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Allen, Bill James Gilbert, 1946-

  • PA 289
  • Individual
  • 1946-

William James Gilbert (Bill) Allen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on August 12, 1946 to Alfred B. Allen and Delores M. Holmes. Allen received his early education at Holy Rosary and St. James Schools in Regina, and attended St. Peter's College in Muenster. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan (Regina) with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

First elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature as a New Democratic Party (NDP) Member representing Regina-Rosemont constituency in the June 1975 General Election, Allen was re-elected in that constituency in October 1978. He was defeated by Gordon Dirks in the April 1982 General Election, but remained active in politics. Allen served as President of the NDP from 1995-2000. He co-chaired the Platform Committee for the September 1999 General Election and chaired the Leadership Committee in 2001.

After leaving public life, Allen worked as a teacher at Riffel and Archbishop M.C. O'Neill High Schools.

Bill Allen married Carolyn Ruth on November 11, 1967. They had two children: Michael Padraic Joseph and Kelsey Maureen.

Allen currently (2005) resides in Regina.

Anderson, Joe, 1922-

  • PA 213
  • Individual
  • 1922-

Joe Anderson was born in Sovereign, SK, in 1922. He was orphaned as a child and raised by a farmer near Semans. After World War II broke out, he joined the Canadian Army, where he served in the medical corps at Dundurn, SK, and in the ordinance corps overseas, from 1941 to 1946.

After his five years of service, Joe returned to Semans. Joe farmed land that he rented from his uncle until about 1953, when the Veterans Land Administration purchased the land from Joe's uncle, whereupon Joe made payments to the VLA until he owned the land. Joe farmed in Semans until his retirement.

In October 1952, Joe married Louise Rudrich in Semans. They had four children: Paul (born 1953); Anne (born 1955); Max (born 1957) and Tom (born 1960. Louise passed away in 1997.

Joe and Louise were active members of the Semans Royal Canadian Legion and the Legion Auxiliary. The couple also undertook a project to commemorate the deaths of 18 active servicemen from the Semans district who died during World War II, as well as two peacekeepers from the district whom died during peace time. Joe and Louise gathered information about these individuals and, at their own expense, placed memorial markers at sites in northern Saskatchewan, northern Manitoba, and in British Columbia which had been named for these fallen servicemen.

Anderson, Matthew S., 1882-1974

  • PA 409
  • Individual
  • 1882-1974

Mathias Sevrin Anderson was born on October 22, 1882 in Hoddevik, Norway to A. and Olina (Amundson) Anderson. In 1902, Anderson emigrated to North America and in 1904, he applied for a homestead in the North-West Territories (later known as Saskatchewan). Anderson farmed in the Bulyea district.

Anderson was elected to the council of McKillop Rural Municipality No. 220 in 1922. He served as a councilor (1922-1930) and reeve (1930-1949). Around 1927, Anderson developed a province-wide health insurance plan which he put before the annual meeting of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities. When the plan failed to receive support, Anderson focused on developing a health plan for residents of his municipality. After receiving overwhelming support in a 1938 plebiscite, the plan was introduced to the Saskatchewan Legislature. In March, 1939 the bill called 'An Act Respecting Medical and Hospital Services for Municipalities' was passed. Often referred to as the 'Matt Anderson Bill', it allowed municipalities to collect taxes for health services, a concept that was later adopted at the regional and provincial level.

Anderson's memoir, Bold Experiment: a pioneer's vision of health care, written with Harold S. Longman, was published in 1969. Anderson died on July 24, 1974.

Anderson married Martha Amundson in Norway on March 26, 1905. They had seven children: Andrew, Amund, Margaret, Mathew, Helmer, Otto and Dorothy.

Anderson, Palma, 1931-1994

  • PA 319
  • Individual
  • 1931-1994

Palma Annette Anderson was born on October 15, 1931 near Bulyea, Saskatchewan to Olaf and Caroline Anderson. She attended the Provincial Normal School at Moose Jaw in 1949 and 1950, and later earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Saskatchewan. Anderson taught at Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Regina during her career that spanned twenty-three years.

Palma Anderson was actively involved in issues related to women's rights. In the 1970s, she joined the Regina Status of Women and soon became its president. Throughout the 1980s, she was president of the Saskatchewan Action Committee, Status of Women (SAC) which lobbied for improvements to minimum wage, pension reform, child care, and women's health rights. From 1986 to 1988, she was the Saskatchewan representative on the executive of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, serving on a variety of sub-committees. Anderson was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Battered Women's Advocacy Network.

