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Edward Henry Crandell

Edward Henry Crandell, 1859-1944, was born in Prince Edward County, Ontario, and came to Calgary, Alberta in 1899. He became a life insurance agent for the Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada, but he also established a large real estate business.

In 1905, he founded the Calgary Pressed Brick and Sandstone Company, and from 1905 to 1931 he operated a brick plant on the western edge of the city in the community of Brickburn. The same year he founded his brick company, he had a large brick house built for himself and his family. When his brick business collapsed in the 1930s, the house was sold to Judge Patterson, and then to wrestler Stu Hart in 1954; it was known as the Hart House up until 2004, when it was sold.

In addition to being a real estate investor, Crandell was also an oil speculator. He began traveling in the Waterton and Pincher Creek districts to find oil in the Waterton Lake area. He failed, but for his efforts, Mount Crandell in the Waterton lake area was named after him. Later, he became President of the Discovery Oil Company.

Crandell was a man of many interests. He served as Alderman for the Calgary from 1914-1916, he was school trustee, and he was a member of many associations including the Calgary Rotary Club, the Bow River Masonic Lodge and the Independent Order of Foresters.

He and wife, Harriett E. McBride, ?-1921, had five children, Hattie Mabel (Little), 1883-?, Mary Lillian (Jackson), 1890-?, Olive Elizabeth (Durnin), 1892-?, Edward Henry Marmaduke "Harry", 1895-1977, and John Kenneth, 1903-1970.

This biography is adapted from the Edward Henry Crandell fonds of the Glenbow Archives Copyright © Glenbow Archives.

References

Edward Henry Crandell: City of Calgary Alderman, 1914 January 2 - 1916 January 3. City of Calgary archives. Retrieved December 3, 2008

Mount Crandell. Summitpost.org. Retrieved December 3, 2008

Vanderleer, Kim. Heart-felt Goodbye. Calgary Real Estate News, 22(36), September 20, 2004. Retrieved December 3, 2008

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