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Title:
Riley family fonds

Date(s):
1881-1984

Physical Description:
75 cm of textual records. -- 65 cm of photographs

History:
Ezra Hounsfield Riley, 1866-1937, was the second son of Calgary, Alberta pioneer rancher Thomas E. Riley. He was born in Toronto and moved with his family to Calgary in 1887. He married Harriet Waterhouse in 1897, and they had five children, Thomas, 1898-1917, Arthur Rhodes, 1903?-1958, Margaret Louise, 1904-1957, Dorothy Elizabeth (Gishler), 1911-1990, and Georgina Jane who apparently died in infancy. The Riley family prospered as a result of the development of their ranch into the subdivisions of Hillhurst, West Hillhurst, and Hounsfield Heights. Ezra served as MPP (MLA) for Gleichen from 1906 to 1910. He donated Riley Park to the City of Calgary in 1910, and provided the endowment for St. Barnabas Anglican Church in 1912, and was a supporter of Bishop Pinkham College. Thomas was killed in action in the First World War. Arthur became a successful businessman. Margaret Louise became a children's librarian, storyteller and author. She joined the Calgary Public Library in 1930 and in 1949 became assistant librarian. She published two children's books, Mystery Horse (1950) and Train for Tiger Lily (1954), and a novel for adults, One Happy Moment (1951). The Louise Riley branch of the Calgary Public was named after her. Dorothy was active in amateur theatre. She married Dr. Paul Gishler, a researcher in physical chemistry. They had two sons, John, 1942 - , and Richard, 1947- .

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of the family scrapbook (1887-1934), photograph albums, loose photographs, family correspondence, letters from Bishop Cyprian Pinkham (1907-1914), some of Ezra's political correspondence, Dorothy's scrapbook of her university career (1927-1932), typescripts of Louise's published and unpublished children's books and adult novels (1950s), newsclippings and memorabilia.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Dorothy E. Gishler, 1974-1975, and the Paul Gishler estate, 1994.

Language:
The material is in English.

Restrictions:
The literary works of Louise Riley are not to be published without the permission of Richard and John Gishler.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:
http://www.glenbow.org/collections/search/findingAids/archhtm/rileyezra.cfm

Related:
The records of Paul Gishler are held by the University of Alberta Archives.
Thomas E. Riley's diaries are also held at Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8375, NA-3019, PA-3148, PA-3440

Title:
Burnett, Hammond, Riley family fonds

Date(s):
1869-1957

Physical Description:
40 cm of textual records. -- 87 photographs

History:
William Beamish Burnett, 1852-ca. 1927, was born in Kingston, Ontario. He joined the First Frontenac Volunteer Cavalry (later the Fourth Hussars) and attended the cavalry school in Toronto in 1868. He then attended infantry school in Kingston, and stayed with the cavalry as a corporal. He received a number of promotions and retired as a major in 1896. Also during this period he was a switchman, yardmaster and conductor for the Grand Trunk and Canadian Pacific Railways. In 1896 he became yardmaster for the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Co. railway in Lethbridge, a position he held until 1904 when he became customs cashier. He was an active member in the Independent Order of Oddfellows for fifty years, serving in many executive positions in the organization. He married Agnes McNabb from Scotland and they had three children who survived infancy, Thomas, William and Edith. Edith married Frederick Hammond, an entrepreneur who invested in the coal industry of Alberta. They had five daughters, Gertrude Agnes "Agness", 1912- , Priscilla, Gwendolyn, Lois Fredericka, and Edith Hilda "Tilda". The sisters were all presented to the Royal Family during the traditional debutante season in London. Agness was notable as one of the first women to run and operate a cattle ranch in Alberta. Lois married Justice Harold W. Riley Jr. Thomas was educated in Ontario and enlisted in the 192nd Battalion in First World War. After the war he was a merchant in Hillcrest and Bellevue, Alberta, and also lived in Cadomin, Alberta.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal, military and IOOF papers of William B.; Thomas' photographs of the Cadomin Mine, Alberta; newsclippings; and portraits of family members.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Agnes Hammond, 1966, and Gail Schectal, 1989.

Language:
The material is in English.

Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
No finding aid.

Related:
Information from the family scrapbook is included in the Extra Print Information file for NA-5265.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-7906, PA-3111, PA-3139, PB-758, PD-77, NA-1276, NA-5265, NA-5278

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