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The Right Honourable Richard Bedford (R.B.) Bennett (1870-1925)

The Right Honourable Richard Bedford (R.B.) Bennett (1870-1925)

Field of Fame #1, Public Service

Drive and determination are just two of the words used to describe the first Canadian Prime Minister from Alberta. At a young age, Bennett created lofty goals for himself: to…

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Senator Patrick Burns (1956-1937)

Senator Patrick Burns (1956-1937)

Business, Field of Fame #1, Public Service

Patrick Burns was born in Oshawa, Ontario as the fourth of eleven children, where he grew up with little education in humble conditions. Pat Burns headed out west with his…

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Wilf Carter (1904-1996)

Wilf Carter (1904-1996)

Arts, Field of Fame #5

Wilfred Arthur Charles "Wilf" Carter was born in Port Hilford, Nova Scotia in 1904, one of nine children. After seeing a traveling show named "The Yodelling Fool" as a youth,…

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Dr. Clara Christie Might (1895 To 1987)

Dr. Clara Christie Might (1895 to 1987)

Field of Fame #5, Women

Clara Christie was born in Winchester, Ontario, in 1895 and her family moved to Calgary in 1903. After a four month course at Calgary Normal School at age 20, Clara…

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Chief David Crowchild (1899-1982)

Chief David Crowchild (1899-1982)

Field of Fame #1, First Nations

David Crowchild was born to Mark Crowchild and Sarah Big Plume on the Tsuut'ina Reserve, where he had a significant influence. He loved horses, and in his younger years, he…

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Chief Crowfoot (1830 To 1890)

Chief Crowfoot (1830 to 1890)

Field of Fame #4, First Nations

Crowfoot was a chief of theSiksika First Nation. His parents, Istowun-eh'pata (Packs a Knife) and Axkahp-say-pi (Attacked Towards Home), were Kainai. He was only five when his father was killed…

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Mary Dover (1905 To 1944)

Mary Dover (1905 to 1944)

Field of Fame #3, Women

Mary Dover was a dynamic and distinguished Calgarian, particularly known for her work with the military during World War II. Born the same day Alberta joined Confederation in 1905, Mary…

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Bob Edwards (1860 To 1922)

Bob Edwards (1860 to 1922)

Business, Field of Fame #3

Robert Chambers Edwards was born into a family of privilege in Scotland, but was orphaned as a youth. He was raised by two aunts, and although he did not graduate…

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Annie Rolinson Gale (1876  To 1970)

Annie Rolinson Gale (1876 to 1970)

Field of Fame #2, Women

Annie Gale was a British immigrant to Calgary in the early twentieth century who dove straight into community politics in order to make her city a better place to live,…

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Eric Lafferty Harvie (1892 To 1975)

Eric Lafferty Harvie (1892 to 1975)

Business, Field of Fame #1

Eric Lafferty Harvie was born in Orillia, Ontario, but moved to Alberta as a youth. He was called to Alberta's legal bar in 1915. His legal career was interrupted when…

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The Honourable Harry Hays – Visionary Trailblazer (1909 To 1982)

The Honourable Harry Hays – Visionary Trailblazer (1909 to 1982)

Field of Fame #5, Public Service

Born near Carstairs, Alberta, Harry was one of 8 children. With his brothers Tom and Jack he carried on his father's work with purebred Holsteins. Better quality and more milk…

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Harley Hotchkiss, CC, AOE (1927 To 2011)

Harley Hotchkiss, CC, AOE (1927 to 2011)

Business, Field of Fame #5

Harley Hotchkiss was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario in 1927. A graduate of Michigan State University in 1951 and a geologist by trade, Hotchkiss moved to Calgary in 1951. He married…

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William Roper Hull (1856 To 1925)

William Roper Hull (1856 to 1925)

Business, Field of Fame #4

William Roper Hull was born in England. He grew up in Dorset, but after his mother died, he moved to Canada in 1873 (at 17 years old) with his brother…

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Alice Jane Jukes Jamieson (1860 To 1949)

Alice Jane Jukes Jamieson (1860 to 1949)

Field of Fame #1, Public Service, Women

Alice Jamieson was born on July 14, 1860 in New York City to James Jukes and Isabel Duxbury, who were both born in England, and emigrated to the United States…

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Sydney Kahanoff (1922 To 1980)

Sydney Kahanoff (1922 to 1980)

Business, Field of Fame #4

Sydney Kahanoff was born in Manitoba in 1922 and grew up in Saskatchewan. After graduating from high school in 1939, he joined the RCAF serving in the Aleutian Islands for…

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Father Albert Lacombe, OMI (1827 To 1916)

Father Albert Lacombe, OMI (1827 to 1916)

