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A. F. A. Coyne and Company.

  • ath 85.75
  • Corporate body
  • 1919

A. F. A. Coyne & Company set up Petroleum Operators Canadian Offices in Athabasca and proposed to supply natural gas to the Town of Athabasca at the nominal price of one cent per thousand cubic feet. The Offer to Supply was dated October 25th, 1919. A deposit of $500.00 in the form of a cheque was given to the Town of Athabasca to be "forfeited to the town if A. F. A. Coyne and Company do not commence work in the town laying gas pipes and connections and drilling by the first day of August, or have not all homes, buildings supplied with Gas for their use in full supply by the first day of November 1920."

A. H. Lynch-Staunton Butcher Shop

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  • Corporate body

A. H. Lynch-Staunton, 1860?-1932, born in Hamilton, Ontario, was a member of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) detachment sent to establish a horse breeding farm at Pincher Creek, Alberta in 1878. He took his discharge from the NWMP in 1880, and established the first cattle ranch in the district. Among the enterprises associated with his ranch was a butcher shop which supplied meat to the mining communities of the Crowsnest Pass. His descendants have continued to be active in ranching and political life in Alberta.

A-20 Army Camp

  • RED
  • Corporate body
  • 1939-1944

A-20 Army Camp was a training ground for 1,500 to 1,800 soldiers that were stationed in Red Deer during World War II. The original army barrack [building] was moved to Knee Hill, Albert in 1948 when locals wanted to create a community hall and curling rink. During a much needed renovation of the 60-year-old roof, these records were found in the attic amongst the wood-chip insulation.

Aaker, Henry

  • MED
  • Person
  • 1930-

Henry Aaker's parents originally lived in the Drumheller area with his mother's family. His father was Swedish and his mother, Valena Hood, a Metis.. His mother was a deaf mute who had gone to school in Winnipeg and later worked in a café. Henry's parents moved to Conrad, Montana and Henry was born there on May 5, 1930, however, his mother left his father and a daughter, when Henry was just six weeks old. Valena returned to Saratoga Park in Medicine Hat, where her mother, Louisa Cayenne, now lived. Louisa had five daughters and six sons, whom she raised single-handed. Some of Louisa's children were: Joseph, Napoleon (Nap), John, Jasper, Jimmy, Virginia (Pinney), Emily (Swain), Flora (Alldorf) and Valena (Aaker). Henry's mother died young, and he and his future wife, Phyllis, were raised by his grandmother, Louisa. Henry was nicknamed "Yank" as he had been born in the States. Mrs. Louisa Cayenne appears to have been someone of importance in the "village" of Saratoga Park, where most families were related. Apparently, Louisa had been given her land by Mr. Mitchell and was considered a "squatter", along with most of the other residents who lived there. Saratoga Park was located in the Flats area, bounded by Bridge Street, Allowance Avenue and Seven Persons Creek. Henry and Phyllis were married March 17 1951 at St. Barnabas Church in the midst of a blizzard. As a Metis, it was often difficult to obtain work but Henry secured a position and worked at the local Iron Works for 28 years. Henry and Phyllis raised two children, a son, Henry Jr., and a daughter, Joanne. Phyllis died on October 19, 2001.

Aaron, Ted

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Ted Aaron was born in 1918 in Edmonton to Abe Aaron, a fur trader from Lithuania, and Julia Grausbord of Oxbow, Saskatchewan. Ted obtained his BSc and MD degrees from the University of Alberta, and left to study in the United States, where he specialized in allergy research at Roosevelt and Mt. Sinai Hospitals in New York, and was later awarded a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He was the first Jewish doctor hired in Boston at the Lahey clinic. He later returned to Edmonton as the first allergist in Western Canada and became a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta. He published over 50 professional papers and wrote three chapters in Medical texts. He was selected as one of the 100 Physicians of the Century by the Alberta Medical Association in 2005. In addition to his professional activities, he served on the Board of the Beth Shalom Synagogue, the Alberta Boy Scout Association, the Edmonton Symphony, was President of the Alberta Ballet, and President of the Association of Christians and Jews. Dr. Aaron married Gloria Shapiro in 1947, and they have three children: Dr. Stephen Aaron, Arlene Morin and Susan Aaron.

Aasman, Gerda

  • MED

Gerda (nee?) was born in Holland and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1950, following the Second World War. They settled in the Taber and Iron Springs area. In 1953, Gerda and her family (parents, one brother, and one sister) came to Medicine Hat. Another sister was born in 1955. Gerda met Henry Aasman in 1960, and were married in June 1962. In 1963 they purchased a vacant house on Casey Aasman's property and settled there. They had two children, Rory (born in 1965) and Chandra (born in 1968). The family still lives on the farm, just north of Cypress Packers.

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