1916-20: J. E. Runions, Agent, Mutual Life (SEE BELOW)
1921-27: William McArthur, Chiropractor
1928: Cyrill Hampshire, Organist, Knox Church
1929-31: William McArthur, Chiropractor
1932-52: James Craig, Driver/Foreman, Bell & Morris
James Everd (J.E.) Runions
Resident of 343 7 Ave NE from 1916-1920
Born: Oct 6, 1871 in Stormont Ont Passed: Aug 13, 1938 in Victoria, BC (Age 67)
J.E. Runions was born in 1871 to an Empire Loyalist family of Dutch ancestry. His wife, Helen, was born in Quebec in 1882 and together they had two sons, both born in Victoria, B.C. The eldest, Rex, was born in 1913 and became a carpenter in Calgary. The youngest, Max, was born in 1914 and was living in Edmonton when he passed away in 2003.
Prior to moving to this house with his family in 1916, J.E. Runions was the President of Runions Brokerage Company located in Room 7 of the Norman Block at 126 8 Ave W. Glenbow Museum records show J.E. being in Calgary as early as 1906, per the dating on this photograph taken while he was a member of the Calgary Round-Up Club. According to the 1914 Henderson Directory, J.E. moved to Superior, Wisc. the year his son Max was born, where he opened another branch of the real estate & insurance brokerage company. His business in Wisconsin was short lived, returning to Calgary in 1915 and becoming an Agent for Mutual Life Canada.
It’s hard to imagine, but the Runions family moved into this 1912 bungalow when it was only four years old. They spent five years raising their young sons here before moving to 525 4th Street NE
What year did this house get telephone service?
(Hint: the answer is in the last digits of the house number)