelph, Ontario to Mary Elizabeth Marriot. She was born at Guelph in 1867 and died at Calgary in 1945. They had two children: Harold and Kaywood. Harry came to Calgary in 1889.

Wilson, James

James Wilson came to Fort Macleod as an Instructor at the Blood Indian Reserve in 1886 and held that position for five years. He was also manager of the Cochrane Ranch. Later he was the recorder of Brands at Medicine Hat until 1922 when he moved to Edmonton as recorder of Brands for the Province of Alberta, holding that position until he died. Wilson was born in Scotland in 1850 and died at Edmonton in 1923. In 1878 he was married at Scollard to Agnes Wilson, who died at Edmonton in 1918. They had five children: Agnes, Kate, Edith, Annie and Dorothy.

Wilson, John Sargensen

John Wilson emigrated from England in 1884 settling at Sarnia, Ontario. He came to Southern Alberta in 1890 bringing in the first herd of sheep for the Sarnia Ranching Company with headquarters at Medicine Hat. He left this company shortly afterwards and took employment in his trade as a carpenter with the C.P.R. at Lethbridge. John's family joined him in 1893 at Dunmore Junction, later moving to Canmore. They came into Calgary in 1899 where he was foreman in the construction of the City Hall and other sandstone buildings in the city. In 1914 he homesteaded the NE1/4 2-23-5-W5th at Bragg Creek, raising cattle and using the brand NVN. In 1920 they took over a General Store and Post Office at Bragg Creek and retired at Okotoks. Wilson was born in England in 1855 and died in 1933 at Okotoks. In England in 1883 he was married to Mary Strong, who was born there in 1861 and died in 1964 at Victoria, B.C. They had five children.

Wilson, Maurice S.

Maurice Wilson was born in 1865 in New Zealand and died in 1957 at Vancouver, B.C. He was married in 1902 to Fanny Mary Pass, who was born in 1878 at Barrie, Ontario and died in 1942 at Vancouver, B.C. They had four children: Edward, Walter, Eleanor and Greta. Maurice came to Medicine Hat as a surveyor then settled in 1884 in the Pincher Creek area.

Wilson, Robert Nathaniel

Robert Wilson was an Ex-Constable of the NWMP, coming west by rail and on the Missouri River. In 1882 he was stationed at Stand Off and Fort Macleod, taking his discharge in 1886. He purchased the Stand Off Trading Post and was the Indian Agent for the Blood and Peigan Indians from 1898 to 1911. In 1921 he published a memorandum about the Blood Indians in which he gave a summary of the Treaties that were signed and the history of the farm operations with the Bloods as well as the treaty obligations of the Federal Government. Robert was born in 1863 at Bowmanville, Ontario and died in 1944 at Stand Off. He was married there in 1888 to Lila Hillier, who was born in Ontario in 1868 and died in 1939.

Wilson, Stephen

In 1885 Stephen Wilson was engaged to transport troops during the Riel Rebellion. He took up a homestead at Springbank, then moved to Red Deer where he farmed and operated the Alberta Hotel and the Windsor Hotel until 1914. Wilson was born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England and died at Red Deer in 1939. He was married in England in 1880, but his wife and two children died before he came to Calgary in 1885. In 1904 at Red Deer, he was married to Sarah Anderson, who was born in 1878 in Ireland and died in 1947 at Red Deer. There were five children: William, Samuel, Catherine, Beatrice, and Lillian.

Wilson, Thomas Edmonds

Thomas Wilson came to Fort Walsh in 1880 with the NWMP but only served a short time when he went to work with the C.P.R. survey team. He homesteaded at Morley in 1885. Wilson was born in 1859 at Bond Head, Ontario and died at Banff in 1933. In Edmonton in 1885 he married Minnie McDougall, who was born at Teeswater, Ontario in 1865 and died at Banff in 1936. All of their six children were either born at Banff or Morley.

Wilson, Thomas Goodrick

Thomas Wilson came to Pincher Creek in 1880. He was born in New Zealand in 1866 and died at Bellevue in 1947. In 1914 at Calgary, he married Ethel Helen Milner, who was born in England in 1880. She died at Lundbreck. There were four children; Ethel, Susan, Kathleen and Patricia.

Winder, Captain William

Captain Winder commanded 'C' Troop of the NWMP when they came west in 1873. His family came to join him in 1876. William and Julia both signed Treaty No.7 in 1887. He retired in 1890 with a gratuity of $700 and formed the Winder Ranch Company at Trout Creek, with 100 head of horses and cattle. William was born at Lennoxville, Quebec.

Wishart, James

James Wishart was born in the Orkney Islands in 1830 and died at Calgary in 1906. In 1852 at Poplar Point, Manitoba he married Elizabeth Flett, who was born at the Red River Settlement, Manitoba in 1837 and died at Calgary in 1900. James and Elizabeth settled in the Rosebud area in 1883 and James became a mail carrier, hauling mail from Gleichen. On one occasion he was lost in a blizzard which resulted in having his frozen toes amputated. They had six children; Dave, Ben, Herb, Jenny, Mary and Barbara.

