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Henry George Glyde arrived in Calgary with his family in 1935, anticipating a one-year faculty position with the Provincial Institute of Technology. In what turned out to be thirty years of teaching and more than sixty years of painting, H.G. Glyde was the most important individual in the development of art teaching in Alberta. 

In June 1940 Garry and Phyllis Ashford were teenage sisters in the English town of Oxted. When the Loyal Edmonton Regiment set up camp in a nearby wood, ensuing wartime romances led to marriage to members of the "Eddies." . In this Garry Browne article published in the Loyal Edmonton Regiment's magazine The Fortyniner, the Ashford's recount the tragedy and challenge of being war brides. 
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