Early Explorers/Settlers, Field of Fame #3

Father Albert Lacombe was a very dedicated missionary with a great sense of adventure who brought the Christian message to Western Canada for over 65 years. Albert Lacombe was born…

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Sam Livingston (1831 To 1897)

Sam Livingston (1831 to 1897)

Business, Early Explorers/Settlers, Field of Fame #5

Samuel Henry Harkwood Livingston was born in Ireland in 1831. As a young man he came to seek his fortune in America. After trying his luck at prospecting during the…

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Senator Sir James Alexander Lougheed (1854 To 1925)

Senator Sir James Alexander Lougheed (1854 to 1925)

Field of Fame #2, Public Service

James Lougheed was born in Brampton, Ontario to Irish Protestant parents. He grew up there, and went to school at the University of Toronto, obtaining a law degree in 1881.…

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The Honourable E. Peter Lougheed (1928 To 2012)

The Honourable E. Peter Lougheed (1928 to 2012)

Field of Fame #4, Public Service

Edgar Peter Lougheed was born on July 26, 1928, at Calgary, Alberta, grandson of Alberta pioneer Sir James A. Lougheed. He was educated in Calgary public and secondary schools before…

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The Honourable Grant MacEwan, OC, AOE (1902 To 2000)

The Honourable Grant MacEwan, OC, AOE (1902 to 2000)

Arts, Field of Fame #2, Public Service

John Walter Grant MacEwan was born in Brandon, Manitoba, where he lived until he was thirteen when he moved with his family to a farm near Melfort, Saskatchewan. There, MacEwan…

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James F. Macleod (1836 To 1894)

James F. Macleod (1836 to 1894)

Early Explorers/Settlers, Field of Fame #1

James Macleod was born in Scotland, and emigrated to Canada in 1845. He received his BA from Queen's in Ontario, and he began to practice law. However, his passion was…

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The Honourable Ernest C. Manning (1908 To 1996)

The Honourable Ernest C. Manning (1908 to 1996)

Field of Fame #3, Public Service

Ernest Charles Manning, PC, COC, AOE, was the eighth Premier of Alberta. A co-founder of the province's Social Credit party, he served between 1943 and 1968, longer than any premier…

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Frederick C Mannix (1913 To 1995)

Frederick C Mannix (1913 to 1995)

Business, Field of Fame #3

Frederick Charles Mannix was born on October 21, 1913 in Edmonton, Alberta. His father was a construction pioneer from Manitoba who moved his contracting business to Edmonton in 1905 to…

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Nellie McClung (1873 To 1951)

Nellie McClung (1873 to 1951)

Field of Fame #3, Women

Nellie McClung is one of the most famous women's rights activists in Canadian history. Known for her dynamic and engaging public speeches and numerous books, she disarmed most audiences with…

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W.O. Mitchell (1914 To 1998)

W.O. Mitchell (1914 to 1998)

Arts, Field of Fame #2

W.O., the only Canadian writer known by his initials alone, was one of Canada's best loved story tellers. Who Has Seen the Wind has become the classic Canadian prairie novel…

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Bessie (Betty) Mitchell (1896 To 1976)

Bessie (Betty) Mitchell (1896 to 1976)

Arts, Field of Fame #4, Women

Bessie (Betty) Mitchell was born in Ohio, USA, in 1896, moving to Alberta with her family in 1912. She completed high school by correspondence, attended the Normal School in Calgary…

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Maude Riley (1882 To 1962)

Maude Riley (1882 to 1962)

Field of Fame #2, Women

Maude (Keen) Riley grew up in Perth County, Ontario and became a teacher through the Ontario Normal School. Upon gaining her certification, she accepted a position to teach at Nose…

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Arthur Ryan Smith (1919 To 2008)

Arthur Ryan Smith (1919 to 2008)

Business, Field of Fame #2, Public Service

Arthur Smith, O.C., A.O.E, D.F.C, Order of Merit (Hungary), LLD (Hon.) was born and raised in Calgary, and moved to Turner Valley when he was sixteen to work in the…

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Chief Walking Buffalo (1871 To 1967)

Chief Walking Buffalo (1871 to 1967)

Field of Fame #5, First Nations

"To the missionary who adopted him, he was George McLean; in Stoney language, he was known as Tatanga Mani; to the world he was Walking Buffalo." (Whyte Museum Blogspot 2011)…

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Henry Wise Wood (1860 To 1941)

Henry Wise Wood (1860 to 1941)

Field of Fame #4, Public Service

Henry Wise Wood was born in Missouri in 1860 and in 1905 like many Americans moved to Alberta┬ábecause of the availability of cheap land in Canada. He bought a wheat…

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