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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
William Duncan Livingston Hardie


William Duncan Livingston Hardie has occupied the position of mayor of Lethbridge since 1913 and his entire administration of public affairs has been marked by progressiveness that has been most resultant. His efforts have been of great benefit to the city along many lines of improvement and upbuilding and the record that he has made is highly satisfactory to his fellow townsmen. A native of Scotland, he was born near Edinburgh, on 17, 1862, and is a son of William and Agnes (Livingston) Hardie, who are also natives of the land of hills and heather. Corning to the new world about 1863 they made their way to Youngstown, Ohio. The father was a son of William Hardie, a native of Scotland, where he was a mine manager and where he spent his life. The grandfather in the maternal line was Duncan Livingston, likewise a mining man. After removing to the United States William Hardie was also a mine manager, continuing to act in that responsible position to the time of his retirement. Both he and his wife still survive, the former having reached the venerable age of eighty-five years, while his wife is now eighty years of age. They have long been consistent and faithful members of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Hardie gives his political allegiance to the republican party, while fraternally he is a Mason.

William D. L. Hardie Pursued his education in the public schools of his native country and in all while later he entered the University of Glasgow. His early business experience came to him through a four years' apprenticeship at mining engineering and for a long period he directed his labors in that field. The year 1889 witnessed his arrival at Lethbridge, Alberta, and he secured the responsible and onerous position of superintendent of the Alberta Railway & Coal Company, ill which capacity he continuously and acceptably served for twenty years. Since his retirement from the business he has concentrated his efforts and attention upon official duties. He was first elected mayor of Lethbridge in 1912, to serve for the year 1913 and for one year he was on duty in connection with the aldermanic government. In 1914 Lethbridge adopted the commission form of government and Mr. Marche has since been mayor, continuously filling the position now for a decade. lie has contributed much to the development, upbuilding and improvement of the city and he employs the most practical and resultant methods in the attainment of high ideals of municipal service and progress.

In April, 1885, Mr. Hardie was married to Miss Margaret Jane Kirtley, who was born at Newcastle, England, a daughter of Thomas and Sarah Kirtley. Her father was also a mining man and on coming to the new world settled in Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Hardie have become parents of five children: Tanthe, now the wife of J. S. Jones, manager of the Montreal Bank at Medicine Hat; Agnes, the wife of W. E. Murphy, an electrician of Minneapolis, Minnesota; E. W. Gladson, who for nearly five years was in service during the World war, being shot through the shoulder and badly wounded in battle, after which he was invalided home; Jesse M. 0., who was also in the service and was twice gassed and once wounded, being three times at the front during his service of four years; and Inzola, who married J. Laird Thompson, a bond broker of Toronto.

Mr. Hardie and his family attend the Presbyterian church and fraternally he is a Mason, loyal to the teachings of the craft. He has served as master of his lodge and is at all times actuated by the highest principles in everything that he undertakes. In politics he maintains an independent course. He is now commissioner of finance and public safety and Lethbridge has benefited greatly by his devotion to the highest stand- aids of citizenship and of municipal welfare.


 


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