Charles Anderson

Place Name: Charles Anderson Park

Feature Type (Year Approved): Park (1984)

Name Origins: Commemorative



English: relationship name from the Middle English, Old French personal name Charles, derived from Carolus, a latinization of Continental Germanic Karl.

Huguenot (French): relationship name from French Charles, with the same origin as above.

English: locative name


Scottish, English: relationship name from Andrew + -son.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: English, French, Scottish

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie 

Scottish-born Charles Anderson (b. 1901) was a pioneer railroad man who came to Edmonton in 1911. He delivered newspapers for the Edmonton Journal before being hired as a chainman for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company (GTP) in 1918. In 1923 the GTP was amalgamated with the Canadian National Railways and Anderson went to work in the accounting department of the Alberta and Great Waterways Railway (A & GW). He later became chief clerk with the Alberta government-owned Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia (ED & BC) Railway. In 1928 this railway merged with the A & GW, the Canada Central Railway and the Pembina Valley Railway to form the Northern Alberta Railways (NAR). By 1950 Anderson was the NAR's chief accounting and finance officer. He retired in 1967 but returned to work four years later as director and then managing director of the Alberta Resources Railway. He continued working until 1995 when, at the age of 94, he retired for the second and last time. In 1996 he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to industry, commerce and business. Anderson celebrated his 100th birthday in 2001. The Charles Anderson Park is in the Duggan neighbourhood and has an area of 2.05 ha.

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