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Adames (family)

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Henry James Adames, 1867-1955, was born in Chichester, Sussex, England. He served in the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), 1888-1889. In 1892 he married Florence Maude Carpenter, 1868-1948, in Kenora, Ontario. They had four children, Eric L., 1899-1961, Winifred Helen, 1900-1943, Kathline, [ca. 1902]-1902, and Eileen, 1903-1993. In 1894 the family moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta. They moved to Calgary in 1899, and Henry worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) for a few years, then joined the Sheriff's office. From 1920 to 1933 the family lived in Hanna, Alberta, where Henry was Sheriff and Clerk of the Supreme and District Court. On his retirement in 1933 the family returned to Calgary and made their home in the Scarboro district. They were very active in the Anglican Church, and attended the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary. Eric served overseas during First World War and continued his military service after the war, with the RCAF in Caron, Saskatchewan. He retired to Victoria, British Columbia.

Adams (family)

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The Adams family came to Alberta ca. 1903 and farmed in the Swalwell and Cochrane districts. Annie Adams and her husband had at least four children, Annie, Nancy, Etta and Ida. Nancy, 1884-1971, married Walter David Patterson. Etta married William L. Lockhart. Ida married Roy Bishop. William's sister, Ardella May Lockhart, married George Rutter Austin. They had at least one child, Ronald George Austin, 1942- . R.G. Austin later changed his name to Keath Austen.

Alexander (family)

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Robert Lowry Alexander, 1845-1917, was born near Ottawa, Ontario. He married Mary Coulter, 1853-1943, and they had seven daughters, Jane Ann Roxana, Mary Idela Winnifred (Adam), Errella Laurena Leona, Effie Evelyn Viola, Elma Olive Branch (Roach), Margaret Irene Hamilton and Ottillie Dorothye Love (Roach). The family moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1883 and Robert was the town's first secretary-treasurer. He was a Dominion immigration inspector, 1886-1896, being stationed at Moose Jaw, Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. He then ranched south of Calgary until he retired to the city, ca. 1912. Elma married Leslie Palmer Roach, 1892-1976, who, after her death, married her sister Dorothye. There were three children, Robert, Richard and Evelyn (Dobbs).

Allan (family)

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Alexander Allan, 1857-1927, was born in Bucksburn, Scotland, emigrated to Canada in 1880, and came to Calgary, Alberta in 1884 where he opened a dry goods business in partnership with Andrew Rankin. Alexander was an alderman in 1887, customs collector from 1901 to 1911, member of the School and Hospitals Boards and member of Knox United Church. He married Mary Jane Short, 1857-1950, in 1885 and they had two children, Ida Nellie (Graves), 1888-1986, and Elwin Hamilton Wyness, 1886-?. For further information see "Rankin & Allan : Dry Goods Merchants" in Eye on the Future : Business People in Calgary and the Bow Valley, 1870-1900 / Henry C. Klassen. -- Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2002, p. 105-107.

Armey (family)

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Adam Armey, 1878-1959, was born in Nappanee, Indiana, USA where he was educated and received a teaching certificate. In 1900, he emigrated to Stavely, Alberta and worked at the Stewart Brothers Saw Mill in the Porcupine Hills. He homesteaded near Nanton in 1906, cutting and hauling logs to the mill in winter. He raised horses and cattle as well as farming grain. In 1918, he married Mrs. Lucy Kewley and they had two children, Harcourt "Cork" and Aileen (Scott), as well as a son from Lucy's previous marriage. The family moved to Vancouver in 1938. Adam served in many organizations. He was the first secretary of the American Society of Equity, Broadway Local Union No. 2549 in 1906 and later served as president. He was also involved in a number of organizations in the Broadway District. Harcourt served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in the Korean War and in Germany in the 1950s.

Barclay (family)

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George Brown Barclay, 1863-1940, an iron molder by trade, and a frustrated inventor, brought his family from Illinois, USA to Alberta in 1905 to homestead. They settled in the district of Meadowbrook, near Gull Lake, but having little success at farming moved to Calgary in 1913. George Barclay worked as a well-driller and Elsie Ellen Barclay, ?-1932, as a seamstress to support the family. Their two daughters, Mary Belle Barclay, 1901-2000, and Elsie Catherine Barclay, 1902-1985, became school teachers. They taught in Calgary and various rural schools throughout their long careers. Catherine taught French and was known for her work in the French section of the Banff School of Fine Arts. She was also very involved in drama and theatre in her early years. Mary made natural science one of her teaching specialties. The sisters co-founded the Canadian Youth Hostels Association in 1933, and set up the first official North American youth hostel at Bragg Creek. Mary received the Order of Canada. Their brother, George Franklin Barclay, 1903-?, was an accountant. He worked for the Department of National Revenue from 1930 until his retirement in 1968. For a more detailed family history see Mary Belle Barclay : Founder of Canadian Hostelling / Evelyn Edgeller. - Calgary : Detselig Enterprises, 1988.

Bartsch (family)

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Christian "Chris" Bartsch, 1869-1959, was born in Chur, Switzerland and emigrated to Wisconsin, USA in 1888. In 1897 he made the first of seven trips ferrying cattle to the Klondike. Grace Graham Bartsch, 1871-1959, was born in Chicago, Illinois and taught school in Oregon. In 1899 the two were married and she made three trips to Dawson City, Yukon with her husband. In 1903 they settled in Calgary where Chris worked as a buyer and manager for Pacific Cold Storage. In 1910 they moved to Gleichen, Alberta where Chris managed the PCS ranch. He later opened a butchering business and ranched at Hussar. In 1928 they moved to Peace River where they operated the Gundy Ranch. They retired to Calgary in 1937. They had three children, Lewis, Alice and Ted.

Bascom (family)

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John Watson Bascom, widowed from his first wife, Rachel Lybbert in Utah, USA brought his five children, Raymond "Tommy", Melvin, Earl, Weldon and Alice to Raymond, Alberta in 1914. He farmed and ranched in the area, and married Ada Romeril Dawley. They had six children, Frank Dawley, Charles, Grant, Ada, Bell, Luella and Lamona. Tommy, Melvin, Earl, and Weldon were very active in rodeo throughout North America, particularly at the Calgary Stampede.

Basilici (family)

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Elisabet Hirth, 1879-1966, was born in Munich, Germany. She married Freiherr Gustav von Rummel-Waldau in 1896 and they had three daughters, Elisabet "Lizzie", 1897-1980, Johanna "Jane" (Fisher), 1899-1985, and Eugenie "Nina" (Rodgers). The children's surname was Rummel. Elisabet divorced Gustav in 1902, was married to Dr. Fritz Weinmann from 1902 to 1904, and in 1908 married Roberto Basilici, ?-1929. In 1911 Elisabet and Roberto purchased the Gates Ranch near Kew, Alberta. Roberto served in Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) from 1915 to 1918, and he and Elisabet divorced in 1925. The family were very active in local organizations including the North Fork Stock Association. Lizzie is the subject of Lizzie Rummel, Baroness of the Canadian Rockies / Ruth Oltmann. - Exshaw, Alberta : Ribbon Creek Publishing, 1983.

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