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Alberta heroes

 

"To mark the final days of the 1900s, a series will run daily on Page A2 -- the 100 highest-impact Albertans of the 100-plus years in the evolution of this region. A panel of academics, business leaders and average Albertans made the selections for Alberta's Heroic 100" - Don Martin

 

Don Martin and the Calgary Herald initiated an innovative way to count down the days until the year 2000. Don wrote a column each day on the present-day and historic heroes of our province. Since our members and our web visitors may well have special kinship connection to some of the heroes, we are pleased to offer this finding aid to the newspaper columns that are appeared from September to December 1999.

 

To view the entire column, you may visit the one of several locations in Calgary where paper and microfilmed copies of the Calgary Herald are kept: Calgary Public Library, Glenbow Museum and Archives, Mount Royal College, or University of Calgary. If you don't live in the Calgary area, you may contact the for copy of the column in question. Please specify the name of the hero and the date of the column in your request.

 

Many thanks to Lorna Stewart, AFHS Member, for compiling and preparing this information for placement on the AFHS website. And, yes, there are some duplications below as well as missing titles/numbers; this reflects what the newspaper published.

 

Alberta Hero
Headline
Date
No.
Bill Aberhart Leader infuriated Baptists 1 Dec 99 35
Maxwell Bates Reclusive artist banned from club 20 Nov 99 42
R.B. Bennett One-term prime minister left lasting legacy 9 Nov 99 53
Bob Blair Blair backed Canadian businesses 2 Dec 99 37
Jim and Bill Brewster Banff's Brewsters forward thinkers in transportation 27 Dec 99 -
Kootenai Brown Waterton remains hero's legacy 22 Nov 99 41(b)
Kurt Browning Browning skated into record book 14 Nov 99 48
John Brownlee Sex scandal forced out premier 16 Nov 99 46
Pat Burns Meatpacking baron also had heart of gold 26 Sept 99 96
Joe Butlin Victorian Calgary built with his stone 21 Dec 99 -
Ted Byfield Byfield at heart of conservatism 3 Oct 99 89
Donald Cameron Educator had a dream 21 Oct 99 71(a)
Charles Ora Card Card led Mormons north 5 Nov 99 57
Douglas Cardinal Architect among world's best 28 Sept 99 94
Wilf Carter - 28 Nov 99 40
Art Child Meat magnate set up Alberta think-tank 25 Nov 99 43
Bob Church Cowboy Dr. Bob Church is home, home in the lab 26 Dec 99 -
Joe Clark Joe Clark is still writing his political history 5 Oct 99 87
Karl Clark Chemist found key to oil sands 13 Dec 99 25
James Collip Albertan helped discover insulin for humans 8 Oct 99 84
Philip Currie Dino curator makes mark 15 Oct 99 77
Archie Dingman Oilman's discovery triggered first boom and bust 18 Oct 99 74
Robert Dinning ALCB founder was the baron of booze 17 Oct 99 75
Mary Dover Walking encyclopedia of Alberta still walking the streets of Calgary 12 Nov 99 50
Bob Edwards Influential publisher ahead of his time 19 Oct 99 73
William Fairfield Researcher broke new ground 13 Oct 99 79
Jack Gallagher Arctic oil dream still just a dream 17 Nov 99 45
The Ghermezians Family built the ultimate mall 21 Nov 99 41(a)
George Govier Govier's name still carries clout 13 Nov 99 49
James Gray History died with him 15 Nov 99 47
Jim Gray Service sets him apart 30 Dec 99 -
Wayne Gretzky Top 100 Picks will appear until New Year's Eve 24 Sep 98
The Grey Nuns Sisters set up first hospital to care for starving kids 27 Nov 99 41
Richard Hardisty Trader helped open the West 16 Dec 99 -
Eric Harvie Tycoon made cash work for public 30 Oct 99 63
Frederick Haultain Top 100 Picks will appear until New Year's Eve 24 Sep 100
Stephen Herrero Expert bent on saving grizzlies 18 Nov 99 44
Vern 'Dry Hole' Hunter 'Dry Hole' Hunter hit a gusher 2 Nov 99 60
