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Magnus James Mathieson, 1924-2020 , was born in Calgary, Alberta and his first summer job was as a delivery boy for Myers Photo Studio, where he also did some photofinishing. In 1948 he opened his own photofinishing business and eventually took on more photography assignments. Mathieson did both portrait work as well as commercial / industrial photography. He won many awards over the years including Canadian Photographer of the Year in 1982. He was a member of several photographic associations and was given an honorary life membership by the Alberta Professional Photographers Assocation in 1994. Mathieson was also a member of the Better Business Bureau, Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Calgary Convention and Visitors Bureau. He sold his business to Robert Hewitt in 1996. Mathieson married Elsie Ritz in 1953.
Alberta Theatre Projects of Calgary, Alberta was founded as a non-profit organization in 1972. It has evolved from a small group of artists to an established company in the Canadian theatre scene. Its founding members were Douglas Riske, artistic director, and Lucille Wagner, managing director. Paddy Campbell provided many original children's works for the company. In 1983 the two directors' positions were merged into one producing director, filled by Michael Dobbin (1948- ), who continued in this capacity until 1999. The original mandate was to use new work to bring Canadian history to life for young people. The Theatre-in-Education division of ATP was established in coordination with the Calgary Public and Separate School Boards. The mandate was expanded in 1973 to include an adult subscription season with emphasis on new Canadian works. ATP operated at the Canmore Opera House in Heritage Park until 1984, when it moved to the Martha Cohen Theatre in the Calgary Centre for Performing Arts. In 1987 it began PlayRites, a mid-winter festival of new works by Canadian playwrights. For further information see Zina Barnieh's article, "Alberta Theatre Projects", in The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre / Eugene Benson and L.W. Connolly, eds. -- Toronto : Oxford University Press, 1989, p. 12-13.
Michael Clark, 1861-1926, was born in Belford, Northumberland, England. He graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh, and practiced as a country physician in Belford and Newcastle-on-Tyne. In 1882 he married Elizabeth Smith, and they had four sons, including George and Albert. The family moved to Alberta in 1902 and homesteaded on the Little Red Deer River west of Olds. Michael ran, unsuccessfully, in the 1905 provincial election. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1908 as Member of Parliament (MP) for Red Deer, was re-elected in 1911 and 1917, and defeated in 1921. He was a member of the Liberal Party until 1917, when he supported the Union government. He was known as a great orator and strong believer in free trade. For further information see: Warren Elofson "Michael Clark" in Dictionary of Canadian Biography (http://www.biographi.ca/)
Canadian novelist and screenwriter Winnifred Eaton Reeve, née Eaton, was born in Montreal, Quebec. Her birthdate is usually given as 1879 but she was born on August 21, 1875. At age 20 she travelled to Jamaica to report on the debates of the Legislative Council. Later she moved to New York at which time her short stories were first published in Saturday Evening Post and other periodicals. Her first novel, Miss Nume, was published in 1899, followed by her best-selling novel, A Japanese Nightingale, in 1901. As a popular early Asian North American author, Reeve went on to publish some 16 novels over the course of 24 years under the pseudonym Onoto Watanna. In 1917, after marrying Francis F. Reeve, she relocated to a ranch near Morley, Alberta, while simultaneously residing part-time in Calgary, Alberta. Prominent in cultural organizations in Calgary, she founded the Little Theatre movement and served as the first president of the Calgary branch of the Canadian Authors Association. She lived in the United States from 1924 to 1931, working as one of the heads of the scenario department for Universal Pictures and wrote stories and screenplays for several film companies, such as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Fox Films and Universal Pictures. Reeve returned to Calgary in 1931; however, poor health restricted her writing and she wrote only a few short stories after that time. She died on April 8, 1954, in Butte, Montana, while en route back to Calgary from California. Winnifred Reeve's work and interest in the theatre prompted a generous donation by the Francis F. Reeve Foundation, which made possible the construction of the Reeve Theatre at the University of Calgary. Further biographical information available in Onoto Watanna: the story of Winnifred Eaton Reeve / by Diana Birchall (Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2001) and via The Winnifred Eaton Archive www.winnifredeatonarchive.org
Peter Macdonald Abel was born in Dutch Guiana on 5 May 1890, at the age of 6, he moved to the United States following the death of his father. He lived at Cambridge, Massachusetts for ten years before coming to Canada. He homesteaded at Earl Grey, Saskatchewan for three years then enrolled in the Manitoba Agricultural College, graduating in 1913. He then did postgraduate work at the University of Missouri. Prior to the First World War, he was Assistant Editor of the Farm and Ranch Review at Calgary, Alberta and taught in an agricultural school at Claresholm, Alberta for two years. He served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, returning from overseas in 1919, becoming Livestock Editor of The Country Guide. In 1934, he became its editor. He rejoined the army during the Second World War, being awarded the Order of the British Empire with the rank of Colonel in 1944. He returned to Canada and resumed his editorial duties. He died at Winnipeg on 3 July 1952.
Joseph Alfred McLean was born in Bracebridge, Ontario in 1893. McLean moved to Calgary with his family where he worked briefly as a plumber before enlisting in the Canadian Expeditionary force in February of 1916. He served primarily with the 50th Battalion, rose to the rank of Lieutenant and was demobilized back to Canada on the 28th of January, 1920. He was awarded the Military Medal in 1917.
Kenneth Edward Grant was born in 1916 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Grant earned a bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia in 1937. While there, he joined the Canadian Officer’s Training Corps and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant. After graduation he worked as a reporter for the Vancouver Sun. While there he met Gloria Pallister who worked in the advertising department and they were married in 1940. At the outbreak of WWII grant joined a reserve group in Vancouver, and eventually entered into the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve on January 1, 1941. He began his service aboard as a Sub-Lieutenant aboard HMCS Napanee. He occupied many roles during war, including serving as a member of naval training staff, as staff officer aboard HMCS Assiniboine, as first Lieutenant for HMCS Kokanee. Grant remained with the navy after the war, working as an officer with the Sea Cadets. In 1954 he joined HMCS Algonquin as First Lieutenant. In 1955 he was stationed with Ottawa in put in charge of Atomic, Biological and Chemical Defensive Warfare (ABCD) training. In 1960 Grant was given command of HMCS ‘Cap de la Madeleine and of the 9th Escort Squadron. On November 29th 1963, returning form Halifax, Grant was killed when Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 831 crashed just after take-off from Montreal.
Jacob Chrisman Harmon was born in Indiana and later lived in Iowa and South Dakota. He married Martha Adeline Harmon (1845-1914) in Black Hawk County, Iowa. The family eventually settled near Consort, Alberta. Martha died in Consort, and Jacob in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Samis Women's Institute was based near Olds, Alberta
John F. Inglis was an early settler in Olds, Alberta