As a member of the Regina Public School Teachers Association, she lobbied on such issues as professional development, affirmative action, sexual harassment, maternity leave, and pensions.

Upon her retirement from teaching, Palma Anderson addressed issues of seniors' education and welfare through her activities in the Regina Council on Aging, the Saskatchewan Senior Citizens Provincial Council, the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism, and the Regina Chapter of the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan.

Anderson volunteered for the New Democratic Party on various committees and election campaign teams at the provincial and federal levels. She also briefly volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross Society.

Anderson received the John Stratychuk Memorial Award from the Saskatchewan Human Rights Association and the Soroptimist International of Regina 1988 Woman of Distinction Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions in the field of human rights. She was also honoured with the Regina Y.W.C.A. Award of Merit for her community involvement, and a Vital Link award from the City of Regina in 1993 for her work with the Regina Council on Aging.

Palma Anderson married Dave Treherne in the 1950s; they divorced in the late 1970s. They had three children: Kathy, Karen and Chris. Palma Anderson died in Regina on September 26, 1994.

Archer, John H., 1914-2004

  • PA 286
  • Individual
  • 1914-2004

John Hall Archer was born July 11, 1914 on a farm 20 km south of Broadview, Saskatchewan. He was the third of ten children born to British homesteaders Charles and Mary Archer, who came to Canada in 1903.

Archer's primary education began in Broadview's Highland School, and he completed his final year of high school at Scott Collegiate in Regina. Beginning in 1932, Archer farmed and attended Normal School in Regina. From 1935 to 1938, he upgraded his teaching credentials through correspondence and summer courses offered by the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. His enlistment during the Second World War resulted in a break in his studies. After the war, Archer obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in history (1947) and a Masters of Arts in history (1948) from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. At McGill University in Montreal Quebec, Archer received a Bachelor of Library Science (1949) and he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in history (1969) from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

In the period from 1933 to 1940, John Archer taught in the Highland, Grainview, Edenland, and Wawota school districts. In 1940, he left his position as Vice-Principal of Wawota High School, and enlisted in the Canadian Army. He signed up as a gunner in the Royal Canadian Artillery and became a part of the 1st Canadian Survey Regiment, Flash Spotting Battery. He was stationed overseas in the United Kingdom, North African/Mediterranean theatre and Italy during the war where he served with distinction and completed officer training. He also ran (unsuccessfully) for public office as a candidate in the 1944 Saskatchewan General Election, representing active service voters in Area Number 2 (countries bordering on the Mediterranean Sea). Archer returned to Saskatchewan in 1945 with the rank of Captain.

Following the completion of his Bachelor of Library Science degree, Archer returned to Saskatchewan to become the Assistant Legislative Librarian in 1949. During the period from 1951 to 1964, he was Legislative Librarian of Saskatchewan and served on the Saskatchewan Archives Board. From 1957 to 1962, he also held the position of Provincial Archivist. From 1962 to 1964, he was Assistant Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

In 1964, Archer left Saskatchewan to become Director of University Libraries at McGill and in 1967 he became an Associate Professor of History and University Archivist at Queen's University. In 1970, Archer returned to Saskatchewan, this time to take up his appointment as principal of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus. He served as the University of Regina's President from 1974 to 1976. In 1976 while Professor of Western Canadian History at the University of Regina, Archer was engaged by the Saskatchewan Archives Board to write a history of Saskatchewan to coincide with the province's 75th Anniversary. He continued to teach throughout the 1980's and 1990's at the Senior's Education Centre, University of Regina.

During his lifetime, John Archer gave many speeches and lectures throughout the province to interest groups and students. In the year 1980, as promotion for the Celebrate Saskatchewan 75th Anniversary and the publication of his work Saskatchewan: A History, he spoke at over 200 events.

Archer wrote and edited many books and articles, as well as contributing forewords, introductions and reviews to many literary works. These projects included writing Honoured with the Burden (a history of the Regina Board of Education); Bernard Amtmann, 1907-1979; and Living Faith, History of Diocese of Qu'Appelle. He was general editor of the memoirs of John Diefenbaker and also edited Grainbuyer's Wife; Billy Bock : The Book of Humbug; Land of Promise; and West of Yesterday. Archer participated in several radio and television broadcasts, such as The Saskatchewan Story; At Home in Saskatchewan; John Archer's Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Mosaic.

