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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Richard Wallace


Richard Wallace, city assessor and tax collector for the city of Calgary, is one of this community's most substantial citizens and popular public officials. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the 3d of April, 1882, a son of Richard and Janet (Gibson) Wallace, natives of Scotland. For the greater part of her life the father has engaged in contracting and building in Edinburgh and has won widespread prominence in that connection. He is now living retired in that city. Mrs. Wallace died on the 3d of April, 1920.

Richard Wallace received his education in the public schools of Edinburgh and after graduating from high school he engaged in quantity surveying for four years. At the termination of that time he was in the contracting and building business in association with his father and that connection was maintained until 1904. In that year Mr. Wallace came to Canada and located in Calgary, working on a farm for the first year and on the 6th of January, 1905, he went to work for the city as clerk in the assessor's department. In the spring of 1909 he was appointed city assessor and has since been active in that position. In 1915 he was made tax collector and he is now active in both offices. He devotes his entire time and attention to the many duties devolving upon him, discharging them with an efficiency that commands the respect of all, and he is readily conceded to be one of the most popular public officials in Calgary.

In September, 1905, occurred the marriage of Mr. Wallace and Miss Edith Maude Hann, a daughter of Captain Henry and Emma (Brann) Hann, natives of England. Mrs. Wallace's father was in the service of England for forty-two years and she was born while he was stationed in Rangoon, India, oil 25th of March, 1884. Captain Hann died on 22d of February, 1909. His widow resides in Portsmouth, England. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace three children have been born: Richard, Jr., was born on the 29th of January, 1907; Harry Valentine was born on the 14th of February, 1909; and Eva Muriel was born oil 25th of February, 1912. Mrs. Wallace is a woman of culture and refinement and she is active in the club and social affairs of Calgary.

Fraternally Mr. Wallace is identified with the Masons and he holds membership in Perfection Lodge, No. 9, of Calgary. His religious faith is that of the Anglican church. For recreation he turns to outdoor sports and is particularly fond of golfing and fishing.


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