Wolley-Dod, Arthur George

Arthur and Annie Wolley-Dod came to Calgary in 1887. He was born at Chester, England in 1860 and died at Calgary in 1936. In 1887 at Malpas, England he married Annie Francis Brown, who was born in India and died at Calgary in 1945. There were five children, all born at Calgary. They were: Frances, Marjory, William, Edith and Annie. Arthur served in the Military from 1903 past 1920, with ranks from Sergeant to Lt. Colonel and served overseas from 1914-1919. The Wolley-Dod's were active at St. Paul's Anglican Church at Midnapore. Arthur was a participant in the Calgary Agricultural and Industrial Fair, the forerunner of the Calgary Stampede.

Wonnacott, George

George Wonnacott was born at London, Ontario in 1852 and died at Calgary in 1912. In 1891 at Midnapore, he married Marie Emily Power, who was born at L'ambze, Ontario in 1870. She died at Calgary in 1942. There were six children, all born at Midnapore. Wonnacott came to Fort Macleod in 1889.

Wood, C.E.D.

Mr. Wood was editor of the first newspaper in Fort Macleod, The Gazette which began publication in July 1882. It ceased publication in 1907 but was reincarnated in 1931 under the name Macleod Gazette.

Wood, Rev. G.T.

The Reverend G.T. Wood came to Gleichen in 1890 to study the Indians. His daughter married Archdeacon Tims on 30 October, 1890.

Wood, George Isaac

George and Emma Wood came to the Pincher Creek area in 1881. George ranched there until 1885 and then spent some years at Maple Creek returning to purchase the merchandising business of D.W. Marsh, which he operated in partnership with Fred Green - Wood and Green. He was born at Coaticook, Quebec in 1850 and died at Calgary in 1936. About 1874 at Manistee, Michigan, he married Emma Jane Sommerville, who was born there in 1854 and died at Calgary in 1926. They had one child, Lucy Maud.

Woodhouse, Oscar Leslie Moon

Oscar Woodhouse came to Calgary in 1890. He was born at Coppenhall, England in 1867 and died at Calgary in 1940. In 1906 at Calgary, he married Miriam Louise Burnett, who was born at London, England in 1876 and died at Calgary in 1933. there were three children: Raymond, Nista and Oscar.

Woodworth, Benjamin Franklin

In 1883 Benjamin Woodworth squatted on land which is the present buffalo Paddock below the Cascade Mountain stream The Spout' at Banff. He was born at Canning, Kings County, Nova Scotia in 1864 and died at Banff in1920. In 1888 at Banff he married Elizabeth McIntosh, who was born at Burnley, England in 1868 and died at Banff in 1936. There were 11 children all born in Banff. Benjamin and Elizabeth Woodworth never left Banff except for one visit to Calgary in the late years of their lives.

Woolliams, Daniel

Daniel Woolliams came to Calgary in 1890 and operated a dairy farm. He homesteaded the NZ 9 Ranch at Symons Valley in 1902. The ranch is still a family operation. He was born in 1844 at Oxfordshire, England and died at Calgary in 1922. He was married in England in 1872 to Mary Ann Bliss, who was born in 1847 and died in 1915 at Dundas, Ontario. They raised a family of seven children, all born in England.

Worden, Hiram Glacier

Hiram Worden came to Calgary in 1887 and opened a bakery and confectionery with his brother Winslow, who later moved to Cranbrook, B.C. He also farmed in the Davisburg district. Worden was born in 1859 at Evandale, N.B. and died at Calgary in 1924. He was married in 1890 at Wickham, N.B. to Martha Belle Golding, who was born there in 1872.

Wraith, John

John Wraith came from England to Springbank in the 1880s where his uncle was farming. After his uncle's death he remained on the farm until he retired to Vancouver, B.C. in 1936.

Wright, Bryce

Bryce Wright was a cousin of P. Turner Bone and was a partner with him at the Ailsa Ranch at Davisburg in 1886. He married a Miss Anderson.

Wright, Joshua

Joshua Wright was a Transport Supply Officer with General Strange during the Rebellion of 1885. He moved with his family to Calgary in 1885 and was employed with Portland Cement Limited. In 1906 due to health problems he moved back to Ontario where he died in 1907. Wright was born in 1855 at Hull, Quebec. At Hull in 1877 he married Elizabeth Starr Brooks, who was born there in 1856 and died in 1934 at Kingston, Ontario. They had seven children in their family.

Wright, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Wright came to Poplar Grove, (now Innisfail) in 1887. He then went to the Little Red Deer River where he homesteaded two quarters. He was born at Fitzroy Harbor, Ontario in 1860 and died at Calgary in 1949.

Wyndham. Colonel Alfred

Colonel Alfred Wyndham was born at Dinton, England in 1837 and died at Okotoks in 1914. In 1859 at London, Ontario, he married Caroline Elizabeth Stuart, who was born in 1837 and died at Okotoks in 1932. They had eleven children. Alfred and Caroline Wyndham came to Gleichen in 1886. Alfred served with the York Rangers during the Northwest Rebellion. The Dinton Post Office was established on his land. He farmed after leaving the services and retired at Carseland.

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