Gustave May

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Gustave Henry May
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Alderman on the Edmonton City Council
In office
February 16, 1912 – December 14, 1914
Personal details
Born (1881-06-02)June 2, 1881
New York City, New York
Died May 31, 1943(1943-05-31) (aged 61)
Paramus, New Jersey
Spouse(s) Florence Mabel Byron (d. before 1959)
Relations Percy Claude Byron (brother in-law)
Joseph Byron (father in-law)
Children Gilbert B. (1906–2001)
Joseph Henry (1908–1983)
Gustave E. (1909–?)
George A. (1914–1990)
Profession Photo engraver

Gustave Henry May (June 2, 1881 – May 31, 1943) was a photographer and politician in Alberta, Canada. He co-operated the first photo-engraving business in western Canada and served on the Edmonton City Council from 1912 until 1914.

Biography[edit]

Gustave May was born in New York City in 1881[1] to Gustave Charles May (1845–1896)[2] and Estelle Lebrethon, both of French ancestry. He came to Edmonton in 1904,[3] where he became a partner with his brother-in-law Percy Byron in the Byron-May company, the first photo-engraving business in the Canadian west. In the 1910 municipal election he ran for alderman on the Edmonton City Council, but finished tenth of eleven candidates. He was elected to a one year term in the next election on a single-plank platform of increasing the availability of water within the city, and was re-elected to a two year term in 1912.[4] Having suffered a nervous breakdown earlier in the year,[5] he did not seek re-election at the conclusion of this term in 1914.

At the time of the 1911 Census of Canada, he was living in Edmonton with is wife, Florence, and their sons, Gilbert, Joseph and Gustave. His occupation was listed as photographer.[6] At the time of the 1916 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, May was living in Edmonton with his wife, Florence, and their sons, Gilbert (age 10), Joseph (age 8), Gustave (age 6), and George (age 1). The census recorded him being in the photo business.[7]

May moved back to the United States in 1918.[8] In a draft registration card completed at the time of World War I, May indicated that he was living on Park Avenue in Fairview, Bergen County, New Jersey, and working as a salesman for the Triumph Lamp Co., and a special reporter for a newspaper called the Dispatch.[9] At the time of the 1920 United States Census, he was living on Third Street in Fairview Borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, and working as a newspaper reporter. He was living with his wife, Florence, and their children, Gilbert (age 13), Joseph (age 11), Gustave (age 10), and George (age 5).[10] At the time of the 1930 United States Census, he was working as a newspaper journalist and living in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey with his wife, Florence, and their sons, Gilbert, Gustave and George.[11] At the start of World War II in 1942, May was living with his son, Joseph May, at 184 Teaneck Road in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. He indicated at the time that he was "unemployed due to illness."[12]

Gustave Henry May died on May 31, 1943 at the Bergen County Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey, of an epithelioma. He was buried at Maple Grove Park Cemetery in Hackensack.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Vital Statistics Births, Gustave H. May, born June 2, 1881 in Manhattan, certificate no.313185
  2. ^ https://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F00D14F73F5F1B738DDDAF0A94DC405B8685F0D3
  3. ^ "Biographies of Mayors and Councillors | Edmonton Public Library". Epl.ca. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Real Estate Weekly". Rewedmonton.ca. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  5. ^ "Alderman G. H. May". The Edmonton Daily Bulletin. March 17, 1914. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Census entry for Gustave H. May, born June 1879, USA. Ancestry.com. 1911 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Year: 1911;Census Place: Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta. Page 2, Family No: 22.
  7. ^ Ancestry.com. 1916 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta [database on-line]. Year: 1916; Census Place: Alberta. Edmonton West. 02A; Roll: T-21950; Page: 51; Family No: 570.
  8. ^ Border Crossings From Canada to United States, 1895-1956
  9. ^ Draft registration card for Gustave Henry May, born June 2, 1881, Canadian citizen. Nearest relative Florence M. May, wife. Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Registration Location: Bergen County, New Jersey; Roll: 1711910; Draft Board: 3.
  10. ^ Census entry for Gustave H. May and family. Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1920;Census Place: Fairview, Bergen, New Jersey; Roll: T625_1017; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 29; Image: 476.
  11. ^ Census entry for Gustave May and family. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1930; Census Place: Ridgefield Park, Bergen, New Jersey; Roll: 1315; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 186; Image: 584.0.
  12. ^ Draft registration card for Gustave Henry May, born June 2, 1881, in New York. Ancestry.com. U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; State Headquarters: New Jersey.
  13. ^ New Jersey Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate #86 [Registrar's No.], 31 May 1943, Gustave A. May; NJDARM microfilm, Death Certificates #906 (1943: Lombardi, D.-Meu); New Jersey State Archives, Trenton.