Edmontonians in the Spotlight: Katherine Hughes

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Women in Journalism Part II: Katherine Hughes By Keltie MacKenzie In continuation of our series of Women in Journalism, we move from Gertrude Balmer-Watt to her friend and colleague, Katherine Hughes. Hughes would go on to be a highly controversial figure in the politics of the British Empire, though she had rather humble beginnings. Born in P.E.I. in 1876, daughter …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight: Gertrude Balmer-Watt

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Women in Journalism Part 1: Gertrude Balmer-Watt By: Keltie MacKenzie At Fort Edmonton Park we need no prompting to explore some of Alberta’s famous historical women. Alberta has an impressive list of valiant women, perhaps most notably the “Famous Five” who were instrumental in the groundbreaking Persons Case and women’s rights in Canada. Edmonton can also lay claim to having …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight: Annie May Jackson

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By Keltie MacKenzie Edmonton boasts an incredible record of women making history. From the Famous Five to the Founders of the Canadian Women’s Press Club and beyond, an incredible amount of progress in women’s rights has been made here along our river valley. One such trailblazer who needs to be mentioned is Canada’s first female police officer, Annie May Jackson. …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight: Roberta MacAdams Part One

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Part 1: Her Signal Honour By Suzanna Wagner Among Edmonton’s many remarkable citizens is Roberta MacAdams (1880-1959). In a forward-thinking city that often forgets to look back, Roberta MacAdams is a shining exemplar of the tremendous contributions Edmontonians have made to Alberta and to the greater world, and so it is fitting that on October 20, 2016, the Edmonton Public …

Alex Decoteau – July 2, 1917

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We continue our series of letters which the celebrated Alex Decoteau wrote to his sister after enlisting with the Canadian Army. This third letter was written in the summer of 1917, roughly nine months after the last one. By this time Alex was in France with the 49th Battalion. France July 2nd, 1917 My Dear Sister, Just a few hundred …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – James Keith Simpson Part 1

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Was there a time when you saw true leadership? Was there a time you showed it? James Keith Simpson was his own man. There are many stories we could tell about him but there are just as many stories we can’t tell. We don’t know how he met his wife, or how he came to become a stepfather to her …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – James Keith Simpson, Part 2

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Welcome back to our Spotlight Blog Series, where we shine on little-known Edmontonians, such as James Keith Simpson. In our last installment, James was brought up within the Hudson’s Bay Company power structure. This was a time when one of the largest companies held a waning trade monopoly over most of what is now the world’s second largest country and beyond. …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – J.E. Brazeau, pt. 2

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Welcome back to our Spotlight on a denizen of Edmonton (and Rocky Mountain House, and St. Albert!) whose name is known to many but whose story is known to few. It is a story of legacy and of connections “ to outsiders, to Aboriginals, and to family. Last time, we looked at the genial American-born fur trader Joseph Edward Brazeau’s …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – J.E. Brazeau, Pt 1.

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If you’ve ever driven through west central Alberta, you’ve probably been to Brazeau County. Last time I passed through, I wondered aloud about this eccentric fur trader who had so many things named after him. Thus this week’s addition to our Spotlight series! Our question: what makes a man remembered? Our period: the mid-19th century, when fur traders in Aboriginal …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – Nellie Webb

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by Tom Long Nellie Webb was a prostitute who lived in Edmonton in the 1880s “ a time when prostitution was simultaneously widespread but unspoken. Her story gives us a fleeting glimpse into a red-lit world. We know little of the “bachelor’s wives” in Edmonton during this time. They led transient lives and practiced a profession that booster newspapers and …

Spotlight: Shirley Kingslow Oliver, Pt. 2

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Shirley Kingslow Oliver Part Two By Andrew Switzer Welcome back to our look at the life of one of Edmonton’s jazz importers! If you’re just joining us now, the first part can be found here. “Wade in the Water“ – Church Life Another fascinating figure who ties into Shirley Oliver’s story is Reverend George W. Slater Jr.  Information on Slater’s background …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – Shirley Kingslow Oliver, Pt 1

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Shirley Kingslow Oliver: What brought you here, and where did you go? By Andrew Switzer   You may remember our ˜Spotlight’ series, having illuminated the lives of little-known Edmontonians in the past, including Louise Umphreville and Morris ˜Two-Gun’ Cohen. Today we’ll take you back to the 1920s and the life of jazz musician Shirley Kingslow Oliver! Something special for this edition: …

Edmontonians in the Spotlight – Morris ‘Two-Gun’ Cohen

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Welcome to our new feature, Edmontonians in the Spotlight, in which we turn our attention to one of the many historical luminaries to have made Edmonton their home. Today we look at a silver-tongued, gun-toting Edmontonian raconteur who rose to become a General in the Chinese Army! Morris Abraham “Two-Gun” Cohen (1887-1970) was born in England, the son of two …