Throughout his lifetime, John Archer served on a number of boards and commissions at the local, provincial and national levels. These included the Saskatchewan Golden Jubilee Committee(Secretary); Rafferty Alameda Environmental Assessment Review Panel (Chair); Rural Development Advisory Group (Chair); Canadian Centenary Council (Director); South Saskatchewan Hospital Board (Member); Wascana Centre Authority (Director, treasurer); Saskatchewan Judicial Council; Glassco Commission on Federal Government Organization (Project Officer); Saskatchewan Commission on Continuing Education (Chair); and Regina Advisory Committee of the Salvation Army (Chair and Life Member).

He received numerous honours and awards during his lifetime, including the Order of Canada (Officer); Saskatchewan Order of Merit; Golden Jubilee Medal; President Emeritus for the University of Regina; Anglican Church Award of Merit; Doctor of Laws from the University of Regina; Doctor of Canon Law from the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad; as well as having the main branch of the University of Regina Library named in his honour.

Archer participated in a number of organizations, societies and charitable groups concerned with Canadian history, political science, libraries and the arts. Including: the Canadian and American Library Associations; the Canada Foundation; the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society; Monarchist League of Canada; Government House Historical Society; Saskatchewan Genealogical Society; Museums Association of Saskatchewan; and the Council for Canadian Unity.

His personal interests also extended to the game of bridge, curling, university athletics, rural development, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Canadian unity.

John Archer married Alice M. Widdup on August 24, 1939 in Broadview, Saskatchewan. They had two children John Widdup Archer (1947) and Alice Mary-Lynn Archer (1951). Archer died on April 5, 2004 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Armstrong, Patricia G., 1913-

  • PA 73
  • Individual
  • 1913-

Patricia Gertrude Armstrong (nee Plank) was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan on May 22, 1913. She was educated in Rouleau and later earned a Master of Arts (English) from the University of Saskatchewan. She married (Roy) Hudson Armstrong in 1947. Armstrong lived in Saskatoon for twelve years and Ottawa for one year, eventually moving to Sturgis, Saskatchewan.

As an author and an active member of the Torchbearers Club and the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, Armstrong has been published in the Western Producer, the Star Phoenix, Canadian Home Journal, Women's Illustrated (England), and the Toronto Star. Following the ill-health of her husband, Armstrong became a teacher. She also worked as Secretary of Records at the University of Saskatchewan.

As part of the research for her writing and from personal interest, Armstrong conducted numerous interviews. Many of those were conducted on behalf of the Sturgis R.E.A.D. Club with excerpts published in their magazine.

Arnott, Gordon Ryan, 1926-1996

  • PA 287
  • Individual
  • 1926-1996

Gordon Ryan Arnott was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 1 August 1926. He attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute, and the University of Manitoba where he achieved a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1948, and was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal. He also held a post-graduate fellowship in community and regional planning from Central Mortgage and Housing at the University of British Columbia from 1951-1952.

Arnott's career began with work in Winnipeg (Green Blankstein and Russell), Calgary (Rule Wynn and Rule, and a year in private practice), and in Vancouver as Townsite Planning and Liason Architect for the Kitimat project with the Alcan Aluminum Company of Canada (1951-1953). He then moved to Regina and entered partnership with Kiyo Izumi in 1954. His association with numerous architects, engineers, interior designers, and planners has resulted in the establishment of various firms in his career: Izumi, Arnott, Sugiyama 1954-1968; Gordon R. Arnott & Associaites, 1968-1974; Arnott MAcPhail Johnstone & Associates, 1974-1981; Arnott MacPhail Associates, 1981-1988; and Arnott Kelly O'Connor Associates, 1988-1995. In the autumn of 1995, the firm became Arnott Associates Architect Ltd. Following the death of Gordon Arnott on 7 May 1996, the firm was dissolved and the offices at 2275 Albert Street in Regina closed.

When Izumi, Arnott and Sugiyama formed a partnership in the mid-1950s, the firm was one of the first in the province to have a structural engineer as a principal. As the work of the firm developed, its experience and expertise in designing institutional, public, and commercial buildings became widely known. Throughout Arnott's career, he and his firms(s) have been the recipient of numerous awards: the Massey Medal Honourable Mention, 1958; Vincent Massey Award of Excellence in Urban Environment for the Midtown Plaza project in Saskatoon, 1971; Queen's Jubilee Medal, 1977; the Saskatchewan Association of Architects Design Award, 1979, and the Canadian Consulting Engineering Design Award, 1981 for the T.C. Douglas Building, Wascana Centre, Regina; The Premier's Award, Award of Merit in Community Planning for the Transitional Area Concept Study, Regina, 1986; the Saskatchewan Association of Architects Award of Excellence for the Saskatchewan Science Centre; and the City of Saskatoon Municipal Heritage Award, Infill Category, for the Midtown Plaza Expansion, 1991.

