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Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives

Young, Thomas C.

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Thomas C. Young (1870-1957) was born in Westville, Nova Scotia and later moved to Kenora, Ontario where he met his wife Anne (d. 1943). The Youngs were married in 1900 and had a daughter, Vivian, in 1902. Thomas worked for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway where he was one of the first crews to lay track west from Portage La Prairie in 1907. In 1911 he joined a construction company, Mackenzie and Mann, as Supervisor of their Mechanical Division in Alberta. The Youngs lived briefly in Big Valley Pit, Stettler and Rocky Mountain House before moving to Lucerne in 1915. After the First World War, Thomas rejoined the Canadian Northern Railway as Locomotive Foreman and moved to Jasper. After his retirement in 1935, Thomas opened the first Tourist Information Bureau in a corner of Clausen Otto's Garage and was very active in promoting Jasper as a premier vacation area. Thomas also wrote many poems about the mountains and personalities in Jasper. Vivian later married Oscar Jacobson when living in Lucerne. They later moved with their four children, Doreen, Betty, Anne-Marie, and Sandra, to Jasper.

Yellowhead Highway Association

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The TransCanada Highway System Association (Yellowhead Route) was formed as a non-profit association in 1949. The aims and objectives of the Association were to promote the construction of the Yellowhead route by enlisting support from the municipalities, encouraging local Yellowhead Route Associations, and publicizing the need, the reasons and the support for the Yellowhead Route. E.T. Love served as the first secretary treasurer of the Assocation and did much to further the cause of the Yellowhead route, promoting it as having lesser grades, lighter snowfall and as a strategic military defence location.

Wynn, James Parry

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James (Jim) Parry Wynn, 1913 - 1933, was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, the son of James Pattison Wynn and Mary Ellen. Married to Betty Leaver (Kent Co. ON and Clear Lake MB). One son, Larry. After finishing school he worked for Coca-Cola and General Motors. In 1936 he began working as a meter reader for the Dominion Power Co., now known as Northland Utilities. He came to Jasper in 1943 (when Northland Utilities took over electric generation from the CNR), as Jasper District Superintendent. He became a member of the Jasper Park Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1944, and in 1952 he became the chief. He played the lead trumpet in the dance band "Drum and Bugle Band", in the 1950s with Nonie Jones and Bill Duncan. He played at the Green Gables (Spero's Dance Hall) and was a founding member of the revival of the Jasper Park Band. He was also a member of the Jasper Town Site Committee, the Masonic Lodge, and of the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed to the first Board of Directors of the Seton Hospital in Jasper in 1971, and was elected Vice Chairman of the Board in 1973. The Wynn's lived at 311 Patricia Street, and in 1966 moved to 812 Tonquin. After his retirement he began "Commercial Electric", an electrical contracting firm, with his son. He died October 11, 1993.

Simpson, David

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Reverend David Simpson was a Methodist Minister. He came to serve the men during the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.

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