Mel Hurtig Publisher's nationalism gave birth to encyclopedia 17 Dec 99 -
William Irvine Former MP world peace advocate 10 Dec 99 28
Peter Karsten Artist put city zoo on the map 15 Dec 99 -
Illingworth Kerr Painter put Prairies on artistic map 25 Oct 99 68
W.P. Kinsella Alberta is author's field of dreams 7 Oct 99 85
W.P. Kinsella Alberta writer made dreams come true 6 Nov 99 56
Frank King '88 Olympics chairman set standard for excellence 23 Oct 99 70
Ralph Klein/Peter Lougheed Dead heat for political greatness 31 Dec 99 -
Herman Linder Linder a king of cowboys 6 Dec 99 32
Father Albert Lacombe Missionary assumed role of provincial ombudsman 11 Oct 99 81
Sir James Lougheed Senator was man of vision 7 Dec 99 31
Peter Lougheed Led Tories to power 29 Dec 99 -
Peter Lougheed/Ralph Klein Dead heat for political greatness 31 Dec 99 -
Grant MacEwan Province owes much to famous citizen 27 Oct 99 66
Charles Magrath Water engineer 23 Dec 99 -
Ernest Manning A politician who served 20 Dec 99 -
Preston Manning Manning led Reform out of wilderness 6 Oct 99 86
Fred C. Mannix Recluse had finger in every pie 9 Dec 99 29
Fred C. Mannix - 29 Nov 99 39
Maskipitoon Warrier chief turned to peace 4 Oct 99 88
Wop May Alberta pilot pushed the envelope 3 Nov 99 59
Nellie McClung Radical hero Alberta's gain 23 Nov 99 40
Grant McConachie Top 100 Picks will appear until New Year's Eve 24 Sep 99
John McDougall McDougall champion of native causes 4 Dec 99 34
Louise McKinney A politician that never acted like a non-person 16 Oct 99 76
Marshall McLuhan 'Global village' forecasts eerily close to reality 7 Nov 99 55
Frank McMahon McMahon famed for oilpatch touchdown 1 Oct 99 91
Betty Mitchell Mitchell sparked Calgary theatre 25 Sept 99 97
Roland Michener Michener fit noble role 28 Oct 99 65
Emily Murphy Emily Murphy battled for rights 19 Dec 99 -
Eric Newell Educator makes a difference 20 Oct 99 72
Arne Nielsen Alberta's original blue-eyed sheik 11 Nov 99 51
Charles Noble Farmer helped stop soil airlift 27 Sept 99 95
Grant Notley Earned respect of political foes 28 Dec 99 -
Frank Oliver Started Edmonton newspaper 12 Dec 99 26
Irene Parlby Parlby was first woman in cabinet 4 Nov 99 58
William Pearce Pearce made irrigation, parks come true 30 Sept 99 92
Jerry Potts 'Bear Child' a noted warrior 11 Dec 99 27
J. Harper Prowse Feisty lawyer became leader of non-existent Liberal party 12 Oct 99 80
Normie Quong - 30 Nov 99 38
Ken Read Crazy Canuck was rare animal on ski slopes 9 Oct 99 83
Chester Ronning Diplomat a tireless booster of China 5 Dec 99 33
Andy Russell Cowboy earned Order of Canada 3 Dec 99 36
A.C. Rutherford First premier started battle 14 Oct 99 78
Sahpo-Muxiho Crowfoot was peace advocate 14 Dec 99 24
Arthur Sifton Top justice stood tall in the West 18 Dec 99 -
Clifford Sifton The patron saint of immigration 29 Oct 99 64
Jimmy Simpson Mountain man beat 'green' trend by decades 10 Nov 99 52
Arthur Smith Oilman pushed diversification 29 Sept 99 93
Sam Steele A Policeman of Empire 22 Dec 99 -
Ralph G. Steinhauer Former lieut.-gov. promoted farming 24 Nov 99 44
Stephan Stephanson Icelandic poet found fame 31 Oct 99 62
Richard Taylor A Nobel achievement 1 Nov 99 61
Mark Tewksbury Swimmer defines Olympic glory 8 Nov 99 54
Tom Three Persons Cowboy rode out Cyclone 8 Dec 99 30
Henry Marshall Tory U of A founder was in a hurry 19 Nov 99 43
Ian Tyson Sparked a renaissance in songs about the cowboy life 24 Dec 99 -
Col. James Walker Man of many firsts second to no one 26 Oct 99 67
Walking Buffalo Chief was symbol of Alberta's natives 26 Nov 99 42
Max Ward From bush pilot to aviation legend 10 Oct 99 82
John Ware Black cowboy left mark 24 Oct 99 69
Guy Weadick Stampede founder a bold cowboy 22 Oct 99 71(b)
Henry Wise Wood refused to be premier 3 Oct 99 90