Banister, Albert Edward

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Banister, Albert Edward

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Albert Edward Banister, ?-1914, came to Alberta from England in 1884 with his oldest sons, Bertram, Albert, William and Harold. They homesteaded at Davisburg, southeast of Calgary. The family house, the "Grotto", was built in 1887. Later that year A.E.'s wife, Helen Mary Banister, ?-1909, and another eight children, Emmeline (Ellis, later Hull), Jennie (Winterbottom), Florence (Edwards), Margaret "Daisy" (Brown), Eva (Pownall), Ida (Turner), Stephen and Victor joined the family at Davisburg. In 1890 the oldest daughter, Fanny, arrived from England. The family ran a mixed farming operation. In 1907 the Grotto was sold to Mr. Magee and A.E., Mary and Ida moved to Victoria, British Columbia. For further information see "The Banister family farm at Davisburg" in <em>Eye on the Future : Business People in Calgary and the Bow Valley</em>, 1870-1900 / Henry C. Klassen. -- Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2002, p. 185-188.


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