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Wright, Frederick John

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Frederick John Wright, 1902-[after 1980], was born in England. He was placed with Dr. Barnardo's Homes in 1909 and sent to a foster home in Muskoka, Ontario. In 1919 he came to Nanton, Alberta on a Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) harvest excursion train. He went back to Ontario but by 1920 was back in Alberta. He worked in the Turner Valley oil fields until he was laid off in 1930. He was unemployed or underemployed for the next ten years. From about 1934 to 1936 he was at a work camp in Canmore doing road construction and later worked in Calgary soup kitchens. He served in the Canadian army from 1940 to 1946. He and his wife, Thelma, had three children and moved to Calgary ca. 1950 where he worked for the federal government. In the 1970s he worked as a volunteer for the Calgary School Board giving talks to students about his experiences in the 1930s.

Woolliams, Eldon Mattison

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Eldon Mattison Woolliams, 1916-2001, was born near Rosetown, Saskatchewan and was raised on a prairie farm. He worked in agricultural and construction jobs to pay for his education as a teacher at the Saskatoon Normal School. He taught near Zealandia, Saskatchewan before receiving a Leonard Foundation scholarship to study arts and law at the University of Saskatchewan. He articled in Regina, then practiced in Melfort and Tisdale before moving to Calgary, Alberta in 1952.

Woolliams founded his own law firm which became Woolliams, Korman, Moore and Wittman. In his practice, Woolliams had many cases establishing precedent and he was often reported in legal journals. He was elected to the House of Commons as the Progressive Convervative Member of Parliament (MP) for Bow River in 1958 and won eight consecutive elections until his retirement in 1980. In 1968 his constituency was redrawn and named Calgary North. He was Conservative justice critic and Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs. He served on the executive of the national Progressive Conservative party from 1960 to 1966.

During his life he was active with the national Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trade and Jaycees in Calgary. He was also a Shriner and a Mason. He married Erva Leola Jones, 1922-2012, and they had two children, Elda Lynn (Rodger) and Brian Mattison.

Woods, Leonora Christine

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Leonora Christine Eby, 1875-1960, was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Fisher Eby. She married Colonel James Hossack Woods, 1868-1941, in 1900 and they came to Calgary, Alberta in 1907 when Colonel Woods became managing director of the Calgary Herald. In 1910, Mrs. Woods organized the Young Women’s Benevolent Club (later the Samaritan Club) and served as president and honourary president for many years. In 1914, she was elected the first president of the Alberta Board of the Canadian Red Cross Society. She was interested in, and donated money to, many organizations including the Victorian Order of Nurses, of which she was a board member and member of the auxiliary.

After Colonel Woods died in 1941, she donated a stained glass window in his memory to Christ Church in Elbow Park, where they had been long-time members. In 1949, she gave two chalets to the Banff School of Fine Arts, also as a memorial to her late husband. Her personal financial corporation, Gables Securities, was incorporated in 1922 and administered by Managers Limited, an Eric Harvie company. This was dissolved after her death and the assets transferred to the Woods Foundation which was to distribute some of her assets in a charitable manner. It wound up in 1969. Eric Harvie was Mrs.Woods solicitor and a trustee of her estate. Colonel and Mrs. Woods had one daughter, Eleanor Carson (MacDonald) Ingram.

Woodman, Harry

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  • 1895-[196-]

Harry Woodman was born in 1895 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Edmonton in 1915 and served with the Alberta Dragoons until the armistice. Post-war he lived in Ottawa where he died in the 1960's.

Wood, Henry Wise

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Henry Wise Wood, 1860-1941, was born near Monroe City, Missouri, USA and was educated at Christian University in Canton, Missouri. He farmed in Missouri until he moved to Carstairs, Alberta in 1905. Wood was elected President of the United Farmers of Alberta in 1916 and had a profound influence on farm politics in Canada. He retired as president of the UFA in 1931. He was also very involved in the Alberta Wheat Pool and became the first president in 1923. Wood was awarded the C.M.G. in 1935. Wood was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1951 and the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1962 the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada designated Wood as a National Historic Person.

For further information see Henry Wise Wood of Alberta / W. Kirby Rolph. -- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1950.

Wolk, Frank

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  • fl. 1930-1970

Frank Wolk served in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, Motor Transport. He worked on the building and development of the “Diefenbunker” in Carp, Ontario from 1958-1962 and was among those locked inside for two weeks during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Wilson, Thomas Edmund "Ed"

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Thomas Edmund "Ed" Wilson, 1898-1979, was the son of Thomas E. Wilson, the well-known Rocky Mountain guide and explorer, and Minnie McDougall. He was born in Alberta and lived in Nordegg from 1914 to 1950. He returned from the First World War in 1917 because of an injury, and then worked in the coal mining industry as a surface foreman. He moved from Nordegg to Calgary in 1950.

Wilson, John Nicholson "Jack"

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John Nicholson "Jack" Wilson, 1922-2006, was born in Dalby, Australia and served in the Australian Air Force during the Second World War. In 1943 and1944 he trained at No. 2 Wireless School in Calgary, Alberta as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Wilson was posted to India, flying supplies to troops in Burma. On his return to Australia he was a farmer until retirement in 1979, after which he took up painting. Some of his art training had come in Canada under Calgary painter Janet Mitchell; his career was very sucessful and he won many awards.

Wilson, Elizabeth

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  • 1923-2005

Elizabeth Wilson was a Canadian writer of fiction and non-fiction. She wrote novels and poems and short stories for adults and children. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, she grew up on a farm during the depression. She received Normal School training and taught in a one room school in James River Bridge, Alberta in the 1940s. She married Don Wilson in 1949 and moved to Edmonton, Alberta. In 1987, she and her husband moved to Nanaimo, B.C, where she died in 2005. Her first novel Andre Tom MacGregor won her the Alberta Search for a Novelist contest in 1976 and the Beaver Award in 1976. In 2003 she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in creative writing from Malaspina College in Vancouver, B.C. Wilson was active in teaching creative writing to school children in rural communities in Alberta.

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