Arnott was very active in numerous professional associations including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (President 1970-1971); Saskatchewan Association of Architects (President 1961); Canadian Institute of Planners; National Design Council of Canada (1973-1979); Royal Architectural Institute of Canada College of Fellows (Dean, 1987-1989); Advisory Design Committee, National Capital Commission (Vice-Chairman, 1990). He was also an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and an Honorary Member of the Mexican Society of Architects. Arnott served as President of the Assiniboia Club, Regina (1977 1978), and as Director of the Regina Exhibition Association (1982), and sat on the Canadian Executive Service Organization Board, and the Wascana Centre Authority Heritage Property Advisory Committee.

Arnott wrote numerous reports and articles related to architecture and planning, and has delivered speeches and lectures to professional conferences, conventions, and universities. His activities in the architectural field have gained him national and international recognition. His legacy continues through the Gordon R. Arnott Memorial Bursary at the University of Regina.

The activities of Arnott and his firm(s) within Saskatchewan have been extensive since 1954. Major projects include Midtown Plaza, Saskatoon; T.C. Douglas Building, Regina; Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina campuses; Cornwall Centre, Regina; Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts, Regina; Air Terminal Building, Regina; Saskatchewan Pavillion, Vancouver, Exp '86; Saskatchewan Science Centre, 1989; Midtown Plaza Expansion, Saskatoon, 1990; and Casino Regina, 1995. Internationally, Arnott provided architectural consulting services for the Kenya Technical Teacher's College, and the United Nations Environmental Programme Headquarters building in Nairobi, and worked with the Canadian International Development Agency.

Babcock, Howard Albert, 1916-1996

  • PA 48
  • Individual
  • 1916-1996

Howard Albert Babcock was born March 18, 1916, the son of Albert Leslie and Sarah (Sadie) Elizabeth Babcock. He was raised in the Francis/Creelman area. He joined the RCAF as a cook in 1940 and attained the rank of Corporal. After the war, he worked in the cooking trade at the Banff Springs Hotel, the Hotel Saskatchewan, the National Systems of Baking, and at the RCMP Training Academy in Regina. Babcock, whose involvement in organized labour spanned 53 years, was a member and executive member (Secretary Treasurer) of the Saskatchewan Association of Cooks, the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway Employees and of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. He served for many years as the workers' representative on the Unemployment Insurance Commission Board of Referees and was a spokesman for the rights of the unemployed. He was Secretary Treasurer of the Regina Labour Temple Company Limited. In later years he acted as manager of the Regina Union Centre (created in 1969 through an amalgamation of the Regina Labour Temple Company Limited and the Regina Labour Building Association.)

Babcock married Annie Rohatyn in 1941 and had one daughter, Shirley Anne. He died in 1996.

Badger, Bessie, 1896-1983

  • PA 323
  • Individual
  • 1896-1983

Bessie Badger was born in the United States on June 16, 1896. She moved to Saskatoon on November 10, 1919. She began work at the Saskatoon Land Titles Office on November 22, 1919, where she worked until she retired when she was in her 60s. She married late in life, but outlived her husband. She died in 1983.

Baker, Lucy Margaret, 1836-1909

  • PA 309
  • Individual
  • 1836-1909

Lucy Margaret Baker was born at Summertown, Glengarry County, Ontario in 1836. Lucy was young when her mother passed away and she was adopted by her father's sister, Mrs. Buchanan of Dundee, Quebec. She was educated in Dundee, Quebec and Fort Covington, NY. She returned to Dundee to teach and became involved in missionary and Sunday school work in Zion Presbyterian church, pastured by Rev. Donald Ross. Baker also taught in New Orleans during the American Civil War, and later in Lancaster, ON. Her old pastor, Rev. Ross, was heading the school in Lancaster at the time. In 1878, Ross was appointed by the Home Mission Board of the Presbyterian church to go to Prince Albert. The Board asked Baker to accompany Mr. and Mrs. Ross to Prince Albert to teach at the day school started by Rev. James Nisbet.

Baker became the first female missionary of the Presbyterian Church to the Indians of the North-West. She taught at the mission day school until 1885, and then taught at the newly-built Presbyterian high school in Prince Albert for several years. She then moved to teach on the Makoce Waste reserve, a reserve of Sioux Indians from the United States who had taken refuge in Canada in the 1860's. She continued to teach at the reserve until 1905, when she retired due to failing health. She died on May 30, 1909 in Montreal and she was buried in the Zion Presbyterian churchyard in Dundee, Quebec.

A high school in Prince Albert is named after Lucy M. Baker.

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