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Waller, Robert Edward

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Robert Edward Waller, 1914-1999, was born in Toronto, Ontario. He was educated at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario and served in the RCAF during the Second World War. He married Polly, ?-1987, ca. 1942 and had two children, Bryan and Joan. In 1932, Bob joined Price Waterhouse and in 1949 was transferred to Calgary, Alberta. Bob served as Managing Partner in charge of the Calgary office from 1952 until his retirement from the company in 1976. He was a governor of the Glenbow Museum from 1971 to 1974. Bob and Polly moved to Okotoks in 1962 where they raised purebred shorthorn cattle, later running a cow-calf operation with their son Bryan. Bob also had a great love of music which led to the creation of a collection of more than 2000 pieces of sheet music, carefully indexed alphabetically with notes referring to the composer, key, and date of each piece. He collected popular music that he himself personally enjoyed, including scores from musicals, loves songs, and pop/rock music. Bob sought out sheet music from various dealers and sources in Winnipeg, Toronto, Victoria, Calgary, and New York. Bob was also a member of The Sheet Music Exchange (1990), an organization with members across the USA and Canada. In 1991, due to illness, Bob gave up active collecting, but continued to pick up a few titles of interest and maintained his collection for many years after.

Wallace, Paul Anthony Wilson

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Paul Anthony Wilson Wallace, 1891-1967, was born in Cobourg, Ontario, grew up in Toronto and as a young man did a great deal of travelling. He graduated with a BA in English and History from the University of Toronto in 1915. While a student he was active in the Alpine Club of Canada at Banff, Alberta and in mountain climbing. In the summer of 1915 he taught school at Baraca, near Youngstown, Alberta. He lived briefly in Victoria, British Columbia before serving in the First World War.

On his discharge in 1918 he took one year of graduate work at the U of T. He married Dorothy Clarke in 1919 and became a lecturer in English at the University of Alberta where he remained until 1922. He then did his MA and PhD at Toronto. He was professor of English at Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania, USA from 1925 until 1949, then associate historian for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission until 1965. He returned to Lebanon Valley College until his death. He published many articles and books on Pennsylvania and native American history.

Wallace, Margaret Kathleen "Kay"

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Margaret Kathleen "Kay" Wallace, 1907-1986, was born in Calgary, Alberta. She attended the Calgary Normal School in 1927, and had a 43 year career as a teacher. Her first school was the Union Jack School in Arrowwood, Alberta. She taught briefly at Exshaw, then spent nine years at the Canmore School. In 1942 she returned to Calgary where she taught at various city schools (Balmoral, Central High, Glengarry, Glenmeadow, James Short, Queen's Park, Spruce Cliff, and Sunalta) until 1970. In 1936 she travelled to France as part of the Vimy Pilgrimage.

Walker, William "Scottie"

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William Walker, also called "Scottie", was originally from Scotland. He lived in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1915 when he joined a Dominion Land Survey of the Milk River area of southern Alberta as a draughtsman.

Walker, Leonard

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Leonard Walker, 1911-1996, was born in Wabasca, Alberta where his father was chief factor of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) trading post. In 1913 he and his family moved to Grouard, Alberta, although he and his mother lived in Ontario while his father was overseas in the First World War service. After attending high school in Edmonton, Len worked in Calgary as a buyer for the HBC Raw Fur Department, 1928-1929, and in the summers as purser on a steamer between Waterways and Fort Fitzgerald. In 1929 he worked as a lease clerk for Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas Co. at Kehoe Lake. In 1931 he worked in his father's High Prairie general store, and from 1933 to 1935 he owned a garage in Rycroft.

For the next few years he roughnecked in the Turner Valley and Vermilion area, and from 1940 to 1943 was a pipeline superintendent in Trinidad. He returned to Alberta to work for Oilwell Supply Co. in Okotoks as a district engineer. He joined Union Tractor in Calgary as a salesman in 1945, and again worked in Trinidad from 1947 to 1949. He went into oilfield equipment sales with Cardwell Manufacturing Inc. in 1950, and formed Petrolia Pipe and Tool Co. in 1968. In 1981 he established Len Walker and Associates, oilfield marketing consultants. He married Noreen Margaret Cumming in 1941, and they had four daughters, Shirley-Ann Walker (Guyot), Beverly (Russell), Robbie (Cuthbertson), and Jeanne.

Walker, James H. "Farmer Jim"

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  • 1885-1964

James H. "Farmer Jim" Walker, 1885-1964, was born in Coalville, Utah, USA. He moved to Alberta in 1903 and homesteaded near Grassy Lake. He later moved to Raymond and served as secretary-treasurer of the Knight Sugar Company, before resuming farming and ranching. He sat in the Alberta Legislature from 1940 to 1944 as an independent member. In 1912 he married Fanny Harris of Layton, Utah, and they had 12 children, J. Harris, Beth (Zemp), Fay, Mary (Fairbanks), Jane, Robert, Floyd, Lloyd, Ralph, Reed, Glen and Richard. He was active in the Mormon church.

Walker, James H.

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  • 1846-1936

James H. Walker, 1846-1936, was born near Hamilton, Ontario. In 1876 he married Euphemia Davidson Quarrie, ?-1928, also from Ontario and they had one son, W.J. Selby Walker, 1879-1952. In 1920 Selby married Ruth Agnes Shine, ?-1987, and they had two children, Alan, ?-1929, and Mary (Lynas), 1922-2011. James was a member of the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), 1874-1881, then the manager of Cochrane Ranche at Big Hill (now Cochrane, Alberta), 1881-1882. In 1882 he took over a sawmill built by the Cochrane Ranche 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 (1896-1900, 1913) and trustee (1895-1900, 1902-1905, 1908-1912). 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 (North West Rebellion), was Lt.-Col. of the 15th Light Horse, 1905-1911, and during the First World War served overseas as the Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forestry Corps. In 1975 Walker was chosen as Calgary's "Citizen of the Century". Colonel Walker School in Calgary was named in his honour in 1911. James Walker Creek, Alberta, and Mount James Walker, Alberta are also named for him.

For further information see Colonel Walker, Man of the Western Frontier / Grant MacEwan. -- Saskatoon : Western Producer Prairie Books, 1989; "My Life in the North-West Mounted Police" in Alberta Historical Review. -- vol. 8, no.1 (Winter 1960), p. 1-1; and Max Foran's entry, "James Walker", in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, (at

Wadmore, Robinson Lyndhurst

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  • 1855-1915

Robinson Lyndhurst Wadmore served with the Royal Canadian Regiment during the North West Resistance. He was present at Battleford and the Battle of Cut Knife Hill. He continued his military service into the early years of the 20th century, commanding troops sent to Cape Breton in 1909 during the mining strike. He achieved the rank of Colonel before his resignation in 1912. He died on April 2nd 1915 in Victoria, BC.

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