Edmontonians in the Spotlight – Louise Umphreville

1846 Fort, Edmontonians In The Spotlight

Join us today, O reader, as our spotlight series turns to focus on Edmonton’s one-time first lady, Métis matriarch Louise ‘Lisette’ Umphreville (ca. 1783-1849). There’s no surviving image of Louise, and you won’t find many things named after Umphreville in the city. Nowadays, marketing agents would rather find names like Tuscany Hills or the utterly baffling Sol’Town. But for over …

Mattie Rutherford: Mother of Edmonton

1905 Street, Edmontonians In The Spotlight

Mattie Rutherford, the wife of Alexander Cameron Rutherford, is vital to the history of Edmonton and Alberta, and to our narrative at Fort Edmonton Park. Mrs. Rutherford worked tirelessly to support both her husband’s career, and the interests of the new city of Edmonton (1904) and the new province of Alberta (1905). Luckily for her and for us, the advent of …

Anthony Henday: More Than Just a Road

Edmontonians In The Spotlight, Other

With the Anthony Henday ring road nearing completion in Edmonton, we thought we’d share with you some of the history of the man behind the name. This European explorer can largely be attributed to setting the foundations of what would later become Fort Edmonton, and later, the city we all call home. Join us, as we jump back to a …

Profile – Sir George Simpson

Edmontonians In The Spotlight

Who was he? Simpson was regarded as one of the most influential men in the Hudson’s Bay Company. He started with the company as a clerk in 1820 but was quickly promoted and put in charge of the affairs of the Northern Department (the territory between James Bay and the Rocky Mountains). What did he do? Sir George Simpson had …