Besides Louise Riley herself, for whom our library is named, several other notables have graced the hill of Hounsfield Heights since the early days at the turn of the last century.
Charlie Richardson- first principal of Hillhurst School. His daughter Barbara kept her horse Princess tethered where Sears is now.
Harry Pollard- world famous photographer of First Nations people. He was also Chief photographer of Canadian Pacific Railway and his collection is in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in Edmonton. You can view his photographs here https://hermis.alberta.ca/paa/Search.aspx?CollectionID=2&st=harry+pollard. His wife Ella (Eleanor Pollard) was was a beauty queen and rode in the Domion Fair Parade in 1908 as "Miss Canada."
Sam Adams- lawyer, alderman for five years, then mayor for 2 years. Long Lance (Sylvester Clark Long, reporter) threw a fake bomb through his window, which resulted in his being fired as a reporter for the Herald.
Alexander Calhoun- first director of Calgary Public Library lived in a nearby house on the hill and walked to Memorial Park Library every day. Louise Riley worked there also. The branch named after him (built into a hill) is located on 14th Street SW.
Dr. Huxley Johnson- a local doctor who died in the polio epidemic while assisting the communtiy. He was Huxley Jr. Huxley Sr, an early resident , was doctor at the Sunnyside Military Hospital.
Bill W. Saunders- vice principal of SAIT. In 1957, he started the first courses related to the oil industry.
W.R. Castell- also a Calgary Public Library Director
Ralph McCready- instructor at Mount Royal College
Charles Richardson-first principal of Hillhurst Public School for the first 23 years
Gerald Tailfeathers(1925-1975). "One of the first Native Canadians to become a professional artist, he came to prominence in the 1950s. His art had several influences: study in the Summer Art School in Glacier National Park (Montana) with New York portrait painters Winold Reiss and Carl Linck; the cowboy school of painting led by Charles Russell; the Oklahoma school of Indian painting; the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts and the Provincial School of Technology and Art in Calgary. In the main, his work exhibits a romantic and nostalgic vision of his Blood people's life in the late 19th century. Thus, it features warriors in their traditional activities of warfare, hunting and ceremonial life. Tailfeathers later began experimenting with cast-bronze sculpture that depicted themes inspired by cowboy art" -source:The Canadian Encyclopedia, which you can access in our E-library online.
Thank you to Marg McCready for her reseach, and to the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learner's for adding Gerald Tailfeathers.
See our earlier post about the Riley family and their influence on the neighbourhood.
Do you know of another famous Housfield Heights dweller? Please comment if you do!